Education (Concurrent B.Ed.)
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Students wishing to transfer into the program must contact the Academic Advisor
Students wishing to transfer into the program must contact Dr. George Sheppard at ext. 4287.
In order to teach in the publicly-funded school system of Ontario, all prospective teachers must acquire a B.Ed. from an institution of higher learning accredited by the College of Teachers. This qualification can also provide you with employment opportunities in other provinces and territories, as well as countries around the world. Laurentian’s English School of Education is one of the few institutions in the province that offers a concurrent B.Ed. Our students study for a 4-year undergraduate degree and during the course of their program will take several education courses, attend a half-dozen or so workshops, as well as complete a variety of placements. These placements could include schools and organizations such as Frontier College, YMCA, Better Beginnings Better Futures, Best Start Hubs as well as Learning Disabilities Association of Sudbury. The five years of the concurrent education provides students with an opportunity to experience a wide variety of educational settings. The range of experiences enables the student to make an informed judgment about whether teaching is a profession they truly wish to pursue. Those students who choose to opt out of the program can still complete their four-year degree.
In addition to completing all other program requirements, students in the concurrent education program at Laurentian need to achieve a minimum of a B average in order to qualify for entry into the Professional Year. The English program of the Faculty of Education/Faculté d’éducation has an active student-run mentoring program, as well as an undergraduate advisor and director to assist with academic counseling. High standards and plenty of preparation mean that our professional year candidates are exceptionally well prepared for entry into the teaching profession.
Students in the concurrent education program will have completed three undergraduate placements as well as a special “6-week Initial Placement” done immediately after the undergraduate degree. In the professional year, students will complete two six week long placements and may request to complete those placements in any location in Ontario. Students in our program are guaranteed two visits by practicum advisors/consultants: during their initial practicum in May and during their first professional year placement in November. By the end of the program, all students will have completed just over 90 days of practicum which exceeds provincial requirements.
The concurrent education program operates out of an energy-efficient building completed in 2008 that includes purpose-built spaces for science, music, visual arts, methods classes, a round room, a large lecture theatre, as well as two state-of-the-art computer labs. All education classrooms are also equipped with the latest interactive whiteboard technology. The building is also home to our very active student organization (BEDSA). BEDSA organizes a number of events such as the Frosh welcome, January formal, a winter curling tournament, and a “giving tree” for underprivileged children held each December.
Our program has an embedded focus on the history and various teachings of the Indigenous People in Canada: First Nation, Metis, and Inuit People. The English program of the Faculty of Education/Faculté d’éducation has developed a series of relationships that allow for practicum placements in northern, remote, and band-run schools. As a result of these partnerships, many of our students have found employment in alternative settings, or in areas outside of Ontario such as Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia. A number of our students have found employment as through approved recruiting agencies that place certified teachers in Britain.
Ontario High School Applicants
Applicants require the successful completion of at least six grade 12 4U/M courses with a minimum overall average of 75% and must qualify to obtain their OSSD. Specific grade 12 courses are dependent upon the concurrent program chosen. Please refer to the admission requirements for the Arts, Science, or Human Kinetics program.
Applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses in appropriate subjects with a grade of 4 or higher may receive transfer credits equivalent to a maximum of 12 credits. Applicants must also meet the admission requirements listed above as Advanced Placement courses are not accepted in place of the Grade 12 requirements.
Applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate are eligible for admission provided they have achieved a minimum score of 28 and have fulfilled the diploma requirements (six subjects, minimum three at the higher level). Applicants may receive transfer credits for higher level courses with grades of 5 or higher. Applicants must submit the International Baccalaureate transcript to the Office of Admissions for evaluation.
Canadian High School Applicants from Outside Ontario
Applicants require the successful completion of their secondary school diploma with the equivalent course requirements as Ontario applicants. Applicants from the Province of Quebec require a minimum of the first year of the Collège d’enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP) program or grade 12 with a minimum 75% average. Applicants who have completed two or three years of a CEGEP program will be considered for admission with advanced standing.
High School Applicants from the United States of America
Applicants must have completed grade 12 from an accredited secondary school with a minimum overall B average and must include the equivalent subject requirements as applicants from Ontario High Schools, including English.
Applicants from Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology
Applicants who have completed a minimum of one year of college studies with a minimum overall C average may be eligible for admission. For students who have completed two or three year programs, Laurentian has many articulation agreements designed to enhance student mobility. For information with respect to articulation agreements, applicants should contact the Office of Admission.
Applicants from other Universities and Colleges
Applicants wishing to be considered for admission must submit official transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Transcripts are assessed for admissibility and possible transfer of credits.
Applicants from Other Countries
Applicants from other countries wishing to be considered for admission must submit official transcripts and supporting documents to the Office of Admissions. These documents should be submitted in their original language as well as in an official translation into English or French.
Applicants to English language programs who have not completed at least three years of English academic study must also present an English-language proficiency test result (TOEFL, IELTS, CAEL or MELAB) with the required minimum score. Applicants who do not meet the minimum and who are otherwise admissible are offered the opportunity to enrol in Laurentian’s English Academic Preparation (EAP) Program. Please refer to the website of Laurentian International for more details.
For Current Students
The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.
The program is offered in both the Primary-Junior and Junior-Intermediate divisions.
Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements, for their undergraduate, non-professional program..
The Bachelor of Education degree is offered in conjunction with:
Bachelor of Arts (4 year programs)
Bachelor of Science (4 year programs)
Bachelor of Physical and Health Education programs
Bachelor of Social Work*
Students should consult the academic advisor of their concurrent program to ensure the requirements of their undergraduate degree are fulfilled. Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc. For questions specifically about the B.Ed., students should meet with academic advisors from the School of Education.
Promotion to Professional Year will require successful completion of undergraduate pre-practicum placements, a successful Initial Placement after graduation from the undergraduate degree, and a minimum 5.5 cumulative GPA (70%) on both Education and non-Education credits. All students must complete 3 undergraduate credits in an indigenous-related course (such as EDUC 1046 Indigenous Ways of Learning, INDG 1116 E Foundations of Aboriginal Peoplehood, etc.).
NB: Successful completion of the practicum component is required for successful completion of the program.
* As they progress, students accepted into the Pre Social Work/Concurrent Education program must apply and successfully be admitted to second year Social Work and meet the requirements for second year Concurrent Education in order to continue.
BA (4 year) / B.Ed.; B.Sc. (4 year) / B.Ed.; BPHE/B.Ed.; B.S.W./B.Ed.
B.Ed. students must register in the following courses as part of their BA, BSc, BSW or BPHE degree. Students should refer to their concurrent program for remaining course requirements. Students can complete their two degrees in 5 years.
EDUC 0010 EL Orientation to Teaching (workshop)
EDUC 0020 EL Preparation for Second Year B.Ed. (workshop)
EDUC 0110 EL Ontario College of Teachers (workshop)
EDUC 1016 EL Introduction to Teaching & Learning
EDUC 1024 EL Social and Legal Issues In Education
EDUC 1046 EL Indigenous Ways of Learning (elective)
EDUC 0030 EL Preparation for Third Year B.Ed. (workshop)
EDUC 0190 EL Pre-Practicum Placement 1
EDUC 0210 EL Safe Classrooms (workshop)
EDUC 0320 EL Introduction to Federations (workshop)
EDUC 2006 EL Education & Schooling
EDUC 3026 EL Math Content for Teachers
EDUC 0040 EL Preparation for Fourth Year B.Ed. (workshop)
EDUC 0290 EL Pre-Practicum Placement 2
EDUC 0330 EL Safety and Discipline
EDUC 3006 EL Educational Psychology/Special Education
EDUC 3096 EL Education and Schooling: The Historical and Social Context of Ontario Catholic Schools (cycled) (elective)
EDUC 0500 EL Preparation for Fifth Year B.Ed. (workshop)
EDUC 0310 EL Ministry of Education Colloquium (workshop)
EDUC 0340 EL Collective Bargaining Workshop (workshop)
EDUC 0390 EL Pre-Practicum Placement 3
EDUC 3014 EL Initial Practicum Preparation
EDUC 3114 EL Initial Practicum
EDUC 4996 EL Religious Studies in Catholic Schools (Optional, but highly recommended if candidate wishes to teach in Roman Catholic system)
Fifth Year (Professional Year)
EDUC 0510 EL Final Year Required Events (workshop)
Junior-Intermediate students must complete 18 credits in an eligible teachable subject prior to entering the Professional Year of the program.
EDUC 0410 EL Professional Year Practicum Preparation 1
EDUC 0420 EL Professional Year Practicum Preparation 2
EDUC 4279 EL Current Topics in Education
EDUC 4207 EL Language I (Junior/Intermediate)
EDUC 4219 EL Music (Junior/Intermediate)
EDUC 4239 EL Professional Year Special Education/Mental Health (Junior/Intermediate)
EDUC 4241 EL Health & Phys. Ed. (Junior/Intermediate)
EDUC 4242 EL Mathematics (Junior/Intermediate)
EDUC 4246 EL Instructional Strategies I (Junior/Intermediate)
EDUC 4249 EL Dance (Junior/Intermediate)
EDUC 4259 EL Drama (Junior/Intermediate)
EDUC 4261 EL Social Studies, History/Geography (Junior/Intermediate)
EDUC 4262 EL Science & Technology (Junior/Intermediate)
EDUC 4269 EL Visual Arts (Junior/Intermediate)
EDUC 4271 EL Professional Year Practicum I (Junior/Intermediate)
EDUC 4272 EL Professional Year Practicum 2 (Junior/Intermediate)
EDUC 4274 EL Instructional Strategies II (Junior/Intermediate)
EDUC 4284 EL Language II (Junior/Intermediate)
EDUC 4xxx – Intermediate teachable subjects
Intermediate Teachable Subjects
Teachables are available in the following subjects (students need 18 credits in the discipline at the undergraduate level to qualify)
- EDUC 4106 EL Intermediate English
- EDUC 4186 EL Intermediate French
- EDUC 4126 EL Intermediate History
- EDUC 4116 EL Intermediate Geography
- EDUC 4206 EL Intermediate Science
- EDUC 4136 EL Intermediate FNMI Studies
- EDUC 4236 EL Intermediate Mathematics
- EDUC 4146 EL Intermediate Religious Studies
- EDUC 4176 EL or EDUC 4166 EL Intermediate Music (instrumental, vocal)
- EDUC 4216 EL Intermediate Health and Physical Education
1. Concurrent Education students may attempt only 3 professional year placements, (PYP 1 and PYP 2 and/or a potential replacement/repeat), two of which must be successful.
2. A student who is unsuccessful in the same Faculty of Education, School of Education EDUC course after two attempts will be required to discontinue from the School of Education Concurrent Education program.
Orientation to Teaching
Ontario College of Teachers Colloquium
Introduction to Teaching and Learning
Introduction to Teaching and Learning
Social and Legal Issues
Indigenous Ways of Learning
Pre-Practicum Placement I
Introduction to the Federations
Education and Schooling
Mathematical Content Review for Teachers
Pre-Practicum Placement 2
Safety and Discipline
Educational Psychology/Special Education
Ed. & Schooling in RC Schools
Ministry of Education Colloquium
Pre-Practicum Placement 3
PYP I Prep
PYP II Prep
Initial Practicum Preparation
Language I (Primary/Junior)
Music (The Arts - Primary/Junior)
Intermediate Native Studies
Special Education/Mental Health (primary /Junior)
Health and Physical Education (Primary/Junior)
Intermediate Religious Education
Dance (The Arts-Primary/Junior)
Instructiona Strategies - Part 1 (Primary/Junior)
Early Childhood Special Topics (Primary Junior)
Science and Technology (Primary/Junior)
Drama (The Arts - Primary/Junior)
Social Studies (primary/Junior)
Intermediate Music Option (a): Vocal
Visual Art (The Arts - Primary/Junior)
Practicum I (primary/Junior)
Practicum II (primary/Junior)
Instructional Strategies - Part 2 (primary/Junior)
Intermediate Music Option (b): Instrumental
Current topics in Education (Primary/Junior)
Language II (primary/Junior)
Intermediate French Second Language Teachable
Language I (Junior/Intermediate)
Intermediate Health and Physical Education
Music (The Arts - Junior/Intermediate)
Special Education/Mental Health (Junior/Intermediate)
Health and Physical Education (Junior/ Intermediate)
Instructional Strategies - Part 1 (Junior/Intermediate)
Dance (The Arts - Junior/Intermediate)
Drama (The Arts - Junior/Intermediate)
Social Studies, History & Geography (junior/Intermediate)
Science and Technology (junior/Intermediate)
Visual Arts (The Arts - Junior/ Intermediate)
Practicum I (junior/Intermediate)
Practicum II (junior/Intermediate)
Instructional Strategies - Part 2 (junior/Intermediate)
Current Topics in Education (Junior/ Intermediate)
Language II (junior/Intermediate)
Religious Studies in Catholic Schools
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