Concurrent BEd Program
The Faculty of Education also offers a concurrent, coregistered BEd degree. This means that teacher candidates pursuing BEd studies are also working towards the completion of a BA, BES, BSc or BFA degree. The course work of an arts, pure and applied science, environmental studies or fine arts program is spread over an additional year in order that one to two Education courses may be taken in each year of coregistration. The academic bachelor program, normally requiring three years for completion, will require four years when taken concurrently with the education degree. Similarly, an Honours program which usually requires four years for completion could require five years.
Students enrolled in an Honours program in their academic Faculty may register in any one of the three basic programs. Students wishing to graduate with a three-year bachelor program degree from their academic Faculty are eligible to enrol in the primary/junior or junior/intermediate programs only.
In order to coregister, students must apply to be admitted to each Faculty separately. Only those students who are admitted to an undergraduate degree program at York are eligible to be admitted to coregister in education. While coregistered, the combined study program of each candidate is subject to the approval of the two Faculties. The BEd degree is awarded only in conjunction with an academic degree as described above.
Successful graduates receive both a BA degree (or BSc, BES or BFA degree) and a BEd degree, as well as a recommendation for the Ontario Certificate of Qualification.
Note: The Concurrent Program is a three-year program with a practicum to be completed in each year.
Standards and Procedures for Admission to the Concurrent Program
To apply to coregister in the Faculty of Education, a student must:
Applicants must have a minimum 5.0 (C+) overall average or Honours standing and be admitted to and continuing in an undergraduate program in one of the Faculties of Arts, Atkinson, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Pure and Applied Science or Glendon.
Applicants normally complete both degrees (e.g. BA and BEd) within four years of coregistering, and both degrees must be conferred at the same convocation.
Applicants must attend both education classes and weekly practice teaching during the daytime throughout the academic year.
Applicants must complete at least 12 credits towards their academic degree in each calendar year (i.e. September to August) to comply with the concurrency requirements of the Faculty of Education.
Successful candidates are normally selected on the basis of education- related experience, references, university grade point averages and individual interviews.
Note: An application will not be regarded as complete until all documents and materials have been received by the Faculty of Education. It is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that their file is complete.
Application forms for the Concurrent Program are available in mid- December for admission to the Faculty of Education for the following academic year. For information contact the Office of Student Programs, Faculty of Education, S835 Ross Building, York University, 416-736-5001. On the Glendon campus, application forms may be obtained from the Glendon Liaison Office, C102 York Hall, Glendon, 2275 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M6; tel. 416-487-6710.
Please note that Glendon College students take their education courses at the Keele campus.
Concurrent Program Practicum
The practicum associated with each year of study normally is spent in a single school. A candidate spends one day a week throughout the academic year and a block after final University examinations in the host school. The block teaching period ranges in length from two to four weeks depending on the candidate's program and year level. This long-term association with a school's program allows the candidate to observe the development of the curriculum and pupils over the course of the school year and also to acquire an understanding of the school and its community.
In addition to the regular practica described above, the Faculty normally requires that candidates have two experiences of school openings during their years in the education program. This school-opening practicum, which is normally held in the four days following Labour Day, allows one to observe and participate in the process by which a new class is organized and new relationships formed.
Over the three-year period of the program, every attempt is made to provide placements which bring candidates in contact with different boards, pupils of different age levels, different kinds of schools and different social groups of pupils.
While coregistered in the Faculty of Education, a candidate's combined academic and professional program must meet the following requirements:
1. Candidates may not enrol in courses having a combined weighting of more than the equivalent of 12 credits in the Faculty of Education in any one academic session.
2. Candidates should consult with their adviser or designate about any academic courses which they propose to add or drop, as changes in academic courses may make one ineligible to remain in a program or to qualify for certification. Normally both degrees must be completed within four years of coregistering.
3. Concurrent with their education course work, candidates shall normally be enrolled in the equivalent of at least 12 credits in their academic degree program during the calendar year.
4. Candidates shall normally complete a practicum/seminar in their final year of undergraduate study.
Coregistration in the Faculty of Education makes heavy demands on one's time and energy. Candidates are, therefore, advised to register in no more than a total of 30 credits in the Faculty of Education and their coregistered Faculty during any one academic session. In unusual circumstances, and with the full advance knowledge of one's adviser, a candidate may register in a maximum of 36 credits (combined academic and education course load) in any one academic session.
The primary/junior program is open to prospective teachers who wish to teach Grades JK to 6.
Teacher candidates should ensure that they complete at least 30 credits with a 6.0 (B) average in their major for salary categorization.
Since the primary/junior teacher must be a generalist, it is strongly recommended that candidates in the primary/junior program take as part of their coregistered program:
The junior/intermediate program qualifies candidates to teach in Grades 4 to 10 and, like the primary/junior program, may be taken in conjunction with either a bachelor program or an Honours program and over a period of three or four years of coregistration. By current College of Teachers' regulations, all candidates must prepare themselves to teach one subject at the intermediate level as well as to teach at the generalist level all subjects in the junior/intermediate divisions. Candidates may choose their intermediate division subject from the following list:
Some of the above subjects (e.g. computer science) depending on numbers, may only be available through independent study courses. Teacher candidates should discuss the possibility and appropriateness of such courses with their advisers by February first of the education year one.
When selecting their teaching subject, candidates should note the academic requirements for each subject and the prerequisites for particular practicum seminars.
For the junior/intermediate program a minimum of 18 credits in a subject must be taken in order to register in that subject practicum/seminar. A candidate requires a minimum of 24 credits in the teaching subject in order to graduate.
The intermediate/senior program qualifies candidates to teach in Grades 7 to 12. It may be taken only in conjunction with an Honours degree academic program, and over a period of three or four years of coregistration. By Ontario College of Teachers' regulations, all candidates in the intermediate/senior program must prepare themselves to teach two subjects at the intermediate/senior levels. Candidates may choose their intermediate/senior division subjects from the following list:
Some of the above subjects (e.g. business studies, computer science, family studies, Spanish) depending on numbers may only be available through independent study courses. Teacher candidates should discuss the possibility and appropriateness of such courses with their advisers by February first of the education year one.
When selecting their two teaching subjects, candidates should note the academic requirements for each subject and the prerequisites for particular practicum seminars. They should also take into account that not all courses are offered every year.
For the intermediate/senior program a minimum of 24 credits in the subject area must be taken in order to register in that subject practicum/seminar. A candidate requires a minimum of 36 credits in one teaching subject area and 24 credits in the other area to graduate.
It is highly recommended by the Qualifications Evaluation Council of Ontario (QECO) and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) that teacher candidates complete 54 credits in a teaching subject to qualify for the highest pay rate as a teacher.
Academic courses should be taken according to the following patterns. (Note that Glendon, Atkinson or other equivalents may be designated by one's adviser.)
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