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October 20, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Concurrent Education (Laurier-Nipissing)



Laurier-Nipissing Concurrent Education Program at the Brantford Campus

The Laurier-Nipissing Concurrent Education program offers students a unique experience. Combining the strength of Laurier's liberal arts programming with the quality of Nipissing’s Schulich School of Education, graduates of this program are well-prepared for a career in education. In six years, students achieve an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Society, Culture & Environment and a Bachelor of Education.

Because it’s broad-based, the Society, Culture & Environment BA is the perfect degree to accompany a BEd. It is not a typical discipline-based program; instead, it looks at the problems, topics and issues relevant to our world from a variety of perspectives. Teachers at the primary, junior or intermediate levels are required to have an understanding of a wide range of subjects, and the broader your educational background, the better prepared, more knowledgeable and more successful you will be as a teacher. 

You can combine the Society, Culture & Environment program with other honours programs, options or minors such as English, History, Human Rights & Human Diversity, Indigenous Studies or Psychology. Students will apply to either the Primary/Junior or Junior/Intermediate divisions. Upon graduation, many students pursue Additional Basic Qualification courses that certify them to teach a third division. All requirements of this program are completed at the Laurier-Nipissing campuses in Brantford, Ontario.

Program highlights 

  • Practicum placements

By the time you graduate from the Laurier-Nipissing program, you will have over 20 weeks of practicum. Research shows that teacher candidates gain confidence from practical and varied learning experiences, which they bring to job interviews and to the classroom. In determining your practicum, you will have your choice of placements in public or Catholic schools in various surrounding boards.  Placements in different grades of Primary/Junior (JK–6) and Junior/Intermediate (4–10) ensure a variety of school and grade experiences by the time you graduate.    

  • Technology in teaching

Technology in education is changing rapidly and employers expect our future teachers to be current in the latest software and equipment. The Laurier-Nipissing Concurrent Education program is offering students an exciting technological initiative called the iTeach Program that will prepare our students for the convergence of educational programs and computer technology. All iTeach Program participants are provided with ongoing professional learning during both on-campus activities (course work, workshops, drop-in centre support) and off-campus practicum experiences. Teacher candidates are provided with opportunities to acquire the skills, knowledge and perspectives required to successfully integrate educational technology to enhance teaching and learning experiences in 21st century classrooms.  If a laptop is being purchased, it is highly recommended that students purchase an Apple MacBook* laptop computer. Exclusive discount prices are available for students via the My Nipissing portal (http://my.nipissingu.ca/); MacBooks may be new, refurbished or used.

  • Teachable Subjects: English, French, Geography, History, Math, and Science.

Courses offered 

Popular courses 

  • Developmental Psychology for Educators
  • Sociology of Education
  • Mathematics and Teaching

Admission requirements 

High School Admission Requirements College Grad Admission Requirements 

ENG4U at 70%

One of 3U Functions & Relations, 3M Functions or any 4U mathematics at 60%

*FSF 4U at 70% or equivalent is required to
complete the French Teaching Option

*4U Chemistry is required to complete the Science Teaching Option

Average calculated from top 6 4U & M courses, including ENG 4U requirement - Mid-high 70s

Contact the Recruitment office for more info

Alumni experience 

0000Innes.jpgSarah Innes enjoyed all aspects of the Concurrent Education program, but for her the practicum was what made the Laurier-Nipissing program stand out. “Students are able to build their experiences by having different placements,” she says. “You are able to find the areas that you enjoy the most, and how your teaching strategies can be improved or changed.”

She also learned a lot about the different roles within education and the diversity of opportunities available. “The program provided excellent preparation for a variety of classrooms,” she says. “I had the opportunity to complete a course in American sign language, I had a placement in a special needs classroom and I taught overseas in China, all of which helped me develop as a teacher.” Innes graduated from the program in 2009, and is currently an Academic Advisor at Laurier Brantford.