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. Information about the Fall Term 2020, which will be delivered primarily online, can be found here. Brock is extending online classes through Winter Term.

General FOE updates

The IRC is circulating books from the general stack collection through the Request for Pickup link in OMNI (https://brocku.ca/library/). An email will be sent when the item(s) are available for pickup at the respective location. IRC Resources currently not for circulation include Reserves and Multi-Media Resources. Items must be returned to the same location as pickup.

IRC – Hamilton Campus
Location: Main Foyer
Effective: January 11, 2021
Mondays and Wednesdays
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

IRC – St. Catharines Campus
Location: University Library
Effective: January 11, 2021
Monday and Wednesdays
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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

The start date for all Teacher Candidates remains January 4, 2021.

The decision to continue with a January 4, 2021, start was based on:

Practicum Scheduling – The Faculty of Education Practicum Office has worked closely with school boards across the province to identify suitable practicum experiences for all of our Teacher Candidates. Changing placement dates could affect our relationship with school boards and your practicum. Teacher Candidates who have scheduled placements on January 4th, 2021, are expected to be in those placements unless instructed otherwise by the Practicum Office.

Graduation Requirements – PJIS Year 2/6 and Technological Education (July 2019 and January 2020 Cohorts) Teacher Candidates are required to complete all 80 days of the required practicum experience in the 2020-2021 academic year to meet graduation requirements for the June 2021 Convocation. Teacher Candidates who experienced practicum delays due to COVID and board restructuring and for those Teacher Candidates who missed out on practicum weeks because of COVID related illness, quarantines or school closures and who have deferred practicum to the end of this year, may need to make up weeks in schools at the end of the Winter semester to be able to graduate in June 2021. All program requirements must be met by mid-May at the latest.

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.

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.

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

Regulations have been modified for teacher candidates who 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 the 2019-2020 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.

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.

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.)

International FOE students and applicants

CURRENT MED Students (UPDATED NOV 03 2020)

Please see the immigration section below regarding IRCC updates.

Incoming MEd CBP or Research Students (UPDATED NOV 03 2020)

Please see the immigration update below for information for international students studying online who have not yet entered Canada. We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2021 entry point of the MEd CPB or Research pathways.

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

Incoming MEd ISP Students (updated NOV 03 2020)

Information about the January 2021 intake of the MEd ISP program can be found on our Faculty of Education New International Student Guide. Applications are currently being accepted for the July 2021 intake of the MEd ISP.

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

Incoming MPCE Students (updated NOV 03, 2020)

 

For a variety of reasons many students are experiencing challenges acquiring visas on time to arrive this fall, so in response the Dean of the Faculty of Education at Brock University in consultation with the MPCE Steering Committee has decided to delay the start of the MPCE program until January 2021. With this revised start date, the program will now run from January 2021-Decembr 2021.  Information about this intake is posted on our Faculty of Education New International Student Guide.

We are currently accepting applications for the September 2021 intake of the MPCE Program, which is currently planned for an in-person and on-campus delivery. Information can be found here: https://brocku.ca/education/programs/certificate-programs/mpce/

IRCC COVID UPDATE PAGE: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19.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 (NOV 03 2020) Letters Biometric Information Letters will say that you now have 90 days to complete biometrics (normally 30 days). However, if it is taking longer than that for you to get an appointment, your application will not be affected. Some Visa Application Centres have reopened around the world with limited services. Other Visa Application Centres will announce whether they will reopen on or after January 31, 2020. They have announced that biometrics requirements for those who are in Canada will temporarily be suspended.

Biometrics temporarily suspended for certain applications: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/biometrics.html#canada

Visa Application Centre Locations: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/contact-ircc/offices/find-visa-application-centre.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 (NOV 3, 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. 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 (July 17, 2020): While flagpoling is never recommended, this is a reminder that right now flagpoling is not permitted at any Canadian/USA border crossings. As of July 2020, while the border crossings are opening for additional services, you can still not go for biometrics or the issuing of permits. See https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/visitors-foreign-workers-students.html?utm_source=SMAC#visitors

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  (NOV 3, 2020) Eligibility for the PGWP 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 Fall (September) or Winter (January), you will will begin to collect PGWP eligibility once you have applied for your study permit before your program began. See Study Permits (NEW) below for more information and: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2020/08/facilitative-measures-to-support-international-students-affected-by-the-covid-19-pandemic.html

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 full time under implied status.

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 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 – New (NOV 3, 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). Also see information on Biometrics above.

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

Travel Restrictions & Quarantine (NOV 3, 2020): Brock University is on the “covid-ready” approved list. If you are making plans to travel to Canada, please consult the information provided by Brock International at: https://brocku.ca/international/current/international-services/travelrequirements/

Quarantine: https://orders-in-council.canada.ca/attachment.php?attach=39477&lang=en)

Preparing for arrival in Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html?topic=tilelink

ArriveCAN app: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html#ua

Working hours (AUG 31, 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.

The temporary regulation allowing international students to work full time in essential services (defined as health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply of food or other critical goods) has NOT been extended beyond August 31, 2020.

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

Information in this section is provided by Susan Virtue, Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant #R518747 serving the international students in the Faculty of Education. Email susan.virtue@brocku.ca with questions.

Master of Education Students (Domestic)

The Winter term (January to April) courses in the MEd C/RB program will be delivered online. Please contact your instructor or check the timetable for additional course information: https://brocku.ca/guides-and-timetables/timetables/?session=FW&type=GR&level=All&program=EDUC

Please remember to check your Brock email for updates, further inquiries can be addressed to med@brocku.ca

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.