Archive for January, 2015

Student Services newsletter – January 2015

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Sessional Dates
Welcome to our students as they return for the winter 2015 term! The final date for Concurrent and Part-Time Consecutive BEd students to enrol in classes without instructors’ permission is January 19. For any requests to enrol in Education electives, please contact Teresa Boyle at

Employment and volunteer opportunities, you can join the Facebook group postings that we receive directly will be posted here for your information. Please spread the words!

Reading Week
York University’s winter term Reading Week will occur February16-20. The final date to drop a winter term course for Concurrent students (Term W) without receiving a final grade is March 6. For additional information on sessional dates, visit   Please note that these sessional dates do not apply to Full-Time Consecutive BEd students. Please consult your site-specific calendar for more information. For dates related to refunds, please refer to the university refund table

Mandatory Advising Sessions
All concurrent and part-time consecutive BEd teacher candidates who will be proceeding into ED2 and ED3 next September are required to attend a group advising session.  TC’s don’t need to reserve a spot. Just come on the day/time that works with your schedule.

ED 1 Sessions – Week of February 17-20 Reading Week Held in McLaughlin College 157A or York Lanes 234

  • The ED1 sessions for Primary/Junior  are scheduled for
    • Wednesday, February 18, at 9:00 am in York Lanes 234 or
    • Thursday, February 19, at 1:00 pm in York Lanes 234
  • The ED1 sessions for Junior/Intermediate are scheduled for
    • Wednesday, February 18 at 10:00 am in York Lanes 234 or
    • Thursday, February 19 at 2:00 pm in York Lanes 234
  • The ED1 sessions for Intermediate/ Senior are scheduled for
    • Tuesday, February 17 at 11:30 am MC 157A or
    • Thursday, February 19 at 3:30 pm York Lanes 234 or
    • Friday, February 20 at 2:00 pm MC 157A

The ED2 sessions Held in McLaughlin College 157A or York Lanes 234

  • The ED 2 sessions for Primary/Junior are schedule for
    • Thursday, February 19 at 9:00 am York Lanes 234 or
    • Friday, February 20 at 12 noon MC 157A or
    • Friday, February 20 at 2:30pm York Lanes 234
  • The ED2 sessions for Junior/Intermediate are schedule for
    • Thursday, February 19 at 10:30 am York Lanes 234 or
    • Friday, February 20  at 10:30 am MC 157A
  • The ED2 sessions for Intermediate/Senior are scheduled for
    • Tuesday, February 17 at 2:00 pm York Lanes 234 or
    • Thursday, February 19 at 11:30 am York Lanes 234 or
    • Friday, February 20 at 9:00 am MC 157A

 Glendon – BEd (French) –Friday, March 6, 2015
The BEd (French) advising sessions will occur at Glendon College.

The sessions are scheduled for:

    • ED1 Advising       11:00am to  12noon              Rm A301
    • ED2 Advising      2:00 pm to 3:00 pm             Rm A201

For more information, contact our office at

All ED1 Teacher Candidates MUST set aside the week following the exam period – April 27th to May 1st  for the observation block and final assignment.  Students will spend 2 days in a school observation placement, 1 day investigating the community, have 1 day to write the paper, and 1 day (Friday) on campus meeting with their CMYR 2100 Seminar Leader and class.

The online form, which is accessible through the practicum login on the main education homepage, will be available from Thursday February 12th to Thursday February 26th. That’s 2 full weeks to login and input the information needed.  Below is the link to the login page.  Use your Passport York username and password to login.

The ED1 selection will serve as the ED2 (2015-2016) placement request so it is critical that Teacher Candidates choose zones suitable for the year and whether they prefer a public or catholic placement.

For ED2 Teach Candidates, returning from Stop out, you also need to complete the form for the 2015-2016 year as planning for placements begins before the school year wraps up. Look for more information on this in upcoming communications.

Please contact the practicum office by email at if there are any questions or issues with the system.”

Ontario’s e-learning Platform
Since September 2014 ED2 and ED3 candidates have had access to Ontario’s e-learning platform, courtesy of a joint project between our Faculty and the Ontario Ministry of Education.

We trust that you have taken full advantage of exploring the e-Learning platform to gain insight into the online learning that is happening in Ontario schools. The link is on your Practicum Moodle home page.


Open House – Graduate program in Education 2015
The Faculty’s Graduate Program in Education will be hosting an OPEN HOUSE for Prospective MEd Students on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 282 Winters College, 4-6:30pm. Learn more about the program, how to apply, and meet current students and faculty.

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. Deadline to apply for is January 31, 2015. 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 online application. The actual date has not been set for the Faculty of Education Keele campus convocation. Web site can be found at

Recommendation to OCT
All concurrent, full time and part time consecutive graduating students for June 2015 convocation should submit their Ontario College Teachers (OCT) registration number by June 1, 2015 to the Faculty of Education.

The online form is available through the Faculty of Education SharePoint Site at Log into Student SharePoint, select Undergraduate, then select OCT Registration Number Submission. This will require logging into Passport York.

In order for the BEd Student Services Office to send your recommendation, we require the OCT registration number for each graduating teacher candidate. To apply for OCT membership visit:, select Members and then Create an Account.

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 only send your recommendation to OCT following convocation. Transcripts ordered by the student and the recommendation sent by the Faculty of Education are required for certification. For more information, visit

AQs for Class of 2015 B.Ed. Graduates
The Faculty of Education is offering its new B.Ed. graduates the opportunity to complete an additional qualification in Spring 2015 tailored to the needs of new teachers entering the profession. Offered at York University Keele campus between May 25 and June 5, 2015, teacher candidates can apply to one of three AQs:  Special Education Part 1; Intermediate Basic Dramatic Arts; Mathematics, Primary/Junior, Part 1.   Registration opens mid-January.  Apply by May 13, 2015.  For more information and to register visit:

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.

Inclement Weather
Throughout the winter, in cases of inclement weather, the university will also post on its web site weather emergencies and university closures. For details, visit At the full-time consecutive BEd sites which are not located on Keele campus, they should arrange with their site Course Director for phone/email notifications in case of the inclement weather. Please note that the cancellation of one course on any given day but an instructor does not automatically cancel all classes on the same day. Please ensure you have clear communications on your class schedule.

Tax Forms
Information related to tax forms for income tax purposes can be found online at

Practicum Reports
Fall term practicum reports for Full-Time Consecutive teacher candidates are not to be faxed/sent to the Practicum Office. It is the responsibility of the teacher candidate to get a copy of the report from the mentor teacher (York University is no longer keeping them on file). Reports should not be housed at a consecutive site for any longer than this school year.