This page is for students in years 5 & 6 of Concurrent Teacher Education programs, Consecutive Teacher Education programs, and Technological Teacher Education programs.
NOTE: The timetable for your division was sent to your Brock email account from TEAccounts@brocku.ca. If you did not receive it please email them directly.
Please refer to that timetable in conjunction with the course overview when registering for courses.
Teacher candidates must complete specific practicum requirements in order to successfully complete the Brock Teacher Education program and qualify for OCT certification.
For example, simply meeting the minimum of 80 placement days required by OCT, does not make a teacher candidate able to graduate from Brock’s Teacher Education program. Placements are measured in days, not hours, and time spent in practicum during one term/block can’t be “banked” for later use. More detailed information about placement requirements can be found in the Academic Calendar and Teacher Education Program Handbook.
Brock University students are regularly placed at several nearby school boards. The Practicum Office is unable to accommodate placement requests for a specific geographic location, school, and/or associate teacher. If a teacher candidate makes his or her own placement, that placement will be cancelled. Similarly, if school administrators contact the office and ask to have a specific teacher candidate placed in their school, these requests will not be considered.
Once a placement has been made with a school board by the Placement Officer, it is the teacher candidate’s professional responsibility to accept that placement. Transportation is the responsibility of the teacher candidate. Teacher candidates can anticipate driving 60-90 minutes to reach their placement location.
A full list of policies can be found in the Teacher Education Program Handbook.
Brock is grateful for the ongoing support for practice teaching opportunities provided by our neighbouring school boards in Southern and Southwestern Ontario.
We have two campuses and each campus is associated with specific practice teaching areas/neighbouring school boards. A practice teaching area is the geographic region/school board in which your practice teaching experiences will take place. Teacher candidates remain placed in the same school board for all three of their practicum placements.
Examples of our Practice Teaching Areas (please visit our Program Handbook for a full list of the school boards we place our teacher candidates in):
- Hamilton, Mississauga, Waterloo, Guelph, Brantford, etc.
St. Catharines campus:
- Grimsby, St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland, Fort Erie, etc.
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 (OOR) placement for the final placement (Block 3).
For Technological Education students, practice teaching blocks will occur province-wide, in or near each student’s school board of choice, based on the availability of a suitable placement. No Out-of-Region option is available for these students.
An Out-of-Region placement is a practicum placement in a publicly-funded, English speaking Ontario school board other than our neighbouring school boards. 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 only. Applications for Out-of-Region placements are available in fall term of the final year of the program.
Out of Region Placements are not available in the following school boards:
DSBN NCDSB HWDSB HWCDSB HDSB HCDSB PDSB DPCDSB
GEDSB BHNCDSB UGDSB Wellington CDSB WRDSB Waterloo CDSB
Vulnerable sector checks (VSC) are required to enter a school. All teacher candidates – without exception – are required to have obtained a vulnerable sector check prior to starting their placement, in order to begin their practice teaching.
Police record checks must be:
- Vulnerable sector checks can be no older than six months prior to the first visit to a school, for a placement beginning in November this means that the VSC should not be dated any earlier than July 1st;
- Be the original copy and;
- Issued through your local police service.
Applying for the record check:
- When applying for a vulnerable sector check, review the website of your local police service to determine what information is required.
- Please be aware that different police services have different application processes. It is up to you to determine the process for your local area. See below for additional details for specific police services that are commonly used by Brock teacher candidates.
- Niagara Regional Police – Visit the Niagara Regional Police Service website for the most up to date information.
- Hamilton Police Service – Visit the Hamilton Police Service website for the most up to date information.
- Halton Regional Police Service – Visit the Halton Regional Police Service website for the most up to date information.
- Peel Regional Police Service – Visit the Peel Regional Police website for the most up to date information.
- Toronto Police Service – If applying to the Toronto Police Service, the first step will be contacting the Practicum Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. One of the Placement Officers will check 2 pieces of government issued photo ID and then provide a signed form for you to complete and send in to the Toronto Police Service. The vulnerable sector check will then be mailed to your home address in Toronto.
- Ontario Provincial Police – If your local OPP detachment requires documentation (a letter) from Brock University, please contact the Practicum Office at email@example.com.
- Other – We recommend checking the website of your local police service to determine the requirements needed for your vulnerable sector check application. If documentation from Brock is necessary to apply for a vulnerable sector check, please contact the Practicum Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The processing time for a vulnerable sector check can be quite lengthy (up to 10 weeks). Be sure to start the process as early as possible, so the start date of your practicum won’t be delayed.
- We advise that you make an extra copy of your vulnerable sector check in case you are asked to submit the original document to a school administrator.
- Once you have the vulnerable sector check, do not send it to us. Please keep it secure so that you can bring it with you when you enter a school in the fall. The Practicum Office will require confirmation that you have received a current version before you enter a school. Please note that it is your responsibility to show (or submit) your completed check to your school principal or school board contact on the first day of your practicum.
If you have further questions regarding the required police record check please contact email@example.com.
Each school board has their own Health & Safety training requirements for teacher candidates who practice teach in their schools. All training and mandatory paperwork is required to be completed in advance of you entering a school on the first day.
Still have questions?
Consult the Teacher Education Program Handbook for more details.
Reach out to your Practicum Advisors and Practicum Instructors. These are the instructors from Brock who prepare you for your practicum and support teacher candidates while at their practicum schools.
If further assistance is needed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Preparing for your first teacher role, or any new role in the field of education, takes preparation. Teacher candidates will receive updates about activities this year, but be sure to consult these resources:
- Teaching specific career workshops. Every year multiple workshops are scheduled exclusive to teacher candidates. These are noted in the professional develop schedule for your program.
- School board information. In 2020/21, 23 school boards provided information sessions to Brock teacher candidates. Brock students can join the School Board information site to register for this year’s slate of presentations. Directions for joining are found on the professional development schedule for your program.
- Career Education– Link to this PDF to view the wide range of services including drop-in resume review and interview preparation here
- Brock’s CareerZone is the online career tools and job board and is here/
- Apply-to-Education is an application portal used by many, but not all, school boards in Ontario. The ATE provides information about the services they provide. Link here.
- QECO 2020-2021 Faculty Presentation
- Presentations provided to BEd students by Career Education Staff:
Optional courses are courses taken in addition to program requirements. Students elect to take optional courses for many reasons including professional learning, enjoyment, building a unique resume, preparing for placement. Most optional courses are delivered online and generally have 18-hours of instruction. They are non-credit but they are listed on the Brock transcript. They show as successful or unsuccessful. Please select the button below to see the current offering of course and for additional information.
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.
We recommend students subscribe to the OCT YouTube Channel to stay informed of professional bulletins and OCT directives. See https://www.youtube.com/user/OCTvideoOEEO.
- issue, suspend and revoke teaching certificates
- set ethical standards and standards of practice
- investigate and hear concerns and complaints about members
- accredit teacher education programs and courses.
All publicly funded school teachers and administrators in Ontario must be certified by and be members of the College. (from OCT.ca)
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.
. 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.
- Reporting your practice teaching hours/days
In 2019 the Ontario Government announced that individuals applying for OCT certification must also successfully complete a math proficiency test known as the MPT.
The MPT is outside of teacher education programs. We encourage students to consult the official MPT website for the most current information about the test, practice tests, test schedules, etc. at https://www.mathproficiencytest.ca/#/en/applicant/landing
Ongoing, Brock posts information received from the Ministry of Education, Ontario College of Teachers, and other sources related to the MPT. These updates are found here https://brocku.ca/education/student-resources/math-proficiency-test/
Brock University Teacher Candidate Liaison Council (TCLC)
The Brock TCLC provides representation for Teacher Candidates at Brock University. We act as a connection between Teacher Candidates and the Faculty of Education at Brock as well as developing community partnerships between the university teacher candidates and various community organizations. In the Teacher Education program, each cohort is represented by one or two TCLC members from the same cohort to ensure smooth communication between the students and the council.
Through the year we:
• Encourage teacher candidate personal and professional growth
• Support our communities through philanthropy
• 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)
Watch for contact information and social media links in September!