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Education (BEd)


 waterloo

Laurier's Bachelor of Education program is highly progressive and future-oriented. Our courses blend 21st-century skills and global perspectives with a focus on the diverse needs of children and youth in today's schools. The integration of varied technologies within course content enables our Teacher Education Candidates to select and use their perfect tool for learning. Indigenous content and ways of knowing pervase all of our courses, and teacher candidates may choose to pursue certificates in the Arts, Healthy Living, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) or in Glocal (Global and Local) Social and Environmental Justice perspectives. Finally, all of this comes to life in 40 weeks of practical experience in classrooms or other learning contexts.

The Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to utilizing and researching collective and inclusive approaches that address the complex challenges associated with teaching and learning. We actively build authentic and meaningful connections, collaborations and partnerships with our students and our community.

Laurier’s full-time, two-year Bachelor of Education (BEd) program is designed to prepare you for teaching primary and junior levels (Grades K-6), or junior and intermediate levels (Grades 4-10). Our program has strong links with four local school boards, and you’ll spend at least two days each week in a Professional Development School (PDS) placement throughout two years, in addition to your five block practicum placements. You’ll regularly link the theory you’ll learn in your university classes to the teaching experiences of your placements.

Laurier’s Faculty of Education fosters excellence in teacher education and scholarship through inquiry, reflection and collaborative sustained partnerships in learning.

Learn by Doing

The PDS model has been recognized as a key strength of our program and differentiates us among faculties of Education within Ontario. You’ll be assigned to one school for an entire year for extensive, in-depth, and sustained field experiences. Beginning your first week, you’ll spend two days in your PDS placement. In your second year, you’ll be assigned to a different PDS so you can experience two schools that serve different student populations. This will broaden your knowledge of the Ontario context in which elementary or secondary schools operate.

Your five block practica are distributed throughout your two years at Laurier. In your first year, you’ll have two block placements in the fall term and another three-week practicum block midway through your course work in the winter term. You must also complete a three-week Alternative Placement at the end of the term. For your Alternative Placement, you can work in a volunteer capacity in various learning contexts (e.g. Section 23 programs, KidsAbility, museums, outdoor education centres, etc.), or take advantage of an international teaching opportunity.

Your second year, you’ll have two block placements in the fall term (a two-week block and a three-week block). You’ll finish your course work in early February and then engage in a 10-week Laurier Professional Placement. This final placement will support you in transitioning from student-teacher to practicing professional, as you work hand-in-hand with a mentor teacher.

Commitment to Indigenous Education

The faculty of Education has formalized a committment to Indigenous education, with the following goals:

  • To support the development of educators' foundational understanding of Indigenous knowledges, teachings and worldviews so that they may authentically and respectfully integrate Indigenous topics and perspectives into their curricula, course designs and professional settings.
  • To support the development of meaningful allyship and supportive cross-cultural relationships within the context of contemporary Canada among all students, faculty and staff.
  • To maintain a positive learning and working environment for Indigenous students, staff and faculty at the Faculty of Education.

Working to accomplish these goals, we have a specific course dedicated to Indigenous topics and Truth and Reconciliation calls to action. We integrate Indigenous worldviews and cultures within the majority of our courses as well as host guest speakers and 'Lunch and Learn' sessions each year devoted to Indigenous arts. We also take field trips to Indigenous settings, encourage alternative placements on reserves and provide hundreds of Indigenous resources on a dedicated website. In addition, our Indigenous Student Centre is a resource to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners who are studying at Laurier and offers a welcoming space to study, meet up with friends or grab a bite to eat.

For more information, contact indigenous@wlu.ca.

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Program Highlights

  • Our teacher education program is built on the Professional Development School (PDS) model. You’ll spend two days a week throughout the year in PDS placement schools, in addition to your scheduled block practicums. In total, you’ll spend 40 weeks teaching in a classroom or alternative learning setting.
  • We’re partnered with the Waterloo Region, Waterloo Catholic, Upper Grand and Wellington District school boards – providing you with extensive, in-depth and sustained field experiences.
  • Our Professional Learning Seminar is a mandatory course you’ll attend weekly, during which you’ll confront problems of practice and reflect on your learning, connect practice back to theory, share the uniqueness of your school sites with your peers, and discuss some of the day-to-day aspects of being a teacher.

Funding

  • We offer 15 entrance scholarships for each division (Primary/Junior and Junior/Intermediate) that are valued at $500 each, to our top-ranking applicants who qualify for an offer of admission. No application is required. (Successful applicants who are granted scholarships will be notified in their offer of admission letter from the university).
  • Indigenous scholarships will be available to qualified applicants who self-identify as having an Indigenous background, heritage or ancestry during the admission process to the BEd program at Laurier.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission is based 50% on your academic achievement and 50% on the information you’ll submit in the form of an experience profile.
  • A minimum academic average of B- on your most recently completed 10 full credits (20 half credits) of undergraduate university courses.
  • Preference is given to applicants who have completed, or are completing, a four-year undergraduate degree with a minimum of 20 full credits.
  • View additional program-specific admission requirements.

Careers

This program will prepare you for teaching either Grades K-6 or Grades 4-10. It’s designed to meet all Ontario legislated requirements and incorporates the Standards of Practice and Ethical Standards for the Teaching Profession of the Ontario College of Teachers. Laurier recommends graduates to the Ontario College of Teachers for certification to practice in the Ontario education system.

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