Faculty of Education
- Can I change from one Concurrent program to another?
- I am currently a student at Brock and interested in admission into one of the Concurrent Education Programs. Am I eligible?
- What if I decide not to continue in my Concurrent Education Program?
- Is there an alternative route to becoming a teacher?
- What happens if I do not maintain my average?
- Where can I get information about each program and what courses I will be taking?
- How do I know if I am meeting my program requirements?
- When should I make appointments for advising?
- When and how will I do that? When and how do I declare my teachable within the Integrated Studies (Honours)/BEd (Junior/Intermediate) program?
- When and how do I declare my second teachable subject within the BA, BSc or BPhEd (Honours)/BEd (Intermediate/Senior) Program.
- When do I begin having school placements/field experience?
- Where do I complete the CHYS 2P15 school placement?
- What is the difference between school placements and teaching blocks/practice teaching?
- What is a police check and how do I get one?
- Am I eligible for Brock Scholars Awards for the length of my program?
- Can I study abroad as a Concurrent Education student?
- Can I take courses at another university?
- I understand there are two campuses – Hamilton and St. Catharines. Can I request to go to the Hamilton campus?
- Which students must attend the Hamilton campus?
- Where is the Hamilton campus located?
- How do I obtain a letter stating that I am a Brock student?
- I'm in a Junior/Intermediate Concurrent Education program, but would like to eventually teach at the Senior level. How can I obtain my Senior level certification?
- I am not doing as well as I had hopedin my classes. Where can I go for help?
No. Students may also pursue a teaching career through Consecutive Teacher Education. Consecutive Teacher Education entails completing a university undergraduate degree, followed by application to and completion of a Bachelor of Education degree. For more information about the Consecutive route to becoming a teacher please see Brock's Consecutive Teacher Education program. Admission inquiries may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Given the complexity of Concurrent Education program, it is recommended that students consult with an Academic Advisor a minimum of once a year. Academic advising for Concurrent Education is conducted by: Ethna Bernat (Associate Administrative Director of Concurrent Education Programs), Pina McDonnell (Academic Advisor and Field Placement Assistant) and Sandra Regier (Administrative Director of Concurrent Education Programs). In addition to helping students understand program requirements, Concurrent Education Academic Advisors also: provide personalized program plans; help students track their progress towards meeting program requirements; assist students in developing strategies for academic success; connect students to resources and support services; and facilitate, arrange and monitor student field placements.
Students declare their teachable subject at the end of their first year, no later than June 1. A complete list of teachable subject options and requirements can be found in the relevant program section of the Undergraduate Calendar. Declaration of Teachable Subject forms will be available in the Forms section of the Concurrent Education website from April 1 to June 1.
Students have their first school placement in second year. This experience is a required component of a full year undergraduate Child and Youth Studies course (CHYS2P15: Principles of Service-Learning Practicum) based on the application of service-learning principals within educational settings. Students will attend their designated placement a minimum of three hours per week for 18 weeks.
Concurrent students in P/J, J/I and I/S programs complete elementary school placements as a course requirement for CHYS 2P15: Principles of Service Learning Practicum. This course requires students to apply service-learning theories and principals within school settings with specific focus on current issues facing children and youth. Students have the opportunity to make placements requests (ie. school, grade, etc.), however, we cannot guarantee that all requests will be fulfilled. Availability of transportation will be considered.
A school placement or field experience refers to the experiences within school settings that are required course components of either undergraduate or Teacher Education credits. These experiences range from interactive to observational. Teaching blocks/practice teaching refers to practical experiences in teaching that are supervised in schools associated with the Teacher Education degree leading to a recommendation to the Ontario College of Teachers for an Ontario Certificate of Qualification. Concurrent Education students complete a minimum of 11 weeks of practice teaching in their final year of the program.
Concurrent Education students are responsible for obtaining a police records check with vulnerable sector screening for their required participation in field experience placements in courses including: CHYS 2P15, EDUC 8P15, EDUC 8P17, EDUC 8P18, EDUC 8P19, EDUC 8P50, MATH 3P91 and ESCI 3P91. Students will need to apply for a new police check every year and the police check can be no more than six months old at the beginning of their field experience. Concurrent students do not have field experience in their first year and therefore, will not require a police check until the summer prior to year two. The costs associated with the provision of the criminal record check and any appeals are to be borne by the applicant. More information about police check requirements can be found on the Concurrent Education website under Police Checks.
Eligibility for the Brock Scholars Award requires a course load comprised of at least sixty per cent undergraduate credits. The final year of Concurrent Education programs does not include undergraduate credits and is comprised only of Teacher Education courses. Students are encouraged to review all awards and bursaries for which they may be eligible. For more information, visit Brock's Student Awards and Financial Aid website.
Given the specific requirements of Concurrent Education programs, exchange programs are not easily accommodated. Students are generally encouraged to pursue opportunities abroad during the break periods, such as the Fall or Winter readings week or during the Spring or Summer terms. Students in the Intermediate/Senior Concurrent Education programs may be able to pursue an exchange opportunity during the Fall or Winter terms, and approval to do so must be obtained by the Administrative Director of Concurrent Education.
To take a course at another university and have it count towards a Brock degree requires a “Letter of Permission” (LOP). Students must be granted an LOP from the Office of the Registrar before registering at another university. Concurrent students should consult with our office to ensure that courses completed on LOP will fulfill program and degree requirements. For more information about regulations and procedures related to the LOP process, see the University Policies and Regulations section of the Undergraduate Calendar
Students must obtain an official letter confirming enrolment status from the Registrar’s Office. The Confirmation of Enrolment Request form is available on the Registrar’s Office website.
By completing Additional Basic Qualification (ABQ) course(s) students can become qualified to teach in other divisions or subject areas. To take the Senior ABQ course, which would certify a J/I teacher to teach up to grade 12, a student must have five university credits in a teachable subject option for the Senior division. For a second teachable subject at the Senior level, three university credits in a teachable subject are required. Not all subject areas are offered at Brock. For more information about AQ courses, see Brock’s Centre for Continuing Teacher Education.
There are a number of people at Brock who are available to assist students in achieving academic success. Students who are concerned about their academic performance should attend their professor and/or TA office hours. Several departments offer academic support (such as the Math Help Desk) or can provide referrals to student tutors. Brock’s Student Development Centre offers a range of academic services from drop-in consultation hours to free workshops on a variety of topics including, but not limited to: fixing faulty grammar, writing multiple choice exams, avoiding exam anxiety, and time management. Finally, students are encouraged to attend academic advising annually, and as needed.