Archive for December, 2016

Student Services Newsletter – December 2016

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

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  Log in using your Passport York username and password.

Friday, December 9, 2016 – 12noon to 4pm
Faculty of Education offices will be closed on Friday, December 9th from 12noon to end of day. Regular office hours will resume on Monday, December 12, 2016.

Holiday Season university closure and classes resuming in January
York University will be closed for the Holiday Season from end of day Thursday, December 22, 2016 and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

Please note: Faculty of Education students will be required to attend their education courses and/or Community Practicum if scheduled for January 3rd and/or 4th. Please check the Program Calendars if you are in the two year 60.00 credit BEd program as it offers which courses are scheduled the first week of January.

Teacher candidates enrolled in the three year (30.00 credit) Concurrent or Part Time BEd program are required to attend classes if scheduled on January 3rd and 4th.

  • Tuesday, January 3rd classes – All 4001 3.00 Teaching XXXX courses, term 2 courses and EDJI 2000 section A and B.
  • Wednesday, January 4th classes – Term 2 courses, EDUC 2720 3.00 section M, and EDFE 4200 3.00 section U and V

Reminder: Good Housekeeping
Please note that classroom space is shared and we want to remind all students/faculty if eating in the classrooms to please remove garbage and put in the appropriate receptacles in the hallways. By doing our part, we will help to keep our classrooms in a professional state.

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

Interested in applying to our Graduate Program in Education (MEd)? 
Visit the Faculty of Education Graduate Studies for more information: Deadline is February 8, 2017 (Full Time Entry) and March 8, 2017 (Part time).

Spend this summer Abroad through York International Global Internships
Positions range from working in one of Canada’s foreign offices, to mentoring kids in Kenya, to turtle monitoring in Costa Rica, to human rights work in Uganda, to teaching English in El Salvador.

Want to spend your summer doing something meaningful?

  • 55 placements available
  • Duration of 3 months beginning May 2017
  • Open to all York students who meet eligibility criteria
  • Includes a $3,000 York International Internship Award to offset expenses
  • Deadline to Apply: December 14 at 11:59pm

Find out more about these funded opportunities that are unique in Canada and exclusive to York students, visit and select Go Global.

Nominate an Outstanding Faculty Member
Faculty of Education Teacher Candidates are encouraged to nominate one of our outstanding faculty members, course directors, or teaching assistants for a President’s University-Wide Teaching Award.

The President’s University-Wide Teaching Awards honour those who, through innovation and commitment, have significantly enhanced the quality of learning by York students. Four awards are offered each year in the following categories:

  • Full -Time tenured faculty with 10 or more years full -time teaching experience
  • Full-Time faculty (tenured/tenure-stream/CLA) with less than 10 years teaching experience
  • Contract and adjunct faculty
  • Teaching assistants

The purpose of these awards is to provide significant recognition for excellence in teaching, to encourage its pursuit, to publicize such excellence when achieved across the University and in the wider community, and to promote informed discussion of teaching and its improvement.

More details about the award and nomination process (including a link to the online nomination form) can be found here:

Nominations are due January 30, 2017.   If you have any questions with putting forward a nomination welcome to contact Sue Winton, Associate Dean of Research and Community, Faculty of Education at

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.

2017 BEd Graduates – Apply to Ontario College of Teachers for your Membership registration
Teacher Candidates graduating in June 2017 will be applying to the Ontario College of Teachers to become a certified member. Application information is available at: In order for the BEd Student Services Office to send your recommendation we require the 6 digit OCT registration number for each graduating teacher candidate. To apply for OCT membership visit:, select Members and then Create an Account.

Recommendation to OCT
All Concurrent, Consecutive, Technological Education, and part time consecutive graduating students for June 2017 convocation should submit their Ontario College Teachers (OCT) registration number by June 1, 2017 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.

Religious Education: Teaching in Catholic Schools Who should attend?
Any undergrad teacher candidate in the final year of the BEd and interested in preparing to teach in Catholic schools. This course is intended to introduce pre-service Teacher Candidates to professional practice and to extend knowledge and skills in the delivery of Ontario Catholic curriculum. The course is 36 hours in length, fully online. 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. This course answers the question, “What do I need to know to begin teaching in Ontario Catholic Schools?

Program Objectives:

  • To promote an understanding of teaching as a vocation rooted in the call to the Christian ministry
  • Create an awareness of the context of Ontario Catholic education
  • Develop skills that enhance the integration of Catholic Graduate Expectations in the classroom and throughout the school
  • Foster professional knowledge of Religious and Family Life Education Assist teachers in the acquisition of the theological background and skills necessary for the implementation of the Religious Education and Family Life curriculum.

This Certificate course is open to Faculty of Education students in the consecutive or concurrent program who are in the final year of their program. This course is not equivalent to the Religious Education, Part 1 Additional Qualification.

The 2017 AQs for New Grads are now open for registration at  These AQs are open to B.Ed. Grads convocating in June 2017 from Ontario Faculties of Education.The following New Grad AQs are available:

NG17EN1K: New Grad – Teaching English Language Learners, Part 1 Location: Keele Campus, Rm TBD

NG17SP1K: New Grad – Special Education, Part 1
Location: Keele Campus, Rm TB

DNG17MA1G: New Grad – Mathematics, Primary and Junior (P/J), Part 1
Location: Glendon Campus, Rm TBD

Course Dates: Monday to Friday: (8:30 am – 4:00 pm) May 29 – June 2 & June 5 – 9, 2017 PLUS 30 hrs. online PLUS 25 hrs. independent assignment.

Course Format

  • 125 hours in length
  • Blended format: 70 hours in-class; 30 hours online; final 25 hour report
  • Offered in May/June prior to June Convocation

Important Advisory: YorkU will forward recommendations for New Grad AQs by mid-August or early September by which time all graduating teachers must have paid their OCT registration and membership dues to be in good standing with the College. Any teacher who fails to pay their dues and is not a member in good standing with the College will NEVER be recommended for the AQ course taken in this session.


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