Evaluation Policy and Procedures
A minimum of 30 credits is required to complete the BEd pre-service degree. A course which is allocated 6.0 credits (ED/xxxx 6.0) is the equivalent of a standard full-year course. Any course which is allocated 3.0 credits (ED/xxxx 3.0) is the equivalent of a half course. Candidates are not allowed to enrol in more than the equivalent of 12 credits in the Education Concurrent Program in any one year.
Refer to Grades and Grading Schemes within the Academic Information section of this Calendar.
a. Concurrent Candidates
In order to remain coregistered in the Faculty of Education or to graduate, candidates must maintain a superior standard of performance in both their academic Faculty and in the Faculty of Education. Teacher candidates will be ineligible to continue or to graduate if they fall into any one of the categories listed below:
(Practicum grading is currently under review.)
b. Consecutive Candidates
In order to remain registered in the Consecutive Program and to graduate, candidates must maintain a superior standard of performance in their course work. Teacher candidates will be ineligible to maintain their registration status or to graduate if they receive a grade of C or lower in any half or full education course.
Fifty per cent of the course grade is based on the practicum component and fifty per cent on the non-practicum component. In order to ensure that candidates achieve a sufficiently high standard in both the practicum and non-practicum components of practicum-seminar courses, candidates receiving less than a final grade of C+ for the practicum or the non- practicum components taken separately in any practicum-seminar course, must be assigned a final grade of C or lower for the course as a whole.
(Practicum grading is currently under review.)
Evaluation Policies and Procedures
It is an important goal of the Faculty of Education that graduates be able to operate as independent problem solvers who have the capacity to evaluate their own performance and to muster evidence of achievements and progress. Thus, while the professional staff of the Faculty bear the ultimate and final responsibility for evaluation, each teacher candidate is also expected to play an important role in self-evaluation.
Course Withdrawals: Candidates may withdraw from any education course without receiving a grade, if they do so by the published withdrawal dates. Candidates who withdraw from an education practicum/seminar, or from any course in the Consecutive Program, however, should note that they will be required to re-apply for admission to the Faculty of Education if they wish to resume their education program. To withdraw from an education course, candidates must report their intent to the Faculty of Education, Office of Student Programs in accordance with the published withdrawal dates. Those who withdraw from a course after these dates are normally deemed to have failed it and receive a grade of F.
Program Withdrawals: Candidates who withdraw from the Faculty of Education, and who are registered in the Concurrent Program, may transfer their accumulated education credits to their academic Faculty subject to the rules and procedures of that Faculty. Any grades so transferred are then subject to the regulations governing maintenance of standing in their academic Faculty. Candidates must report their intention to withdraw both to the Faculty of Education, Office of Student Programs and their academic Faculty.
Faculty Legislation on Involuntary Withdrawal
A candidate may be required to withdraw from a course if:
The decision to require the candidate to withdraw will be taken by the associate dean on the recommendation of the course director following a meeting with the candidate.
Candidates will have access to the usual appeal procedures in such instances.
Education Program and/or Subject Changes
Candidates are advised that a change in education program (movement among primary/junior, junior/intermediate and intermediate/senior programs) or in teaching subjects at the junior/intermediate and intermediate/senior levels may only be made with the approval of the associate dean. Considerations which may affect the approval of such a change include the year level completed in the education program, standing of the candidate and the adequacy of academic background for the proposed change, and matters having to do with enrolment limits and availability of the education courses which would be required for the candidate to complete the altered program.
Deferred standing may be granted through petition, and with the support of the relevant course director, in cases where final grades cannot be assigned because all course requirements have not been completed. The grounds for granting deferred standing are illness or misfortune.
When granted, deferred standing is an interim measure pending completion of regular or alternative assignments.
The granting of a deferral may result in candidates missing June convocation for degree conferral. Deferred Standing Agreement forms may be obtained at the Office of the Registrar or the Office of Student Programs, Faculty of Education. Requests must be accompanied by a medical certificate and other written documentation. Deferred Standing Agreement forms should be completed in consultation with the course director prior to the submission of final grades.
While all grades and evaluation decisions are carefully assessed, a candidate may request a reappraisal of a grade by making a formal request to the associate dean (pre-service) within three weeks of the release of final grade reports. The request must be in writing and should state clearly why the applicant believes that the grade should be re-evaluated. A reappraisal may result in a lower, higher or unchanged grade. Please note that before submitting a formal request for re-evaluation, candidates must first discuss the assigned grade with the course director. If the candidate is unable to reach the course director before the three-week deadline, a letter of intent to appeal the grade can be submitted to the associate dean's office pending contact with the course director.
For further information please consult the Senate Policy on Academic Honesty in the University Policy and Regulations section of this Calendar.
Students may petition on reasonable grounds and in writing any of the regulations of the Faculty of Education. Enquiries about procedures should be made to the Office of Student Programs.
Recently approved Senate policies on petitions and grade reappraisals are posted on the Web at www.yorku.ca/admin/univsec/sen_comm/sac/index.htm. Students may contact the Office of the Registrar or their Faculty for further information.
Expectations of Catholic School Boards
Many of the Catholic school boards in Ontario require that applicants for teaching positions have completed successfully a course in religious education methods. To help candidates meet this requirement, the Faculty of Education, in cooperation with the Catholic Office of Religious Education (CORE) offers an optional (ED/EDUC 3000 3.0*) credit course in Religious Education Methodology. Those wishing to avail themselves of the option should consult the timetable and register for it during the registration period. Priority enrolment in this course is given to education III candidates (Concurrent Program only).
The Catholic school boards prefer that all applicants for positions have had some experience in Catholic schools. Candidates wishing some practicum experience in Catholic schools should make their wishes known on the practicum request form. Every effort will be made to provide interested candidates with a Catholic school placement during at least one of their practica. Some Catholic school boards also prefer applicants to have had some university-level course work in the area of religious studies.
* Please note that ED/EDUC 3000 3.0 is a requirement for employment with the Toronto Catholic District School Board. Please check whether this is a requirement for other Catholic boards where employment is being sought.
Applicants to the Faculty of Education should note that, while there are no citizenship, permanent residency or other requirements for entrance to York University or to the Faculty of Education, the Ontario College of Teachers will grant the Certificate of Registration and the Certificate of Qualification only to individuals who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or otherwise entitled under Canadian regulations to obtain work as a teacher in Canada.
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