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Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Education offers a two-year consecutive teacher education program on our Waterloo and Brantford campuses. Graduates of this program earn a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree. The program qualifies candidates to be recommended for Ontario Teacher Certification in the Primary/Junior divisions (Kindergarten to grade 6), Primary/Junior French as a Second Language (Kindergarten to grade 6), or the Junior/Intermediate divisions (grades 4 to 10) with specializations in the following subject areas: English, French as a Second Language, Geography, Health and Physical Education, History, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Mathematics, or General Science. There will be a new teachable area related to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis courses in Grades 9 and 10 offered depending on enrolments. 

The program is 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. 

Learn by Doing

Our program is based on a Professional Development School (PDS) model. Teacher Candidates are normally placed in one school for Year 1 and another school for Year 2. Such a model affords Teacher Candidates the opportunity to establish close, personal, and interactive professional relationships with school personnel and communities. You will continually integrate the theory you learn in your university classes with the teaching experiences of your placements. The Professional Development School (PDS) model has been recognized as a key strength of our program and differentiates us among Faculties of Education within Ontario.

Practicum Placements

Your practicum placement includes both blocks of continuous placement as well as practicum days (often Mondays) during course-work weeks.

Year One

In your first year, you’ll have two practicum placements (one in Fall and one in Winter) which include weekly Practicum Days (during weeks when you are in class at Laurier). 

  • Practicum One: 3-week Block plus Practicum Days  
  • Practicum Two: 3-week Block plus Practicum Days  
  • Alternative Placement: 2 weeks in April/May or 60 hours spread out over the year.
    • You will have the opportunity to volunteer in an educational context outside of the K-12 Ontario public education system or take advantage of an international teaching opportunity as available.

Year Two

In your second year, you’ll have two additional practicum placements (one in Fall and one in Winter) plus weekly Practicum Days like Year One. You’ll finish your course work in early February and then engage in a final 8-week block practicum placement. This final placement will support your transition from student-teacher to practicing professional, as you work collaboratively with an Associate Teacher.

  • Practicum Three: 3-week Block plus Practicum Days
  • Practicum Four: 8-week Block plus Practicum Days
  • OR
  • Practicum Four with a Secondary Placement: 8-week Block plus Practicum Days (includes an optional Secondary School placement for J/I Teacher Candidates)

Partner Schools

Laurier has partnered with the Avon Maitland, Bluewater, Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic, Bruce Grey Catholic, Grand Erie, Halton, Halton Catholic, Hamilton-Wentworth, Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic, Huron-Perth Catholic, Upper Grand, Waterloo Catholic, Waterloo Region and Wellington Catholic district school boards to provide you with extensive, in-depth and sustained practical experiences. All of your practicum placements must occur within these school boards, because we have deep partnerships with them and meet regularly to align priorities. The schools in these boards who host our Teacher Candidates understand our program’s conceptual framework and are committed to providing you with excellent teaching and learning opportunities.

There may be opportunities for practicum placements within Private Schools that utilize the Ontario Curriculum.

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigeneity

International Classroom Experience

Did you realize you could be in classrooms around the world to gain this experience? Laurier graduate Sarah Fischer travelled with Professor Steve Sider on a service-learning trip to Haiti.

“It would be fitting to say that this trip has changed my life in an abundance of ways — mostly the way I see the education system and the way I see developing nations,” says Sarah. “Taking the time to see all aspects of the culture in Haiti, including the different school systems and the malnourishment center, gave me the chance to reflect on the bigger picture.”

A Global Perspective

Laurier offers a variety of practical teaching experiences both locally and globally. In 2023, it is anticipated that there will be international teaching experiences as part of the Alternative Placements. In the past, Laurier Faculty of Education has planned trips to schools in Haiti, Nepal, Egypt, China, Italy and Finland.

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