Teachers change lives. That teacher can be you. If you’re passionate about education and want to join a community at the forefront of future-ready teaching and learning, come to Brock.
The Consecutive Teacher Education program (Bachelor of Education) is available to individuals with a completed degree. It is offered as a 16-month, full-time program over two years at both of Brock’s campuses: St. Catharines and Hamilton. Online and part-time options are not available. 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.
- A unique Triple-C model (Cohort, Community and Coursework) integrates theory and practice to scaffold learning and development.
- A future-ready focus prepares you to teach digital learners using engaging instructional strategies.
- School-based learning beginning as early as the September of first term.
- Professional development activities and specially planned conferences to personalize learning and develop a unique experience portfolio.
- Specialized courses in inclusive education, teacher as researcher, and teaching with technology.
- 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, alternative instructional placements such as museums and experience in a diverse range of school settings
- Support to develop job search, resume and interview skills.
- Brock University has two campuses offering Teacher Education programming: St. Catharines and Hamilton, with placements in Niagara, Hamilton-Wentworth, Halton, Peel, and Brant Haldimand Norfolk and in both Catholic and public school boards.
Brock offers Consecutive Teacher Education programs for those wanting to teach Primary/Junior or Grades K-6 (P/J), Junior/Intermediate or Grades 4-10 (J/I) and Intermediate/Senior or Grades 7-12 (I/S).
Each of the initial teacher education programs is field-oriented and based on an approach which is unique in Ontario — the Triple-C Model. A beginning teacher’s professional growth occurs under the careful guidance of Practicum Advisors, Practicum Instructors, and Associate Teachers in schools throughout the Niagara and Hamilton regions and beyond.
Primary/Junior (Grades K-6)
Students in the primary/primary junior program do not need a teachable subject. But those applying to all other programs are required to have teachable subjects.
Junior/Intermediate (Grades 4-10)
Brock offers the following teachables (subjects offered each year may vary). The Junior/Intermediate teachable subjects include: Dramatic Arts, English, French, Geography, Health and Physical Education, History, Mathematics, Music — Vocal, Science — General, and Visual Arts.
Intermediate/Senior (Grades 7-12)
Brock offers the following teachables (subjects offered each year may vary). Intermediate/Senior teachable subjects include: Dramatic Arts, English – First Language, French as a Second Language, Geography, History, Mathematics, Health and Physical Education, Science — Biology, Science –Chemistry, Science — General, Science — Physics and Visual Arts.
Optional courses are non-credit and appear as a 0.25 or 0.50 non-credit course on the university transcript, depending on the course. No numeric grade appears on the transcript. Instead, the transcript show S or US for satisfactory or unsatisfactory completion of the course. No numeric grade is given. Fees apply to non-credit courses at the same “credit rate ” as a credit course and reflect the same number of course hours. Teacher candidates are also encouraged to reference the optional courses they take in their CVs, cover letters and interviews when applying for teaching jobs, in order to demonstrate their commitment to ongoing professional development and advanced studies in a particular topic area. There is an additional cost for optional courses.
There are limited spaces in optional courses. Enrolment is on a first come, first serve basis. Where schedules and travel times allow, teacher candidates are welcome to enroll in optional courses on either campus.
Enrolment in optional courses is not a requirement for successful completion of the program. Nor are optional courses equivalent to additional qualification (AQ) courses. Teacher candidates are reminded that the core teacher education program is intensive. It is strongly recommended that teacher candidates enroll in no more than two optional courses throughout the year. The Department of Educational Studies reserves the right to cancel an optional course if there is insufficient enrolment. The Registrar’s Office will notify enrolled teacher candidates of cancellations.
Teacher candidates are invited to enrol in a wide variety of optional non-credit courses (regular course fees still apply). Topic may vary by year. Possible courses include:
- Religious Education (Roman Catholic)
- The Occasional Teacher
- Coaching School Athletes
- Teaching Internationally
- Environmental/Outdoor Education
- Early Primary Learning in Kindergarten Classrooms
To register for an optional course, log in to Brock University’s Portal. If this is your first visit to the Portal, navigate to the “Account Activation” tutorial link under the “Tutorial and Resources” heading. Note that when registering, the applicable program/session to select for the teacher education program is “Pre-service Fall/Winter”. Once you have logged in, if you not sure how to register, navigate to the “Feedback” tab and then the “I need Help (How do I…)” link.