Educational Studies

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

The BA Educational Studies program aims to provide foundational knowledge and skills so that students will be able to understand and analyze education and its role in contemporary society, and develop students’ skills to enable them to undertake educational work in non-teacher-certification contexts. The program builds on the Faculty of Education’s strength in the study of education as a field, and on the university’s strength in the liberal arts and professional studies. It resonates with the university’s interests in collaborating with communities, experiential education, and social engagement in that the study of education is intensely concerned with the contexts in which learning occurs and the experiential component actively involves students in the work of education. This unique blend positions York University as a North American leader in the study of education.

Students in the program will have opportunities to develop knowledge of the ways in which education operates officially and unofficially in contemporary culture, the values that underpin different conceptions of education, and the strategies that can be used in the service of educational work. Our goal is to create individuals who not only understand the intrinsic qualities of education, but, also, understand that, even though education is a contested domain, it offers considerable instrumental potential towards life-changing trajectories for individuals, whether those potentials are realized in formal or informal educational contexts.

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

Educational Studies BA Program

See Program-Specific Degree Requirements section.

Program-Specific Degree Requirements

The program includes an experiential component, the Experience, Inquire, Contribute (EIC) component, and course offerings clustered into three focal/topical areas which foreground how the topic of education will be explored:

Engagements—focused on the development of professional skills

Values—focused on who and why we educate, and

Representations—focused on understanding the idea of education.

The three focal/topical areas (engagements, values, and representations) are considered fundamental to an understanding of educational studies, students are required to take an equal number of courses from each of these three areas. In organizing the curriculum in this manner, students will have the opportunity not only to develop professional skills, but understandings of larger philosophical questions about education as an area of study and as a means of cultivating social aspirations, identities, and communities. The curricular design is deliberately recursive in that as students are enrolled in courses focused on developing engaging forms of education, they also will be involved in courses that address issues such as the role of contexts in relation to education and the values that come into play in formal and non-formal educational contexts. In the final two years of study, through EIC credits, students will complement their coursework with engagements in educational contexts either by being an active participant in a variety of contexts, developing and implementing an inquiry project in the contexts or being involved in some type of educational production (e.g., teaching, curriculum design, policy making) in the contexts.

Four routes of study are possible:

  1. BA (Honours) with a major in Educational Studies (no minor)
  2. BA (Honours) with a major in Educational Studies and a minor in another faculty
  3. BA (Honours) with a major in Educational Studies and a major in another faculty (double major option)
  4. A minor in Educational Studies, taken in conjunction with another degree.

Given the emergent nature of this field and because the requirements for a background in education vary depending on career goals, the program design offers students maximum flexibility in terms of choosing how they wish to situate their knowledge of education in relation to a disciplinary field and in relation to their overall academic and professional goals.

Note: Major/Minor courses may only count for Major or Minor credit towards one Major or Minor.

Note: Courses taken for a B.A. (Educational Studies) do not lead to teacher certification.

Honours (Major) BA Program – 120.00 credits

Educational Studies may be pursued as an Honours Major Bachelor of Arts degree program in the Faculty of Education. Courses taken to meet the Educational Studies requirements cannot also be used to meet the requirements of other degree or diploma programs in which the student is simultaneously registered. Students must complete at least 42.00 credits in Educational Studies including:

Students must also complete a minimum of 9.00 credits from each of the focal areas: Engagements, Representations and Values (see focal area course listings below).

Residency Requirement: A minimum of 30.00 course credits, and at least half (50 percent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor, must be taken at York University.

Graduation Requirement: All graduates must complete a total of at least 120 credits, with a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 5.00 (C+).

General Education: All graduates must complete a total of 21.00 general education credits. These include: a Humanities course (AP/HUMA), a Social Science course (AP/SOSC), and a Natural Science course (SC/NATS).

  • 6.00 credits in Natural Science (NATS)
  • 9.00 credits approved general education course in Social Science (SOSC) or Humanities (HUMA).
  • 6.00 credits approved general education course in the opposite category to the 9.00 credit course in Social Science (SOSC) or Humanities (HUMA) already taken.

Free Electives: All graduates must complete 15.00 credits considered as free electives. Free electives are any courses without the code course EDST. It is strongly recommended that students complete the general education requirements within their first 54 credits.

Honours (Double Major) BA Program – 120.00 credits

Educational Studies may be pursued jointly with any other Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree program or with a Bachelor of Social Work Courses taken to meet the Educational Studies requirements cannot also be used to meet the requirements of the other Honours Bachelor’s degree program nor can they be also used to meet the requirements of a Bachelor of Education degree.

Students must complete at least 42.00 credits in Education, including:

Students must also complete a minimum of 9.00 credits from each of the focal areas: Engagements, Representations and Values (see focal area course listings below).

Residency Requirement: A minimum of 30.00 course credits, and at least half (50 percent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor, must be taken at York University.

Graduation Requirement: All graduates must complete a total of at least 120 credits, with a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 5.00 (C+).

General Education: All graduates must complete a total of 21.00 general education credits. These include: a Humanities course (AP/HUMA), a Social Science course (AP/SOSC), and a Natural Science course (SC/NATS).

  • 6.00 credits in Natural Science (NATS)
  • 9.00 credits approved general education course in Social Science (SOSC) or Humanities (HUMA).
  • 6.00 credits approved general education course in the opposite category to the 9.00 credit course in Social Science (SOSC) or Humanities (HUMA) already taken.

Free Electives: All graduates must complete 15.00 credits considered as free electives. Free electives are any courses without the code course EDST.

Honours (Minor) BA Program – 120.00 credits

A Minor in Educational Studies may be pursued jointly with any Honours Major Bachelor of Arts degree program. Courses taken to meet the Educational Studies requirements cannot also be used to meet the requirements of the Honours Major degree program.

Students must complete 30 credits in Educational Studies including:

Students must also complete a minimum of 6.00 credits from each of the focal areas: Engagements, Representations and Values (see focal area course listings below).


Focal Areas

Engagements

Representations

Values

  • 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