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Education - Concurrent BA Child and Youth Studies (Honours)/BEd (Primary/Junior)

Manager, Academic Advising, Professional and Undergraduate Programs
Ethna Bernat

Faculty Representatives
TBA (Faculty of Education), TBA (Faculty of Social Sciences)

General Information

Welch Hall 126

The Department of Child and Youth Studies and the Faculty of Education co-operate in offering a concurrent six-year program combining an (Honours) Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with a Bachelor of Education (BEd) for students interested in teaching at the Primary/Junior level (grades K-6).

Students in the program must be registered full-time and follow the prescribed program. Any exceptions must have the approval of the Manager, Academic Advising, Professional and Undergraduate Programs and the Program Director, Teacher Education. Students must maintain a minimum 70 percent cumulative overall average each year in all academic grade-marked courses.

Because the CHYS BA(Honours)/BEd program integrates teacher education courses with academic courses, the student should note that the Teacher Education courses are credited toward the BEd while the remaining courses are credited to the BA. For this reason, a student who transfers out of the CHYS BA(Honours)/BEd program may not have credit in Teacher Education courses applied to an undergraduate degree. Students should note that credits for the concurrent CHYS BA(Honours)/BEd program are not evenly distributed between the years because of the structure of Education courses. Students are responsible to note Calendar and scheduling differences between the Undergraduate and Teacher Education Departments. The Teacher Education program is organized subject to the requirements of Brock University and outside regulatory organizations that govern teacher education in Ontario (e.g. the Ontario College of Teachers). In any year the program requirements for the Teacher Education program may change in order to meet outside regulatory requirements.

Terms of study at another institution during Fall/Winter sessions must receive program approval.

This is a limited enrolment program. Admission is not guaranteed by attainment of the minimum requirements.

Students must maintain continuous registration within a twelve-month period to retain concurrent education status. Possible resumption of concurrent status will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Students must complete program requirements for the first four years of the concurrent program prior to commencing Year 5.

The Department of Teacher Education reserves the right to assign Concurrent Teacher Education students, in Years 5 and 6, to either the Burlington* or St Catharines campus. Students are responsible for their own transportation for practice teaching, courses and other activities related to the program, which may be scheduled at locations other than the assigned campus. *Site not confirmed as of October 2021.

Successful graduates of the CHYS BA (Honours)/BEd program will receive a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree and a Bachelor of Education degree. Upon successful completion of a teacher education program, teacher candidates are normally recommended to the Ontario College of Teachers for membership and to receive their Ontario Certificate of Qualification.

Ontario College of Teachers Criminal Records Screening Policy
1.  The Ontario College of Teachers requires both a criminal record check and a criminal record declaration by the applicant as necessary components of registration for new applicants.
2.  The costs associated with the provision of the criminal record check and any appeals are to be borne by the applicant.
3.  All positive reports of criminal offences will be examined by the Ontario College of Teachers Registrar to determine whether the record of offence(s) is relevant to the applicant's honesty, integrity and/or suitability to practice the profession and whether the offence(s) constitute reasonable grounds for refusal to issue a certificate of qualification and registration, or to impose terms, conditions or limitations on registration, in accordance with Section 18(2) of the Ontario College of Teachers Act.
4.  Applicants for registration by the Ontario College of Teachers will be advised of the reasons for the decisions of the Ontario College of Teachers Registrar to refuse certification or to impose terms, conditions or limitations and that appeals to these decisions will be determined in accordance with Part III of the Ontario College of Teachers Act.
  Questions regarding the policy should be directed to the Ontario College of Teachers.


Students interested in the Child and Youth Studies BA (Honours)/BEd program apply directly from secondary school. University or college transfer applicants with no more than the equivalent of 4.0 university transfer credits may be considered for admission. Students who have completed an appropriate College of Arts and Technology two-year diploma must have a minimum 80 percent 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.

Brock students may apply and be admitted to Year 2 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 documents must be filed in the Academic Advising, Professional and Undergraduate Programs Office 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. Students must complete the academic admission requirements for the Primary/Junior Teacher Education BEd degree before completing the Child and Youth Studies BA (Honours)/BEd program.

Candidates must have completed 4U/M courses or university or university/college preparation courses in Canadian geography and Canadian history (or similar courses emphasizing Canadian content), mathematics, science and english. For those candidates who have not completed these courses, the following courses or equivalents will be accepted: one-half university Canadian geography credit, GEOG 2P50 is recommended; CANA 1F91 or one-half university Canadian history credit. These requirements must be completed by the end of the Year 4 Fall/Winter session. Students are also encouraged to take arts and physical education courses.

Program Notes
  1. Students are encouraged to use elective credits (including context credits) to take courses relevant to Education.
  2. Students must meet Child and Youth Studies requirements for admission to Year 4 and may be considered by the Child and Youth Studies Department on an individual basis for the individual thesis or applied research project option.
  3. Practice teaching may have to be scheduled in May and June of Years 5 and 6.
  4. Students failing to maintain the 70 percent cumulative overall average may request an opportunity to upgrade their marks and to reapply to the concurrent program. A request to upgrade may be granted only once.
  5. May be taken in the Spring session preceding Years 4 or 5, or during Fall/Winter session Year 4.
  6. Police record check with vulnerable sector screening is required for courses with field placements. Associated fees are the student's responsibility.
  7. A passing grade in all required previous teacher education courses is required to proceed to Year 6.
  8. A minimum 70 percent combined average is required in CHYS 3P10 and 3P15. All context credits must be completed to proceed to Year 4.
  9. In 20 credit degree programs a maximum of eight credits may be numbered 1(alpha)00 to 1(alpha)99; at least three credits must be numbered 2(alpha)90 or above; at least three credits must be numbered 3(alpha)90 or above; and the remaining credits must be numbered 2(alpha)00 or above.
    In some circumstances, in order to meet university degree and program requirements, more than 20 credits may be taken.

Honours Program

Year 1
·   CHYS 1F90
·   EDUC 1F95
·   PSYC 1F90
·   SOCI 1F90
·   one Humanities context credit or one Sciences context credit

Year 2
·   CHYS 2P10, 2P35, 2P38, 2P51 and 2P52
·   CHYS 2F15 or 2F16
·   the Humanities context credit or Sciences context credit (not taken in year 1)
·   one-half elective credit (see program note 1)

Year 3
·   CHYS 3P10 and 3P15
·   one-half CHYS credit from Cluster A (see Child and Youth Studies department)
·   one-half CHYS credit from Cluster B (see Child and Youth Studies department)
·   one-half CHYS credit from Cluster C (see Child and Youth Studies department)
·   EDUC 3F02 and 3P00
·   EDUC 3P40 or 3P45
·   EDBE 8P15
·   one-half elective credit (see program note 1)

Year 4
·   One CHYS credit numbered 3(alpha)90 to 4(alpha)99
·   CHYS 4F80 (see program note 8)
·   one-half CHYS credit numbered 4(alpha)00 to 4(alpha)99 (see program note 2)
·   one of EDUC 3P60, 3P70, 3P90, 3P91, 3P95, 3P96, 3P97, 4P01, 4P03, 4P35, 4P36, 4P46, 4P47, 4P48, 4P62, 4P70, 4P75, 4P76, 4P80, 4P95 (see program note 5)
·   EDUC 4P17 and 4P27
·   one elective credit

Year 5
·   EDBE 8F01, 8P03, 8P09, 8P34, 8P35, 8P37, 8P39, 8Y01, 8Y02, 8Y08, 8Y25, 8Y27 and 8Y30

Year 6
·   EDBE 8P41, 8P42, 8P44, 8P46, 8Y21, 8Y23, 8Y40, 8Y41, 8Y42 and 8Y43
·   EDBE 8P47 or 8P57

Description of Courses

See relevant calendar entry for course descriptions.