INCOMING STUDENTS: Looking for communications from Brock? As of June 15, 2019 – all email is being sent to your BROCK email address ONLY. Be sure to check this account regularly!
Year 1 Consecutive and Year 5 Concurrent Programs Calendar
• Primary/Junior and Junior/Intermediate
Year 2 Consecutive Programs calendar
• Primary/Junior and Junior/Intermediate
List of courses for BEd
Please note all BEd courses for PJ, JI & IS Years 1 & 2 are on this chart. Please read carefully.
Taking AQ courses
Teacher candidates are not eligible to take AQ courses until after program completion as per OCT requirements. While there are some exceptions, the earliest most candidates would be eligible for Additional Qualifications courses is May. For those students who apply to take AQ courses in advance of the completion of your requirements, you will be admitted in April after the official completion of your program. Also see the Centre for Continuing Teacher Education (AQ) website.
Update: Graduating class of 2019
The Faculty Report has been sent to the OCT for their records. If the OCT has not received yours, it’s likely that your OCT number was not entered into our system. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to provide your OCT number or if you have any questions. Transcripts, if already requested, will be sent to the OCT early next week. If you have not yet requested to have your transcript sent, please do so as soon as possible.
How to complete your application
- Watch this video which shows you screen by screen how to navigate the OCT website, link here
- Download, read and refer to the guide that pertains to your program:
- How to order transcripts (or does Brock do this for me)? You must order your transcripts. Brock does not do this for you. A fee applies. Be sure to select the option to “Hold until degree conferred”. Have the transcripts sent directly to the OCT.
- Brock Transcripts: Order transcripts through my.brocku.ca student portal. Please click on the Brock DB Menu. Under Student Access, click on TranscriptRqst.
- Non-Brock transcripts: Order through the Office of the Registrar for that institution.
- Police check requirements Please refer OCT video and program guide (link found above).
- Report from the Faculty Here are the things you must do to ensure your certification as a teacher in Ontario occurs shortly after convocation:
1. Upon receipt of the 6 digit number from the OCT, upload this number through your student portal – OCTCollection. For those of you who have already completed this step, thank you! Please provide this number prior to June 1 when we download the information from the system for the OCT. We cannot recommend you to the College without this number!
2. Arrange to have your teaching transcripts sent to the College AFTER your Convocation. If you make a transcript request prior to Convocation, your transcript will not read “Degree Conferred” and your certification will be delayed. If you are ordering your transcript prior to Convocation, please ensure you select the printing option “Hold until degree conferred” or, simply make the transcript request after your Convocation date. This step is especially important for Concurrent students who will have both the undergraduate degree and teaching degree noted on the transcript.
Some things to be aware of:
. Recommendations are not sent until after Convocation because the degree must be conferred prior to certification.
. Candidates are not eligible to take AQ courses until after program completion as per OCT regulations. Please do not apply for admission to AQ courses until April 15th. Your application will be deleted prior to this date.
. Brock automatically submits the Faculty Report as long as we have your OCT number on file. Again, this is sent to the College before the end of June and, as long as you have completed all steps, most candidates are certified by end of June or early July.
Questions? Please contact Brock Central at x3052 or email@example.com
- Date to use for completing your degree Use the month and year of the last day of your program. This will be April 2018 or May 2018, depending on your program.
- Concurrent 5-year program only: last date to meet certification requirements without penalty. For students graduating from the 5-year concurrent teacher education program, you must meet certification requirements (i.e. – be certified, be in good standing) before Sept 1, 2022 and follow the information on page 6 of the current registration guide (noted at the top of this page). All other students refer to the registration guide for your program.
- Reporting your practice teaching hours/days
Concurrent 5-year program Your program is accredited based on a minimum of 40 practice teaching days. Most students will graduate with more days. You may wish to wait to complete this section until you know your exact number of days.
Consecutive 2-year program and concurrent 6-year program
Professional development opportunities for your program
In addition to course work Teacher Education students may enjoy these experiences unique to the Faculty of Education in professional years.
Please be sure to refresh your browser after clicking on one of the schedules below to ensure you are viewing the most up-to-date version.
Brock University Teacher Candidate Liaison Council (TCLC)
The Brock TCLC is a collective of engaged, organized and enthusiastic teacher candidates working to support their peers through the Teacher’s Education Program.
Through the year we:
- Encourage teacher candidate personal and professional growth
- Support our communities through philanthropy (e.g. SNAP, the RAFT)
- Provide/organize additional professional development
- Support and advocate for teacher candidates and their education
- Liaise with Brock Faculty of Education
- Foster community between Teacher Candidates and across teacher education programs (socials, gala, study nights, etc)
- Provide opportunities for teacher candidates to participate in professional teaching organizations (OSSTF, ETFO, OECTA)
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Current Eventbrite Links for upcoming PD events:
Gala Tickets – February 8, 2019
Practicum Information – Final years of the BEd program only
Most teacher candidates are excited about (and often nervous about) practicum required for OCT certification. The resources on this page support the policies and practices outlined in Academic Calendar and Program Handbook. The timing of practica (referred to as Blocks) is outlined in the program calendar.
Please note that in support of our agreement with partner schoolboards, students cannot make their own placements. Placements made by students will be cancelled.
During the first two placements of the program (Blocks 1 & 2), teacher candidates will practice teach in our partner school boards in Southern Ontario. For the final placement, a teacher candidate will be placed in the same school board (as Blocks 1 & 2) unless an Out-of-Region* placement is chosen for the third and final placement (Block 3).
Teacher candidates will be placed in the same school board for all three placements unless a teacher candidate requests and qualifies for an Out-of-Region placement for Block 3
Partner school boards are those boards with which Brock has a working agreement to support practice teaching opportunities. Brock is grateful for the ongoing support these board provide teacher candidates. These boards are:
• District School Board of Niagara
• Niagara Catholic District School Board
• Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
• Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board
• Halton District School Board
• Halton Catholic District School Board
• Peel District School Board
• Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
• Grand Erie District School Board
An Out-of-Region placement is a practicum placement in an Ontario school board other than one of our partner school boards (other than the school boards mentioned above). Out-of-Region placements are granted based on highly successful completion of course work and the first two practicum placements. The Out-of-Region placement takes place during Block 3 (at the end of Year 2) only.
It is a requirement of School Boards in Ontario that teacher candidates have an acceptable vulnerable sector check before going into schools. Teacher candidates – without exception – are required to obtain a vulnerable sector check that is under six months old as of the first day in a school. In some instances, a teacher candidate may have to apply for more than one vulnerable sector check in a given year.
The vulnerable sector check must be:
• No older than six months prior to the first visit to a school;
• Be the original copy and;
• Issued through your local police station.
Applying for a vulnerable sector check:
When visiting a police station to apply for a vulnerable sector check, ensure that you bring everything you need for the application process. Contact or check the website of your local police service to determine what documentation is needed to apply for a vulnerable sector check. Please be aware that police services have different application processes.
• We advise that you make an extra copy of your record check in case you are asked to submit the original document to a school administrator;
• We recommend that you apply for a police record check in a timely manner. The processing time for a vulnerable sector check can be quite lengthy. You will not be able to enter a school until you have a police record check in your possession;
• We advise that you contact or visit the website of the police service you will be going to beforehand to know what documentation you will need to start the process (i.e., forms, identification, locations, etc.);
• Once you have the record check we ask that you do not send it to us. Please keep it secure so that you can bring it with you when entering a school. We will require confirmation that you have your acceptable Police Record Check. Please note that it is your responsibility to show (or submit) your completed check to your school principal or school board contact when entering schools.
If you have further questions regarding the required police record check please email email@example.com.
Each school board has their own Health & Safety training requirements for teacher candidates who practice teach in their schools. Please note: all training is required to be completed in advance of you entering a school for your first Observation Day. Link here for board specific requirements.
A complete list of practicum policies and practices is found in the Teacher Candidate handbook. The policies below are those impacting most students.
• Teacher candidates are not permitted to make their own placements. Placements will only be made by the Placement Officer or the Administrative Assistant, Practicum. This is the agreement we have with our partner boards. If a teacher candidate makes his or her own placement, that placement will be cancelled.
• Once a placement has been made collaboratively between Brock and a school board, it is the teacher candidate’s professional responsibility to accept that placement (i.e., be prepared to accept that placement). If a teacher candidate makes his or her own placement, that placement will be cancelled.
• Transportation is the responsibility of the teacher candidate, it is not taken into consideration when placements are made.
• The Practicum Office is unable to accommodate placement requests for a specific geographic location, school, and/or associate teacher. If school administrators contact our office and ask to have a specific teacher candidate placed in their school, these requests will not be taken into consideration.
• Vulnerable sector checks are required to enter a school. See details further on this page.
The first point of contact if teacher candidates have questions regarding practicum should be Practicum Advisors and Practicum Instructors. These are the instructors from Brock who support teacher candidates at their practicum schools.
If further assistance is needed, please contact our Administrative Assistant, Practicum:
(905) 688-5550, ext. 5746 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm