Archive for April, 2012

Student Services Newsletter – April

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Summer Education Elective Waitlist
All Teacher Candidates in ED3 year and most of the ED2 year have been notified regarding their elective waitlist status.  Please make sure you check your York U. email(s) for information updates.   Priority is given to teacher candidates going into their ED3 year, who need the credits to graduate. First priority on the waitlist is granted to ED2 students going into ED3 who have zero credits towards their elective requirement. Next we consider ED2 students going into ED3 who have 3 credits and then we consider students going into ED3 with 6 credits.

ED EDUC 2300 3.0A  Pedagogy of the Land
Pedagogy of the Land can be counted as an elective for all Education students. The Registrar’s Office will be informed and if there are any issues regarding convocation, please contact Judith Davidson, 416-736-2100 ext. 66305.

Teaching Religious Education EDUC 3000
Teaching Religious Education EDUC 3000 will not be offered as an Education course, but will be available through the Office of Research and Professional Development.  Information on registration will be available and communicated to our students in the summer. 

Adolescent and the Teacher EDC 3310
Will be offered this summer starting April 30.   This is a required course for S/I Teacher Candidates and one of two options for J/I candidates.

EDUC 3820B, Teaching English Language Learners
Every teacher who works in Toronto should expect to have English language Learners in his or her class.  Even those students who have spent time in an ESL program still need very special support if they are to succeed in the mainstream, and teachers have to be able to find ways to make their regular program appropriate for these learners.

This is a very practical course that helps teacher candidates understand the challenges faced by ELL and shows them ways to adapt their classroom activities to allow success for all students in the classroom.

Welcome BEd Technological Education students
The Faculty of Education would like to welcome our new students in the BEd Technological Education program starting this summer.  Classes and community field placements will begin  the week of May4, 2012.   There will be an official welcome and group advising session held on Tuesday, April 24 in MC 050.

Study Trip to Taiwan: Young Leaders Delegation
Applications are invited from York University students for a week-long study visit to Taiwan departing May 22, 2012. The visit will focus on introducing students to Taiwan and its the challenges in a context of global political and economic change. The study trip is sponsored by the government of Taiwan and is open to both graduate (preferred) and senior undergraduates (3rd or 4th year). Ideally, applicants should have some prior knowledge of Asia, such as through a university course. All applicants must hold valid Canadian passports with expiry dates no less than six months before the departure date.

Applications must be received by the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) <> no later than 3:30 pm on April 18, 2012. They should include the applicant’s: (1) CV; (2) transcript; (3) a letter of recommendation from a faculty member, sent directly to YCAR by the faculty member; (4) a cover letter briefly explaining the reason for the applicant’s interest in the study trip; and (5) a 200-250 word abstract of a paper on the study trip theme: “Taiwan in changing global political and economic order”.

Successful applicants will be required to submit a short paper (a minimum of 1,500 words) on this topic to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Toronto at least one week before the delegation departure date.

Reminders from the March newsletter

June Convocation
Graduating BEd students should view the information on the university’s convocation Web site for details regarding the ceremony and diploma services. Only Concurrent BEd students need to apply to graduate online using the convocation Web site. If any Full-Time or Part-Time Consecutive BEd students have already completed the online application, the information will be accepted; however, the Faculty of Education will mount the application to graduate for every consecutive student so it is not necessary for them to complete the application. The Faculty of Education convocation ceremonies will occur on June 15 at 10:30 am (full-time consecutive) and 3:30 pm (Deaf Education, part-time consecutive and concurrent BEd). The convocation Web site can be found at

Transcripts to OCT
Graduating BEd teacher candidates will need to make arrangements themselves to order all post-secondary transcripts to be sent to the Ontario College of Teachers. When ordering transcripts, please indicate that you wish for your York University transcript to be sent upon degree completion. Your transcripts must indicate your Bachelor of Education degree has been conferred. This means your transcripts should not be sent until after the June convocation. The Faculty of Education will automatically send your recommendation to OCT following convocation. Please submit your OCT registration number via an online form (Passport York protected). The link to the form is available on SharePoint. Transcripts ordered by the student and the recommendation sent by the Faculty of Education are required for certification. For more information on OCT, visit

International Education
Available is a new professional development program “Education, Culture and Teaching in China”, which will be held in four cities in Jiangsu Province, PR China. Activities include guest speakers, short teaching experiences in two cities, tours of schools and post-secondary institutions, reflective assignments and lesson planning, and cultural sites. Whether participants are planning to teach in Canada or in China, this program will allow them to experience and think about education in a different context. It will also help them to understand the learning needs and expectations of students and parents who are from China. Participants who complete this program will be awarded with a professional development certificate from the Faculty of Education at the end of the program. Further information is available at The deadline for applications is May 19, 2012. To view the flyer, visit