Archive for October, 2014

Student Services Newsletter – October 2014

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Find out what’s happening in the Faculty of Education
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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.

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: 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!
  2. Join the FESA Group on Facebook for Employment and Volunteer Opportunities
  3. 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.

Concurrent BEd students: Go on an international exchange to Germany this summer!
Go on an international exchange to Germany to earn credits for your Education degree and your other York program in Summer 2015.  You MUST attend an information session in order to obtain an application.  Deadline to apply: November 3, 2014.

Information Session dates:

  • Tuesday, October 7 at 2:30pm in Room 026 Winters College or
  • Friday, October 17 at 11:30am in Room 242 York Lanes

Some information available by video:

Please plan to attend

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:

Mico Alumni Association (Toronto, Ontario Chapter)
Scholarship Awards  2014:  The Mico Alumni Association (Toronto Chapter) will be offering scholarships in November 2014 to university students enrolled in the Faculties of Education in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. Scholarships are valued at $1,000.00 (Canadian).

Purpose: The Awards Program was established in 2003, to offer scholarships to student teachers in Ontario who have a Jamaican background, or some sort of reasonable connection to Jamaica. They should also have an interest in teaching in urban schools that either have a high concentration of black students.

Background:  The Mico College (now Mico University College), located in Kingston, Jamaica, was founded in 1836 and is one of the oldest teacher education institutions in the western hemisphere. “Mico” as the college is usually called, is one of the pre-eminent teacher education institutions in Jamaica. The Toronto Chapter plans and organizes the Mico Alumni Association (Toronto Chapter) Annual Banquet and Scholarship Awards.

Guidelines for preparing the application:  Provide evidence and reference that they are current teacher education candidates in a faculty of education program in a university in the Greater Toronto Area. Send Application letters to the e-mail addresses below by the 8th of October, 2014: and

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:

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:

Degree Requirement Student Checklist
Students in the Concurrent and Part-Time Consecutive BEd can check that they have completed all the requirements for their BEd by using the checklist available on SharePoint  The degree requirement checklists are listed under “Links” on the left-hand side of the Undergraduate homepage. You will need to log in to Passport York. Candidates in Indigenous Education, Jewish Teacher Education and the BEd (French) program options must also check their specific BEd program requirements separately.

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