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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Education
October 20, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Bachelor of Education Prospective Students



Beginning Fall 2015, all Ontario Faculties of Education will begin a two-year program in line with all other Canadian provinces.

For more information or specific program inquiries please contact: eduadmission@wlu.ca .

The Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University fosters excellence in teacher education and scholarship through inquiry, reflection, and collaborative sustained partnerships in learning.




Laurier痴 full-time, 2-year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) program is designed to prepare you for teaching primary and junior levels (Grades K-6), or junior and intermediate levels (Grades 4-10). Our program has strong links with 4 local school boards, and you値l spend at least 2 days each week in a Professional Development School (PDS) placement throughout 2 years, in addition to your 5 block practicum placements. You値l regularly link the theory you値l learn in your university classes to the teaching experiences of your placements.

Laurier痴 Faculty of Education fosters excellence in teacher education and scholarship through inquiry, reflection and collaborative sustained partnerships in learning.

Learn By Doing 

The PDS model has been recognized as a key strength of our program and differentiates us among faculties of Education within Ontario. You値l be assigned to one school for an entire year for extensive, in-depth, and sustained field experiences. Beginning your first week, you値l spend 2 days in your PDS placement. In your second year, you値l be assigned to a different PDS so you can experience two schools that serve different student populations. This will broaden your knowledge of the Ontario context in which elementary or secondary schools operate.  

Your 5 block practica are distributed throughout your 2 years at Laurier. In your first year, you値l have 2 block placements in the fall term and another 3-week practicum block midway through your course work in the winter term. You must also complete a 3-week Alternative Placement at the end of the term. For your Alternative Placement, you can work in a volunteer capacity in various learning contexts (e.g. Section 23 programs, KidsAbility, museums, outdoor education centres, etc.), or take advantage of an international teaching opportunity.

Your second year, you値l have 2 block placements in the fall term (a 2-week block and a 3-week block). You値l finish your course work in early February and then engage in a 10-week Laurier Professional Placement. This final placement will support you in transitioning from student-teacher to practicing professional, as you work hand-in-hand with a mentor teacher. 

Use Tomorrow痴 Technology

In our program you値l learn how to use the latest technologies to improve learning. To provide support for these new teaching technologies, such as access to iPads, interactive whiteboards, document cameras and other hardware, as well as support from our dedicated IT professional, a technology fee of $150 a year is required as part of your program fees.

You値l also be required to bring an Internet-capable device that meets the technological requirements of our Faculty of Education. If you do not have a device to bring, you can purchase one from the Laurier Bookstore Tech Shop. Please ensure your device meets or exceeds the Faculty of Education痴 minimum standards.

Program Highlights

  • Our teacher education program is built on the Professional Development School (PDS) model. You値l spend 2 days a week throughout the year in PDS placement schools, in addition to your scheduled block practicums. In total, you値l spend 40 weeks teaching in a classroom or other learning setting. 
  • We池e partnered with the Waterloo Region, Waterloo Catholic, Upper Grand and Wellington District school boards providing you with extensive, in-depth and sustained field experiences.
  • Our Professional Learning Seminar is a mandatory course you値l attend weekly, during which you値l confront problems of practice and reflect on your learning, connect practice back to theory, share the uniqueness of your school sites with your peers, and discuss some of the day-to-day aspects of being a teacher.

Funding

  • We offer 30 entrance scholarships, valued at $500 each, to our top-ranking applicants who qualify for an offer of admission. (Successful applicants who are granted scholarships will be notified in their offer of admission letter from the university.)
  • Aboriginal scholarships are available to qualified applicants who self-identify as having an Aboriginal background, heritage or ancestry during the admission process. The term Aboriginal is inclusive of First Nations (status and non-status), M騁is and Inuit.  

Admission Requirements

  • A minimum academic average of B- on your most recently completed 10 full credits (20 half credits) of undergraduate university courses.
  • Admission is based 50% on your academic achievement and 50% on the information you値l submit in the form of an experience profile

Careers

This program will prepare you for teaching either Grades K-6 or Grades 4-10. It痴 designed to meet all Ontario legislated requirements and incorporates the Standards of Practice and Ethical Standards for the Teaching Profession of the Ontario College of Teachers. Laurier recommends graduates to the Ontario College of Teachers for certification to practice in the Ontario education system.

For more Admissions information please contact:  eduadmissions@wlu.ca

Admission into the Faculty of Education is based 50 percent on academic achievement and 50 percent on information submitted in the Experience Profile.  CLICK HERE FOR FALL 2015 ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To begin your application for entry into fall 2015 of Laurier's BEd. program please visit the Teacher Education Application Service at www.ouac.on.ca/teas/  in mid. September 2014.

IMPORTANT: 

BEd. Decisions will be posted on March 1st, 2015, please log into your OUAC/TEAS account to see the results at that time. If you are granted an offer of admission  

Click here to find out how to accept your offer of admission at Laurier