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Department of Aboriginal Education Regulations

Honours BEd (Aboriginal Education) P/J Program Regulation

A student in the HBEd (Aboriginal Education) must abide by the University Regulations and the Department of Undergraduate Studies in Education, Academic Regulations, sections of the Calendar for conditions to enter, proceed in, and graduate from this program, and must maintain an overall average of 70% in the major, that is, all Education courses, including the Honours Project.

Native Language Instructors Program Regulation

Summers 1 and 2 of the program constitute the "junior" level, while summers 3 and 4 are considered the "senior" level.

1. A student may not proceed to the senior level of any subject until both junior level courses in that subject are successfully completed.

2. A student may not proceed to the senior level of the program until all junior level courses are passed.

3. A student who has failed 3 or more half courses is ineligible to continue in the program until: there has been a meeting of the coordinator, sponsor and student to determine the advisability of continuing, AND the student has successfully completed all failed courses.

Program Regulations for the Honours Bachelor of Education (Indigenous Teacher Education) 2 year Primary/Junior Degree

Academic Regulations for the Honours Bachelor of Education (Indigenous Teacher Education) P/J

1. Conditions for Maintaining Status in the Honours Bachelor of Education (Indigenous Teacher Education) Primary/Junior Degree Program

a) The Honours Bachelor of Education (Indigenous Teacher Education) Primary/Junior degree program is a five year program. Students in the program must meet the requirements of the Department of Aboriginal Education for the Pre-Professional Program phase of the degree program during years one through three of the program, and requirements of the Department of Undergraduate Studies in Education for the Two-Year Professional Program, which takes place during years four and five of the program.

b) An Honours Bachelor of Education (Indigenous Teacher Education) Primary/Junior degree program student must maintain a minimum cumulative average of 65%.

c) Students who fail to attain the 65% cumulative average may continue "On Probation" for one year.

d) In addition, an Honours Bachelor of Education (Indigenous Teacher Education) Primary/Junior student must maintain an average of 70% in the Aboriginal Education major in each year in the first, second, and third year of the program.

2. Conditions for Proceeding into the Two-Year Professional Program of the Honours Bachelor of Education (HBEd) (Indigenous Teacher Education) Primary/Junior (P/J) Degree Program
a) To proceed into the Two-Year Professional Program during years four and five of the Honours Bachelor of Education (Indigenous Teacher Education) Primary/Junior Degree Program, a student must have fulfilled all of the requirements of the program with:
- a 65% minimum cumulative average.
- a 70% minimum major average.

b) To proceed into the Two-Year Professional Program during years four and five of the HBEd (Indigenous Teacher Education) P/J degree program, a student must have fulfilled all of the coursework requirements of the first, second, and third years of the HBEd (Indigenous Teacher Education) P/J degree program.

c) Students intending to enter the Two-Year Professional Program must apply to the Department of Aboriginal Education by November 30 of the preceding year. Their application will be screened and then passed on to the Department of Undergraduate Studies in Education. Students who apply by the November deadline will have until August 30 to provide evidence that they have met the requirements to enter the Two-Year Professional Program.

3. Two-Year Professional Program Requirements
a) The Two-Year Professional Program is an integrated program of foundational and methodological studies enhanced through periods of intense practical application, and requires full-time attendance. Students are expected to maintain a professional, responsible approach to both classes and student teaching placements. Failure to meet course attendance requirements during the Two-Year Professional Program may result in a failed grade (49%). Students who fail a Two-Year Professional Program course may not proceed to the practicum. Failure in more than one Professional Program course due to poor attendance will result in a failed year.

b) A student in the Two-Year Professional Program who has failed to maintain a 65% cumulative average and/or has one or more FCEs below 60% in Professional Year coursework will not have met graduation requirements. To address the academic deficiencies, students may repeat up to two FCEs of Two-Year Professional Program courses in order to raise averages, restore academic standing, and be eligible for graduation and certification.

c) Primary/Junior students are required to demonstrate mathematics proficiency in Education 0450 Mathematics Competency Exam, Primary/Junior, taken during the Two-Year Professional Program. Students may write the exam in September and, if unsuccessful, again in March. Students must pass the competency exam at the 75% level to pass Education 0450 Mathematics Competency Exam, P/J. Students must pass Education 0450 in order to complete the Two-Year Professional Program and be recommended for teacher certification in the Province of Ontario. Students who do not pass Education 0450 Mathematics Competency Exam, P/J, may repeat the course only once and the course must be repeated during the following academic year. A grade of "Pass" or "Fail" will appear on the student transcript for each registration in the course. Students who do not pass the Mathematics Competency Exam during the first attempt in September must register for Education 3519, Mathematics Curriculum for Teaching P/J in Year 1 of the Two-Year Professional Program.

Note: Education 0450 Mathematics Competency Exam is restricted to students during the Two-Year Professional Program, which takes place during years four and five of the five-year Honours Bachelor of Education (Indigenous Teacher Education) P/J Degree Program.

 

4. Program Failure in the BEd Professional Program 

A student is allowed to repeat an Education course once. Failure of the same course twice constitutes program failure and results in immediate withdrawal from the BEd Professional Program.

Exceptions:

a)   A student who has failed Education 0498 may not proceed to placement and is permitted to repeat the course twice.

b)   A student who has failed Education 4398 or 4498 may not repeat the course and is deemed to have failed the program.

Failure of more than three full-course equivalents (3 FCEs) in the program constitutes program failure and results in immediate withdrawal from the BEd Professional Program.

Normally, the student is not permitted to re-apply to the BEd Professional Program. 

5. Time Limit for Completion of the Honours Bachelor of Education (Indigenous Teacher Education) P/J Degree Program
The Two-Year Professional Program is designed as a program of full-time study. A student must complete all Two-Year Professional Program requirements within four (4) years of admission to the Two-Year Professional Program. Further, students must successfully complete all coursework for the Honours Bachelor of Education (Indigenous Teacher Education) P/J Degree Program taken during the first, second, and third year of the program, and all of the Two-Year Professional Program coursework taken during the fourth and fifth year of the program during a ten (10) year period. The ten (10) year time limit for completion of the Honours Bachelor of Education (Aboriginal Education) P/J Degree Program applies to full-time and part-time students and to campus-based and community-based students. The Chair of the Department of Aboriginal Education may grant an extension to the time limit, but only under the most unusual circumstances.


6. Two-Year Professional Program Practicum
a) Two-year Professional Program placements are arranged by the Faculty of Education with specified partnership school boards, school authorities, and band-controlled schools in Ontario. Students are required to successfully complete a minimum of 100 days of practice teaching divided into four student teaching blocks. During the four blocks of student teaching placements students must maintain the high professional standards expected of all teachers. To ensure the integrity of the field evaluation process, placements are arranged solely by the institution.

b) Two-Year Professional Program students are required to successfully demonstrate their professionalism, independence, and competence in four blocks of student teaching placements to receive a passing grade in Education 4398 Student Teaching, Part 1 and Education 4498 Student Teaching, Part 2. Students who fail a student teaching practicum in the first year of the Two-Year Professional Program are placed on review and are required to register for Education 0498 Enhancing the Practicum. Students who fail a practicum during the final year of the Two-Year Professional Program may be required to register in Education 0498 and are required to complete an additional placement if the failed placement is the fourth practicum. Students must pass Education 0498 Enhancing the Practicum in order to proceed to the next scheduled placement. A failing mark in Education 0498 Enhancing the Practicum constitutes program failure. A student may be on review only once.

c) During the first year of the Two-Year Professional Program, Thunder Bay students complete their placements in either the Thunder Bay Catholic or public school boards. During the final year of the Two-Year Professional Program, students may choose to complete their placements in any partnership school board. Students may need to select an alternate partnership school board if appropriate placements are not available. Students on practicum review must complete their placement in Thunder Bay.

d) Administrators within the Faculty of Education will do their best to secure placements for students as requested, but cannot guarantee placements for students. Students with a criminal charge or conviction are reminded that the partnership school board has the ultimate authority over a student’s eligibility for placement. It is the student’s responsibility to understand and meet the practicum eligibility requirements of the assigned partnership school board.

7. Preparation for Practicum Placement

a) Police Records Check (PRC)
All Ontario publicly-funded schools require that students present a valid Police Records Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening (PRC/VSS). For purposes of the practicum completed during the Two-Year Professional Program, PRCs must be obtained through an acceptable provider such as the Thunder Bay Police, Ontario Provincial Police, or Toronto Metropolitan Police Services. Students assume responsibility for all costs associated with the PRC/VSS and for obtaining the certified document by the first day of University classes during each year of the Two-Year Professional Program.
Note: For placements, the school principal or board central office is responsible to verify the PRC/VSS of incoming students. Students are responsible for determining an appropriate provider for the records check and for applying in a timely fashion.

b) TB Documentation
Students are required to provide TB documentation to prove freedom from active tuberculosis as specified by the partnership school board. Students attending classes, field placements, or practicum in partnership school boards that require TB documentation, must do so by the first day of University classes in each year of the BEd Professional Program.

c) Safe Practice

BEd Professional Program students on placements must maintain the high professional standards expected of all teachers. Safe practice requires that these students:

i) hold the safety and security of children and youth in higher regard than their own rights and privileges;

ii) maintain classroom routines and expectations;

iii) cope with the emotional, intellectual and physical, demands of the learning environment;

iv) provide a safe, secure, environment for children and youth. A BEd Professional Program student may be removed from a placement when his/her performance is deemed to be unsafe. Unsafe practice is any situation arising from a student’s interaction with children, youth or adults which places them or the BEd Professional Program student at risk or harm; and,

v) complete all mandatory health and safety requirements specified by a partnership school board.

d) Language Competence in the Practicum
If a Two-Year Professional Program student’s language competence is deemed to compromise effective teaching and learning, the associate teacher will contact the faculty advisor. If a student’s command of the English language does not allow for effective communication with children or youth in his/her classroom, the placement will be terminated. In order to continue to the second practicum of the Professional Program, the student will need to demonstrate to a Practicum Review Committee that a professional level of proficiency exists in the following areas:
i) listening comprehension skills;
ii) pronunciation and articulation;
iii) verbal and written fluency;
iv) an appropriate range and accuracy of diction;
v) appropriate syntax and usage.

8. Acknowledging the Teaching Profession

The University recognizes the role of associate teachers and other members of the teaching profession in the education of students, including their contributions to the recommendation for certification.

 

For more information about the Honours Bachelor of Education (Aboriginal Education (Primary/Junior degree program, please visit the Department of Indigenous Teacher Education, Room 1021, Faculty of Education.

 

Regulations for the BA/BEd (Indigenous Learning Major) I/S Program

Academic Regulations

This five-year degree plan is designed for students of Indigenous ancestry and leads to an Intermediate-Senior teaching credential in First Nations, Métis and Inuit Studies in Grades 7 through 12

Intermediate/Senior students must take courses in two teachable subjects, A teachable is a set of coursework in a subject that is taught in classrooms for children and youth. Students must have a minimum of 5 Full-time Course Equivalents (FCE) in their first teachable and a minimum of 3 Full-time Course Equivalents (FCE) in their second teachable. At least one half-course (a minimum of 0.5 FCE) must be at the third- or fourth-year level in each teachable subject.  One Full-time Course Equivalent (FCE) of Indigenous Language credits is required for all students enrolled in this degree program. That FCE of Indigenous Languages credit may be applied to a Second Teachable if Indigenous Languages is selected as the Second Teachable.

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Studies is the first teachable for this degree program (5 FCE required). This degree plan is designed, in addition, to accommodate either Indigenous Languages or French as a second teachable. Indigenous Language and other languages require 5 FCE for completion of the second teachable.  The choice to pursue Indigenous Language or French as a second teachable is one of several options. Other second teachables, requiring only 3 FCE, may also be selected.  

Courses chosen in the first three years of the BA/BEd (Indigenous Learning Major) I/S will depend on the choice of the second teachable.

1. Conditions for Maintaining Status in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education (Indigenous Learning Major) Intermediate/Senior - Degree Program   
a) The BA/BEd (Indigenous Learning Major) I/S - Indigenous Teacher Education Program degree is a five year program. Student in the program must meet the requirements of the Department of Aboriginal Education and the Department of Indigenous Learning for the pre-Professional Program phase of the degree program during years one through three of the program, and requirements of the Department of Undergraduate Studies in Education for the Two Year Professional Program, which takes place during years four and five of the program.  
b) A BA/BEd (Indigenous Learning Major) I/S degree program student must maintain a minimum cumulative average of 65%.
c) Students who fail to attain the 65% cumulative average may continue "On Probation" for one year.
d) In addition, a BA/BEd (Indigenous Learning Major) I/S degree program student must maintain an average of 60% in the Indigenous Learning major courses in each year of the program.

2. Conditions for proceeding into the Two-Year Professional Program of a BA/BEd (Indigenous Learning Major) I/S – Degree Program:
a) To proceed into the Professional Program of this concurrent bachelor program, a student must have fulfilled all of the requirements of the first, second, and third years of the program required by the Department of Aboriginal Education and the Department of Indigenous Learning with:
- a 65% minimum cumulative average.
- a 60% minimum major average.
- a 65% minimum cumulative average in each teachable.

Students proceeding into the Two Year Professional Program are required to complete a Professional Program Application Form with the Department of Aboriginal Education so that students can be supported in determining their readiness to begin student teaching. The Department of Undergraduate Studies in Education will make arrangements for Student Teaching Placement.

b) Students intending to enter the Two-Year Professional Program must apply to the Department of Aboriginal Education by November 30 of the preceding year. Their application will be screened and then passed on to the Department of Undergraduate Studies in Education. Students who apply by the November deadline will have until August 30 to provide evidence that they have met the requirements to enter the Two-Year Professional Program.


3. Two-Year Professional Program Requirements
a) The Two-Year Professional Program is an integrated program of foundational and methodological studies enhanced through periods of intense practical application, and requires full-time attendance. Students are expected to maintain a professional, responsible approach to both classes and student teaching placements.  Failure to meet course attendance requirements during the Two-Year Professional Program may result in a failed grade (49%). Students who fail a Two-Year Professional Program course may not proceed to the practicum. Failure in more than one Professional Program course due to poor attendance will result in a failed year.

b) A student in the Two-Year Professional Program who has failed to maintain a 65% cumulative average and/or has one or more FCE below 60% in Professional Year coursework will not have met graduation requirements. To address the academic deficiencies, students may repeat up to two FCEs of Two-Year Professional Program courses in order to raise averages, restore academic standing, and be eligible for graduation and certification.

4. Program Failure in the BEd Professional Program 

A student is allowed to repeat an Education course once. Failure of the same course twice constitutes program failure and results in immediate withdrawal from the BEd Professional Program.

Exceptions:

a)   A student who has failed Education 0498 may not proceed to placement and is permitted to repeat the course twice.

b)   A student who has failed Education 4398 or 4498 may not repeat the course and is deemed to have failed the program.

Failure of more than three full-course equivalents (3 FCEs) in the program constitutes program failure and results in immediate withdrawal from the BEd Professional Program.

Normally, the student is not permitted to re-apply to the BEd Professional Program.

5. Time Limit for Completion of the BA/BEd (Indigenous Learning Major) I/S - Program Degree Program
a) The Two-Year Professional Program is designed as a program of full-time study. A student must complete all Two-Year Professional Program requirements within four (4) years of admission to the Two-Year Professional Program. Further, students must successfully complete all coursework for the BA/BEd (Indigenous Learning Major) I/S degree program taken during the first, second, and third year of the program, and all of the Two-Year Professional Program coursework taken during the fourth and fifth year of the program during a ten (10) year period. The ten (10) year time limit for completion of the BA/BEd (Indigenous Learning Major) I/S degree program applies to full-time and part-time students and to campus-based and community-based students. The Chair of the Department of Aboriginal Education may grant an extension to the time limit, but only under the most unusual circumstances.

6. Two-Year Professional Program Practicum
a) Two-year Professional Program placements are arranged by the Faculty of Education with specified partnership school boards, school authorities, and band-controlled schools in Ontario. Students are required to successfully complete a minimum of 100 days of practice teaching divided into four student teaching blocks.  During the four blocks of student teaching placements students must maintain the high professional standards expected of all teachers. To ensure the integrity of the field evaluation process, placements are arranged solely by the institution.

b) Two-Year Professional Program students are required to successfully demonstrate their professionalism, independence, and competence in four blocks of student teaching placements to receive a passing grade in Education 4398 Student Teaching, Part 1 and Education 4498 Student Teaching, Part 2.  Students who fail a student teaching practicum in the first year of the Two-Year Professional Program are placed on review and are required to register for Education 0498 Enhancing the Practicum. Students who fail a practicum during the final year of the Two-Year Professional Program may be required to register in Education 0498 and are required to complete an additional placement if the failed placement is the fourth practicum. An additional placement will consist of no fewer than 20 consecutive teaching days. Students must pass Education 0498 Enhancing the Practicum in order to proceed to the next scheduled placement. A failing mark in Education 0498 Enhancing the Practicum constitutes program failure. A student may be on review only once.

c) During the first year of the Two-Year Professional Program, Thunder Bay students complete their placements in either the Thunder Bay Catholic or public school board. During the final year of the Two-Year Professional Program, students may choose to complete their placements in any partnership school board. Students may need to select an alternate partnership school board if appropriate placements are not available. Students on practicum review must complete their placement in Thunder Bay.

d) Administrators within the Faculty of Education will do their best to secure placement based on requests of students, but cannot guarantee placements for students. Students with a criminal charge or conviction are reminded that the partnership school board has the ultimate authority over a student’s eligibility for placement. It is the student’s responsibility to understand and meet the practicum eligibility requirements of the assigned partnership school board.

7. Preparation for Practicum Placement – Student Teaching

a) Police Records Check (PRC)
All Ontario publicly-funded schools require that students present a valid Police Records Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening (PRC/VSS). For purposes of the practicum completed during the Two-Year Professional Program, PRCs must be obtained through an acceptable provider such as the Thunder Bay Police, Ontario Provincial Police, or Toronto Metropolitan Police Services. Students assume responsibility for all costs associated with the PRC/VSS and for obtaining the certified document by the first day of University classes during each year of the Two-Year Professional Program.
Note: For placements, the school principal or board central office is responsible to verify the PRC/VSS of incoming students. Students are responsible for determining an appropriate provider for the records check and for applying in a timely fashion.

b) TB Documentation
Students are required to provide TB documentation to prove freedom from active tuberculosis as specified by the partnership school board. Students attending classes, field placements, or practicum in partnership school boards that require TB documentation, must do so by the first day of University classes in each year of the BEd Professional Program.

c) Safe Practice

BEd Professional Program students on placements must maintain the high professional standards expected of all teachers. Safe practice requires that these students:

i) hold the safety and security of children and youth in higher regard than their own rights and privileges;

ii) maintain classroom routines and expectations;

iii) cope with the emotional, intellectual and physical, demands of the learning environment;

iv) provide a safe, secure, environment for children and youth. A BEd Professional Program student may be removed from a placement when his/her performance is deemed to be unsafe. Unsafe practice is any situation arising from a student’s interaction with children, youth or adults which places them or the BEd Professional Program student at risk or harm; and,

v) complete all mandatory health and safety requirements specified by a partnership school board.


d) Language Competence in the Practicum
If a Two-Year Professional Program student’s language competence is deemed to compromise effective teaching and learning, the associate teacher will contact the faculty advisor. If a student’s command of the English language does not allow for effective communication with children or youth in his/her classroom, the placement will be terminated. In order to continue to the second practicum of the Professional Program, the student will need to demonstrate to a Practicum Review Committee that a professional level of proficiency exists in the following areas:
1) listening comprehension skills;
2) pronunciation and articulation;
3) verbal and written fluency;
4) an appropriate range and accuracy of diction;
5) appropriate syntax and usage.

8. Acknowledging the Teaching Profession
The University recognizes the role of associate teachers and other members of the teaching profession in the education of students, including their contributions to the recommendation for certification.

For more information about the BA/BEd (Indigenous Learning) I/S Degree Program, please visit the Department of Aboriginal Education, Bora Laskin Building.