Government of Nova Scotia Government of Nova Scotia Nova Scotia, Canada

About the Department


An 'Administrative History' of the Department of Education - a historical overview of the department - is available from the "Government Administrative Histories Online" Web site, provided by Nova Scotia Archives & Records Management.

Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

Brunswick Place
2021 Brunswick Street
P.O. Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9

Phone: 902-424-5168
Fax: 902-424-0511


Divisions within the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development were restructured in March 2015 to realign more closely with the direction of Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for Education 2015-The 3 Rs: Renew, Refocus, Rebuild.

The Action Plan was introduced in January to provide a better future for Nova Scotia’s students.  The plan focuses on fundamental changes to improve and modernize the education system for the first time in a generation, create an innovative curriculum, promote inclusive school environments and advanced excellence in teaching and leadership.

Organizational Structure effective March 2015

Deputy Minister

  • Regional Education Offices
  • Center for Learning Excellence

  • Student Assessment and Evaluation
  • Teacher Education
  • Student Achievement
  • Educational Research and Partnerships
  • Teacher Certification
  • French Programs and Services

  • French First Language
  • French Second Language
  • Student Equity and Support Services

  • Student Services
  • African Canadian Services
  • Mi'kmaq Services
  • Early Years

  • Early Childhood Development Services
  • Early Years Integration
  • Education Innovation, Programs and Services

  • Curriculum Development
  • Learning Resources & Technology
  • Career Exploration and Experiential Learning
  • Personal Development and Wellness
  • Strategic Policy and Research

  • Policy and Planning
  • Education Research and Best Practices in ANS Learners
  • Research and Information Management
  • Finance and Operations

  • Finance and Facilities
  • Facilities Management
  • Financial Services
  • Financial Planning
  • Information Technology
  • Statistics and Data Management