Faculty of Education COVID-19 FAQs and Updates

Information provided on this page is specifically for our current and prospective students in the Faculty of Education. For university-wide updates also check Brock’s COVID-19 FAQ page.

The information here is subject to change without notice. Information on the Brock COVID-19 FAQ page, information shared in an email directly from your program and information published on the Office of the Registrar’s website supercede information shared here. Contact your program or other FOE offices if you need additional information.

International FOE students and applicants

may 14, 2020 update REGARDING FALL 2020:

On May 14th Brock University announced our plans for the Fall 2020, which generally means that classes will be online, but still leaves room for in-person opportunities. We are waiting to hear if those in-person opportunities might be able to include graduate classes, and hope to have further clarification by the beginning of June. Your continued patience is appreciated. See full announcement here: https://brocku.ca/brock-news/2020/05/a-student-focused-plan-for-fall-term-both-online-and-on-campus-delivery/

Incoming MEd CBP or Research Students (updated April 9, 2020)

If you were planning to enroll for the July (Summer) foundations term, this has been cancelled. Please contact Wanda Burger (med@brocku.ca) for updated enrolment information. At this time the September start date is still proceeding as scheduled. If you plan to apply via the Student Direct Stream (SDS), you will need to pay your full tuition for one year and include evidence of that with your study permit application. Please email Susan Virtue (susan.virtue@brocku.ca) for further instructions. Include your student ID# (as noted on your Letter of Acceptance) with your email.

Should the program decide that the fall term (September to December) will only be offered online, then you may consider beginning the program from your home country, or if study permits are being issued, by coming to Canada (see IRCC updates below). Note, however, that current regulations still say that online programs done from your home country do not count towards Post-graduate Work Permit (PGWP) eligibility (there is advocacy underway to have this regulation changed). Under normal circumstances the MEd CBP, as a 3-term program, is eligible for the 1.5 year PGWP. Research pathway students should check their Letter of Admission for the stated length of their program. Eligibility guidelines are posted here: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/temporary-residents/study-permits/post-graduation-work-permit-program/permit.html

MEd CBP and Research Program Page: https://brocku.ca/education/programs/graduate-programs/master-of-education/

Incoming MEd ISP Students (updated may 22, 2020)

The July 2020 enrolment date will be postponed: Please see this announcement from our Faculty of Graduate Studies (who issues your Letter of Admission): As a result of the COVID- 19 pandemic, we regret to inform you that the July 2020 entry point for the Master of Education, ISP program has been delayed.  Student safety is our number one concern and Brock is currently adhering to Public Health guidelines. As a result, we are currently reviewing all options and exploring alternate entry points for the program. It is our intent to update you with the new program entry point no later than May 30, 2020.

After that is determined, we will be providing new documents suitable for your study permit applications and announce a new deposit deadline date. And check below for immigration (IRCC) updates. If you are an MPCE graduate transitioning to the MEd ISP, we will email you separate updates.  We encourage you to begin your study permit application online so that you are in queue for processing. Thank you to all who responded to our survey (the deadline was May 18. If you would still like to respond, please email me at susan.virtue@brocku.ca).

Transcripts: If you are having difficulty at this time getting your transcripts you will still be allowed to register and attend classes with the understanding that documents will be due by October 31, 2020.  Please quote your Brock ID (as noted on your Letter of Acceptance) on correspondence.

An official copy of your documents owing to finalize admission may be provided in several ways.

  1. Directly from the issuing institution to finalize admission requirements. A document is considered official if it is sealed and stamped by the issuing institution.
  2. If the institution mails the documents directly to you, you can mail or bring them to Brock. If a document is opened, it is no longer official, so please don’t open the envelopes.
  3. A new option for this year only: You can also submit your official documents digitally: they must be sent from your institution (using their institutional email) directly to gradadmissions@brocku.ca. They will not be accepted if they are emailed by you or your agent.

MEd ISP Program Page: https://brocku.ca/education/programs/graduate-programs/master-of-education-international/

Current MEd ISP Students (updated APril 28, 2020)

Emergency Funds: Brock University has announced a Bursary Emergency Fund for graduate students: https://brocku.ca/graduate-studies/financial-resources/graduate-studies-bursary-funds/. Also see information under Immigration updates for government programs.

Health Insurance: Your current UHIP policy expires on August 31, 2020 after which you may purchase extended health insurance via the International Alumni Health Plan. If you opted in for the additional Student VIP plans (provided through the Graduate Student Association Office), that coverage will also expire on August 31, 2020.

PGWP: Your program end date will be approximately August 31 (depending on when your final grades are all submitted), after which you will have 180 days to apply for the PGWP work permit. If your study permit expires before the end of August you will need to apply for an extension. You will need an Enrolment Confirmation letter and transcript. Send an email to susan.virtue@brocku.ca for further instructions.

Spring Term: As you already know, your Spring term class will be held online, and you have already received registration information from Clinton Kewley. We will be holding PGWP and Career Development workshops to assist you in determining your next best steps during these challenging times. I have already emailed out PGWP email and invite you to schedule a meeting with me if you have questions about your individual situation.

Transcripts: If you have not yet submitted your transcripts you will need to do so before you can be approved to graduate. As a temporary solution, you can have digital copies emailed directly from your institution (not you) to gradadmissions@brocku.ca.

Weekly Meeting: We will be holding a weekly Tuesday 3 PM Tea-time with Clinton and Susan for currently enrolled international students in the Faculty of Education. No registration is required. We’ll send out a weekly reminder which will contain the link to login.

PROSPECTIVE MEd ISP Students (updated April 23, 2020)

Right now applications are not being accepted for the July intake of the MEd ISP program (nor will they be if the program has a delayed start of September 2020). However, if the program has a delayed start of January 2021, then the application portal may be briefly reopened. Check back here for updates.

For our regularly scheduled intake of the MEd ISP, CBP or Research tracks, the application portal will reopen in October 2020 for the July-September 2021 intake.

Incoming MPCE Students (updated MAY 19,2020)

MAY 14, 2020 UPDATE REGARDING FALL 2020:

On May 14th Brock University announced our plans for the Fall 2020, which generally means that classes will be online, but still leaves room for in-person opportunities. We are waiting to hear if those in-person opportunities might be able to include graduate classes, and hope to have further clarification by the beginning of June. Your continued patience is appreciated. See full announcement here: https://brocku.ca/brock-news/2020/05/a-student-focused-plan-for-fall-term-both-online-and-on-campus-delivery/

At this time the MPCE program is still scheduled to begin on September 3, 2020 with orientation.  If you have not yet paid your deposit, the new deadline is July 1, 2020. Orientation information will be provided at the beginning of June. We encourage you to continue with your study permit application as usual. Note that the MPCE program will not have an online classes as the program committee has decided that MPCE is best in an in-person format. So if we cannot have in-person this fall, the program will have a delayed start date.

For deposits, the general amount is $5,000. If you are applying via the Student Direct Stream (SDS), the annual tuition amount is $16,151. Instructions have been included with your Letter of Acceptance. Still have questions? Email susan.virtue@brocku.ca.

MPCE Program information can be found here: https://brocku.ca/education/programs/certificate-programs/mpce/

Current MPCE Students (updated April 20, 2020)

We are so glad that you were able to complete your program successfully, but disappointed that we did not get to celebrate with you with an end-of-the-year luncheon like we normally would have. The formal  graduation ceremony (scheduled for June 10, 2020) has been cancelled as well (read our President’s message). Remember though, you still need to apply to graduate so that you will get your diploma. The deadline was February 1st, so if you have not yet done so, you should that right away from within your mybrock student portal.

Brock Graduation website: https://brocku.ca/registrar/convocation/

Apply to graduate instructions: Submit the intent form via your mybrock account by logging into the student self-serve portal, clicking on the Student Access tab, and clicking on GraduationApp. The form also contains deadline and processing fee information.

We would also like to know what you are doing after graduation. If you have not already done so, complete the MPCE survey form. If you have been offered admission to the MEd ISP program, check the MEd ISP updates information above, and the Immigration update information below. If you are planning to apply for the PGWP, or switching to a visitor visa, email susan.virtue@brocku.ca for instructions. If you are planning to enroll in a subsequent program not at Brock University, you should check with them to find out their information on the intended start date (see immigration updates below regarding the breaks between programs). If you do not plan to do any of these three things (apply for PGWP, start another program or switch to a visitor visa) you should plan to leave Canada within 90 days of the end of your program (approximately April 30th for most and determined by when all of your grades are submitted by your instructor).

Your end of program date will be approximately April 30 (depending on when your final grades are all submitted). To extend your study permit you will need to have the Letter of Admission for your next program, as well as providing a financial statement. If you are applying for the PGWP, you will need your transcript and Completion of Studies letter. Send an email to susan.virtue@brocku.ca for further instructions.

Your UHIP will expire on August 31, 2020. Information regarding extended health coverage beyond August 31, 2020 can be found at The International Alumni Health Plan.

It is very difficult to have a plan for something you have never experienced, especially when the information changes daily. Current immigration regulations were not written with a worldwide pandemic in mind, nor does a politician making an announcement mean that a new rule will immediately come into affect, and some of their statements refer to regulations that will be under the Canadian Quarantine Act versus the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. When you are searching for information be sure to go directly to the canada.ca website as the correct government source. Be wary of scams or information received via text messages, emails or phone calls. Information in this section is provided by Susan Virtue, Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant #R518747 serving the international students in the Faculty of Education.

COVID Special Measures page from the IRCC that summarizes updates: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-special-measures.html.

Operations Manual for implementation of COVID-19 special measures: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/service-delivery/coronavirus/

IRCC on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CitImmCanada

IRCC on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CitCanada/

Specific Issues and FAQ (listed in alphabetical order and with the last update noted in brackets)

Biometrics (MAY 27, 2020) Letters Biometric Information Letters will say that you now have 90 days to complete biometrics (normally 30 days). Some Visa Application Centres have reopened in China and are processing biometrics. Other Visa Application Centres will announce whether they will reopen on or after June 9, 2020.

Visa Application Centre Locations: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/contact-ircc/offices/find-visa-application-centre.html

Biometrics Information: https://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/where-to-give-biometrics.asp?utm_source=slash-biometrics_biometrie&utm_medium=short-url-en&utm_campaign=biometrics

Break from Program due to online classes (APR 1, 2020): Perhaps you are nervous that you will not do well in an online class format. Firstly, we encourage you to discuss this with your instructor. If you do feel that you want to take a break, then you must have a reason (such as health) for doing so. This must be documented with the university and your health provider so that it does not affect your PGWP eligibility in the future. Please email Clinton Kewley (ckewley@brocku.ca) if this is something you are considering.

Break in-between programs (MAY 27, 2020): Normally the break in-between programs (when you graduate from one program and then plan to begin another) is 150 days. The IRCC currently has this under review, but no changes have been made, so currently if you will have more than a 150 day gap you should plan to file for a visitor visa or leave the country.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) (APR 7, 2020): You may be eligible for CERB funds if you reside in Canada, have a valid Social Security Number and earned $5,000 in the past 12 months. As this program just started this week, much is still unknown. If you are successful in receiving funds, please let me know at susan.virtue@brocku.ca.

Source: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html

Canada Emergency Student Benefit and Student Service Grant (APR 23, 2020): At this time it does not appear that international students are eligible for these funds (the link does make reference to the increased work hours that international students are allowed. See Working Hours below.

Source: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/04/support-for-students-and-recent-graduates-impacted-by-covid-19.html

Children attending school (APR 1, 2020): Some students have asked if their children can still attend public school for free during the PGWP period, and the answer is that each school district will be different, so you will need to check directly with your child’s school.

Employment Insurance (APR 9, 2020): Global Affairs Canada has reported that international students meeting the eligibility criteria can apply for Employment Insurance benefits. This article in the Globe and Mail, is updated daily with the latest information. (See CERB information above). Note that we cannot assist with these applications, you will need to start with the information on the EI website: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei.html

Flagpoling (APR 4, 2020): While flagpoling is never recommended, this is a reminder that right now flagpoling is not permitted at any Canadian/USA border crossings.

Immigration Consultants (APR 1, 2020): Remember that if you are going to use an immigration consultant for your immigration needs, they should be registered on this website: https://iccrc-crcic.ca/find-a-professional/. If they are not, they are not authorized to submit applications to the IRCC on your behalf.

Post Graduate Work Permits  (MAY 27, 2020) will not be affected if some of your classes had to go online if you are FINISHING your program. This is noted on the “Special Measures” website, but has not yet been updated on the general instructions website. This provision is clear for those who were already in Canada, and are having to complete their programs online.

For those who are  STARTING a program this Spring, Summer or Fall (whether you are in or outside of Canada), and if you have a study permit approved, this will also not affect your PGWP eligibility. You still can only take 50% of your program online.

Also, right now there is no change to the length of a PGWP. Some students, worried about job prospects, are asking if they will be allowed more time and right now there is no change in the regulation to allow for a longer PGWP. The best advice is to not file for the PGWP yet (as you have 180 days to do so). The decision regarding that will be specific to you (such as whether you are going to go home, what you will do in the meantime, and when your study permit expires).

If you are filing for the PGWP but cannot get your transcript or enrollment confirmation letter, you should still plan to file and then can upload the documents later via webform (but include a letter of explanation with your initial application). Once you have submitted the application (whether it is fully complete) you can begin to work u full time.

Sources:

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/temporary-residents/study-permits/post-graduation-work-permit-program/permit.html

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/temporary-residents/study-permits/post-graduation-work-permit-program/eligibility.html

Study Direct Stream (SDS) (MAY 27, 2020): If you do not have all of the required documents to apply via SDS then you should apply through the regular study permit channels until SDS resumes, or you have all of the documents.

Source: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/service-delivery/coronavirus/temporary-residence/study-permit.html

Study Permits – Extending or Renewing (MAY 27, 2020): If your study permit will expire before the end of your program, you should be applying to extend it BEFORE it expires. If the extension is not approved before the expiry date, you can still continue to study on “implied status.” On implied status you still have the same privileges, including working on or off campus.  Subsection 186(u) and section 189 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations authorizes temporary residents to continue to work or study while their application for renewal of their work or study permit is processed by IRCC. They remain subject to the same conditions listed on their expired work or study permit.

Note that when your program ends, so does the validity of your study permit. You have 90 days to either leave Canada, switch to a visitor visa, extend your study permit because you are going into another program, or apply for the PGWP.  As long as you apply before your study permit expires, you can stay in Canada on “implied status” (f you leave Canada you lose implied status). Also see Travel Restrictions below.

If you are unable to obtain documentation from your university (Enrollment letter, transcript) then you should still apply, include a letter of explanation, and then plan to submit missing forms later via a webform.

Source: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/service-delivery/coronavirus/temporary-residence/study-permit.html

Study Permits – End of program (APR 21, 2020): Regardless of the expiry date on your study permit, your study permit automatically expires within 90 days from the completion date of your studies. During those 90 days you must either extend your permit (requires admission to another program), leave Canada, apply for the PGWP, or switch to a visitor visa.

Study Permits – New (MAY 27, 2020): Online applications for study permits are still being accepted and will not be rejected if incomplete (but they will not be processed if incomplete). Officers will send reminders every 90 days about outstanding documents. Also see information on Biometrics above.

Sources:

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/service-delivery/coronavirus/temporary-residence/study-permit.html

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/service-delivery/coronavirus/temporary-residence/study-permit.html

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/notices/trv-processing-covid.html

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/questions-visit-work-student.html

Travel Restrictions (MAY 27, 2020): Right now those that were approved for a visa before March 18 are permitted to enter Canada, but will be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. This applies to those who had a study visa or working visa. For spouses with a Spouse Open Work Permit approved before March 18, they should be able to also enter Canada to be reunited with their spouse. Obviously flight availability and home country restrictions also apply, as well as the 14 day self-isolation: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/service-delivery/coronavirus/travel-restrictions.html

Those who have a study visa approved after March 18 should not plan to travel to Canada until further announcements are made: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/service-delivery/coronavirus/temporary-residence/study-permit.html

What to have prepared before your arrival in Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html?topic=tilelink

Information on how to prepare for self-isolation while in Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/covid-19-be-prepared.html?utm_source=SMAC&fbclid=IwAR3EWN2k8hE3g8H8o6kBuo9wjc8CFWELriRkAD3ZDhnW2gNsXjPx_ZuNEd0

If you applied to renew your study permit, and then left the country, and did not receive approval for the extension prior to March 18th, then you will not be permitted to re-enter Canada due to the travel restrictions. See: https://orders-in-council.canada.ca/attachment.php?attach=38990&lang=en

Interesting article on how the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) might decide if your travel is essential or not: https://www.cicnews.com/2020/05/how-cbsa-determines-essential-travel-revealed-in-internal-memo-0514463.html?fbclid=IwAR1RksEl40o2aujCa57bne6j1Wtu6dnlxUGSFNWf9s3K_gfbLI4HTvd0B50#gs.6x704n

Working hours (APR 22, 2020): The same regulations apply (20 hours per week during the scheduled term) to your working hours, whether you are taking classes in-person or online. For MEd ISP students, this will apply for the duration of your final term, which goes until you have received notice that you have completed your studies.

However, if you are working in essential services (defined as health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply of food or other critical goods), you may work more than 20 hours per week. This has been approved until August 31, 2020.

Source: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2020/04/removing-barriers-for-international-students-working-in-essential-services-to-fight-covid-19.html

Essential Services list: https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/ntnl-scrt/crtcl-nfrstrctr/esf-sfe-en.aspx

Master of Education Students (Domestic)

EDUC 5Q97 will go ahead online during the Spring Term along with other MEd courses. Check the Timetable for more information. 

Please note that EDUC 5P99 will not be running this summer for students not in the ISP program stream.

Teacher education applicants and students (Consecutive Years 1 & 2 and Concurrent Years 5 & 6)

The Teacher Education program continues to be scheduled as per the calendars found on the Student Resources website. Please note the following.

Fall Term

Classes:

  • All courses for P/J, J/I, and I/S programs will be delivered online according to the Brock timetable to be posted late June. Classes could be synchronous (live) and/or asynchronous (not live).

Practicum:

  • Year 1/5 teacher candidates only: structured experience days may be facilitated online. You may not be physically in schools on these dates. As of today, internships continue to be scheduled with/at the Brock partner school boards affiliated with your home campus.
  • Year 2/6 teacher candidates only: as of today, practicums continue to be scheduled with/at the Brock partner school boards that you were placed in during Year 1/5.

**PLEASE NOTE:  Placement scenarios are subject to change based on directives received from school boards.  We will email teacher candidates once school boards have made and communicated their decisions in regards to fall internships and placements.

Winter Term

  • P/J, J/I, and I/S courses in the winter are scheduled to be face-to-face on your home campus. Courses will pivot to online delivery if required due to health concerns.
  • Practicums P/J, J/I, and I/S are currently scheduled to be with/at the Brock partner school boards affiliated with your home campus.

We are hopeful that in-school experiences will be possible but must respect that final details about in-school experiences may be influenced by partners such as school boards, federations, as well as government directives. We will continue to keep you updated regarding your program by email and through the Student Resources website.

The remaining practicum for the 2019-2020 academic year has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are in the final year of your professional program, have completed substantially all of the practicum except for the last few weeks of the last block, and have amassed 80 days of in-school observation and practicum to meet the minimum requirements for certification by the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT), Brock will recommend to OCT that you have met the academic requirements for teacher licensure. You will be able to graduate. More information will come from the Registrar’s Office regarding graduation.

For Year 2 PJIS students who were mid-placement, the balance of your placement has been cancelled. Please remember to thank your Associate Teacher (AT) for mentoring and supporting you through this placement. In addition, you must:

  • finish up any work that you were working on prior to March Break (such as grading, curriculum development/lesson planning, etc.)
  • return any resources that belong to the school or AT
  • if the AT or school doesn’t need these resources to be returned, ensure that you dispose of any documentation from your placements (i.e., student names, seating charts, etc.)

If you are in the second semester of your program (Year 1), your practicum will be postponed and rescheduled for academic year 2020-21. This will mean that you will need to complete three practicum blocks (or equivalent) in the September 2020-May 2021 period. We are reviewing our 2020-21 academic schedule to determine how we will enable you to complete the academic requirements of your program. We will be working closely with Associate Teachers (ATs) and school districts to facilitate these placements.

Regulations have been modified for TCs who are qualified to graduate in the spring 2020 providing they meet the criteria for this exemption. More information is available here: https://www.oct.ca/public/media/announcements/covid-19-news-and-resources

Please note that if you are under special consideration for practicum for this academic year, your files will need to be reviewed individually in terms of this modification to the regulations. The Faculty of Education has been in contact with teacher candidates whose practicum files were under review.

For Teacher Candidates who are in/scheduled to be in virtual placements, you are required to complete that placement as a requirement of your degree/diploma/certificate and as part of your commitment to the professional standards and ethics.

The regulations governing the requirements for successful completion of the MPT have been modified. Ontario faculty of education TCs who complete their application on or after March 31, 2020, can be certified by the OCT with the condition that they successfully complete the Math Proficiency Test by August 31, 2021. If you have already successfully passed the MPT will not have this condition applied. Learn more here: https://www.oct.ca/public/media/announcements/covid-19-news-and-resources

Remember, the MPT is not a requirement for graduation.

More details on future dates for the MPT will be posted by EQAO. AS we become aware of these, we will post on the FOE website. Please visit the MPT website for more details on the test.

We understand that due to interruptions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, many institutions will be offering non-numerical grades to students for current courses such as “pass/fail” or “credit/no credit.”

The academic portion of your admission criteria is based upon meeting a minimum 70% average among your top 10.0 (or equivalent) undergraduate credits. As your entire degree is not being used in this calculation, our admissions team will only use numerical grade values toward this overall average. Any non-numerical grades such as “pass” or credit” will not be included in the calculation.  Applicants must have at least 10.0 full credits (or equivalent, approx. ½ of a 4-year degree) on their transcript that contain a numerical grade in order to be eligible for calculation of their admission average.

Teachable Subjects

If you are interested in the Junior/Intermediate and Intermediate/Senior divisions, you are required to satisfy our teachable subject criteria.  While courses with a with a numerical grade will be selected first, for the purpose of calculation, Pass/Fail marks will also be accepted to satisfy teachable subjects requirements.

Visit the Bachelor of Education tile on the Student Resources here.

Information will also be shared by email. These emails will be sent to the email address on file until June 15, 2020. After June 15, all email will go to your Brock email address. Please check it regularly.

Each year, incoming TCs complete an online orientation before beginning the program to familiarize them with important policies, resources and learning goals for the year. Information for this will be provided in July.

Below are some important dates for communication from the FOE to you about important topics:

  • Late April: Confirmation of campus selection
  • Mid May: Confirmation of practice teaching area
  • Late May: Details regarding arranging for a criminal records/vulnerable sector check
  • Late May to early June: Course registration details
  • May: Payment details are communicated by Student Accounts and Financial Aid
  • Early July: Information about the online orientation
  • Early July: P/J and J/I only – Information about the math refresher (see below1)
  • Mid-August: Orientation goes live

Continuing teacher education

AQ, ABQ and PQP courses are still running online. Please check the program page to learn more about course offerings and registration.

TCs about to graduate this year of accredited teacher education programs in Ontario who seek admission to AQs that are offered during intersession (May/June – the course will end after graduation/convocation) are eligible for admission to an AQ program offered by a faculty of education as follows:

  • after the candidate has successfully completed all of the graduation components for their initial teacher education program and the College has received a report from the Dean or Director; and
  • after the candidate started the registration process to become a member of the College.

In order to confirm the above, please request a copy of the candidate’s OCT online application document status page. The confirmation of the received report from the Dean or Director will read as “Report from Faculty – Complete”.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the disruption to services, the College has revised its practice of requiring recent graduates of an accredited Ontario teacher education program to be certified members of the College, in good standing, before the end of the course. A qualification will be awarded provided that:

  • The candidate was admitted to the additional qualification as per the admission requirements noted above; and
  • The candidate completes their application and becomes a member of the College in good standing within two years from the date of application for licensure. The two-year timeframe is in keeping with the College practice that an application is valid for two years from the date of the completed application.

Upon completion of the course, providers must still report all students who have completed the course, and the date they completed the course, to the College. As the file is reviewed, if the application for certification is still valid, the AQ will be awarded.

For those who are not certified members of the College, in good standing, before the end of two years from the date of application to the College for licensure, the AQ will be considered by the College to have been taken for personal professional learning purposes and will never appear on the member’s Certificate of Qualification and Registration. Providers should ensure that course participants are aware of this requirement.

TCs with Transitional Certificates

College members holding a Transitional Certificate of Qualification and Registration (TCQR) are not eligible to take AQ courses until they have successfully completed the final session of their program, including all practice teaching. The qualification can only be reported if the member holds a General Certificate of Qualification and Registration before completing the course.

Members wishing to convert their TCQR to a CQR in order to complete an AQ are required to arrange for a transcript and report from the faculty confirming the completion of their program. As these documents are not subject to any disruption in service, members holding TCQRs are not included in the change of practice described above related to individuals who have completed a program of professional education in Ontario and must provide all of the documentation required for initial certification.

If you have any questions, please contact either Jody Boone (jboone@brocku.ca) or Randy Hill (rhill@brocku.ca).

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education Students

Spring and Summer courses and electives are offered entirely online and continuing as scheduled. Please visit Registration Guides and Timetables to register.

Adult Education Students

Our Adult Education programs are offered entirely online and are continuing to run as scheduled. Please visit Registration Guides and Timetables to register for your next ADED course.