Archive for September, 2014

Student Services Newsletter – September

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Find out what’s happening in the Faculty of Education
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Are You on the Official Classlist? A teacher candidate will not receive a final grade for coursework if he/she is not listed on the official classlist. You should not attend classes for a section that is not the one listed on your student record. Because official classlists are used for submitting final grades, if you are listed on a classlist for one section but attending another, you will receive a failure grade because you did not submit assignments to the instructor for the section where your name appears on the classlist.

Updating your contact information
Please remember if you change your residential address or phone number(s) you should update this information through York U. Online Service:  My Student Records and select   Change My Profile at  Its’ also encouraged to add a contact person in case of emergency.

Code of Student Rights & Responsibilities York University is a place of research, teaching and learning where people value civility, diversity, equity, honesty and respect in their direct and indirect interactions with one another.   All York students have rights and responsibilities as outlined in the PDF document which can be found on the Office of Student Conflict Resolution web site at

Faculty of Education Email System
All new and continuing Faculty of Education Teacher Candidates have an education email. It’s your   Your Faculty of Education email account is to be used for your professional email correspondence when taking classes to communicate with your instructors and applying for positions. There is a limit (quota) to the total space you are allowed to use (1Gb for most users). For reasons of efficiency you should try to keep your account tidy by deleting messages that you have read and moving messages you wish to keep out of your ‘inbox’. The maximum size of an individual message that can be sent from or delivered is 25Mb.

Before you begin, it is important that you make sure that your email username and password are synced to Passport York. The following steps will show you how to login to your email account for the very first time.

  1. Log into Manage My Services,
  2. Enter your Passport York Username and Password and select the check box “Click this box before logging in to change your Passport York password.”
  3. Proceed to reset your Passport York password which will also change your Education Email and SharePoint account passwords.
  4. Wait 10 minutes for your new password to authenticate and then proceed to the webmail link located on the Education website at on the bottom of the page or at on the top left corner.

If there are any issues, email or drop by 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday, 031 Winters College.

Individual Advising
The Faculty of Education, Office of Student Services offers  individual advising three days a week -Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday  10am to 4pm  To book an appointment visit and select SharePoint .  Log in using your Passport York username and password. Select Undergraduate/Academic Advising.

New Website Announcement
We are pleased to announce the launch of our newly redesigned Faculty of Education website!  The site has been redesigned with navigation input from students for user-friendly access.  Some new features include a responsive design to allow you to browse the site with your phone or tablet, accessibility features built according to provincial standards, and content changes to make it easier for you to get at the information you’re looking for.  Take a look around at  and provide us with your feedback at:

Apply for Continuing Education Student Awards
Deadline October 15
Awards and bursaries are available to Faculty of Education Teacher Candidates to assist with the cost of university tuition. All Teacher Candidates who feel they meet the criteria of academic excellence and financial need are encouraged to apply. The deadline is October 15th and requires students to complete Student Financial Profile.

Please note that the awards may require the following:

  • Specific to a teacher candidates York degree, teaching subjects and/or teaching level and year in the BEd program.
  • A nomination letter from a Faculty of Education instructor and a Personal Statement submitted by the Teacher Candidate addressing teaching promise.

More information on Student Awards visit:

Faculty of Education Teaching Award
The Faculty of Education Undergraduate Teaching Award is awarded annually to a member of the Faculty of Education who has displayed substantial, significant and sustained excellence, commitment and enthusiasm to the multifaceted aspects of teaching and learning at the undergraduate level resulting in an enhanced quality of learning by York students. The nominee may be a full-time tenured faculty member, tenure-stream, contract faculty, or adjunct faculty, and must have taught at York for at least three years.

The award recognizes teaching excellence and innovations. Other elements which are taken into consideration include scholarly, professional and teaching development and initiatives in undergraduate program and curriculum development, as well as student learning experiences. The nominator may be any member of the Faculty of Education, including regular or adjunct faculty, secondees, graduate students, undergraduate students or staff. Graduate students may not nominate their current supervisor.

Information available at:

Reminder: Concurrent students can Specialize in International Education in their BEd degree! We are the first Faculty of Education in Ontario to offer this Specialization within the existing BEd degree program! Interested in finding out more details? Visit

  1. Concurrent students can obtain a Specialization in International Education! Apply by December 23 in the year that you are applying to graduate. Application and details are at:
  2. Concurrent students: Go on an international exchange to Germany this summer! Applications usually come out in October! Applications will be found at (Last year’s application is posted in the meantime, for information.)
  3. Consecutive students: Stay tuned for information (late October) on the International Practicum Placement  Complete a placement for the month of May in Kenya, Nicaragua or China!
  4. Join the FESA Group on Facebook for Employment and Volunteer Opportunities
  5. Concurrent students: You can participate in a Summer Internship through York International! Applications usually come out in late fall: There are school-based placements in Kenya, Cambodia, China, etc.

Media Conference:  The Association for Media Literacy (AML)
This conference is  aimed at educators, parents, and the public: Understanding Media Now: Navigating Surveillance, Social Media and Marketing.  The conversation will be about ‘where we are now’ in the world of media – as it pertains to the classroom, family, and the workplace. York U. Faculty of Education Teacher Candidates are welcome to register.

Location: Toronto’s Ted Rogers School of Management
Date: October 18, 2014   (9:00am to 4:00pm)

2015 BEd Graduates – Apply to OCT for your Membership registration
Teacher Candidates graduating in June 2014 will be applying to the Ontario College of Teachers to become a certified member. Application information is available at:

Religious Education: Teaching in Catholic Schools
Intended to introduce pre-service teacher candidates to professional practice and to extend knowledge and skills in the delivery of Ontario Catholic curriculum, this course answers the question, “What do I need to know to begin teaching in Ontario Catholic Schools?” Critical to the implementation of this course is the modeling of a positive learning environment that reflects care, professional knowledge, ethical practice, leadership and ongoing learning.

Who Should Attend
Any undergrad teacher candidate in the final year of education studies and interested in preparing to teach in Catholic schools.

NOTE: This course is open only to York University Faculty of Education undergraduate students. This course is not equivalent to the Religious Education, Part 1 additional qualification.

Course Format

  • 36 hours in length; 10 hours online & 26 in-class
  • Offered in the Fall and Winter sessions
  • A Certificate of Completion is provided upon successful completion

To Apply & Fees For actual dates, locations and session offerings, search from the list of available courses. Note: offered in Fall and Winter sessions only. Course Fee (+ HST): $200 + $26 HST = $226.00

To apply online, visit our registration page at: