A Changing World: Education in New Brunswick
Frère Léopold, c.s.c.
1945, 20th century
26 x 18 cm
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
Keys to History
The courses leading to the teaching diploma offered by the Teachers' College were mainly given in English. During the Great Depression of the 1930s fewer francophone candidates applied to the college, and the problem of Acadian teachers without a teaching diploma persisted. Monsignor Arthur Melanson (1879-1941) was among those advocating summer schools for Acadian teachers so that they could complete their training. Monsignor Melanson, Brother Léopold Taillon (1895-1969) and many others worked hard for the establishment of a Teaching School at the Université Saint-Joseph. They realized that they had to act quickly to provide a future for the French speakers of the province.
Through summer school at Université Saint-Joseph Acadians could obtain a teaching diploma, various certificates (I toV), a degree in teaching (B.E.E.), an arts degree (B.A.), or a bachelor's (B. Péd.) or master's degree in pedagogy.
Acadian teachers came from all over the province of New Brunswick to attend teaching courses at Université Saint-Joseph.
Summer courses were offered at Université Saint-Joseph from 1938 to 1955.
Between 1938 and 1955 some 200 primary-school teachers attended summer school at Université Saint-Joseph.