Archive for September, 2015

Student Services Newsletter October 2015

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

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Education Resources
Education Resources are available to teacher candidates through the Education Resource Centre and York University Libraries. All teacher candidates are encouraged to check the ERC website as information is being updated daily: Materials that had been housed in the TEL building are being moved to the new locations below.

  • The ERC offers and maintains a collection of manipulatives, teaching guides and solution materials, and primary classroom technology. The ERC is located at 135 Winters College.
  • The Scott Library provides access to over 10,000 titles of education books including: primary and secondary school texts, teacher practitioner materials and educational theory. As well, the Sound and Moving Image Library (SMIL) located in the Scott Library and will be providing access to more than 100,000 CDs and DVDs, and 150,000 audio and video digital files (materials are still being organized for this library – expected to be available by mid October). The Scott Library is located in Central Square. Hours are available at:
  • The Frost Library located at York University’s Glendon campus will provide bilingual resources and services to support social science and humanities research and teaching (materials are expected to be available by mid November)

For more information visit:

Student Information Systems unavailable Thanksgiving weekend
Over the Thanksgiving long weekend all online student services will not be available in order for YU Registrars Office to perform upgrades. Students will not have access to course search website, online degree progress report, student account online and online self-serve letter. Students will still be able to access Moodle, e-mail and other non-student information tools.

Reminder – Please update or activate your EDU email.
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. Enter your current Passport York password and new Passport York password
    4. Click “Change Password”
    5. Logout
    6. Your Education email password will be synchronized in 10 to 20 minutes.

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

EDU email – Consecutive TC’s
Consecutive Teacher Candidates have been given an EDU email account. Please see the instructions on how to create/access the email on and select Faculty of Education Email.

Faculty of Education Student Association (FESA) positions
The following positions still remain available.

1 Position for CEC P/J/I Consecutive

1 position for Regent Park P/J Consecutive

2 Positions for Glendon Concurrent

1 Tech Ed Concurrent

Teacher Candidates are required to submit a 500 word personal statement addressing why they would make a good candidate for the Cohort Rep position. If interested please contact Vanessa Rotundo, FESA Vice President-External at for the application.

 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 TC addressing teaching promise.

More information on Student Awards visit:

WHEN:  Thursday, October 29th, 2015     ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY
WHERE: CURTIS LECTURE HALLS (details to follow)
MORNING: Federation’s Event includes

ED 2 QECO & OSSTF Certification Presentations 9:00 – 10:30

ED 3 Boundaries Workshop, Occasional Teacher Panel Discussion & Federation Meeting (Hosted by OTF, ETFO, OSSTF & OECTA) 9:00 – 12:00

CONSECUTIVE Boundaries Workshop, Occasional Teacher Panel Discussion & OTF Presentation (Hosted by OTF, ETFO, OSSTF & OECTA) 9:00 – 12:0

AFTERNOON: Faculty of Education/ OCT Presentations include
ED 3 OCT Presentation & First Nation, Métis & Inuit Education Workshop 1:00 – 3:30

CONSECUTIVE OCT Presentation & First Nation, Métis & Inuit Education Workshop 1:00 – 3:30

Visit the York U. Mentoring and Teaching Resource Room for updates and additional information:

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

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: (and sign in with your Faculty of Education user name and password).

Consecutive students: Stay tuned for information (late October) on the International Practicum Placement:

  • Complete a four-week placement in the spring in Kenya, Nicaragua or China! Some funding is available to students to help offset the cost.
  • Join the FESA Group on Facebook for Employment and Volunteer Opportunities and look for employment and volunteer opportunities at the York University Career Centre


Concurrent and Consecutive 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. You must be returning to York the following year in order to be eligible to apply. Funding is available to help you offset the cost!

 Concurrent 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 2016. Information sessions are being held on Wednesday, October 14th 10:00am and Tuesday, October 20th at 2:30pm. Both sessions are being held in Rm 286C Winters College. You MUST attend an information session in order to obtain an application. Deadline to apply will be in early November 2015:   Some information available by video:

Education Elective date change
ED/EDUC 2400 Education as Communication section M (winter session)
Education as Communication will not be offered on Mondays in the winter session as was posted in the lecture schedule.   It will be offered on Tuesday 8:30-11:30 during the winter session. If this course does not fit with your course schedule please email Teresa Boyle at to request a drop permission.

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.
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:

Mico Alumni Association Scholarship Awards 2015
The Mico Alumni Association (Toronto Chapter) will be offering scholarships in November 2015 to university students enrolled in the Faculties of Education in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. Scholarships are valued at $1,000.00 (Canadian).

• 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 students who are of Jamaican ancestry, or have a high concentration of black students.
• Since the Program began, over fifty scholarships have been awarded to student teachers that are enrolled in the Faculties of Education at York University and the University of Toronto.
• This year’s scholarships will be presented to successful applicants on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the Mico Alumni Association Annual Banquet and Scholarship Awards at:

• Clarification of Jamaican background, or reasonable connection to Jamaica.
• 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.
• State their histories of community service particularly in urban, multicultural communities and how that experience has influenced them to enter the teacher training program.
• State their views on diversity and equity in education.
• State how the scholarship will assist them to meet their financial needs.

Submitting applications: Send application letters to the e-mail addresses below by the 8th of October, 2015:

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