Archive for January, 2017

Student Services Newsletter – January 2017

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Mandatory Advising Sessions for 30.00 credit BEd program
All concurrent and part-time consecutive BEd teacher candidates currently in ED 2 (the 30.00 credit program) and proceeding into ED3 next September will be contacted by the Office of Students Services in early February to meet with an education advisor and discuss FW 2017-18 enrolment. At the meeting TC’s will be informed when to log on to the Practicum Information Management System to select practicum preferences for the 2017-18 academic year.

BEd Teacher Candidates enrolling in 2017-18  
Teacher Candidates in the 60.00 credit BEd program heading into ED 2 will receive information by email end of February regarding enrolment procedures and important dates for the FW 2017-18 session.

TC’s will log on to the Practicum Information Management System to select practicum preferences for the 2017-18 academic year. The online form, which is also accessible through the practicum login on the main education homepage, will be available from Thursday February 17th to Friday, March 10th.

Making Education in the Classroom Accessible and Inclusive for Students with Disabilities What Teachers Can Do to Transform Ontario’s Education System
David Lepofsky is a part-time visiting professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and an adjunct member of the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. He holds three volunteer leadership roles in the disability community. He is chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, a member of the Steering Committee and former co-chair of Barrier-Free Canada, and the chair of the Toronto District School Board’s Special Education Advisory Committee.

The event is taking place during the lunch break on January 30, 2017 from 12noon to 2:00pm in Founders Assembly Hall (Rm 152 Founders College). For more information visit News &Events

Strategies for Success
Teaching Self-Advocacy! Hosted by Physical, Sensory and Medical Disability Services  Free development workshop for BEd students:

  • Learn and practice strategies to implement self-advocacy in schools
  • Help students with disabilities prepare for postsecondary education

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 2pm to 4pm. RSVP by February 1 to Please indicate if accommodations are required.

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).

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.

  • 36 hours in length –  fully online
  • Available –Summer 2017
  • A Certificate of Completion is provided upon successful completion. To apply online, visit our registration page at:
  • 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 = $226.00The 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-Location: Keele Campus, Rm TBD
  • NG17SP1K: New Grad – Special Education, Part 1 – Location: Keele Campus, Rm TBD
  • NG17MA1G: 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.

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.

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

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