Teacher Education – Concurrent Education

Brock’s Concurrent Teacher Education program is for students who are passionate about learning and the profession of teaching. Pursue an undergraduate Honours degree and a Bachelor of Education at the same time.

Students experience a vibrant curriculum of study for the Primary/Junior (grades K-6), Junior/Intermediate (grades 4-10, emphasis on grades 4-8) or the Intermediate/Senior (grades 7-12) levels.

Program Description

The Concurrent Teacher Education Program offers students who are beginning their university studies, and wish to pursue a career in teaching, an opportunity to complete the Teacher Education Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree program (leading to an Ontario Certificate of Qualification and Registration — OQR) while earning their undergraduate degree. Teacher candidates develop teaching-related skills, and gain knowledge and experience throughout their program. Brock’s Concurrent Teacher Education programs are six years in length. Upon successful completion of the program, teacher candidates are normally recommended to the Ontario College of Teachers for membership and to receive their Ontario Certificate of Qualification.

For information about each specific concurrent program please read the current Brock University Undergraduate Calendar. Click on the calendar for a specific year and follow the links to concurrent programs under the general heading of Education. For additional information on course descriptions, check under the department for a specific subject (for example, English).

Brock offers a Concurrent Program at the P/J level with a BA degree majoring in Child and Youth Studies (Honours) together with the BEd degree.

Concurrent BA Integrated Studies (Honours)/BEd

This is a six-year program to complete an Honours degree in Integrated Studies, with a chosen teachable subject (minimum 3.0 credits) or identified minor. Choices are: Dramatic Arts, English (first language), French (second language), Geography, History, Mathematics, Music (vocal), Science-General, and Visual Arts. A BEd degree is also completed.

Concurrent BSc Integrated Studies (Honours)/BEd

This is a six-year program to complete an Honours degree in Integrated Studies, with a chosen teachable subject (minimum 3.0 credits) or identified Minor. Choices are: Physical Geography, Mathematics, and Science-General. A BEd degree is also completed.

Concurrent BPhEd (Honours)/BEd

This is a six-year program to complete an Honours degree in Physical Education as well as a Bachelor of Education degree. Your teachable subject will be health and physical education.

Concurrent BA Interactive Arts and Science (Honours)/BEd

During this six-year program, you’ll complete collaborative projects with other students while immersing yourself in interactive media, including makerspaces, augmented/virtual reality, 3D modelling/printing, video games and more. A BEd degree is also completed.

Concurrent BA (Honours)/BEd

This is a six-year program to complete an Honours degree with a major in one of: Dramatic Arts, English (first language), French (second language), Geography, History, and Visual Arts. A second teachable subject (minimum 3.0 credits) is completed. A BEd degree is also completed.

Concurrent BSc (Honours)/BEd

Six-year program to complete an Honours degree with major in one of: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics, and Physics. A second teachable subject (minimum 3.0 credits) is completed. A BEd degree is also completed.

Concurrent BPhEd/BEd (Honours)/BEd

This is a six-year program to complete an Honours degree, single major in Physical Education. A second teachable subject (minimum 3.0 credits) is completed. A BEd degree is also completed.

Choices for the second teachable subject for Intermediate/Senior programs are: Dramatic Arts, English (first language), French (second language), Geography, History, Mathematics, Health and Physical Education, Science-Biology, Chemistry, General, Physics, Visual Arts.

These are limited enrolment programs. Although admissions will be primarily based on grades, other criteria, such as balance across teachable disciplines or teaching area of high need may be used in the selection process in any given year. Admission is not guaranteed by attainment of the minimum requirements.

Note: The Department of Educational Studies reserves the right to assign students in their final two years, to either the Hamilton or St. Catharines campus in order to secure school placements aligned with teachable subjects. Students are responsible for their own transportation for practice teaching and other activities related to the program.

Admissions Information

Admission criteria for applicants to first year Direct from Ontario secondary schools:

Click here for admission and application information for Concurrent BA Child and Youth Studies (Honours)/BEd program. 

Note: Graduates from this program are required to have completed Grade 12U/M, or university courses in Canadian Geography and Canadian History (or similar courses that emphasize Canadian content), Mathematics, Science and English. These courses are EXIT requirements from the concurrent program, not entry requirements.

This is a limited enrollment program. Although admissions will be primarily based on grades, other criteria such as teaching area of high need may be used in the selection process in any given year. Admission is not guaranteed by attainment of the minimum requirements.

Note: The Department of Educational Studies reserves the right to assign students in their final two years, to either the Hamilton or St. Catharines campus in order to secure school placements. Students are responsible for their own transportation for practice teaching and other activities related to the program.

Second Year Entry to the Primary/Junior Concurrent Teacher Education Program:

Students may apply and be admitted to second year if there is space available. To apply, students must have a minimum 70 percent overall average in Year 1; their Year 1 program must replicate the 5.0 credit concurrent program requirements; the secondary school English and Mathematics program admission requirements must be met. Applications open on April 1. The deadline for applications is June 1. Late applications will not be accepted. Students should note that this is a limited enrollment program and admission is not guaranteed by attainment of the minimum requirements. Application form:

OTHER APPLICANTS

If applying from college, outside of Ontario, or with other credentials please visit https://brocku.ca/admissions/undergraduate/requirements/

Admissions Criteria for applicants applying to first year direct from Ontario secondary schools:

Click here for admission and application information for the Concurrent Teacher Education – Junior/Intermediate (Grades 4-10) programs.

Second Year Entry to Junior/Intermediate Concurrent Teacher Education Programs:

Students may apply and be admitted to second year if there is space available. To apply students must have a minimum 70 percent overall average in Year 1; their Year 1 program must replicate the 5.0 credit concurrent program requirements; the secondary school English and Mathematics program admission requirements must be met and also Biology for the Physical Education Programs. Applications open on April 1. The deadline for applications is June 1. Late applications will not be accepted. Students should note that this is a limited enrolment program and admission is not guaranteed by attainment of the minimum requirements. Application forms:

Note: Graduates from these programs are required to have completed Grade 12U/M, or university courses in Canadian Geography and Canadian History (or similar courses that emphasize Canadian content), Mathematics, Science and English. These courses are EXIT requirements from the concurrent program not entry requirements.

OTHER APPLICANTS

If applying from college, outside of Ontario, or with other credentials please visit https://brocku.ca/admissions/undergraduate/requirements/

Admissions Criteria for applicants applying to first year direct from Ontario secondary schools:

Click for application and admission information for Concurrent Teacher Education – Intermediate/Senior (Grades 7-12) programs.

Second Year Entry to Intermediate/Senior Concurrent Teacher Education Programs:

Brock students may apply for second year entry into Concurrent Teacher Education. To be considered for admission, students must have an overall Brock average of at least 70%, as well as have satisfied required prerequisites. Ideally, students will have replicated the first-year requirements of the program that they are requesting. Applications open on April 1. The deadline for applications is June 1. Late applications will not be considered. Students should note that Concurrent Teacher Education Programs are limited enrolment programs and therefore, admission is not guaranteed by attainment of the minimum requirements. These are limited enrollment programs. Although admissions will be primarily based on grades, other criteria, such as balance across teachable disciplines or teaching area of high need may be used in the selection process in any given year. Admission is not guaranteed by attainment of the minimum requirements. Application forms:

Note: The Department of Educational Studies reserves the right to assign concurrent education students in their final two years, to either the Hamilton or St. Catharines campus in order to secure school placements aligned with teachable subjects. Students are responsible for their own transportation for practice teaching and other activities related to the program.

OTHER APPLICANTS

If applying from college, outside of Ontario, or with other credentials please visit https://brocku.ca/admissions/undergraduate/requirements/

COVID-19 FAQs

Please visit the Faculty of Education COVID-19 page for updates and FAQs about your program.

Program flyer

Download the program flyer for more information.

Tuition and fees

For information on tuition and other fees, please refer to the SAFA website.

Hamilton Campus Update

Brock has announced plans to pursue a modernized presence in the Hamilton-Burlington-Oakville region. The Teacher Education program will stay at its current location for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Contact

E-mail: futurestudent@brocku.ca
Phone: 905 688 5550 x4068

Frequently asked questions

The university will consider you for a regular degree program that is the closest equivalent to your request for a concurrent program. You may complete that degree and then follow the consecutive route to becoming a teacher.

Alternatively, if you wish, you may replicate the concurrent program during your first year at university. This means you take the courses required for the first year of the concurrent program to which you applied. Students may apply and be admitted to second year if there is space available. To apply students must have an overall average in Year 1 of 70 percent or above, their Year 1 program must replicate the 5.0 credit concurrent program requirements, and the secondary school English and Mathematics program admission requirements, and Biology requirement for the Physical Education programs must be met.  The application form is available on the Concurrent Teacher Education website from April 1. The completed document must be filed in the Academic Advising Office (WH8A) by June 1. Late applications will not be accepted. Students should note that this is a limited enrolment program and admission is not guaranteed by attainment of the minimum requirements.

No. Graduates from Concurrent Teacher Education Programs at the primary/junior and junior/intermediate levels are required to have completed Grade 12U or M, or university courses in Canadian Geography and Canadian History (or similar courses that emphasize Canadian content) and Science. These courses are EXIT requirements from the concurrent program not entry requirements, so may be taken while completing the program.

Yes – As long as you meet transfer admission requirements, you are eligible to apply. Regardless of length of study in an accredited academic post-secondary institution, and to meet degree requirements, transfer credit is limited to 4.0 credits (one academic year equals 5.0 credits). Transfer admission requirements are available at brocku.ca/admissions/transfer-students. Please note that transfer students will enter the program at year one level and should anticipate 6 years of study for completion of the program. Depending on the transfer credits, this may include semesters with a lighter course load.

Applicants with no more than the equivalent of 4.0 credits may apply for the first year of the concurrent programs and may be admitted if there is space available and the admission requirements are met. Students who have completed an appropriate College of Arts and Technology two-year diploma must have a minimum 80% cumulative average for consideration for the BA Child and Youth Studies (Honours)/BEd Program and may receive a maximum of three transfer credits if they are admitted to Brock; students who have completed a Child and Youth Worker diploma may receive four transfer credits.

Students declare their teachable subject at the end of their first year, no later than June 1. A complete list of teachable subject options and requirements can be found in the relevant program section of the Undergraduate Calendar. A link to the Declaration of Teachable Subject form will be emailed to students at the end of first year.

Students have the first opportunity to select a course with a school placement in second year. A version of this Child and Youth Studies course is required by all concurrent students.

Concurrent Teacher Education programs have a limited number of spaces that may be filled. Consequently, it is not always possible to switch programs. Students who are considering a change should consult with one of the academic advisers in the Faculty of Education. To change Concurrent Teacher Education programs or teachable subjects, students must send an email to the Administrative Director, Academic Advising, Professional and Undergraduate Programs, Faculty of Education at the end of the Fall/Winter session. Requests should include the student’s full name, student ID number, current program and teachable(s), the specific change they are requesting, as well as a brief rationale for why they are making the request. Requests must be received by June 1. For requests to be considered, students must have a minimum 70% cumulative overall average. Requests will be reviewed by the Concurrent Teacher Education Admissions Committee and students will be notified of the outcome of their request by July 1. Normally, program change requests are considered only after first year. Requests for a change in teachable subject for Junior/Intermediate programs or a second teachable subject for Intermediate/Senior may be considered up until fourth year.

Brock students may apply for second year entry into Concurrent Teacher Education. To be considered for admission, students must have an overall Brock average of at least 70%, as well as have satisfied required prerequisites. Ideally, students will have replicated the first-year requirements of the program that they are requesting. Second year admission application forms are available April 1 to June 1 on the FOE student resources website under Course and Registration Information. The completed documents must be filed in the Faculty of Education Academic Advising Office no later than June 1. Late applications will not be considered. Students should note that Concurrent Teacher Education Programs are limited enrolment programs and therefore, admission is not guaranteed by attainment of the minimum requirements.

Yes. Students may also pursue a teaching career through Consecutive Teacher Education. Consecutive Teacher Education entails completing a university undergraduate degree, followed by application to and completion of a Bachelor of Education degree. For more information about the Consecutive route to becoming a teacher please see Brock’s Consecutive Teacher Education program. Admission inquiries may be directed to futurestudent@brocku.ca.

Undergraduate program and course information can be found in the Brock Undergraduate Calendar. The Calendar also includes the university’s academic regulations and policies.

Given the complexity of Concurrent Teacher Education program, it is recommended that students consult with a Faculty of Education academic adviser once a year. Appointments can be made through the student portal.

Students who do not maintain the 70% cumulative overall undergraduate average are removed from their Concurrent Teacher Education program. Student records are reviewed in May when final grades are available for the academic year. Those who have not maintained an overall average of 70% in undergraduate courses are notified that they are unable to continue in the program. However, students may request an opportunity to upgrade their marks and to reapply to the Concurrent Program. To do so they will be required to meet with an academic adviser to review program requirements and receive a request to upgrade form. While upgrading, students are not eligible to take Teacher Education courses and there is no guarantee of registration in undergraduate courses.  A request to upgrade may be granted only once.

Given the specific requirements of the programs, exchange programs are not easily accommodated. Students are generally encouraged to pursue opportunities abroad during the break periods, such as the Fall or Winter readings week or during the Spring or Summer terms. Students in the Intermediate/Senior Concurrent Teacher Education programs may be able to pursue an exchange opportunity during the Fall or Winter terms without affecting their length of program.  Approval to participate in a Fall/Winter, Fall or Winter experience must be given by the Administrative Director, Academic Advising, Professional and Undergraduate Programs, Faculty of Education.

To take a course at another university and have it count towards a Brock degree requires a “Letter of Permission” (LOP). Students must be granted an LOP from the Office of the Registrar before registering at another university. Concurrent students should consult with the Faculty of Education Academic Advising Office to ensure that courses completed on LOP will fulfil program and degree requirements. For more information about regulations and procedures related to the LOP process, see the University Policies and Regulations section of the Undergraduate Calendar.

Students in the may request to attend the Hamilton campus for their final 2 years. Please note: Brock recently announced plans to pursue a modernized presence in the Hamilton-Burlington-Oakville region. The Teacher Education program will remain at its current Hamilton campus on King street for the 2020-2021 academic year and Brock is committed to a campus in the Hamilton-Burlington-Oakville corridor and is exploring locations near major transportation routes.

By completing Additional Qualification (AQ) course(s)after completing the concurrent program, students can become qualified to teach in other divisions or subject areas.  For more information about AQ courses, see Brock’s Centre for Continuing Teacher Education.

There are a number of people at Brock who are available to assist students in achieving academic success. Students who are concerned about their academic performance should attend the office hours of their professor or TA. Several departments offer academic support (such as the Math Help Desk) or can provide referrals to student tutors. Brock’s Student Success Centre offers a range of academic services from drop-in consultation hours to free workshops on a variety of topics including, but not limited to: fixing faulty grammar, avoiding exam anxiety, and time management.  Finally, students are encouraged to attend academic advising annually, and as needed.