Teacher Education – Concurrent Education

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 program is for students who are passionate about learning and the profession of teaching. Students experience a vibrant curriculum of study leading to teaching certification in Ontario at the Primary/Junior (grades K-6), Junior/Intermediate (grades 4-10, emphasis on grades 4-8) or the Intermediate/Senior (grades 7-12) level.

We invite you to take some time to explore our website and learn about some of the exciting opportunities Concurrent Teacher Education programs offer.

Program description

Brock’s Concurrent Teacher Education programs are six years in length. The following concurrent programs are available:

  • Concurrent BA Child and Youth Studies (Honours)/BEd
  • Concurrent BA Integrated Studies (Honours)/BEd
  • Concurrent BSc Integrated Studies (Honours)/BEd
  • Concurrent BPhEd (Honours)/BEd
  • Concurrent BA (Honours)/BEd
  • Concurrent BSc (Honours)/BEd
  • Concurrent BPhEd/BEd (Honours)/BEd

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).

Highlights of Your BEd Degree at Brock

  • You will participate in professional development activities and specially planned conferences to personalize your learning and develop a unique experience portfolio.
  • Support is provided in developing job search, resume, and interview skills.
  • Your practice teaching days will exceed the provincially regulated minimum in-school practicum days to further enhance your skills.
  • All teacher candidates receive specialized courses in inclusive education, teaching with technology and special education.
  • Primary/junior and junior/intermediate programs also receive instruction in all four arts disciplines.
  • A range of practice teaching options are available to qualifying students, including:
    • International placements may be possible
    • Alternative instructional placements such as museums
    • Experience in a diverse range of school settings
    • Brock University gives you a mid-program break (roughly May- August) to enroll in optional courses, pursue extra teaching experiences or summer employment.
  • In the final two years of the program, students may be able to access Brock’s Hamilton Campus with placements in Hamilton-Wentworth, Halton, Peel, and Brant Haldimand Norfolk in both Catholic and public school boards. Students at the St. Catharines campus complete their practicum in Niagara school boards, both Catholic and Public.

Admissions information

Admission information is broken down by focus:

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. For students applying to Brock University this program has direct admission into first year.

Admission criteria for applicants to first year:

Concurrent BA Child and Youth Studies (Honours)/BEd

  • OUAC application code is BDP
  • Direct entry from secondary school, 2018 expected admission average mid 80s in six Grade 12U/M courses, required English 4U and Mathematics 4U (MDM 4U preferred)

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 enrolment 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 Teacher Education 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. Application forms are 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.

Application to Concurrent BA Child and Youth Studies (Honours)/BEd is open until June 1, 2017 — CLOSED

Admissions Criteria for applicants applying to first year:

Concurrent BA Integrated Studies (Honours)/BEd

  • OUAC application code is BAJ
  • Direct entry from secondary school, 2018 expected admission average high 70s in six Grade 12U/M courses, required English 4U and Mathematics 4U.

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

  • OUAC application code is BIJ
  • Direct entry from secondary school, 2018 expected admission average high 70s in 6 Grade 12U/M courses, required English 4U and Mathematics MHF4U or MCV4U (minimum 70%). Applicants should consider additional prerequisite requirements for intended teachable subjects.

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

  • OUAC application code is BPJ
  • Direct entry from secondary school, 2018 expected admission average low 80s in six Grade 12U/M courses, required English 4U, SBI4U, and Mathematics 4U.
  • Strongly recommended subject: Exercise Science (PSE4U)

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.  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.

Application to Concurrent BSc Integrated Studies (Honours)/BEd is now OPEN until June 1, 2017 — CLOSED

Application to Concurrent BA Integrated Studies (Honours)/BEd is now OPEN until June 1, 2017 — CLOSED

Application to Concurrent BPhEd (Honours)/BEd is now OPEN until June 1, 2017 — CLOSED

Admissions Criteria for applicants applying to first year:

Concurrent BA (Honours)/BEd

  • OUAC application code is BAI
  • Direct entry from secondary school, 2018 expected admission average low 80s in six Grade 12U/M courses, required English 4U and Mathematics 4U. French majors also require one of FSF4U, FEF4U or FIF4U.

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

  • OUAC application code is BII
  • Direct entry from secondary school, 2018 expected admission average low 80s in six Grade 12U/M courses. For Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physics majors: ENG4U, MHF4U or MCV4U (minimum 70%), SCH4U (minimum 70%), one from SBI4U, SPH4U, SES4U, second Mathematics 4U. Strongly recommended: Chemistry major a second Mathematics 4U; Physics major SPH4U.
  • Mathematics majors: ENG4U, MHF4U, MCV4U (minimum 70% in both maths)
  • Geography majors: ENG4U, MHF4U or MCV4U (minimum 70%), one from SBI4U, SPH4U, SCH4U or SES4U. Strongly recommended: SCH4U (minimum 70%).
  • 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

  • OUAC application code is BPI
  • Direct entry from secondary school, 2018 expected admission average low to mid 80s in six Grade 12U/M courses, required English 4U, Biology SBI4U and Mathematics 4U.
  • Strongly recommended subject: Exercise Science (PSE4U)

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 Teacher Education 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.

Second Year Entry to Intermediate/Senior 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. 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.

Application to Concurrent BSc (Honours)/BEd is now OPEN until June 1, 2017 — CLOSED

Application to Concurrent BPhEd (Honours)/BEd is now OPEN until June 1, 2017 — CLOSED

Application to Concurrent BA (Honours)/BEd is now OPEN until June 1, 2017 — CLOSED

This is a six-year program to complete an Honours degree, single major in Physical Education and a BEd degree.

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.

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 Teacher Education 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.

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.

Applicants with no more than the equivalent of 4.0 credits transferred from another institution may be considered for admission to the first year of the concurrent programs. Brock University programs have some courses that are unique to this university and students must complete those courses at Brock e.g. CHYS 1F90. The concurrent programs are designed for students attending Brock from the beginning of their university career.

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 their first school placement in second year. This experience is a required component of a full year undergraduate Child and Youth Studies course (CHYS2P15: Principles of Service-Learning Practicum) based on the application of service-learning principals within educational settings. Students will attend their designated placement a minimum of three hours per week for 18 weeks.

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 average of at least 70%, as well as have satisfied required secondary school credits. Ideally, students will have replicated the first-year requirements of the program that they are requesting. Second year admission application forms are available on the Concurrent Teacher Education website from April 1 to June 1. 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 edubrock@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 6-year program may request to attend the Hamilton campus for their final 2 years, and those in the 5-year program for the final year only. The Department of Teacher Education reserves the right to assign students, in their final year(s), to either the Hamilton or St. Catharines campus. Students will normally be given the opportunity to state their campus preference in the year prior to their final year(s).

By completing Additional Basic Qualification (ABQ) course(s) students can become qualified to teach in other divisions or subject areas.  To take the Senior ABQ course, which would certify a J/I teacher to teach up to grade 12, a student must have five university credits in a teachable subject option for the Senior division. For a second teachable subject at the Senior level, three university credits in a teachable subject are required. Not all subject areas are offered at Brock. 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.