The Faculty of Education at Laurier 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.
As a graduate of Laurier’s Education program you will be knowledgeable, highly skilled and confident as you begin your teaching career. We welcome you to join us in this journey to a career in education – the hardest job you will ever love.
Our Education faculty members love their jobs. It’s evident in the dynamic way they conduct their programs and learning seminars. Our classes are engaging, interactive and have a favourable pupil-to-teacher ratio.
During your time here, our instructors will teach you how to encourage literacy in children barely big enough to hold a book themselves, how to make connections with children who are not yet old enough to think abstractly, and how to flourish in a multicultural classroom where English language skills may not be strong. By nurturing these skills in you and by modelling excellent teaching in Laurier’s classrooms, we know the next generation of teachers will be outstanding.
The integration of varied technologies within course content enables you to select and use your perfect tool for learning. Indigenous content and ways of knowing pervade all of our courses, and you may choose to pursue certificates in the Arts 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.
At the end of your first year, you will have a three-week alternative education placement where you will apply community service-learning outside the regular kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-12) school system. You can also take advantage of international teaching opportunities. Past placements have included federally run schools (on Reserve), Section 23 programs, KidsAbility, museums, outdoor education centres and international placements in Haiti, Nepal, China, Egypt and Finland. The alternative placement provides you with valuable practical experience that may not be available at your host school. Because this placement occurs at the end of first year, there may be opportunities to continue the placement during the summer months.
To support the transition from Teacher Education Candidate (TEC) to practicing professional, TECs complete an extended, 10-week Laurier Professional Placement (LPP) at the end of second year. In the LPP you will work hand-in-hand with a mentor teacher, assigned to you at your PDS site for the second year of the program. During the LPP, you will meet with a small seminar group on a regular basis to reflect on your practice and construct professional knowledge as a community of learners. The LPP provides extensive opportunities for varied classroom and school experiences that will deepen your knowledge of current Ontario curriculum and policy and allow you to demonstrate and build your professional teaching skills.
Laurier’s intimate learning environment helps each of our TECs to succeed. With small class sizes, you'll enjoy a favourable student-to-teacher ratio in dynamic classes and professional learning seminars. You'll receive constant support and instruction from our talented and committed faculty members and associate teachers, setting you up for success.
The four semesters of the program build from an introduction to teaching to critical and creative professional knowledge and skills:
You'll not only build a deep understanding of teaching and assessment in each curriculum area, but will also learn how to integrate instruction and assessment across curriculum areas to meet the needs and increase the engagement of 21st-century learners. Courses that form our Diversity Series will provide specialized focus on equity and diversity, mental health, Indigenous topics in education, special education and English-language learners. A course in self-regulated learning enables you to support students to succeed as self-aware, goal-directed and strategic learners.
With the assistance of faculty, principals and associate teachers, you will integrate your personal interests with the needs of your Professional Development School to complete an action research (inquiry) project. You will apply what you learn in your classroom observations and university courses to investigate stimulating topics of interest and need; for example, the impact of SMARTboard technology on instructional methods in mathematics.
Technology is an integral part of teaching and learning in our program. You are required to bring a device to support your learning and will have access to current and emerging technologies for your own learning and for instruction at your PDS sites. Detailed information about the minimum hardware requirements will be sent to successful applicants when they receive their offer of admission.
Laurier's active learning classrooms create student-centred learning environments that encourage and facilitate more active and collaborative teaching approaches. These classrooms break free from the traditional lecture space with folding and moveable tables and advanced technologies that allow students to collaborate and share their work with their group or the entire class. In this way, we are able to model cutting-edge pedagogies for maximum student engagement to our TECs. A new modular wall also facilitates special events and speakers.
Before classes begin, you'll start your education career at Laurier with a dynamic professional learning experience. Here, you meet other students and instructors, participate in interactive team-building activities, tour the campus, train on available technologies, become acquainted with your PDS and learn about other resources available to you at Laurier.
Laurier’s Career Centre provides support for all our graduates through mentoring, resume building, mock interviews and other services to help you prepare for future employment. You'll also have the opportunity to network with your peers and to attend professional development seminars on topics of interest to you.
“No other program offers as much classroom experience. Through weekly placement days you become part of a staff and learn things about teaching and your own identity as a teacher that no textbook can teach you.” – Christina Siderius, BEd ’17 “Nothing will prepare you more for the teaching world than this program; the field days allow you to fully immerse yourself and grow into better teachers and people.” – Shaylyn Dwyer, BEd ’17
“No other program offers as much classroom experience. Through weekly placement days you become part of a staff and learn things about teaching and your own identity as a teacher that no textbook can teach you.”
– Christina Siderius, BEd ’17
“Nothing will prepare you more for the teaching world than this program; the field days allow you to fully immerse yourself and grow into better teachers and people.”
– Shaylyn Dwyer, BEd ’17
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