Education

Faculty of Education

Location: Keele campus, 128 Winters College, Tel.: 416-736-5001
Administrative Officers: L. Martin, Dean; C. Brushwood-Rose, Associate Dean (Academic Programs); S. Winton, Associate Dean (Research); J. Gilbert, Director, Graduate Program in Education
Professors: S. Alsop, D. Britzman (Distinguished Research Professor), D. Dippo, R. Dunlop, S. Gaetz, C. Haig-Brown, C. James, J. Jenson, D. Khayatt, H. Lotherington, S. Murphy, R. Owston, A. Pitt, S. Schecter, S. Shapson
Professors Emeriti: P. Axelrod, J. Bell, G. Bunch, C. Ewoldt, E. Fine, A. Griffith, L. Heshusius, M. Hughes, M. McCarthy, S. Robbins, C. A. Wien
Associate Professors: K. Barkaoui, S. Barrett, W. Crichlow, R. Desai-Trilokekar, S. Dion, M. Di Paolantonio, N. Dlamini, L. Farley, J. Ippolito, I. Killoran, K. Krasny, J. Lynch, J. Mannette, C. Mayer, P. Millet, A. Mishra-Tarc, M. Morbey, N. Norquay, R. Sanaoui, T. Shanahan, J. Sheridan, K. Stanworth, L. Wiseman, D. Yon, Q. Zha
Associate Professors Emeriti: S. Eden, O. Fullerton, N. Israelite, G. Orpwood, H. Smaller
Assistant Professors: M. Peguret, C. Popovic, T. Rapke, B. J. Richmond
Assistant Professor Emeritus: D. Mason

Host School Boards

Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
Peel District School Board
Toronto Catholic District School Board
Toronto District School Board
York Region District School Board
York Catholic District School Board
Centre for Jewish Education

Course Numbering

Letter prefixes are used in each course to identify the Faculty of Education (ED) and the subject area of the course (PRJM - primary/junior math; VISA - visual arts). A typical course number reads as follows ED/PRJM 3031 3.00 - Teaching Mathematics in the Primary/Junior Divisions.

Note: the Faculty reserves the right not to offer courses in particular sessions without advance notice.

University-Wide Residency Requirement

A minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 per cent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.

Faculty-Wide Degree Requirements

Concurrent BEd - Direct Entry

A select number of high-school applicants who have applied to the Faculties of Education (Educational Studies), Environmental Studies, Glendon, Health, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, or Science, the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, or the Lassonde School of Engineering, will be offered direct entry to the Pre-Education Concurrent BEd program. Using high school admission averages and other Faculty-specific criteria for selected direct-entry applicants, the Faculty of Education will waive the regular admission requirement to the Concurrent BEd. To be eligible to continue in the Concurrent BEd program, direct-entry students will be required to meet the Faculty of Education Concurrent BEd program requirements (i.e. complete a minimum of 60 York university credits or equivalent if pursuing a general degree (90 credits) with teaching level Primary/Junior or Junior/Intermediate or after completing a minimum of 90 York University credits or equivalent if pursuing an honours degree (120 credits) with teaching level Primary/Junior, Junior/Intermediate or Intermediate/Senior with a minimum C+ overall grade point average and be eligible to continue in their undergraduate program at York).

BEd (French)

Considerable emphasis in the Concurrent BEd (French) program is placed on ensuring excellent French language proficiency and a deep understanding of francophone cultures. To satisfy the francophone cultural component of the program, teacher candidates may participate in a one-year study program in a francophone context during Year 3 or Year 4 of the Bachelor degree, or enrol in two full course equivalents (12 credits) in francophone culture as part of the bachelor’s degree requirements.

Glendon students will complete the French BEd in years 5 and 6 of their studies (or if pursuing a General BA with a teaching certification in Primary/Junior or Junior/Intermediate in year 4 and 5), after completing the Bachelor program requirements in their home Faculty. The French BEd program runs for four semesters in two consecutive years – Fall/Winter, Fall/Winter.

Note: the BEd (French) degree is currently offered for the most part at the Glendon campus.

Applicants are required to satisfy the standards and procedures for admission to the Concurrent BEd program outlined under Standards and Procedures for Admission to the Concurrent BEd Program. In addition, applicants who do not present one of the following must successfully complete a written and oral French placement test:

  • Four full years of study in French at the secondary school level.
  • One full year of study in French in an accredited university degree program.
  • Two full years of study in French in an accredited college diploma program.

Successful candidates are normally selected on the basis of education-related experience, references, university grade point averages and a written test in French.

BEd (French) Practicum

Practicum seminars in each of the two years are designed to cover basic issues of observation, inquiry, reflection, school structures, portfolios, lesson planning, curriculum design, classroom management and assessment. Each seminar is supported by university coursework and a relevant placement. A significant proportion of the practicum is carried out in Ontario French Immersion schools. Candidates also have experiences in English language elementary settings.

Placements in Semester 1 and 2 of the BEd (French) program consist of a set of experiences in francophone community-based and French Immersion school-based locations.

In Semester 3 and 4 two days per week takes place in a French Immersion classroom for the whole year. A six-week final block takes place in a French Immersion setting in the same panel. Teacher candidates are placed in school settings in which a variety of classroom experiences are offered (English/Core French and Immersion).

International Specialization

Students in the Faculty of Education’s Bachelor of Education (BEd) Concurrent program are able to identify that they would like to “specialize” in international education within the existing degree program. Students who are eligible to earn the specialization are those in the Faculty of Education’s Bachelor of Education Concurrent program and they may be studying to teach in any subject area and at any grade level.

This option responds to students’ interests in teaching in international locations after they have graduated with a BEd; it is designed to help students to develop the skills and experiences that will prepare them to teach in an international location, while also fulfilling the Ontario degree and certification requirements. The specialization may also give potential students–particularly those who are interested in teaching internationally–an additional reason to select York University for their BEd degree.

The specialization is offered within the existing concurrent BEd degree offerings and requirements, and will allow students to “package” their courses and experiences in order to take a specific focus. The specialization will include:

  1. Completion of a minimum of two internationally-focused three-credit elective courses including:
  2. Participation in at least one program-based international learning opportunity through York University, which includes one or more of the following: study abroad, exchange, summer internship or other internationally-based program offered through the Faculty of Education at York University, which extends for a period of one month or longer.
  3. Participation in one or more internationally-focused cocurricular activities, which equate to a minimum of 32 hours of work. Experience must be completed during the Bachelor of Education degree program at York University (e.g. working as a Language Partner, as a member of the planning committee with the Faculty of Education Student Association’s International Mini-Conference).

Participation in the specialization in international education requires students to identify this as an area of specialization prior to graduating with their Education degree. When students graduate from the Faculty of Education, they will be confirmed to have met all requirements. Upon confirmation from the International Education office, information will be directed to the undergraduate office in the Faculty of Education and a notation will be added to the student’s transcripts, indicating that a specialization has been completed. For more details, see http://edu.yorku.ca/current-students/international-opportunities/.

Faculty of Education Concurrency Requirements

While coregistered in the Faculty of Education, a candidate’s combined academic and professional program must meet the following requirements:

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.

Students will take a stop-out year from their home faculty and take courses in education (ED 1 – Semester 1 and 2 and ED 2 – Semester 3 and 4).This will occur during the students fourth year (when taking a four year undergraduate degree) or their third year (when taking a three year undergraduate degree) at York. Students will then return to their home faculty and complete their undergraduate degree before returning to Education for a final capstone year. In years when students are not taking courses in Education the faculty will offer a range of non-credit experiences to keep the students connected to the program.

NOTE: Glendon pursuing the French BEd will complete the concurrent BEd in years 5 and 6 of their studies (or if pursuing a General BA with a teaching certification in Primary/Junior or Junior/Intermediate in year 4 and 5), after completing the Bachelor program requirements in their home Faculty. The French BEd program runs for four semesters in two consecutive years – Fall/Winter, Fall/Winter.

Primary/Junior Program

The primary/junior program is open to prospective teachers who wish to teach Grades JK to 6.

Teacher candidates should complete at least 60 credits (10 full university courses) with a 6.00 (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 some of the following courses in their York program:

  • six credits in science
  • six credits in fine arts
  • six credits in history or geography
  • six credits in English or humanities
  • six credits in mathematics
  • six credits in kinesiology and health science

Junior/Intermediate Program

The junior/intermediate program qualifies candidates to teach in Grades 4 to 10. 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 division. Candidates may choose their intermediate division subject from the following list:

dance history
dramatic arts mathematics
English music - instrumental
French as a second language science - general
geography visual arts
health and physical education  

When selecting their teaching subject, candidates should note the academic requirements for each subject and the prerequisites for particular curriculum and instruction courses.

For the junior/intermediate program a minimum of 24 credits (four full university courses) in a subject must be taken in order to register in the teaching subject curriculum ED/XXXX 3000 3.00 and instruction course. A candidate requires a minimum of 24 credits (four full university courses) in the teaching subject in order to graduate.

Intermediate/Senior Program

The intermediate/senior program qualifies candidates to teach in Grades 7 to 12. It may be taken only in conjunction with a four-year (Honours) degree program with a minimum C+ overall average or a 5.00 grade point average. By Ontario College of Teachers’ regulations all candidates in the intermediate/senior program must prepare themselves to teach two subjects at the intermediate/senior level. It is recommended that candidates declare their teaching subjects as a major or minor in their undergraduate degree program. Candidates may choose their intermediate/senior division subjects from the following list:

business studies - accounting history
business studies - general law
business studies - entrepreneurship mathematics
business studies - information and communication technology music - instrumental
computer studies native studies
dance philosophy
dramatic arts politics
economics religious education
English science - biology
environmental science/studies science - chemistry
family studies science - general
French as a second language science - physics
geography social sciences - general
health and physical education visual arts

There is potential for conflicts or repetition in choosing similar teaching subjects, such as ones that fall under business/computer studies/economics, geography/environmental science/science, history/law/political science or philosophy/social science/religious education categories. Although you may select these combinations, be advised that you may have the same course director and same course outline for both teaching subject classes.

Some of the above subjects (e.g. business studies), depending on numbers, may only be available through independent study courses. When selecting your two teaching subjects, candidates should note the academic requirements for each subject and the prerequisites for curriculum and instruction courses.

For the intermediate/senior program a minimum of 24 credits (four full university courses) in the subject area must be taken in order to register in the teaching subject curriculum ED/XXXX 4000 3.00 and ED/XXXX 4001 3.00 and instruction course. A candidate requires a minimum of 36 credits (six full university courses) in one teaching subject area and 18 credits (three full university courses) in the other area to graduate.

Concurrent Program Academic Requirements for Junior/Intermediate and Intermediate/Senior Teaching Subjects

The requirements noted below are for admission to the teaching subject curriculum and instruction course (ED/XXXX 4000 3.00 or ED/XXXX 4001 3.00) or ED/XXXX 3000 3.00 and are separate from the requirements for the home Faculty degree. It is recommended that students declare the subject area as a major or minor in the home Faculty as there are limited enrolment spaces available for non-majors.

For the junior/intermediate program 24 credits (four full university course equivalents) in a subject must be taken in order to register in the teaching subject curriculum and instruction course. A candidate requires a minimum of 24 credits (four full university course equivalents) in the teaching subject in order to graduate.

For the intermediate/senior program a minimum of 24 credits (four full university courses) in the subject area must be taken in order to register in the teaching subject curriculum and instruction course. A candidate requires a minimum of 36 credits (six full university courses) in one teaching subject area and 18 credits (three full university courses) in the other area to graduate.

Candidates are expected to achieve a minimum of C+ in each course fulfilling the requirements for a teaching subject for junior/intermediate and intermediate/senior. Failure to do so may result in a suspension or involuntary withdrawal from the program or other appropriate recommendation at the discretion of the Faculty adviser and the associate dean (undergraduate programs).

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 (nine full university courses) in a teaching subject to qualify for the highest pay rate as a teacher. For further details, please visit http://www.qeco.on.ca and http://osstf.on.ca.

Academic courses should be taken according to the following patterns (note that Glendon, environmental studies or other equivalents may be designated by an adviser):

Business Studies (Intermediate/Senior only)

The best preparation for teaching business studies is an Honours BA degree or equivalent Honours degree in administrative studies. Courses can be chosen in consultation with a Faculty of Education adviser and/or the subject course director. There is potential for conflicts or repetition in courses when choosing similar teaching subjects, such as ones that fall under the business, computer studies or economics category. Although you may select these combinations, we would like to advise you that you may have the same course director and same course outline for both teaching subject classes.

Accounting

As a first teaching subject, you must complete at least three full-year (or equivalent) courses from the teaching subject area and the remaining three full-year courses may be from a related business field. 24 credits in the teaching subject area must be completed prior to enrolling in Semester 1 and 2 ED/ACTG 4000 3.00 and ED/ACTG 4001 3.00.

As a second teaching subject, you must complete at least three full-year (or equivalent) courses from the teaching subject area prior to enrolling in Semester 3 and 4 ED/ACTG 4000 3.00 and ED/ACTG 4001 3.00.

Business - General

As a first teaching subject, you must complete six full full-year (or equivalent) courses from the teaching subject area. 24 credits in the teaching subject area must be completed prior to enrolling in Semester 1 and 2 ED/BUSI 4000 3.00 and ED/BUSI 4001 3.00.

As a second teaching subject, you must complete the three four full-year (or equivalent) courses from the teaching subject area prior to enrolling in Semester 3 and 4 ED/BUSI 4000 3.00 and ED/BUSI 4001 3.00.

Entrepreneurship

As a first teaching subject, you must complete at least three full-year (or equivalent) courses from the teaching subject area and the remaining three full-year courses may be from a related business field. 24 credits in the teaching subject area must be completed prior to enrolling in Semester 1 and 2 ED/ENTR 4000 3.00 and ED/ENTR 4001 3.00.

As a second teaching subject, you must complete the three full-year (or equivalent) courses from the teaching subject area prior to enrolling in Semester 3 and 4 ED/ENTR 4000 3.00 and ED/ENTR 4001 3.00.

Information and Communication Technology

As a first teaching subject, you must complete at least three full-year (or equivalent) courses from the teaching subject area prior to enrolling in Semester 1 and 2 ED/ITEC 4000 3.00 and ED/ITEC 4001 3.00.

As a second teaching subject, you must complete the three full-year (or equivalent) courses from the teaching subject area prior to enrolling in in Semester 3 and 4 ED/ITEC 4000 3.00 and ED/ITEC 4001 3.00.

Computer Studies (Intermediate/Senior only)

The best preparation for teaching computer studies is a BA or BSc degree or equivalent Honours degree in computer science or computer engineering. Courses can be chosen in consultation with a Faculty of Education adviser and/or the subject course director. There is potential for conflicts or repetition in courses when choosing similar teaching subjects, such as ones that fall under the business, computer studies or economics category. Although you may select these combinations, we would like to advise you that you may have the same course director and same course outline for both teaching subject classes.

As a first teaching subject, you must complete at least four full-year (or equivalent) courses from the teaching subject area prior to enrolling in Semester 1 and 2 ED/COST 4000 3.00 and ED/COST 4001 3.00.

As a second teaching subject, you must complete the three full-year (or equivalent) courses from the teaching subject area prior to enrolling in Semester 3 and 4 ED/COST 4000 3.00 and ED/COST 4001 3.00.

Dance

The best preparation for teaching dance is a Specialized Honours BFA degree or equivalent Honours degree in dance. Courses may be chosen in consultation with a Faculty of Education adviser and/or the subject course director if necessary.

Intermediate/Senior

As a first teaching subject, you must complete at least four full-year (or equivalent) courses from the teaching subject area (18 credits of the 36 must be studio courses in dance) prior to enrolling in Semester 1 and 2 ED/DANC 4000 3.00 and ED/DANC 4001 3.00.

As a second teaching subject, you must complete the three full-year ((or equivalent) 12 credits in studio and 6 credit course at the 3000 or 4000 level) from the teaching subject area prior to enrolling in Semester 3 and 4 ED/DANC 4000 3.00 and ED/DANC 4001 3.00.

Junior/Intermediate

As your teaching subject you must complete a total of 24 credits. 12 credits of studio courses in dance and 12 credits need to be completed at the 3000 or 4000 level prior to enrolling in Semester 3 ED/DANC 3000 3.00.

Drama

The best preparation for teaching drama is a BA or BFA in theatre. Courses may be chosen in consultation with a Faculty of Education adviser and/or the subject course director if necessary.

Intermediate/Senior

As a first teaching subject, you must complete at least four full-year (or equivalent) courses from the teaching subject area (18 credits of the 36 must be studio courses in drama) prior to enrolling in Semester 1 and 2 ED/DRAA 4000 3.00 and ED/DRAA 4001 3.00.

As a second teaching subject, you must complete the three full-year ((or equivalent) 12 credits in studio and 6 credit course at the 3000 or 4000 level) from the teaching subject area prior to enrolling in Semester 3 and 4 ED/DRAA 4000 3.00 and ED/DRAA 4001 3.00.

Junior/Intermediate

As your teaching subject you must complete a total of 24 credits. 12 credits of studio courses in drama and 12 credits need to be completed at the 3000 or 4000 level prior to enrolling in Semester 3 ED/DRAA 3000 3.00.

Economics (Intermediate/Senior Only)

The best preparation for teaching economics is a BA degree or equivalent Honours degree in economics. Courses can be chosen in consultation with a Faculty of Education adviser and/or the subject course director. There is potential for conflicts or repetition in courses when choosing similar teaching subjects, such as ones that fall under the business, computer studies or economics category. Although you may select these combinations, we would like to advise you that you may have the same course director and same course outline for both teaching subject classes.

As a first teaching subject, you must complete at least four full-year (or equivalent) courses from the teaching subject area prior to enrolling in Semester 1 and 2 ED/ECON 4000 3.00 and ED/ECON 4001 3.00.

As a second teaching subject, you must complete the three full-year (or equivalent) course from the teaching subject area prior to enrolling in Semester 3 and 4 ED/ECON 4000 3.00 and ED/ECON 4001 3.00.

English

Courses from overview and Shakespeare categories will familiarize students with some of the existing J/I/S curricular expectations for teaching literary studies. Courses can be chosen in consultation with a Faculty of Education adviser if necessary.

  1. Overview
  2. Shakespeare
  3. Canadian Literature
  4. Post-Colonial
  5. Gender Studies
  6. Language and Writing (e.g. linguistics course)

Intermediate/Senior

As a first teaching subject, you must complete 36 credits, choosing a course from each of the listed fields of study above. Four full-year (or equivalent) courses from the teaching subject area must be completed prior to enrolling in ED/EN 4000 3.00 and ED/EN 4001 3.00.

As a second teaching subject, you must complete the three full-year (or equivalent) course from the teaching subject area prior to enrolling in Semester 3 and 4 ED/EN 4000 3.00 and ED/EN 4001 3.00.

Junior/Intermediate

As your teaching subject you must complete 24 credits, choosing one course each from at least three of the fields above prior to enrolling in Semester 3 ED/EN 4000 3.00.

Environmental Science/Studies (Intermediate/Senior only)

The best preparation for teaching environmental science is a BSc degree or an equivalent Honours degree in environmental science. Courses can be chosen in consultation with a Faculty of Education adviser if necessary.

As a first teaching subject, you must complete at least four full-year (or equivalent) courses from the teaching subject area prior to enrolling in Semester 1 and 2 ED/INDS 4000 3.00 and ED/INDS 4001 3.00.

As a second teaching subject, you must complete the three full-year (or equivalent) courses from the teaching subject area prior to enrolling in Semester 3 and 4 ED/INDS 4000 3.00 and ED/INDS 4001 3.00.

It is recommended you take a course in the geoinformatics thematic area.

Family Studies (Intermediate/Senior only)

Courses can be chosen in consultation with a Faculty of Education adviser or the subject course director. All nine credit courses will be counted as six credits towards the teaching subject.

Family Studies courses are considered with a family focus in humanities, psychology, social sciences or sociology, or 12 credits with a combination of family focused courses across humanities, psychology, social sciences or sociology and 12 credits from early childhood education, health studies, business or administrative studies, or fashion studies.

As a first teaching subject, you must complete at least four full-year (or equivalent) courses from the teaching subject area prior to enrolling in Semester 1 and 2 ED/FAST 4000 3.00 and ED/FAST 4001 3.00.

As a second teaching subject, you must complete the three full-year (or equivalent) courses from the teaching subject area prior to enrolling in Semester 3 and 4 ED/FAST 4000 3.00 and ED/FAST 4001 3.00.

French

The best preparation for teaching French is a BA degree or an equivalent Honours degree in French. Courses can be chosen in consultation with an education adviser. All education candidates registered in French must take the following courses:

Intermediate/Senior

First Teaching Subject

Candidates must complete a total of 36 credits; that is:

  • 18 credits in language;
  • 12 credits in linguistics; and
  • six credits in literature.

Second Teaching Subject and Junior/Intermediate

Candidates must complete a total of 18 credits; that is:

  • 12 credits in language;
  • six credits in linguistics.

As a first teaching subject, you must complete at least four full-year (or equivalent) courses from the teaching subject area above prior to enrolling in Semester 1 and 2 ED/FREN 4000 3.00 and ED/FREN 4001 3.00.

As a second teaching subject, you must complete the three full-year (or equivalent) courses from the teaching subject area above prior to enrolling in Semester 3 and 4 ED/FREN 4000 3.00 and ED/FREN 4001 3.00.

Junior/Intermediate

As your teaching subject, you must complete the four full-year (or equivalent) courses from the teaching subject area above prior to enrolling in Semester 3 ED/FREN 3000 3.00.

Geography

The best preparation for teaching geography is an Honours degree in geography. In the intermediate/senior level some courses from a related field such as environmental studies may be considered as equivalents; however, courses can be chosen in consultation with a Faculty of Education adviser and/or the subject course director.

Intermediate/Senior

As a first teaching subject, you must complete at least four full-year (or equivalent) courses from the teaching subject area prior to enrolling in Semester 1 and 2 ED/GEOG 4000 3.00 and ED/GEOG 4001 3.00.

As a second teaching subject, you must complete the three full-year (or equivalent) course from the teaching subject area prior to enrolling in Semester 3 and 4 ED/GEOG 4000 3.00 and ED/GEOG 4001 3.00.

It is recommended that you take a 3.00 credit course in the geoinformatics theme area.

Junior/Intermediate

You must complete a total of 24 credits in geography prior to enrolling Semester 3 ED/GEOG 3000 3.00. At least 12 credits must be taken at the 3000- or 4000-year level.

Health and Physical Education

Candidates will take four practicum (PKIN) activity courses from the six core areas. The six core areas include: aquatics (200), team sports (300), individual and dual sports (400), dance/gymnastics (500), track and field (600) and emergency care (700).

Intermediate/Senior

Candidates must complete a total of 36 credits as follows: nine introductory credits in kinesiology, with the remaining kinesiology credits above the 1000-year level. 18 credits must be taken at the 3000- or 4000-year level.

As a first teaching subject, you must complete at least four full-year (or equivalent) courses from the teaching subject area prior to enrolling in Semester 1 and 2 ED/PHED 4000 3.00 and ED/PHED 4001 3.00.

As a second teaching subject, you must complete 18 credits in kinesiology. Six credits must be taken at the 3000- or 4000-year level prior to enrolling in Semester 3 ED/PHED 3000 3.00.

Junior/Intermediate

As a teaching subject, you must complete a total of 24 credits as follows: nine introductory credits in kinesiology, with the remaining kinesiology credits above the 1000-year level. Six credits must be taken at the 3000- or 4000-year level prior to enrolling in Semester 3 ED/PHED 3000 3.00.

History

The best preparation for teaching history is a BA degree or equivalent Honours degree in history. Courses can be chosen in consultation with a Faculty of Education adviser and/or the subject course director.

Candidates are encouraged to include courses reflecting the diverse nature of history and society. It is highly recommended to include courses involving themes such as race, gender, ethnicity and class, and also courses reflecting the histories of non-Western nations.

Intermediate/Senior

Candidates must complete 36 credits as follows: six credits must be in Canadian history but an additional six credits is strongly recommended. 12 credits must be from two of the following areas of history: developing world, European, ancient world or American history. 12 credits of the 36 must at the 3000- or 4000-year level. 24 credits in the teaching subject area must be completed prior to enrolling in ED/HIST 3051 6.00.

As a first teaching subject, you must complete 24 credits of the above credit courses prior to enrolling in Semester 1 and 2 ED/HIST 4000 3.00 and ED/HIST 4001 3.00.

As second teaching subject, you must complete six credits in Canadian History and 12 credits must be from two of the following areas of history: developing word, European, ancient world of American history. Six credits of the 18 must be at the 3000 or 4000 year level prior to enrolling in Semester 3 ED/HIST 3000.

Junior/intermediate

As your teaching subject, you must complete 24 credits as follows: six credits must be in Canadian history but an additional six credits is strongly recommended. 12 credits must be from two of the following areas of history: developing world, European, ancient world or American history. Six credits of the 24 credits must be at the 3000 or 4000 year level.

Law (Intermediate/Senior only)

The best preparation for teaching law is a BA degree or equivalent Honours degree in law and society or criminology. Courses can be chosen in consultation with a Faculty of Education adviser and/or the subject course director. Additional courses in law, criminal procedure, justice and other areas related to law may be included in this teaching subject. Candidates must complete 36 credits as follows: 12 credits minimum in criminal law and 12 credits from philosophy of law or crime and social conditions. The remaining 12 credits must be at the 3000- or 4000-year level.

As a first teaching subject, you must complete 24 credits in the teaching subject area prior to enrolling in Semester 1 and 2 ED/LAW 4000 3.00 and ED/LAW 4001 3.00. All nine credit courses will be counted as six credits towards the teaching subject. As a second teaching subject, you must complete 18 credits as follows: 12 credits minimum in criminal law and six credits from philosophy of law or crime and social conditions. The remaining six credits must be at the 3000- or 4000-year level prior to enrolling in Semester 3 ED/LAW 3000 3.00.

Mathematics

The following courses, or approved equivalents, must be included for a teaching subject in mathematics. Courses can be chosen in consultation with a Faculty of Education mathematics adviser:

  • six credits in calculus;
  • six credits in linear algebra;
  • six credits in probability and statistics;
  • six credits in proof-based mathematics (or three credits in proof-based mathematics and three credits in modeling).

These courses above cover the requirements for junior/intermediate (24 credits) or a second teaching subject (18 credits).

As a first teaching subject (36 credits), and for additional breadth in a second teaching subject, students are encouraged to include a wider range of mathematics and should consider courses such as SC/MATH 4100 3.00 or SC/MATH 4400 6.00 (in addition to the list above). 24 credits in the teaching subject area must be completed prior to enrolling in Semester 1 and 2 ED/MATH 4000 3.00 and ED/MATH 4001 3.00.

As a second teaching subject, you must complete 18 credits prior to enrolling in Semester 3 ED/MATH 3000 3.00.

Students working towards an Honours specialist in mathematics (54 credits plus additional Ministry of Education requirements), may major in any of the programs within mathematics and statistics, i.e. Mathematics for Education, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Mathematics for Commerce, Computational Mathematics. With appropriate course selection, each of these programs offers good opportunities for preparation in mathematics. A minor in any of these programs is also appropriate for a first teaching subject in mathematics.

Music (instrumental)

The best preparation for teaching music, either in junior/intermediate (24 credits) or as a first (36 credits) or second (18 credits) teaching subject in intermediate/senior, is a BFA or equivalent Honours degree in music. Before taking the practicum-seminar(s), teacher candidates are generally required to have completed the core curriculum as set out by the Music Department, School of the Arts, Music, Performance and Design. Courses can be chosen in consultation with a Faculty of Education adviser if necessary.

Intermediate/Senior

As a first teaching subject, you must complete 36 credits in music. 12 credits must be taken at the 3000 or 4000 year level. Candidates must complete at least 18 credits of studio courses in music. 24 credits in the teaching subject area must be completed prior to enrolling in Semester 1 and 2 ED/MUSI 4000 3.00 and ED/MUSI 4001 3.00.

As a second teaching subject, you must complete the three full-year ((or equivalent) 12 credits in studio and 6 credits courses)) from the teaching subject area prior to enrolling in Semester 3 and 4 ED/MUSI 4000 3.00 and ED/MUSI 4001 3.00.

Junior/Intermediate

As your teaching subject, you must complete a total of 24 credits in music. Candidates must complete at least 12 credits of studio courses in music. 12 credits need to be completed prior to enrolling in Semester 3 ED/MUSI 3000 3.00.

Philosophy (Intermediate/Senior only)

The best preparation for teaching philosophy is a BA degree or an equivalent Honours degree in philosophy. Courses can be chosen in consultation with a Faculty of Education adviser if necessary.

As a first teaching subject, candidates must complete 36 credits (or equivalent) courses in philosophy. 18 credits must be completed at the 3000- or 4000-year level in philosophy. 24 credits in the teaching subject area must be completed prior to enrolling in Semester 1 and 2 ED/PHIL 4000 3.00 and ED/PHIL 4001 3.00.

As a second teaching subject, candidates must complete 24 credits (or equivalent) courses in philosophy, 6 credits must be completed at the 3000- or 4000-year level in philosophy prior to enrolling in Semester 3 and 4 ED/PHIL 4000 3.00 and ED/PHIL 4001 3.00.

Political Science (Intermediate/Senior only)

The best preparation for teaching political science is a BA degree or an equivalent Honours degree in political science. Courses can be chosen in consultation with a Faculty of Education adviser and/or the subject course director.

As a first teaching subject, 18 credits must be completed at the 3000- or 4000-year level in political science and 24 credits in the teaching subject area must be completed prior to enrolling in Semester 1 and 2 ED/POLS 4000 3.00 and ED/POLS 4001 3.00.

As a second teaching subject, candidates must complete 18 credits (or equivalent) courses in political science and 6 credits must be completed at the 3000- or 4000-year level in political science prior to enrolling in Semester 3 and 4 ED/POLS 4000 3.00 and ED/POLS 4001 3.00.

Religious Studies

Religious studies as a teaching subject offers courses that include areas of religion, culture, biblical, Jewish and Christian studies. Courses are also offered which support students’ inquiry into Islamic studies, religious traditions of Asia, and North American First Nations spirituality.

Courses must be selected from within the course list of the Religious Studies program. The resulting qualifications will enable the student to design a comparative religion course as well as teach within public, private and secondary school settings. Course selections should be made in consultation with a Faculty of Education adviser and/or the education religious studies adviser. All nine credit courses will be counted as six credits towards the teaching subject.

Intermediate/Senior

As a first teaching subject, you must complete 36 credits in religious studies. 24 credits in the teaching subject area must be completed prior to enrolling in Semester 1 and 2 ED/RELS 4000 3.00 and ED/RELS 4001 3.00.

As a second teaching subject you, must complete 18 credits in religious studies prior to enrolling in Semester 3 and 4 ED/RELS 4000 3.00 and ED/RELS 4001 3.00.

Science

Biology (Intermediate/Senior only)

The best preparation for teaching biology as a first teaching subject is an Honours BSc degree in biology. However, Faculty of Science students who select biology as their first teaching subject and either chemistry, physics or mathematics as their second teaching subject, may wish to consider the Honours Science degree program which allows for a broader range of courses than in Specialized or Combined Honours.

There is potential for conflicts or repetition in choosing similar teaching subjects, such as ones that fall under the science category. Although you may select these combinations, we would like to advise you that you may have the same course director and same course outline for both teaching subject classes. 24 credits in the teaching subject area must be completed prior to enrolling in Semester 1 and 2 ED/BIOL 4000 3.00 and ED/BIOL 4001 3.00.

Candidates for biology must complete a total of 36 credits in biology as a first teaching subject or any 18 credits for biology as a second teaching subject.

Chemistry (Intermediate/Senior only)

The best preparation for teaching chemistry as a first teaching subject is an Honours BSc degree in chemistry. However, Faculty of Science students who select chemistry as their first teaching subject and either biology, physics or mathematics as their second teaching subject may wish to consider the Honours Science degree program which allows for a broader range of courses than in Specialized or Combined Honours.

There is potential for conflicts or repetition in choosing similar teaching subjects, such as ones that fall under the science category. Although you may select these combinations, we would like to advise you that you may have the same course director and same course outline for both teaching subject classes. 24 credits in the teaching subject area must be completed prior to enrolling in Semester 1 and 2 ED/CHEM 4000 3.00 and ED/CHEM 4001 3.00.

Candidates for chemistry must complete a total of 36 credits in chemistry as a first teaching subject or any 18 credits in chemistry as a second teaching subject.

Physics (Intermediate/Senior only)

The best preparation for teaching physics as a first teaching subject is an Honours BSc degree in physics. However, Faculty of Science students who select physics as their first teaching subject and biology, chemistry or mathematics as their second teaching subject may wish to consider the Honours Science degree program which allows for a broader range of courses than in Specialized or Combined Honours.

There is potential for conflicts or repetition in choosing similar teaching subjects, such as ones that fall under the science category. Although you may select these combinations, we would like to advise you that you may have the same course director and same course outline for both teaching subject classes. 24 credits in the teaching subject area must be completed prior to enrolling in Semester 1 and 2 ED/PHYS 4000 3.00 and ED/PHYS 4001 3.00.

Candidates for physics must complete a total of 36 credits in physics as a first teaching subject or any 18 credits in physics as a second teaching subject.

Science - General

The best preparation for teaching science as a first teaching subject is an Honours BSc degree in science. Candidates must have completed a combination of courses spanning two of the following subject areas: biology, chemistry or physics. We accept additional courses from earth and atmospheric space science or natural science.

Intermediate/Senior

There is potential for conflicts or repetition in choosing similar teaching subjects, such as ones that fall under the science category. Although you may select these combinations, we would like to advise you that you may have the same course director and same course outline for both teaching subject classes. 24 credits in the teaching subject area must be completed prior to enrolling in Semester 1 and 2 ED/SCIE 4000 3.00 and ED/SCIE 4001 3.00.

Candidates for intermediate/senior must complete a total of 36 credits for science as a first teaching subject and 18 credits for science as a second teaching subject.

Junior/Intermediate

As your teaching subject, you must complete a total of 24 credits prior to enrolling in Semester 3 ED/SCIE 3000 3.00.

Social Science - General (Intermediate/Senior only)

The best preparation for teaching social sciences - general is a BA degree or equivalent Honours degree in anthropology, humanities, philosophy, psychology, social science and/or sociology. Candidates must take full-year (or equivalent) courses spanning at least two of the following subject areas: anthropology, humanities, philosophy, psychology, social science and sociology. Courses can be chosen in consultation with a Faculty of Education adviser if necessary. 24 credits in the teaching subject area must be completed prior to enrolling in Semester 1 and 2 ED/SOSC 4000 3.00 and ED/SOSC 4001 3.00.

First Teaching Subject

As a first teaching subject, at least six full-year (or equivalent) courses from the teaching subject selected. 18 credits must be completed at the 3000- or 4000-year level.

Second Teaching Subject

As a second teaching subject, at least 18 credit courses from the teaching subject selected must be completed prior to enrolling in Semester 3 ED/SOSC 3000 3.00. 6 credits must be completed at the 3000- or 4000-year level.

Visual Arts

The best preparation for teaching visual arts is a BFA degree or equivalent Honours degree in visual arts. Courses can be chosen in consultation with a Faculty of Education adviser and/or the subject course director.

Intermediate/Senior

As a first teaching subject, you must complete 36 credits as follows: 12 credits in three of the following categories – drawing, painting, printmaking or sculpture. The remaining credits must be taken at the 3000- or 4000-year level. Candidates must complete at least 18 credits of studio courses in visual arts. 24 credits in the teaching subject area must be completed prior to enrolling ED1 Semester 1 and 2 in ED/VISA 4000 3.00 and ED/VISA 4001 3.00.

As a second teaching subject, you must complete 18 credits as follows: nine credits in two of the following categories – drawing, painting, printmaking or sculpture. The remaining credits must be taken at the 3000- or 4000-year level. Candidates must complete at least 12 credits of studio courses in visual arts.

Junior/Intermediate

As a teaching subject, you must complete 24 credits as follows: nine credits in two of the following categories – drawing, painting, printmaking or sculpture. The remaining credits must be taken at the 3000- or 4000-year level. Candidates must complete at least 12 credits of studio courses in visual arts. The teaching subject area courses must be completed prior to enrolling in ED2 Semester 3 ED/VISA 3000 3.00.

Stop-Out Year

Candidates in the Concurrent program will take a Stop Out year from their home faculty during which time they will only take courses in education. This will occur during their fourth year (when taking a four year undergraduate degree) or their third year (when taking a three year undergraduate degree) at York. Teacher Candidates would return to their home faculty and complete their undergraduate degree before returning to Education for a final capstone year.

Consecutive BEd Program

The Consecutive BEd program is a four-semester — two-year program.

Successful graduates of the programs receive a BEd degree as well as a recommendation for the Ontario Certificate of Qualification.

Standards and Procedures for Admission to the Consecutive Program

Applicants must hold an approved degree from an accredited degree-granting institution and must present a minimum overall grade point average of B (on a 14-point scale or equivalent 73 per cent) based on the final 60 credits or equivalent (10 full courses, or final two years of full-time study) in an undergraduate degree program.

Applicants must be able to speak, write and understand English well in order to be successful in the program. Applicants whose first language is other than English will be required to provide proof of proficiency of English by completing a language proficiency test.

Primary/Junior: applicants do not choose teaching subjects. Applicants will be given preference if they have completed six credits (one full university course) or equivalent, in English, as well as six credits (one full university course or equivalent) in a curriculum subject area.

Junior/Intermediate: applicants must choose one teaching subject and must have completed 24 credits (four full university courses) in the selected teaching subject. Applicants will be given preference if they have completed six credits (one full university course or equivalent) in English, as well as having a B average on the selected teaching subject courses. Teaching subjects available are:

dance history
dramatic arts mathematics
English music - instrumental
French as a second language science - general
geography visual arts
health and physical education  

Intermediate/Senior: must choose two teaching subjects and must have completed, or be completing, an Honours program with at least 36 credits (six full university courses) in the first teaching subject and 18 credits (three full university courses) in the second teaching subject. Preference will be given to applicants who have a minimum B average on the courses applicable to each teaching subject. Teaching subjects available are:

business studies - accounting history
business studies - general law
business studies - entrepreneurship mathematics
business studies - information and communication technology music - instrumental
computer studies native studies
dance philosophy
dramatic arts politics
economics religious education
english science - biology
environmental science/studies science - chemistry
family studies science - general
French as a second language science - physics
geography social sciences - general
health and physical education visual arts

There is potential for conflicts or repetition in choosing similar teaching subjects, such as ones that fall under the business/computer studies/ economics, geography/environmental science/science, history/law/political science or philosophy/religious education/social science categories. Although you may select these combinations, be advised that you may have the same course director and same course outline for both teaching subject classes.

Application Procedures

Application forms for the Consecutive program are available from the middle of September to the beginning of December through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) at http://www.ouac.on.ca/teas/. All candidates are required to complete an online supplementary application form through MyFile (http://www.yorku.ca/myfile).  The online Supplementary Application form and all other admission documents (Experience Profile and Summary, Personal Statement and two references) are due mid December.

Note: an application will not be regarded as complete until all documents and materials have been received by the Faculty of Education.

BEd Technological Education

Candidates must have two years of work related experience and a degree in the technology curriculum. Graduates to the consecutive Bachelor of Education in Technological Education program will be certified to teach only for technological subjects. Applicants who have a degree that does not align with the Technological Education curriculum can apply to the program if they have five years of work related experience in a related technology field. Candidates are registered as York University students and attend classes at York University’s Keele campus. This BEd program includes summer and winter term courses and supervised practicum placements in school and community settings. An additional year of work experience may be required following graduation in order to be certified by the Ontario College of Teachers, depending on individual work experience.

Program-Specific Degree Requirements

Concurrent BEd Programs

The Faculty of Education offers a Concurrent coregistered BEd degree as well as the following Concurrent coregistered BEd degrees: BEd (Jewish Teacher Education), BEd (French), BEd (Indigenous Education), BEd (Ryerson University with the Early Childhood Studies BA program) and a Pre-Education Direct Entry program. Teacher candidates in the BEd Concurrent coregistered degree can also specialize in international education. Teacher candidates pursuing BEd studies also work towards the completion of a BA, BAS, iBA, BASc, BES, BHS, BSc, iBSc or BFA degree. The academic bachelor program, normally requiring three years for completion, will require five years when taken concurrently with the education degree. Similarly, a program normally requiring four years for completion could require six years.

Students must have a minimum C+ overall average or a 5.00 grade point average in their academic Faculty to be eligible for admission to and/or to maintain coregistration 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 be admitted to each Faculty separately. Ryerson ECS is an exception. Only those students who are admitted to an undergraduate degree program at York are eligible to be admitted to the Faculty of 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 an undergraduate degree and a BEd degree, as well as a recommendation for the Ontario Certificate of Qualification.

Standards and Procedures for Admission to the Concurrent BEd Program

To apply to the Faculty of Education, a student must have completed by April 30th minimum of 60 or 90 credits (10 or 15 full university courses) of  undergraduate studies or the equivalent. Applicants must have a minimum 5.00 (C+) overall average and be admitted to and continuing in an undergraduate program in one of the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Glendon, Health, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, or Science, the School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design, or the Lassonde School of Engineering.

Applicants normally complete both degrees (e.g. BA and BEd) within five years of coregistering if they are taking a three year undergraduate degree. Both degrees must be conferred at the same convocation.

Applicants must attend both education classes and fulfill practicum requirements during the daytime throughout the academic year.

Successful candidates are normally selected on the basis of education-related experience, references, and university grade point averages.

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 by the application deadline.

Application forms for Concurrent Regular Entry program will be are available in mid-January for admission to the Faculty of Education for the following academic year. The application process and deadlines will be available at the Faculty of Education website at http://edu.yorku.ca. For information contact BEd Student Services, Faculty of Education, 128 Winters College, tel.: 416-736-5001.

Please note that, with the exception of the BEd (French) program, Glendon students take their Concurrent BEd education courses at the Keele campus. Students in the BEd (French) program take their teaching subjects (ED/XXXX 4000 3.00 and ED/XXXX 4001 3.00), the Adolescent Development & Health course, and electives at the Keele campus.

BEd Program Practicum

Candidates have a community based placement and three school-based practicum placements under the mentorship of an Ontario Certified Teacher. The first practicums will consist of two days per week: one day at a school and the second day in a Community placement. The third practicum consists of two days per week with a two-week final block placement. The fourth practicum will consist of one day per week followed by a six-week final block placement. This 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 to acquire an understanding of the school and its community. Over the two-year period of the program, every attempt is made to familiarize candidates with different boards in the area, pupils of different age levels, a range of school offerings and a variety of social groups of pupils. (For further details on the Concurrent program practicum, please see the Faculty of Education website http://edu.yorku.ca/current-students/practicum.)

  • General Information (BEd programs)
  • Within the broad mandate of the University, York’s Faculty of Education offers innovative pre-service, professional development and graduate programs. The Faculty is distinguished by its commitment to exploring ways to address equity, social justice and environmental issues in all of its programs. The Faculty values collaboration and an interdisciplinary orientation to education within an academic framework of inquiry into the interrelatedness of language and culture, teaching and learning. These values are evidenced in our staffing model and in our programs. York’s pre-service, professional development and graduate programs are staffed by full-time tenure stream faculty, faculty seconded full-time from local school boards and faculty cross-appointed from other programs within the University.

    The Faculty of Education at York offers concurrent undergraduate programs for students simultaneously enrolled in other undergraduate Faculties and a consecutive undergraduate program for prospective teachers who have already graduated in another discipline. The Faculty’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education post-baccalaureate program is the only one of its kind in Ontario. Our unique graduate program focus in language, culture and teaching has resulted in interdisciplinary faculty and student collaboration across several departments within the University. Our research and professional development program, offered conjointly with school boards, is based on a teacher-as-researcher model.

    Teacher education at York is understood as an intellectual as well as a practical endeavour. Students in the program are exposed to current theory and research in education and education-related fields. As well, students have the opportunity to work extensively in schools and their communities. This balance between theory and practice is made possible, in part, by York’s complementary staffing model which brings together faculty working on on-going research and writing projects with faculty who have extensive and current professional expertise across all aspects of compulsory schooling. Together they are able to provide students with a program which is based on current theory, research and classroom practice. Boards of education inside and outside the province highly value York’s bachelor of education graduates because of their awareness of social justice issues, their knowledge of current theory and research and their strong classroom experience.

    New Education program 2015

    The Ontario government and the Ontario College of Teachers have modernized teacher education in the province beginning September 2015. The change has expanded to four semesters of course work, and include minimum of 80 days* of classroom teaching experience.

    The new program builds on the Faculty’s belief that where there is education, there is also a powerful transformation. The B.Ed. Program, is built on a solid ethical foundation and is infused with strong principles including equity, diversity, community, collaboration, interdisciplinary, and social justice. It meets, and exceeds, the new ministry requirements for teacher education programs, both in terms of content and practicum experiences.The modified program draws on elements of the existing concurrent and consecutive program to offer a more coherent and progressive structure. The program is structured around four broad themes: Orientation to the Profession in the Community; Learners; Classroom & Curriculum; and Schooling, Society and Research.

    BEd Degree Programs

    The BEd program is a four-semester (or equivalent) program, offered as a Consecutive BEd (for those students who already hold an appropriate undergraduate degree) or as a Concurrent BEd (for those students also studying an undergraduate degree). The program consists of 10 full courses (60 credits) or their equivalent with 5 full courses (30 credits) or their equivalent being taken in each of the two years (ED1 and ED2). Both the Concurrent and Consecutive BEd programs contain a number of required courses, a community placement, practicum placements and elective courses.

    The BEd (Indigenous Teacher Education) Concurrent program is designed to prepare teacher candidates in the concurrent program to teach at all certification levels (primary/junior, junior/intermediate and intermediate/senior) and to meet the needs of teaching indigenous material in appropriately respectful ways to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students in a range of contexts. This program includes two additional required courses, ED/EDUC 2200 3.00 (Issues in Indigenous Education) and ED/EDUC 2300 3.00 (Pedagogy of the Land), which will be counted towards satisfying the BEd elective requirements. ED/EDUC 2200 3.00 will be completed in ED 1, Semester 2 and achieve a minimum C+ final grade.

    The Faculty of Education offers Ryerson University, Early Childhood Studies BA students the opportunity to pursue a teaching degree in the Concurrent BEd program (Primary/Junior) at the same time. Admission requirements to the Concurrent BEd requires a minimum of three years, 24 Ryerson courses (24.00 credits) by the end of their winter session in the Early Childhood Studies program, and a minimum B overall grade point average. Next admission entry is September 2017.

    May 2015 entry: York’s Faculty of Education offers an opportunity to pursue a teaching career in Technological Education. The Concurrent Bachelor of Education in Technological Education is open to candidates enrolled in a related applied field. The part time Consecutive Bachelor of Education in Technological Education is available to candidates who have an approved degree in a related technology field that aligns with the Technological Education curriculum from an accredited degree granting institution. Applicants must apply to the intermediate/senior certification level. Both the concurrent and consecutive curriculum is delivered over two years.

    Students in the Faculty of Education’s bachelor of education (BEd) Concurrent program will be able to identify that they would like to “specialize,” within their existing program, in international education. For further information, please see the International Specialization section.

    A select number of high school applicants who have applied to the Faculty of Education and the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Glendon, Health, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, Science, the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, or the Lassonde School of Engineering, can be considered to the Direct Entry Pre-Education Concurrent BEd program. Using high school admission averages and other Faculty-specific criteria for selected direct-entry applicants, the Faculty of Education will waive the regular admission requirement to the Concurrent BEd.   To be eligible to continue in the Concurrent BEd program (entering ED 1), direct-entry students will be required to meet the current Faculty of Education Concurrent BEd program requirements  (i.e. maintain a minimum of a C+ average in their undergraduate program.  Direct-entry students must also successfully complete a three credit  seminar course ED/EDUC 1000 3.00 during the first year of university. Direct Entry students will be entering the new model for the BEd Concurrent program after 2015.

    Students will now enter the program after completing a minimum of 60 York university credits or equivalent if pursuing a general degree (90 credits) with teaching level Primary/Junior or Junior/Intermediate or after completing a minimum of 90 York University credits or equivalent if pursuing an honours degree (120 credits) with teaching level Primary/Junior, Junior/Intermediate or Intermediate/Senior.

    The Faculty of Education takes seriously the eradication of discriminatory practices based on race, gender, ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation and disability. As such, the Faculty has established structures, procedures and practices that are designed to eliminate those barriers. York University’s Faculty of Education Access Initiative is designed to recruit, admit and support individuals who will make excellent teachers and who reflect the diversity in our society. Our admissions policies are designed to assess the potential of all candidates, in particular those who have faced systemic barriers in educational settings and in their lives.

    The Faculty is committed to educating students to work in a pluralistic society. To this end, we recommend that students select academic and educational courses that offer a wide range of experience and knowledge, as well as diverse theoretical and ideological perspectives.

    Successful completion of any one of these programs leads to recommendation following convocation for the basic Ontario Certificate of Qualification with qualifications to teach within the two divisions included in the particular program title. Graduates in the primary/junior division of the BEd (French) program at Glendon will also be recommended for part one of the additional qualification French as a Second Language.

    The divisions of the school system of the province of Ontario are defined as:

    • Primary - junior kindergarten to Grade 3
    • Junior - Grade 4 to Grade 6
    • Intermediate - Grade 7 to Grade 10
    • Senior - Grade 11 to Grade 12

    Practicum/Seminar Approach

    Much of the curriculum for all pre-service programs of the Faculty of Education is linked to practicum experiences. The teacher candidate spends extensive time in field settings or practica that are supported by coursework and school/community partnerships.

    In addition to providing direct experience and an opportunity to apply newly acquired skills and knowledge, the practica are a major source of curriculum in the sense that they bring candidates face to face with concrete situations. These situations are related to practicum seminars. The underlying assumptions of this approach are that teaching can be considered as a form of problem solving and that teacher candidates learn best that which allows them to understand and to master their environment.

    A host school which is most suitable for York’s program is defined, in part, by the presence of a pool of committed mentor teachers, a supportive principal and, in addition, a teacher articulate about the process of education who will fill the role of site coordinator. Our program operates in the schools with the continuing consent of the board and the staff of the school. Teacher candidates are assigned their placements. They do not choose their own host schools.

    Duration of the Academic Year

    The academic year in the Faculty begins the end of August and continues through to end of April/early May.

    Criminal Background Checks

    All Teacher Candidates (TCs) enrolled in a BEd program must have a valid Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) for every year in the program. At the start of the program all TCs must have a cleared the VSS document and must re-apply for a new VSS prior to the expiry date of the existing one every year.

    Access Initiative - Concurrent and Consecutive Programs

    The Faculty of Education Access Initiative is designed to recruit, admit, and support individuals who will make excellent teachers and who reflect the diversity in our society. Our admissions policies are designed to assess the potential of all candidates, in particular those who have faced systemic barriers in educational settings and in their lives. Access invites students from the following under-represented groups to apply as a part of this initiative:

    • Aboriginal (First Nations, Metis, Inuit, Status, Non-Status, Aboriginal Ancestry);
    • people with disabilities;
    • racialized person (a racialized person may experience social inequities on the basis of their perceived common racial background, colour and/or ethnicity, faith and who may be subjected to differential treatment in the society and its institutions; examples may include: people of African descent, Latinos);
    • other minoritized person (for example: working class/low income; sexual orientation; English Language Learner, Refugee or impacted by the refugee experience).

    Applicants to the Access Initiative must meet York Faculty of Education admission requirements.

    Information on the Access Initiative may be obtained from BEd Student Services, 128 Winters College, 416-736-5001, or http://edu.yorku.ca/academic-programs/bachelor-of-education/academic-support/how-to-apply/.

    Religious Education: Teaching in Catholic Schools certificate course

    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 a course in Religious Education. This course is not part of the BED program and is offered through the Faculty of Education Professional Development Office: http://edu.yorku.ca/profdev.

    This course is intended to introduce pre-service Teacher Candidates to professional practice and to extend knowledge and skills in the delivery of Ontario Catholic curriculum. The course is 36 hours in length and is comprised of 10 hours online and thirteen two-hour face-to-face sessions and may include a day retreat. This course answers the question, "What do I need to know to begin teaching in Ontario Catholic Schools?".

    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.

    Ontario Certificate of Qualification and Registration

    The Ontario Certificate of Qualification and Registration certifies that the holder is qualified to teach in Ontario elementary and secondary schools. The Certificate of Qualification and Registration will be updated as the teacher acquires additional qualifications.

    The regulations require a candidate to earn basic qualifications in two consecutive divisions during the pre-service teacher education program. To teach in the intermediate division one must have completed courses in one teaching subject, and in the senior division two teaching subjects, selected from an approved list.

    Certificates to teach in Ontario schools are issued by the Ontario College of Teachers on the recommendation of the dean of the Faculty of Education. All information in this publication about regulations with respect to certification is governed by the Ontario College of Teachers. In order for a recommendation to be sent to the Ontario College of Teachers, students must submit their OCT registration number to the Faculty of Education.

    The Ontario College of Teachers requires that candidates provide an official transcript indicating that they have successfully completed a BEd degree. Transcripts must be requested by the candidate from the Registrar’s Office.

    New graduates from Ontario Faculties of Education must apply for membership in the Ontario College of Teachers in order to obtain a license to teach in publicly funded schools in Ontario.

  • Evaluation Policy and Procedures (BEd programs)
  • Course Weight

    Teacher Candidates enrolled in the Consecutive and Concurrent BEd for the academic year Fall/Winter 2015-16 will be required to complete a minimum of 60 credits (ten full university courses) over two years to complete the BEd degree. Courses allocated 3.00 credits (ED/XXXX 3.00) are the equivalent of a half-year course and courses allocated 1.50 credits (ED/XXXX 1.50) are the equivalent of a quarter course.

    Grade Requirements

    a. Concurrent Candidates

    In order to remain coregistered in the Faculty of Education or to graduate, candidates must maintain a competent 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.

    • Candidates who fail to maintain a C+ overall average or a 5.00 grade point average in the Faculty of coregistration will not be considered eligible to proceed in education.
    • Candidates will be ineligible to continue in the BEd degree program if they receive less than a grade of C+ in any course taken for education credit.
    • Candidates in the junior/intermediate or intermediate/senior division are expected to achieve a minimum grade of C+ in each course that is required to fulfill the requirements for a teaching subject. Failure to do so may result in a suspension or involuntary withdrawal from the program or other appropriate recommendation at the discretion of the Faculty adviser and the associate dean (pre-service).
    • Candidates are required to complete four practicum seminars during the two years of the program. These seminars, which consist of both seminars and placements in a school/community (Semesters 1 and 2) or in a school/classroom (Semesters 3 and 4) are evaluated on a pass/fail basis. Candidates who fail to achieve a pass in a practicum seminar are ineligible to continue in the program.
    • Practicum seminars are corequisite with appropriate courses.

    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 less than a grade of C+ in any half or full education course.

    • Candidates are required to complete four practicum seminars during the two years of the program. These seminars, which consist of both seminars and placements in a school/community (Semesters 1 and 2) or in a school/classroom (Semesters 3 and 4) are evaluated on a pass/fail basis. Candidates who fail to achieve a pass in a practicum seminar are ineligible to continue in the program.
    • Practicum seminars are corequisite with appropriate courses.

    Evaluation Policies and Procedures

    • All evaluation procedures and criteria will be clearly specified in the course outline and made known to the candidate.
    • Information in a candidate’s file will be released outside the University only upon the written request of that candidate.
    • Candidates will have the opportunity to assess their progress in each practicum/seminar course in consultation with instructors at least once in each term.

    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 gather evidence of achievements and progress. Thus, while the professional staff of the Faculty bears the ultimate and final responsibility for evaluation, each teacher candidate is also expected to play an important role in self-evaluation.

    Grading Scheme

    Grade Scales

    All undergraduate courses in the Faculty of Education are graded with the common nine-point grading scheme approved by Senate. Please note that Faculty of Education students must achieve a minimum grade of C+ in any course taken for education credit. For further information on the Faculty of Education evaluation policy, please see Grade Requirements above.

    Letter Grade Grade Point Value Explanation
    A+
    9
    Exceptional
    A
    8
    Excellent
    B+
    7
    Very Good
    B
    6
    Good
    C+
    5
    Competent
    C
    4
    Fairly Competent
    D+
    3
    Passing
    D
    2
    Barely Passing
    E
    1
    Marginally Failing
    F
    0
    Failing

    Practicum Seminar

    Practicum seminars are evaluated on a pass/fail basis.

    Plagiarism

    Plagiarism is defined as the presentation of work as one’s own which originates from some other, unacknowledged source. In examinations, term papers and other graded assignments, verbatim or almost verbatim presentation of someone else’s work without attribution constitutes plagiarism. This is deemed to include the presentation, without acknowledgement, of someone else’s argument in the candidate’s own work as if it were one’s own.

    For further information on plagiarism, please consult the Senate Policy on Academic Honesty in the University Policies and Regulations section of this publication.

    Cheating

    Cheating is defined as the giving or receiving or utilizing, or attempt at giving or receiving or utilizing, unauthorized information or assistance during or before an examination; or the presentation of a single work to more than one course without the permission of the instructors involved.

    In all cases of suspected breaches of academic honesty, the course director must consult with the candidate. Minor or major penalties may be applied should the instructor believe that grounds exist for official action. The candidate has the right to appeal any allegation of plagiarism or cheating.

    If candidates are uncertain whether a course of action might constitute cheating or plagiarism, they should consult the instructor concerned in advance.

    Academic Honesty

    For information on academic honesty, please consult the Senate Policy on Academic Honesty in the University Policies and Regulations section of this publication.

    Withdrawals

    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, BEd Student Services, 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, BEd Student Services and their academic Faculty.

    Faculty Legislation on Involuntary Withdrawal

    A candidate may be required to withdraw from a course if:

    1. the candidate fails to meet the requirements of a course, either through unsatisfactory seminar and/or practicum attendance/participation, or through unprofessional behaviour in fulfilling course requirements; or
    2. the candidate’s performance is judged to disrupt seriously the functioning of the host classroom and/or the well-being of the students in that classroom.

    The decision to require the candidate to withdraw will be taken by the associate dean (pre-service) 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. Program changes may result in delays in graduation.

    Deferred Standing

    Deferred standing may be granted 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 for rare and unforeseen circumstances.

    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 Faculty of Education's BEd Student Services or online at http://www.registrar.yorku.ca/exams/deferred. 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.

    Reappraisal

    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.

    Petitions Procedure

    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 Faculty of Education, BEd Student Services.

    University Policies and Procedures

    Disruptive and/or Harassing Behaviour by Students in Academic Situations

    Students and instructors are expected to maintain a professional relationship characterized by courtesy and mutual respect and to refrain from actions disruptive to such a relationship. Moreover, it is the responsibility of the instructor to maintain an appropriate academic atmosphere in the classroom and the responsibility of the student to cooperate in that endeavour. Further, the instructor is the best person to decide, in the first instance, whether such an atmosphere is present in the class.

    Religious Practices and the Pre-Service Practicum

    The Faculty of Education at York University is enhanced by serving a diverse population. In accordance with the laws of Ontario and Ministry regulations that recognize and support religious differences, it is essential for our teacher candidates to be able to observe their own religious traditions and practices, both within the Faculty and during school placements. Course directors, administrators, site coordinators and mentor teachers should be sensitive to individual needs and discuss with their teacher candidates how these needs can best be accommodated within the practicum. Teacher candidates are encouraged to initiate discussion about their religious traditions, obligations and practices early in the school year so that necessary arrangements can be made. Course directors will support candidates by making this policy known to host schools and teacher candidates early in the school year.

    Sexual Harassment, York University

    York is both an institution of learning and a workplace. As such, this University does not condone sexual harassment or any other exploitation of power. In fact, the University views sexual harassment to be a serious offence and it will impose disciplinary measures in the case of such an offence. This is in keeping with the Ontario Human Rights Code (1981) which affirms the right of individuals to study and work in environments free from sexual harassment. York University seeks to prevent its students and employees from being sexually harassed.

    In consultation with principals or relevant school board administrators, school board policies may be invoked if sexual harassment occurs in field placements.

  • Pattern of Study - Concurrent, Consecutive and Technological Education BEd Candidates
  • Concurrent and Consecutive — Primary/Junior

    Semester Primary/Junior BEd Primary/Junior BEd 
    (French)
    Primary/Junior BEd 
    (Indigenous)
    Primary/Junior BEd 
    (Jewish Studies)
    Semester 1
    Semester 2
    Semester 3
    Semester 4

    Concurrent and Consecutive — Junior/Intermediate

    Semester Junior/Intermediate BEd Junior/Intermediate BEd 
    (French)
    Junior/Intermediate BEd 
    (Indigenous)
    Junior/Intermediate BEd 
    (Jewish Studies)
    Semester 1
    Semester 2
    Semester 3
    Semester 4

    Concurrent and Consecutive — Intermediate/Senior

    Semester Intermediate/Senior BEd 
    and Technological Education BEd
    Intermediate/Senior BEd 
    (French)
    Intermediate/Senior BEd 
    (Indigenous)
    Intermediate/Senior BEd 
    (Jewish Studies)
    Semester 1
    Semester 2
    Semester 3
    Semester 4

    Elective courses for all options

    Elective course offerings vary from session to session.

  • Basic Qualifications (BEd programs)
  • Primary/Junior program: Qualified to teach classes in the primary and junior divisions (Grades JK to 6).

    Junior/Intermediate program: Qualified to teach classes in the junior division and academic and general subjects in all four years of the intermediate division (Grades 4 to 10).

    Intermediate/Senior program: Qualified to teach academic and general subjects in the senior division and all four years of the intermediate division (Grades 7 to 12).

    The divisions of the school are defined as:

    • Primary: JK to Grade 3
    • Junior: Grade 4 to Grade 6
    • Intermediate: Grade 7 to Grade 10
    • Senior: Grade 11 to Grade 12
  • Student Services
  • Faculty of Education Resource Centre and Computer Lab (ERC)

    The curriculum library and computer lab support the Faculty of Education by providing a network of computers and a collection of books, activity files, manipulatives and other educational publications. ERC staff assists students with their resource needs. For further information, please visit http://edu.yorku.ca/current-students/erc/.

    Faculty of Education Students’ Association (FESA)

    All undergraduate students registered in the Faculty, including stop-out students, are members of the Faculty of Education Students’ Association (FESA). The FESA Council is the official student government of the Faculty, and seeks to represent student opinion and interest within the Faculty and University as a whole. FESA representatives sit on several Faculty committees, on the York Federation of Students, and on the University Senate. Serving pre-service teacher candidates from concurrent and consecutive programs, FESA strives to cultivate a sense of community among over 1,600 students, across two campuses and several off-campus sites. Among other initiatives, FESA sponsors numerous professional development workshops, social activities, resource fairs, an international conference and an annual large conference. FESA also produces a student paper and sells Faculty of Education merchandise. The FESA Office is located in 116 Winters College, tel.: 416-736-2100, ext. 88779.

  • Program Warning for BA (Educational Studies)
  • Academic penalties

    Students whose academic record does not meet Faculty or program standards are subject to the academic penalties of academic warning, required withdrawal, debarment warning, debarment and academic probation.

    Academic warning

    BA (Educational Studies) students whose, prior to completion of 60 passed credits, cumulative grade point average falls below 5.00 at the end of any session, or who enter the Faculty with a grade point average equivalent to less than 5.00 on the York scale, receive an academic warning.

    BA (Educational Studies) academic warning conditions

    BA (Educational Studies) students on academic warning must achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 5.00 (C+) within the next 24 credits taken or be required to withdraw for a minimum of 12 months.

    Failure to meet academic warning conditions

    Students on academic warning who fail to meet the academic warning conditions must withdraw for a minimum of 12 months.

    Required Withdrawal

    Students whose academic record shows marked weakness may be required to withdraw from their studies for a minimum of twelve months, during which time they are encouraged to identify and remedy any problems that may have contributed to their failure to perform up to their potential, and to reflect on their reasons for pursuing a university education. The following regulations apply to required withdrawals:

    • Grade point average below 5.00: Students whose cumulative grade point average on at least 24 York credits is below 5.00 must withdraw for a minimum of 12 months and satisfy the academic warning conditions as specified.

    Petition to continue without interruption

    Students who have been required to withdraw may submit a petition requesting permission to continue their studies without interruption. Students whose petition is granted will be allowed to continue their studies on debarment warning.

    Reactivation after required withdrawal

    Students who have been required to withdraw may apply for reactivation after the requisite period of absence by submitting a request online at the Reactivation Web page (http://www.registrar.yorku.ca/enrol/reactivate). Students who return to their studies after such a required withdrawal (as well as those who have been allowed to continue their studies by virtue of a petition to the Committee on Petitions) receive a debarment warning.

    Debarment Warning

    Students who have been required to withdraw from the Faculty of Education or from another Faculty at York or elsewhere, receive a debarment warning upon continuing their studies in the Faculty.

    Debarment warning conditions

    Students on debarment warning must achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 5.00 within the next 24 credits taken.

    Students who do not fulfill these conditions will be debarred from the University. Students on debarment warning are allowed to complete their subsequent 24 credits in one academic year without restriction.

    Debarment

    Students who fail to meet the debarment warning conditions outlined above will be debarred from the University. Debarment, the minimum period for which is normally two years, means that the student is no longer a student at York University.

    Petition to continue without interruption

    Students who have been debarred may submit a petition requesting permission to continue their studies without interruption. Students granted such a petition are be allowed to continue their studies on academic probation.

    Reapplying after debarment

    Students who have been debarred and who wish to resume their studies must apply for re-admission through the Admissions Office (http://futurestudents.yorku.ca) and must provide persuasive evidence that they are ready and able to complete a degree program at the required academic level. Students who are re-admitted (as well as those who have been allowed to continue their studies by virtue of a petition) receive an academic probation.

    Academic Probation

    Students who have been debarred and who subsequently resume their studies in the Faculty, whether by petitioning to continue without interruption or by applying for readmission, receive an academic probation. Students on academic probation must meet the debarment warning conditions outlined above; otherwise, they will be debarred.

  • Academic Advising and Student Responsibility for BA (Educational Studies)
  • Every effort is made in the Faculty of Education to ensure that each student receives academic advice and sufficient information to guide in course selection for the BA Educational Studies program. Within this context, the student is responsible for the following:

    • ensuring that the courses chosen meet the program and degree requirements for graduation;
    • verifying the accuracy of registration records, including all course changes;
    • fulfilling the requirements and being aware of academic progress in their program of study and in all registered courses; attending class and submitting all required course work;
    • understanding and adhering to the Senate Policy on Academic Honesty, as well as other relevant Senate Policies at http://secretariat-policies.info.yorku.ca/;
    • noting and abiding by the sessional deadline dates published on the Current Students Web page each year, especially course change deadline dates.

    Advising

    New Students

    Newly-admitted BA Educational Studies students will have the opportunity to attend a group advising sessionalong with enrollment through YU Start to discuss program and degree requirements.  New students will be offered a few dates to attend the information/advising sessions that takes place in-person to be able to enrol into their courses. It is the responsibility of all students to familiarize themselves with both the requirements of the program and the regulations governing their degree requirements (refer to the Faculty of Education BA Educational Studies Regulations Governing Undergraduate Degree Requirements section).

    During the enrolment appointment, an adviser will:

    • assist with course selection and familiarization of degree requirements
    • explain Transfer Credit Statements (if applicable)
    • orient the student to York University and Faculty of Education services and important online resources
    • familiarize students with Faculty of Education BA Educational Studies rules and regulations

    The Faculty of Education's Office of Student Services provides our undergraduate students with a number of services:

    • Weekly one-on-one advising appointments
    • Monthly online Student Services newsletters
    • Group advising sessions every year, each winter term
    • Accepting student petitions
    • Accepting applications for award
    • Providing Student Services Blog for information and reminders

    Contact the Student Services Office at osp@edu.yorku.ca.

    Practicum Placement Support and Information

  • Rules and Regulations for BA (Educational Studies)
  • Sessional Course Loads

    The following course loads apply to students in the Faculty of Education, BA Educational Studies. In certain circumstances the Faculty may set other limits.

    Fall/Winter Session

    The normal course load is 30 credits for students in the fall/winter session. Students with substantial family or financial responsibilities outside the University are advised to consider taking fewer courses in a session. Students may take a maximum of 36 credits overall (and 18 credits per term) without petitioning.

    Summer Session

    During the summer session, students may take a maximum of 15 credits. Students with substantial family or financial responsibilities outside the University are advised to consider taking fewer courses in a session.

    Residency Requirement

    A minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 per cent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.

    Coregistration in the Faculty of Education

    Students enrolled in the BA Educational Studies program may apply for admission to the Pre-Service Concurrent program of the Faculty of Education. If accepted, they may coregister in the Faculty of Education and upon successful completion of the separate degree requirements will be awarded two degrees:

    • an Honours bachelor of arts (BA) and a bachelor of education (BEd)

    Although the two programs (BA and BEd) courses are taken concurrently, they are counted separately by the Faculty. Grade point averages for courses in the two programs are also calculated separately. Thus, the 60  credits required for the BEd are independent of the 120 credits required for an Honours BA . A student completing the requirements for both degrees would therefore complete a total of 180 credits for the Honours BA/BEd.  

    Letters of Permission – BA Educational Studies

    Letters of permission allow Faculty of Education, BA Educational Studies students to receive credit at York for courses taken at other universities. In order to receive credit for such courses, students must obtain a letter of permission before enrolling. Application forms for letters of permission are available from the Letters of Permission Web page at http://www.registrar.yorku.ca/enrol/lop/.

    Courses that students propose to take on a letter of permission must be acceptable to the Faculty of Education  teaching unit best able to judge their academic merit. The Faculty is under no obligation to accept courses taken without its permission.

    Students must be in good academic standing to be eligible for a letter of permission; students on academic warning, debarment warning or academic probation are not eligible.

    In order to receive credit for courses taken on a letter of permission, students must arrange for the host institution to submit an official transcript to the Registrar’s Office. A minimum grade of C as understood at York University is required for credit to be granted. Grades earned in courses taken at other postsecondary institutions are not part of the student’s York transcript and are not incorporated into the student’s grade point average in the Faculty of Education.

    Several formal programs exist for students to pursue study at universities in other countries. Where formal programs do not exist, and academic and personal circumstances warrant, individual arrangements may be made. For further information contact York International.

    Should a student leave York University to pursue study at another postsecondary institution without a letter of permission, upon return to York, a new application to York is required and all previous transfer credit will be reassessed.

    Eligibility

    To be eligible for an LOP you must be pursuing a York degree and/or certificate program. If you are a non-degree student at York, you may apply directly to the host without an LOP.

    You must be in good academic standing. An LOP will not be issued if you are on academic warning, program warning, debarment warning or academic probation. If your academic status changes after the LOP is issued and you are no longer in good standing or are ineligible to proceed in your program, the LOP will be rescinded and you will no longer be eligible for transfer credit from the host regardless of the grade achieved there.

    Your LOP will not be processed if there are outstanding debts on your University account.

    Responsibilities

    It is your responsibility to ensure that:

    • Course(s) completed on an LOP meet your program requirements.
    • You do not repeat courses already passed.
    • Should enrolment/registration circumstances change; that is, the course(s) you are requesting on an LOP is/are not available, you must immediately contact your Faculty in order to request approval for any replacement course(s).
    • An official transcript is forwarded to the Registrar's Office at York University as soon as final grades are available from the host institution.

    Incomplete applications for a Letter of Permission (LOP) cannot be processed and will be returned to you.

    Inter-Faculty Double Major and Major/Minor Degree Options

    Students have opportunities to combine a Faculty of Education, Educational Studies Honours BA program with options available in York faculty programs offering Bachelor of Arts programs.  These include Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Faculty of Science, School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, Faculty of Health and the Lassonde School of Engineering

    Dean: L. Martin, 242 Winters College, 416-736-5002
    Associate Dean, Academic Programs C. Brushwood-Rose, 108 Winters College, 416-736-5004
    Associate Dean, Research: S. Winton, 023 Winters College, 416-736-5019
    Director, Graduate Program in Education: J. Gilbert, 282B Winters College, 416-736-5018