Optional Courses

Faculty of Education




Optional Courses

IMPORTANT: Registration for the 2014 - 2015 optional courses will open in summer 2014. 

During the 2014 - 2015 academic year, teacher candidates are invited to enroll in a wide variety of optional courses that focus on the following topic areas:

Each optional course earns teacher candidates a quarter credit or more that will appear on their university transcripts. Teacher candidates are also encouraged to reference the optional courses they take in their CVs, cover letters and interviews when applying for teaching jobs, in order to demonstrate their commitment to ongoing professional development and advanced studies in a particular topic area. There is an additional cost for optional courses.

There are limited spaces in optional courses. Enrolment is on a first come, first serve basis. Where schedules and travel times allow, teacher candidates are welcome to enroll in optional courses on either campus.

Registration

To register for an optional course, log in to Brock University’s Portal. If this is your first visit to the Portal, navigate to the “Account Activation” tutorial link under the “Tutorial and Resources” heading. Note that when registering, the applicable program/session to select for the teacher education program is "Pre-service Fall/Winter". Once you have logged in, if you not sure how to register, navigate to the “Feedback” tab and then the “I need Help (How do I...)” link. Select this link to view a PDF of course times and locations or view these through the Brock portal.

4th Year Concurrent Students

Beginning late August each year, 4th year concurrent students can also elect to enroll in select optional courses. (Please see the restrictions below.) Note that optional courses do not count towards the required components of a concurrent student's undergraduate or BEd degree.

Additional Information

Enrolment in optional courses is not a requirement for successful completion of the program. Nor are optional courses equivalent to additional qualification (AQ) courses. Teacher candidates are reminded that the core teacher education program is intensive. It is strongly recommended that teacher candidates enroll in no more than two optional courses throughout the year. The Department of Teacher Education reserves the right to cancel an optional course if there is insufficient enrollment. The Registrar’s Office will notify enrolled teacher candidates of cancellations.

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2014 - 2015 Optional Courses

EDUC 8Y51: Religious Education (Roman Catholic) - Primary/Junior/Intermediate
Reality of Christian belief and behaviour specifically as it pertains to the curriculum and instruction process as found in the Canadian Catechism program. Note: Recommended for teacher candidates with a demonstrated commitment to the Catholic faith who are planning to apply to Catholic school boards. This course is not a substitute for Part I of the OECTA/OSSTF Religion course. Offered in conjunction with the local Catholic diocese. There is a $35 material fee for this course payable at the first class. (0.25 course credits)
Restriction: Open to consecutive and final-year concurrent teacher candidates admitted to the Primary/Junior and Junior/Intermediate programs.
Course Location and Time: 10 sessions, two hours per week. Navigate to Brock’s Portal to view course location(s) and time(s).
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EDUC 8Y52: Religious Education (Roman Catholic) - Intermediate/Senior
Reality of Christian belief and behaviour specifically as it pertains to the curriculum and instruction process as found in the Canadian Catechism program. Note: Recommended for teacher candidates with a demonstrated commitment to the Catholic faith who are planning to apply to Catholic school boards. This course is not a substitute for Part I of the OECTA/OSSTF Religion course. Offered in conjunction with the local Catholic diocese. There is a $35 material fee for this course payable at the first class. (0.25 course credits)
Restriction: Open to consecutive and final-year concurrent teacher candidates admitted to the Intermediate/Senior programs.
Course Location and Time: 10 sessions, two hours per week. Navigate to Brock’s Portal to view course location(s) and time(s).
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EDUC 8Y55: Special Topics - The Occasional Teacher
Many new teachers begin their careers as occasional teachers, a role that is both unique and challenging. Occasional teachers are often asked to cover a specific grade and subject area with only a few hours notice. Hence the high demands placed on occasional teachers to quickly adapt to changing circumstances and different school and classroom contexts. This course focuses on the unique challenges that face occasional teachers, as well as the rewards of being an occasional teacher. The course addresses strategies for implementing effective classroom management techniques, preparing to teach a wide range of subjects and grade levels, and also tips, practical advice, and strategies for becoming a self-confident and effective occasional teacher. (0.25 course credits)
Restriction: Open to consecutive and final-year concurrent teacher candidates.
Course Location and Time: Offered online, beginning in December. Navigate to Brock’s Portal to register. Enrolled teacher candidates will be contacted via email prior to the first class.
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EDUC 8Y58: Special Topics - Coaching School Athletes
School athletics is a key component of the instructional program in both elementary and secondary schools. In this foundational athletic coaching course, teacher candidates engage in a critical examination of the structures of coaching pedagogy within the context of the Ontario educational system. Topics include skill development and analysis, teaching/coaching learning theory and instructional models, practice and game organization, ethics, legal liability, parent/school/community relationships, budgeting, teacher-coach identity discourse, and teacher-coach role conflict. (0.25 course credits)
Restriction: Open to consecutive and final-year concurrent teacher candidates and 4th year concurrent students with 15.0 or more credits.
Course Location and Time: 10 sessions, two hours per week. Navigate to Brock’s Portal to view course location(s) and time(s).
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EDUC 8Y59: Special Topics - Computers and Instructional Technologies in the Secondary School
Adolescents are increasingly immersed in a youth culture that is sophisticated in terms of its technological complexity. This course provides Intermediate/Senior teacher candidates with strategies for integrating computers and other instructional technologies into the secondary school curriculum. The course focuses on concrete ideas for employing a wide variety of generalized and discipline-centric instructional technologies across the secondary curriculum. (0.25 course credits)
Restriction: Open to consecutive and final-year concurrent teacher candidates admitted to the Intermediate/Senior programs.
Course Location and Time: 10 sessions, two hours per week. Navigate to Brock’s Portal to view course location(s) and time(s).
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EDUC 8Y60: Special Topics - Teaching Internationally
This course explores educational, political, social, economic, cultural perspectives, and issues in various international contexts. International teaching experiences are enriching experiences that provide students with opportunities to explore personal subjectivities and their developing world views. Although a natural extension of the course, an international practice teaching placement is not required for successful completion. Course examines: international education issues, intercultural-cultural communication, and international curriculum comparatives. (0.25 course credits)
Restriction: Open to consecutive and final-year concurrent teacher candidates.
Course Location and Time: 10 sessions, two hours per week. Navigate to Brock’s Portal to view course location(s) and time(s).
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EDUC 8Y15: Environmental/Outdoor Education
This course explores the main currents of environmental education, focusing on environmental education policy, curriculum, teaching methods, and learning theories. Striking a balance between theory and practice, the course features a mix of in-class and field trip experiences, including visits to local nature sites and other venues. The course focuses on educating “in, for and about” the environment and will help teacher candidates to become future school ambassadors who promote an environmental ethic of care in their teaching. (0.25 course credits)
Restriction: Open to consecutive and final-year concurrent teacher candidates and 4th year concurrent students with 15.0 or more credits.
Course Location and Time: St. Catharines campus: 3 full-day Saturdays. Navigate to Brock’s Portal to view course location(s) and time(s).
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