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Department of Undergraduate Studies in Education

Department of Undergraduate Studies in Education

Levels and Teachables

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 elementary school children all subjects. Programs include courses in a variety of subjects taught based on the Ontario Ministry curriculum documents. No specific teachable is required.

Intermediate/Senior (Grades 7 to 12). Intermediate/Senior students must take courses in two teachable subjects. Students must have a minimum of 5 FCEs in their first teachable and a minimum of 3 FCEs in their second teachable. At least one-half FCE must be at the third- or fourth-year level in each teachable subject and exceptions to this are noted below.

The following Intermediate/Senior teachable subjects are available at the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University:

English 
Environmental Science
French (as a Second Language)
Geography
Health and Physical Education
History
Mathematics
Music - Instrumental
Music - Vocal
Native Languages (with the language stipulated)
First Nations, Métis and Inuit Studies
Science - Biology
Science - Chemistry
Science - Physics
Science - General
Social Sciences – General (2nd teachable only)
Visual Arts

 

The following teachable combinations are not offered at the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University:

Environmental Science: Outdoor Ecological and Experiential Education, and Mathematics
Chemistry and Physics
Music and Visual Arts
Music (Vocal) and Music (Instrumental)

Exceptions:
Environmental Science -  Courses used toward Environmental Science may be any combination from at least three of the following disciplines: Anthropology (Acceptable Type C courses only), Astronomy (see General Science courses), Biology, Chemistry, Geography (Acceptable Type C courses only) (Note: GEOG 3693 not accepted for Science credit), Environmental Studies (Acceptable Type C courses only), Geology, Meteorology (see General Science and Physics courses), Outdoor Recreation, and Physics. General Science courses 0261 through 1015 are not eligible toward an Environmental Science teachable. Students with Environmental Science as a teachable are recommended to take EDUC 3531 Environmental Science Community Involvement. 
French (as a Second Language) - Requires 5 FCEs in French for a first or second teachable.
Health and Physical Education - Requires a Kinesiology or Physical Education degree if applying as a first teachable. Students applying for health and physical education as a second teachable are not required to have 0.5 FCE at the third- or fourth-year level.
History - Up to 1 FCE in Political Science may be used toward History as a first teachable.
Music - Music degree required.
Native Languages (Algonquian, Cree, Ojibwe, and Oji-Cree) - Requires 5 FCEs as a first or second teachable from any combination of the following Algonquian languages: Cree, Western Ojibwe (Ojibwe), Severn Ojibwe (Oji-Cree); or courses classified in the calendar as Algonquian (ALGO), Cree (CREE), Native Language (NALA), and Ojibwe (OJIB). To be eligible for a teachable in Native Languages, students must demonstrate oral proficiency in a Native language by passing an oral proficiency interview administered by the Faculty of Education. Students certified as a Teacher of Native Language by the Ontario College of Teachers may count Native Language as their second teachable.
Science - General - Courses used toward General Science may be any combination from at least three of the following disciplines: Anthropology (Acceptable Type C courses only), Astronomy (see General Science courses), Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies (Acceptable Type C courses only), Geography (Acceptable Type C courses only) (Note: GEOG 3693 not accepted for Science credit), Geology, Meteorology (see General Science and Physics courses), and Physics. General Science courses 0261 through 1015 are not eligible toward a Science – General teachable.
Social Sciences - General - Can only be taken as a second teachable (requiring 3 FCEs). Courses counted toward this teachable may be any combination from at least three of the following disciplines: Anthropology, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Women's Studies.
Visual Arts - Requires a Visual Arts or Fine Arts degree. 

The BEd Professional Program includes methodology courses on the curriculum and instruction in 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 3 FCEs (except French and Indigenous Languages, which require 5 FCEs).

 

Academic Regulations

1. Conditions for Maintaining Status in a Concurrent Program 
a) A concurrent education student must meet the requirements of the partner degree.
b) A concurrent education student must maintain a minimum cumulative average of 65%.
c) Education 2050 may be repeated only once.
d) Students who fail to attain the 65% cumulative average may continue "On Probation" for one year.

e) Students who remain under a 65% cumulative average following their probation year will be required to withdraw from the Concurrent Education program. A student is permitted to be on probation only once.

The Department of Undergraduate Studies along with the Program Coordinator of the partnering degree will enforce these requirements.


2. Conditions for Proceeding into the BEd Professional Program of a Concurrent Degree Program
a) To proceed into the BEd Professional Program of a concurrent bachelor program, a student must have fulfilled all of the requirements of the program with:
- a 65% minimum cumulative average.
- a 60% minimum major average.
- a 65% minimum average in each teachable.

 

b) To proceed into the BEd Professional Program of a concurrent honours bachelor program, a student must have fulfilled all of the requirements of the honours program with:
- a 65% minimum cumulative average.
- a 70% minimum major average.
- a 65% minimum average in each teachable.

c) Students intending to enter the BEd Professional Program must submit a declaration of intent to the Department of Undergraduate Studies in Education by November 30 of the preceding year. Students will have until August 30 to provide evidence that they have met the requirements. 

3. BEd Professional Program Requirements
a) This is an integrated program of foundational and methodological studies enhanced through periods of intense practical application, and requires punctual and regular attendance and active engagement and participation in all aspects of the program. Students are expected to maintain a professional, responsible approach to both classes and student teaching placements. Accordingly, attendance and punctuality are key aspects of professionalism. Course instructors will articulate their attendance and punctuality policy in their course outlines. Failure to meet these requirements may result in a failing grade and jeopardize successful program completion. Failure in more than one course due to poor attendance will result in a failed year.

b) A student in the BEd Professional Program who has failed to maintain a 65% cumulative average and/or has one or more FCEs below 60% will not have met graduation requirements. To address the academic deficiencies, students may repeat up to three FCEs of BEd 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) taken in the 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. Students must pass Education 0450 in order to complete the BEd Professional Program and be recommended for teacher certification in the Province of Ontario. Students who do not pass Education 0450 may repeat the course only once, and this must be in 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 first attempt of Education 0450 in September must register for Education 3519, Mathematics Curriculum for Teaching PJ in Year 1.

Note: Education 0450 is restricted to Primary/Junior students in the BEd Professional Program.

d) Intermediate/Senior students with a French teachable are required to demonstrate French language proficiency for graduation. Students must achieve a minimum of 70% on the Diplôme d'Études en Langue Française, B2 level, (DELF-B2) exam from an accredited centre, with at least 70% in each of the four competencies: oral comprehension, written comprehension, oral expression, and written expression. DELF-B2 certification obtained from an accredited centre within two years of admission to the BEd Professional Program will be accepted. All costs associated with the DELF exam are the responsibility of the student. Students whose French language proficiency does not meet the minimum 70% requirement in September of Year 1, are required to register for Education 3910, Perfecting French Written and Oral Skills, in Year 1.

Students must provide original documentation of the exam results to the Department of Undergraduate Studies in Education by April 30 of their graduating year.

4. Continuation in the BEd Professional Program
(a) To proceed without condition to the succeeding year of a program, a student must:

(i) maintain a cumulative average of 65% in each year of the two-year program.
(ii) have failed no more than one full-course equivalent (1 FCE).
(iii) count courses taken during spring and summer terms toward the calculation of the cumulative average for the previous academic year.

5. Failed Year in the BEd Professional Program
(a) A student is deemed to have failed a year if:

(i) a student has failed more than two full-course equivalents (2 FCEs); or
(ii) a student has failed more than one course due to poor attendance; or
(iii) a student attains a cumulative average of less than 65% in all courses in a given year.

(b) In a failed year, course credit is retained for only those courses in which a minimum mark of 60% has been attained.

(c) A student who has failed a year is eligible to apply for re-admission to the Faculty of Education. A student may be granted the privilege of repeating one year only.

(d) Students should note that course and practicum availability may preclude the possibility of repeating an Education course in the session they choose.

6. 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.

7. Time Limit 
The BEd Professional Program is designed as a program of full-time study. A student must complete all program requirements within 4 years of admission to the BEd Professional Program. A student who has exceeded the time limit is eligible to reapply.


8. BEd Professional Program Practicum

a) Practicum

(i) BEd 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 complete a minimum of 105 days of practice teaching divided into four teaching blocks. Students on placements must maintain the high professional standards expected of all teachers. To ensure the integrity of the practicum assessment process, placements are arranged solely by the institution.

(ii) A student may not proceed to practicum if:

-      a student fails one or more full-course equivalents (1 FCE or more)

-      a student attains a cumulative average of less than 65% in a given year

-      a student in the Primary-Junior division fails the third attempt of the math competency exam, in September of Year-2.

(iii) BEd Professional Program students are required to successfully demonstrate their professionalism, independence, and competence in teaching placements to receive a passing grade in Education 4398 and Education 4498. Students who fail a practicum in Year 1 are placed on review and are required to register in EDUC 0498, Enhancing the Practicum. Students who fail a practicum in Year 2 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 EDUC 0498 to proceed to the next scheduled placement. Failure of EDUC 0498 constitutes program failure. A student may be on review only once.

b) Alternative Placements

Students must satisfy all eligibility criteria for an alternative placement as outlined in the Practicum Guide.

c) Police Records Check
All Ontario publicly-funded schools require that students present a valid Police Records Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening (PRC/VSS). For purposes of the practica served in the BEd 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 in each year of the BEd 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 and for applying in a timely fashion.

d) Tuberculosis (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.

e) 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.


f) Language Competence in the Practicum
If a BEd Professional Program student’s language competence is deemed to compromise effective teaching and learning, the associate teacher should 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 Year 1, the student will need to demonstrate to a Practicum Review Committee a professional level of proficiency 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.

A student that has been deemed by the Faculty of Education as being unable to satisfy sufficient language competency will be withdrawn from the program.