Bachelor of Education Information Session Wednesday, February 10th
Today’s Presentation • What is a Bachelor of Education? • 6 Steps to Becoming a Teacher • Careers in Education • Q&A
What is a Bachelor of Education? • A combination of professional education curriculum • offered to candidates interested in pursuing a career in teaching/education • eligibility requirements to become certified to teach elementary or secondary school
What is a Bachelor of Education? To become a teacher in an Ontario public school, you must: • have completed a minimum three-year postsecondary degree from an acceptable postsecondary institution • have successfully completed a one-year acceptable teacher education program • apply to the College for certification and pay the annual membership and registration fees.
What is a Bachelor of Education? • The program usually consists of: • A) a learning component (course work) • E.g. courses on teaching subjects, teaching theories, etc. • B) a practical teaching component (practicum) • An opportunity to observe and teach in school classrooms and in other settings.
Student Experience…. Wai-May Wong, B.Ed Queens University
6 Steps to Becoming a Teacher • Use the following steps to help you determine if this is your pathway • Use to guide through your application experience • Steps may not be in this order and interchangeable
Step 1 – Undergraduate Education • 1) Get a well-rounded university education • You are here!
Step 2 - Level • 2) Decide the level you are interested in teaching • Primary(Kindergarten-Grade 3) • Junior (Grades 4-6) • Intermediate (Grades 7-10) • Senior (Grades 11-12)
Step 3 – Teachable Subjects • 3) Decide the subject(s) you are interested in teaching: • Family Studies* • Law • Politics • Philosophy • English • Health Care • General Science* *OISE/UT, York and UWO offer Family Studies as a teachable * Nutrition students have strength in General Science as a second teachable
Step 3 Continued • Teachers in Ontario must earnbasic qualifications in two consecutive divisions in their teacher education programs • Each teaching division has it’s own entry requirements • Align your Ryerson course selections
Step 4 – Faculty of Education • 4) Select your Faculty of Education • Examples: • OISE/University of Toronto • Queen’s University • University of Ottawa • University of Western Ontario • York University
Faculty Experience…. Jane Witte OISE, UofT Faculty of Education
Step 4 Continued • Each Faculty of Education has it’s own entry requirements • Selection is based on academic and experience factors: • A minimum requirement for each “teaching experience” is approximately one hundred (100) hours • “B” average or better in fifteen full course equivalents, i.e. 30 semester courses
Step 5 – Experience Preparation • Volunteering with school, community, recreation or religious programs will show your interest for teaching. • Volunteer / work experience at the age level you are applying to is preferred • Cross-cultural diversity and group facilitation are competencies that
Step 6 – Application Process • In Ontario, you must submit your B.Ed. application through the Teacher Education Application Center (TEAS, ww.ouac.on.ca/teas/) • TEAS will process and forward applications and amendments to all requested faculties of education
Step 6 – Application Process • Application Deadline – TBA • Usually end of November/December 1st • Statement of Interest/Resume/Reference Letters • Highlight your experiences working with youth and strengths • Outline how these experiences will contribute to your career in teaching • Keep a log of activity
Careers in Education • The skills possessed by B.Ed graduates are transferrable to many career areas outside of the conventional classroom. • Classroom teaching opportunities exist in: • Public education and private schools in Ontario, in other provinces and abroad.
Careers in Education • Teaching in other settings: • Health Care Educators i.e. hospitals/home care • Schools for students with special needs • Correctional education, College • Adult education centres, public relations and Consulting firms, educational publishing
Q&A • This presentation will be posted on the Nutrition web site • Questions for our guests??