Program Requirements

All programs at Brock have certain requirements that must be met before a degree or certificate can be conferred.

Undergraduate Students

Program Requirements

Every teaching department/centre establishes and maintains lists of approved course combinations which make up “programs” (i.e., BA in Film Studies). This list of approved courses is known as the requirements of a program. Program requirements are listed in the Undergraduate Calendar, where they are broken down by year of study. Locate your program requirements to determine which courses you need to register for.

For returning students, your program is listed in the registration system, under the “Status of Undergraduate Degree” screen, under the heading Program of Study.

Degree types/options available

There are different types of Bachelor degrees offered at Brock. Not every type is available in each program.

Honours degree
A 20 credit (four year) program, in which a minimum 70 per cent major average and a minimum 60 per cent non major average is required.

Non-honours / With a Major degree
A 20 credit (four year) program, in which a minimum 60 per cent major average and a minimum 60 per cent overall average is required.

Three year degree
A 15 credit (three year) program, in which a minimum 60 per cent major average and a minimum 60 per cent overall average is required.

More detailed information on degree types is available in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Course Types

Three main course types are found in your program requirements:

Major-specific credits
Credits related to, but not necessarily the same as, your major. Sometimes they are course specific (i.e., COSC 1P02), and sometimes they are subject and/or year-specific (i.e., two ECON credits numbered 2(alpha)90 or above).

Context credits
Mandatory for every undergraduate degree. In some cases, a context credit is covered through the major specific credits. The list of approved context credits is available.

Elective credits
Credits of your choice, given that you fulfil the prerequisites, co-requisites and/or restrictions of the course(s). More information on that below.

If you are a new student, your program is listed on your admission letter from Brock in the first paragraph next to the degree name (i.e. “Honours Bachelor of Arts – Film Studies”, where “Honours Bachelor of Arts” is the degree and “Film Studies” is the specific program). Please visit the Undergraduate Calendar, locate your program from the main menu, and review the courses required for your program.

For returning students, your program is listed in the online registration system under the “Status of Undergraduate Degree” screen, under the heading “Program of Study”. On the same screen, the Undergraduate Calendar year you will need to follow is also listed, under “Program Requirements Year.”

Graduate Students

Admission Requirements

All information regarding admission to our graduate programs can be found on the Brock University Next Step website.

Course Requirements

All information regarding the required courses for our graduate programs can be found on the Graduate Calendar.

Graduate students must maintain continuous registration from the time of initial admission until degree requirements are complete. Students may apply for an inactive term (1 single term), or a leave of absence (2 to 3 consecutive terms) when circumstances prevent them from working on their graduate studies. The application for a leave of absence or an inactive term must be approved by the student’s graduate supervisor, the graduate program director, and the Director of Graduate Studies.

Failure to maintain continuous registration, or alternatively request an inactive term or leave of absence, will result in the student being withdrawn from the program. The student will be required to apply for reinstatement into the program in order to continue with their studies.

Students are responsible for ensuring that they register at the appropriate time for each term, as indicated in the Important Dates in the Graduate Calendar. Once online registration is closed, registration/withdrawal must be done using a manual course registration/withdrawal form. The late registration fee will apply if the first registration for the term occurs on or after the first day of classes for the duration.

Graduate Student forms can be found on the Graduate Studies website.

Please Note: All fees owing must be paid in order to register for subsequent terms. Students are responsible to check their student account on a regular basis.

Following initial registration in the major essay, thesis or project course, graduate students (both full and part-time) must continue to register in that course in each successive term, until degree requirements are completed. This includes the final stage status term, if applicable.

Students who intend to submit a first draft of their thesis, major essay or dissertation must ensure that they do so in sufficient time for the graduate program to forward the final stage status form to the Faculty of Graduate Studies two weeks before the beginning of the final term. Once the paperwork is approved and processed, financial assessment will be adjusted to the final stage status fee (plus ancillary fees).

Please see the Academic Regulations in the Graduate Calendar for further information regarding Registration Policies and Procedures, Student Status and other regulations.

Teacher Education

Required courses

Teacher candidates assigned to the Hamilton campus must choose courses offered at the Hamilton campus.

Teacher candidates assigned to the St. Catharines campus must choose courses offered at the St. Catharines campus.

Courses at the Hamilton campus will have HC in the course location. Courses in St Catharines campus will have WH in the course location unless otherwise specified.

Teacher Candidates in the Technological Teacher Education Program are assigned to the Hamilton Campus. Courses at the Hamilton Campus will have HC in the course location Column.

Year 2:

*After registering in this course, it will not show up on the weekly calendar. Dates and times for this course will be provided the first week of classes.

Year 2:

*After registering in this course, it will not show up on the weekly calendar. Dates and times for this course will be provided the first week of classes.

** Only offered at Hamilton campus

Year 1:

AND two credits from

**per earlier communication, these courses are only offered at the St. Catharines Campus

***per earlier communication, these courses are only offered at the Hamilton Campus

Year 2:

AND two courses from

**these are special topic required elective courses. You must select one of these electives per semester
***After registering in this course, it will not show up on the weekly calendar. Dates and times for this course will be provided the first week of classes.

Year 1
Terms 1 and 2

AND one credit from

NOTE: The 8G11-20 are Grade 9 &10 (Part One) AND 8G21-8G30 cover 11 & 12 (Part One). (Candidates will register in ‘G’ series subject teachable courses for both Grade 9&10 and 11&12 in the same Broad Based Technology (BBT))

One credit from

Year 2
Terms 3 and 4

AND one credit from

NOTE: The 8R11-20 are Grade 9 &10 (Part Two) AND 8R21-8R30 cover 11 & 12 (Part Two). (Candidates will register in ‘R’ series subject teachable courses for both Grade 9&10 and 11&12 in the same Broad Based Technology (BBT))

One credit from

Year 5

AND * two credits from

*these credits should correspond to your teaching subjects
**per earlier communication, these courses are only offered at the St. Catharines Campus
***per earlier communication, these courses are only offered at the Hamilton Campus

Year 5

AND * one credit from

*these credit should correspond to your second teaching subjects
**per earlier communication, these courses are only offered at the St. Catharines Campus
***per earlier communication, these courses are only offered at the Hamilton Campus

In-Service/AQ

General Requirements

  • The eligibility of each candidate will be determined by the Faculty of Education and in accordance with the requirements of Regulation 176/10 of the Ontario College of Teachers Act.
  • The Ontario College of Teachers requires that all prerequisite qualifications (e.g. Part II if registered in a Part III course) are verified on your Certificate of Qualification, regardless of whether you completed the prerequisite at Brock or another institution.
  • The Ontario College of Teachers will not permit retroactive recommendation.
  • The Office of the Registrar reserves the right to withdraw any applicant who submits documentation and is then found to be uncertified or unqualified.

Part I

  • must hold or be deemed to hold a valid Ontario College of Teachers Certificate of Qualification or Interim Certificate of Qualification. A Letter of Eligibility does not satisfy this admission requirement unless accompanied by an “Entry Letter” issued by the Ontario College of Teachers
  • in the case of a Part 1 qualification in Primary Education, Junior Education or Intermediate Education, the applicant must have an entry on their Certificate that shows an area of concentration for the corresponding division
  • Candidates showing Technological Studies only i.e. no general studies on their Certificate of Qualification or Interim Certificate of Qualification may take the following Brock additional qualifications only: Cooperative Education, English as a Second Language, Guidance, Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction, Reading,Special Education and Visual Arts

Part II

  • must hold a Certificate of qualification showing successful completion of Part I.
  • provide evidence of at least one year (194 days) of successful teaching experience certified by the appropriate supervisory officer or evidence of at least one year of successful teaching experience certified by the appropriate supervisory officer (Not your Principal). Use the Certification of Teaching Experiences form. This teaching experience must be completed prior to the commencement of the course.

Part III

  • must hold a Certificate of qualification showing successful completion of Part II
  • provide evidence of at least two years (388 days) of successful teaching experience, including at least one year of experience in the subject for which the specialization is sought, as certified by the appropriate supervisory officer, (Not your Principal). Use the Certification of Teaching Experiences form. This teaching experience must be completed prior to the commencement of the course

PRIMARY AND JUNIOR DIVISION

  • must hold or be deemed to hold a valid Ontario College of Teachers Certificate of Qualification or Interim Certificate of Qualification. A Letter of Eligibility does not satisfy this admission requirement unless accompanied by an “Entry Letter” issued by the Ontario College of Teachers.
  • provide evidence of an acceptable university degree

INTERMEDIATE DIVISION

  • must hold or be deemed to hold a valid Ontario College of Teachers Certificate of Qualification or Interim Certificate of Qualification. A Letter of Eligibility does not satisfy this admission requirement unless accompanied by an “Entry Letter” issued by the Ontario College of Teachers
  • provide evidence of an acceptable university degree in the form of an official transcript
  • the official transcript must show successful completion of a minimum of two full university credits in the teaching option for the Intermediate Division except in the case of Dramatic Arts which does not require credits in the teaching option

SENIOR DIVISION

  • must hold or be deemed to hold a valid Ontario College of Teachers Certificate of Qualification or Interim Certificate of Qualification. A Letter of Eligibility does not satisfy this admission requirement unless accompanied by an “Entry Letter” issued by the Ontario College of Teachers
  • provide proof of an acceptable university degree in the form of an official transcript
    the official transcript must show successful completion of a minimum of five full university credits in the teaching option for the Senior Division.
  • if the senior division is already showing on the Certificate of Qualification, the official transcript must show three full credits in the teaching option.
  • must hold or be deemed to hold a valid Ontario College of Teachers Certificate of Qualification or Interim Certificate of Qualification. A Letter of Eligibility does not satisfy this admission requirement
  • hold qualifications in one of: The Primary Division, Junior Division, Intermediate Division in general studies or the Senior Division in general studies
  • provide official transcripts of all university work to show the applicant holds an acceptable post-secondary degree from an Ontario University or equivalent in a program:
    • that requires four years of university study to a total of at least 20 full university courses. Courses required for teaching certification or additional teaching qualifications cannot be used for this requirement
    • in which the candidate has obtained at least second class standing or equivalent (70%) in at least nine full university courses in the subject in which the candidate seeks an Honour Specialist qualification
  • submit evidence of at least two years (388 days) of successful teaching experience, including at least one year of experience in the subject in which the Honour Specialist qualification is sought, certified by the appropriate supervisory officer. Use the Certification of Teaching Experiences form. This teaching experience must be completed prior to the commencement of the course.

NOTE: For the Honour Specialist in General Science the nine full credits must come from Biology, Chemistry and Physics with a minimum of one full credit from each subject.

Applicants should be aware that the outcome of our Academic Assessments for Honour Specialist Qualifications may differ from assessments conducted by OSSTF, QECO and the Ontario College of Teachers.

  • must hold or be deemed to hold a valid Ontario College of Teachers Certificate of Qualification or Interim Certificate Qualification showing: qualifications in at least three of the subjects listed in schedule B including at least one at both the basic and advanced level; OR qualifications in at least four of the subjects listed in schedule B at the basic level and an entry indicating the Specialist (Part III) qualification in one of the subjects listed in schedule D.
  • the following AQs are deemed equivalent to one entry for a qualification in grades 9 and 10 in a technological subject listed in schedule B: Science & Technology 7&8; part 1 of any of the following 3-part specialist – Co-operative Education, Design & Technology, English as a Second Language, Guidance & Career Education, Integration of Info. & Computer Technology in Instruction, Special Education.
  • submit evidence of at least two years (388 days) of successful teaching experience, including at least one year of experience in Technological Studies, certified by the appropriate supervisory officer. Use the Certification of Teaching Experiences form. This teaching experience must be completed prior to the commencement of the course.
  • hold a Secondary School Honours Graduation Diploma (Grade 13) or have successfully completed the equivalent of one year’s full-time study in a program in respect of which a Secondary School Graduation Diploma or its equivalent is required for admission (e.g. five full credits at the university level or successful completion of at least one year of a college diploma program). Courses credited towards teaching certification or additional teaching qualifications cannot be used for this requirement.