Archive for August, 2011

Student Services Newsletter – August

Friday, August 26th, 2011

The Faculty of Education welcomes the new incoming class for the full-time consecutive BEd, the first year (ED1) concurrent and part-time consecutive BEd, Direct Entry Pre-Education, and Deaf-and-Hard-of-Hearing post-graduate diploma students.

Summer Hours
Up until and including September 2, the normal work day at York University will be reduced by one hour every Friday. Administrative offices will close at 3:30 pm. Please be advised that the offices will be closed on Monday, September 5 for Labour Day.

Orientation (Deaf Education)
The Orientation for full-time and part-time Deaf Education students is scheduled for Monday, August 29 at 9:30 am in MC 157C.

Orientation (Consecutive BEd)
The Orientation for full-time consecutive students is scheduled for Thursday, September 1 in the Curtis Lecture Hall L. The morning session for the CEC P/J, CEC I/S, ECE, Fine Arts J/I, Whitby P/J/I, Whitby I/S, Urban Diversity P/J/I will occur from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. The afternoon session for Barrie P/J/I, Toronto I/S, Peel Region P/J, Peel Region I/S, York Region P/J, York Region I/S, and Regent Park P/J/I will occur from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The BBQ sponsored by the Facult y of Education Students Association (FESA) will run from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Orientation (Concurrent & Part-Time Consecutive BEd)
It is mandatory to attend the orientation. There will be guest speakers from the teachers’ federations. The Orientation for concurrent and part-time consecutive students will occur on Tuesday, September 6, 2011. All ED1 teacher candidates will meet in ACE 102, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. All ED2 teacher candidates will meet in CSE A, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. All ED3 teacher candidates will meet in ACW109 and from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. Students are required to also meet with their seminar leaders for CMYR 2100 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm that day. Specific instructions regarding afternoon room locations will be given in the morning session. Students should come knowing the name of their Seminar Leader and seminar section. Please note that new Direct Entry BEd students, who are scheduled to take the PRAC 1000 0.00 Seminar, do not attend the Faculty of Education Orientation until next Fall. Summer Science students who have completed their first summer should attend the ED2 Orientation in CSE A. Summer Science students who have completed their second summer should attend the ED3 Orientation in ACW 109. Summer Science students do not need to attend the afternoon portion at 1:30 pm since they do not have an assigned seminar for this fall/winter session.

First Day of Classes (Consecutive BEd)
The first day of classes for the full-time consecutive teacher candidates is Monday, August 29, with the exception of the York Region I/S site (start date is Tuesday, August 30, in MC 157A). Please meet your site Course Director at your designated site location. Please note for sites located at the Keele campus, you may be meeting in a room location which will not be the regular classroom throughout the year. The ECE site will be meeting at the Keele campus in the TEL building, room 005. The Fine Arts site will meet in TEL 3069. The Toronto I/S site will meet in York Lanes room 234. The York Region P/J site will meet in TEL 3072.

First Day of Classes (Concurrent & Part-Time Consecutive BEd)
The first day of classes for F and Y term courses is Wednesday, September 7. Please check the online lecture schedule to confirm classroom locations in case some courses have changed their rooms The lecture schedule also includes information on the co-curricular/reading weeks. All students enrolled in the Health & Phys Ed quarter course for ED3 on Fridays will meet their instructor on the first day in Tait McKenzie room 316. For information on acronyms used for names of buildings at York University, go to

Cornerstone Leadership in Action Award
This award is presented annually to a student in their second year of the Faculty of Education’s concurrent teacher education program. All ED2 Concurrent students who meet the criteria may apply to this award. The value of the award is approximately $2,000. Please go to to find out more details about criteria for the award. A nominator’s letter (250-500 words), a sample of the nominee’s work should be submitted to 128 Winters College by no later than September 9, 2011.

YorkFest 2011
The York Federation of Students is hosting YorkFest 2011. From September 19-25, YorkFest 2011 will include concerts, games, breakfasts, homecoming, and a DJ battle. If you’re a DJ and want to perform in the DJ battle, email For information on events, student health plan, clubs and services, visit the web site for the York Federation of Students at

Fall Convocation
Please note that for any students who did not graduate at the Spring 2011 convocation and are planning to graduate at the Fall Convocation, the date for the Faculty of Education ceremony is Wednesday, October 12 at 10:30 am. For more information on convocation, visit

Student Financial Services
Dropping a course has financial implications, depending on the date the drop occurs. To view the university refund table, visit

PRAC 1000
For students who were admitted to the Direct Entry concurrent BEd program option, attendance and a passing grade for the PRAC 1000 seminar is mandatory. Section A will meet in Winters College 117 on Tuesdays 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm on September 13, October 4, October 25, November 15, January 24, February 7, February 28, and March 27. Section B will meet in Winters College 117 on Thursdays 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm on September 15, October 6, October 27, November 24, January 26, February 9, March 1, March 29. Section G will meet at Glendon in GH 115 on Wednesdays 4:00 pm on September 14, October 5, November 2, November 30, January 11, February 8, March 7, and March 28.

EDUC 3500 cancellation
Please note that Section A for EDUC 3500 has been cancelled. Spaces are currently available in section N for EDUC 3500 which is offered at Keele campus for the winter term on Wednesdays at 11:30 am.

Time Change for PRJM 3031/JIMA 3021 at Glendon
Please note that PRJM 3031 / JIMA 3021 at Glendon has been moved to Fridays 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and will be taught in YH 153.

Time Change for RELS 3041/3051
The teaching subject RELS 3041 3.00 and RELS 3051 6.00 will no longer be offered on Mondays at 2:30 pm. The teaching subject has been changed to the 11:30 am timeslot. Students must drop the cancelled section and add Section B by end of June or they will be de-enrolled.

Room Changes
Section E for Inquiries into Learning INLE 2200 has been moved to MC 050B. Section A for Pedagogy of the Land EDUC 2300 has been moved to MC 050A. Section A for Educating for a Sustainable Future EDUC 3700 has been moved to MC 050A.

Mandatory ED3 Quarter Courses
Students cannot enrol themselves into PRIJ 3032/JICO 3022 and PRIJ 3033/JICO 3023. All P/J and J/I teacher candidates going into ED3 should select one section of the Science & Technology quarter course and the corresponding Health & Physical Education quarter course along with the matching 3-credit Arts & Social Studies course will be added to student records by end of August. For more details, refer to the Student Services Newsletter for May

PRAC 4000
Concurrent and Part-time BEd teacher candidates cannot enrol in their practicum seminar PRAC 4000. Students will be enrolled into seminars which correspond with their placements once placements are finalized end of August. All ED2 and ED3 teacher candidates will meet with their seminar leaders for the first time on Tuesday, September 6, 2011, at the mandatory orientation.

I/S Teaching Subjects
There is potential for conflicts or repetition in choosing similar teaching subjects, such as ones that fall under the business, computer studies or economics, geography, environmental science and 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. 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 and instruction course. A candidate requires a minimum of 36 credits (six full university courses) in one teaching subject area and 24 credits (four full university courses) in the other area to graduate.

Update Personal Information
If you are a part-time consecutive or concurrent BEd student going into ED2 or ED3 and you did not receive your practicum information, which included details on orientation, in the mail, this may mean your mailing address has not been updated on the university student record system. Students should keep their personal information, including current address, up-to-date on their university  student record. Visit the Current Students web site and click on “Update my personal information” under My Student Records.

Students who are ineligible to continue cannot return to the Faculty of Education unless they petition to be reinstated and are able to explain why they did not meet the requirements of the program. The academic petitions package can be found on the Registrar’s Office web site . If medical reasons are cited, please ask your doctor to complete the Attending Physician’s Statement. Students cannot petition to be reinstated if their undergraduate overall GPA is below 5.0. Only after students have improved their GPA can they submit a petition.

Pattern of Study
To view the Concurrent and Part-Time Consecutive BEd curriculum, please refer to the Undergraduate Calendar at

Practicum Evaluations
All TCs should keep a copy of their final practicum reports in their personal files. Before the end of this academic year, TCs should ensure they have the reports from their mentor teachers. The Faculty of Education we will not be keeping these on file.

YU Verify
York University offers an online service which confirms whether or not someone has received a degree. To use YU Verify, a person needs some basic biographical information about the person (e.g. first name, last name, day and month of birth) or their York University student number. For further details regarding this service, visit