The Department of Undergraduate Studies in Education prepares students for careers as teachers by focusing on courses meant to enhance skills, knowledge and attitudes which support effective teaching.
Four elements characterize the Faculty's programs:
(i) A foundation in liberal studies considered likely to foster the intellectual curiosity, creativity, and broad knowledge necessary for effective teaching.
ii) The study of human learning and development, within a social and cultural context and in relation to instructional and management techniques within educational settings.
iii) The study of curriculum and methods of instruction.
iv) The opportunity to observe effective teaching and to apply and develop instructional approaches in classroom settings through supervised student teaching.
Programs are divided according to the age and grade level at
which the student intends to teach as follows:
Primary-Junior (Kindergarten to Grade 6). Teachers at this level must be prepared to teach students all subjects so programs include courses in a variety of subjects taught in the elementary school. No specific teachable is required.
Junior-Intermediate (Grades 4 to 10). Teachers at this level must be prepared to teach students all subjects so programs include courses in a variety of subjects taught in the elementary school. Students must also have additional background (3 full course equivalents, except French and Music), in one of the following teachable subjects: Computer Science, English, French as a Second Language (5 FCEs required), Geography, History, Mathematics, Music (Instrumental and Vocal - Music Degree required), Native Language (Second Language), Native Studies (Indigenous Learning), Physical and Health Education, Science - General*, and Visual Arts.
*Sciences used towards the General Science teachable may be a combination of: Anthropology (Science courses only), Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies (Science Stream only), Geology (Earth Sciences) and Physics.
The Professional Year includes a methodology course on the curriculum and instruction of the teachable subject.
In J/I the teachable subject is normally, but not necessarily always, the same as the major subject of the bachelor's degree.
Intermediate-Senior (Grades 7 to 12). Students must take courses in two teachable subjects, 5 FCEs in the first teachable and 3 FCEs in the second (French as a second teachable requires 5 FCEs), but the Music teachable requires a music degree. Recognized teachable subjects are: Business - Accounting (One-year program only - as a first teachable only - minimum one FCE in Business Accounting), Computer Science, English, Environmental Science (General Science), French (5 FCEs), Geography, History, Individual and Society (as a second teachable only)*, Mathematics, Music (Instrumental and Vocal - Music Degree required), Native Language (Second Language), Native Studies (Indigenous Learning), Physical and Health Education (as a second teachable only), Science - General**, Science - Biology, Science - Chemistry, Science - Physics, and Visual Arts.
*Courses used towards the Individual and Society teachable may be a combination of: Anthropology, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology.
**Sciences used towards the General Science teachable may be a combination of: Anthropology (Science courses only), Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies (Science Stream only), Geology (Earth Sciences) and Physics.
The Professional Year includes methodology courses on the curriculum and instruction of the teachable subjects.
In I/S the teachable subject is normally, but not necessarily always, the same as the major subject of the bachelor's degree. The second teachable may be the second major of a double major degree, a minor with the major in a bachelor's degree, a recognized minor noted on the student's transcript, or merely the required three FCEs (except French, which requires 5 FCEs).
The teachable known as Environmental Science is available to one-year BEd students and is an Outdoor Ecological and Experiential Education specialization program (OE3). Five (5) full course equivalents are required for a first teachable and 3 FCEs for a second teachable in one of Geography, Outdoor Recreation, Environmental or other sciences or a combination of 3 of History, Philosophy, Anthropology, Psychology or Sociology. Environmental Science is taught as a specialization program, Outdoor Ecological and Experiential Education (OE3), in which students who have at least 3 FCEs in Geography are recommended for certification in the combination of Environmental Science (General Science) and Geography. Students who do not have 3 FCEs in Geography may apply for the OE3 program but must also take the course required for certification in their other teachable and will be recommended for certification in Environmental Science and their other teachable (not Geography).
See Requirements for Admission to Undergraduate Degree Programs in the Admission Requirements and Registration section of this Calendar, page 27.
1. Mathematics or Science Electives
When Primary-Junior or Junior-Intermediate Concurrent Education programs require students to take one or more Mathematics or Science electives, these electives must be selected from among: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, General Science 2310 or 2330, Mathematics, Computer Science, or another acceptable Science Course from Geography, Environmental Studies, or Anthropology (see list in the appropriate departmental entries). Students may need to meet prerequisites for some courses. Mathematics 0140 or General Science 1000 is recommended for students without a background in either high school Mathematics or Sciences.
2. Music or Visual Arts Requirement
All Primary-Junior and Junior-Intermediate concurrent programs require students to take one FCE in Music or Visual Arts.
3. Conditions for Maintaining Status in a Concurrent Program
A BA or BSc concurrent education student must maintain an overall average of 60% in all courses in the major in each year.
An HBA or HBSc concurrent education student must maintain an overall average of 70% in all courses in the major in each year.
Students who fail to attain the required average may continue "On Probation" for one year if there is a reasonable expectation that the student will be able to reinstate the required average in that year.
Should he/she fail to obtain the required percentage a second time, he/she will be required to transfer to an alternate program.
4. Conditions for Proceeding into the Professional Year
To proceed into the Professional Year of a concurrent bachelor's program, a student must have fulfilled all of the requirements of the first, second, and third years of the program with a cumulative average of 65%. Students enrolled in the Junior/Intermediate and Intermediate/ Senior programs must maintain a 65% cumulative in each teachable, starting September 2004.
To proceed into the Professional Year of a concurrent honour's program, a student must have fulfilled all of the requirements of the first, second, third, and fourth years of the program with a cumulative average of 70%. Students may not take courses as overload during Professional Year.
Students intending to enter the Professional Year must notify the Department of Undergraduate Studies in Education by November 30 of the preceding year. Students who applied by the November deadline will have until August 15 to provide evidence that they have met requirements. Eligible students will register for the Professional Year between May 30 and August 1. Students not registered by August 1 will be deemed to have deferred.
Both PJ and JI students are required to demonstrate mathematics
proficiency as part of the Mathematics methods course taken in
the Professional Year.
5. Special Examination
A student who has failed a course or courses may write a special examination as outlined in University Regulations, Regulation VII (Special Examinations), page 42, if a final exam was a part of the original requirements of the course.
6. The Professional Year Requirements
The Professional Year is a common program for One Year Bachelor of Education students and 4th or 5th year concurrent students. Successful completion of the Professional Year fulfills the requirements for Teacher Certification. It 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. A student whose attendance is deemed to be unsatisfactory may have his or her registration cancelled at any time. (See University Regulations, VIII Deficiency clause (d), page 42.)
A minimum score of 600 (or in the new form, 100 aggregate, with a greater competency in oral delivery and responding in particular) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for applicants whose language of instruction was not chiefly English.
During the Professional Year, the teacher-candidate must pass all courses with a 65% minimum average. No more than one FCE in which the student has attained passing marks of less than 60% will be counted towards the Bachelor of Education degree. Students lacking the necessary 65% average may, upon special application to the Chair of Undergraduate Studies, be permitted to repeat up to two FCEs of Professional Year courses in order to raise their averages to acceptable levels.
Only those teacher-candidates who have maintained a satisfactory
average and academic record according to the parameters in the
above paragraph will be deemed eligible for the second practicum
placement. Thus, a teacher-candidate who has failed to maintain
a 65% average and/or has more than one FCE below 60% will be required
to defer the second practicum until he or she has addressed the
Faculty of Education Guidelines for Oral and Written Communication
Oral competency of students in the Professional Year will be addressed through oral presentations made in Education Literacy courses, Education 3431, 3470, 4121, 4210, 4212, 4213, 4230, 4259, 4280, 4281, 4285, and 3013 (Early Reading Institute).
7. Professional Placement
Placements for all Professional year students are arranged by the Faculty of Education with specified partnership boards, school authorities, and band-controlled schools in Ontario. Students on placements 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. Teacher candidates requesting Thunder Bay placements may need to select another partnership board outside of Thunder Bay if sufficient appropriate placements are not available. The University recognizes the role of members of the teaching profession in the education of novice teachers, including their contributions to the recommendation of candidates for certification.
Police Background Check
Ontario schools require that teacher candidates present a police background check to school officials prior to starting a professional placement.
Students on placements must maintain the high professional standards expected of all teachers. Safe practice requires that teacher candidates: a) hold the safety and security of students in higher regard than their own rights and privileges; b) maintain classroom routines and expectations; c) cope with the emotional, intellectual and physical, demands of the classroom; and d) provide a safe, secure, environment for children. A teacher candidate may be excluded from the placement when his/her performance is deemed to be unsafe. Unsafe practice is any situation arising from a candidate's interaction with students or colleagues which places these students, colleagues, or the candidate himself/herself at risk or harm.
Additional Professional Year Placement
Teacher candidates may require one additional placement in order to successfully demonstrate their professionalism, independence, and competence. Candidates who have not met this standard by the end of the additional placement attempt will receive a failing grade in EDUC4499.
Language Competence in the Practicum
If a teacher-candidate's language competence is judged by an Associate Teacher to compromise effective teaching and learning, the Associate Teacher should contact the Faculty Advisor of the teacher-candidate. This regulation will be enforced in those instances when the teacher-candidate's command of the English language does not allow for effective communication with the students in his/her classroom. At this point, in order to continue to the second practicum the teacher-candidate will need to demonstrate to a Practicum Review Committee a professional level of proficiency in the following areas:
1. listening comprehension skills;
2. pronunciation and articulation;
3. verbal fluency;
4. an appropriate range and accuracy of diction;
5. appropriate syntax and usage.
See University Regulations page 39, Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies Regulations page 152, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities Regulations page 202 and Faculty of Professional Schools Regulations page 149.
In keeping with Government requirements, a candidate for the
Teacher's Certificate of Qualification for Ontario shall submit
birth, citizenship and/or name change documentation, proof of
academic qualifications, proof of freedom from active tuberculosis,
and a current Criminal Records Check (completed within six months
of application for certification).
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2007-2008 Calendar version