Calendar 2001-2002<Faculty of Education
the broad mandate of the University, York's Faculty of Education
offers innovative pre-service, professional development and graduate
programs. The Faculty is distinguished by its commitment to exploring
ways to address equity, social justice and environmental issues
in all of its programs. The Faculty values collaboration and an
interdisciplinary orientation to education within an academic framework
of inquiry into the interrelatedness of language and culture, teaching
and learning. These values are evidenced in our staffing model and
in our programs. York's pre-service, professional development and
graduate programs are staffed by full-time tenure stream faculty,
faculty seconded full-time from local school boards, and faculty
cross-appointed from other programs within the University.
Faculty of Education at York offers concurrent undergraduate programs
for students simultaneously enrolled in other undergraduate Faculties
and a consecutive undergraduate program for prospective teachers
who have already graduated in another discipline. The Faculty's
Deaf and Hard of Hearing education post-baccalaureate program is
the only one of its kind in Ontario. Our unique graduate program
focus in language, culture and teaching has resulted in interdisciplinary
faculty and student collaboration across several departments within
the University. Our field development program, offered conjointly
with school boards, is based on a teacher-as-researcher model.
education at York is understood as an intellectual as well as a
practical endeavour. Students in the program are exposed to current
theory and research in education and education related fields. As
well, students have the opportunity to work in schools for up to
120 days - more supervised practicum days than offered by any other
Faculty in the province. This balance between theory and practice
is made possible, in part, by York's unique, complementary staffing
model. Half the faculty working in pre-service education are full-time,
University faculty members with on-going research and writing projects.
Half the faculty are school board personnel seconded full-time to
the University for up to three years. Together they are able to
provide students with a program which is based on current theory,
research and classroom practice. No other Faculty of Education in
the province has this complementary staffing model. Boards of Education
inside and outside the province highly value York's Bachelor of
Education graduates because of their awareness of social justice
issues, their knowledge of current theory and research, and their
extensive classroom experience.
BEd Degree Programs
the Concurrent program, three basic programs are offered to give
certification at the Primary/Junior, Junior/Intermediate and Intermediate/Senior
levels. The Consecutive program offers Primary/Junior, Primary/Junior
Articulated for Graduates in Early Childhood Education, Junior/Intermediate,
Junior/Intermediate in Fine Arts, Junior/Intermediate in Mathematics/Science/Technology,
Intermediate Senior, and Intermediate/Senior in Mathematics/Science/Technology.
Successful completion of any one of these programs leads to recommendation
for the basic Ontario Certificate of Qualification with qualifications
to teach within the two divisions included in the particular program
divisions of the school system of the Province of Ontario are defined
Junior Kindergarten to Grade 3
- Grade 4 to Grade 6
- Grade 7 to Grade 10
- Grade 11 to Grade 12/OAC
of the curriculum for all pre-service programs of the Faculty of
Education is based on practicum experiences. The teacher candidate
spends extensive time in field settings or practica which over the
course of the degree equals from 100-120 days of classroom experience.
addition to providing direct experience and an opportunity to apply
newly acquired skills and knowledge, the practica are a major source
of curriculum in the sense that they bring candidates face to face
with concrete situations. These situations are related to teaching
seminars held at the University. The underlying assumptions of this
approach are that teaching can be considered as a form of problem
solving and that teacher candidates learn best that which allows
them to understand and to master their environment.
Duration of the Academic
seeking admission to the Faculty of Education should note that the
academic year in the Faculty is somewhat longer than is usual in
other Faculties. This longer year is owing to the practicum requirements.
Consult the Concurrent and Consecutive program sections below with
respect to the specific practicum requirements.
teacher candidates in the Faculty of Education, both Consecutive
and Concurrent candidates, are required by the Ontario College of
Teachers to present proof that they are free from active tuberculosis
before commencing their work in the schools. Those entering schools
for the first time must undergo tuberculin tests or X-rays, and
present their documentation to the Office of Student Programs, Faculty
of Education, before the first day of class.
University may, at any time, require a teacher candidate to undergo
a medical examination and may appoint a duly qualified medical practitioner
to conduct the examination.
Faculty of Education Access Initiative is designed to recruit and
admit individuals who are from groups which confront or who have
themselves confronted identifiable barriers to education. Spaces
are set aside in both the Concurrent and Consecutive programs for
this purpose. Applicants from the following target groups may choose
to apply to the Faculty of Education through this initiative:
Minorities/People of Colour
whose personal education or career have been affected by the refugee
to the Concurrent Access Initiative are required to have a minimum
of 24 credits and be coregistered in another Faculty at York University.
Applicants to the Consecutive Access Initiative are required to
have completed an acceptable undergraduate degree at an accredited
university (as determined by York University.) All applicants must
meet York Faculty of Education admission requirements.
on the Access Initiative may be obtained from the Office of Student
Programs, S835 Ross Building, or by calling 416-736-5001.