Faculty of Education
If you’re a Brock teacher candidate, we can help you stand out in the crowd when you’re looking for a K-12 teaching position. Brock offers specialized program options that will enhance and complement our top-quality core teacher education program. We suggest you register early for these value-added options – they’re in high demand.
View the Program Options Brochure or click on the following links for more information:
- Optional Courses
- International and Alternate Setting Practica
- Early Primary/Early Childhood Education Program
- Educational Technology Leadership Cohort
Note: To sign up for this program option, choose Cohort 1 on the Cohort Selection Form, distributed with the April offer package.
Primary/Junior teacher candidates are invited to join the Early Primary/Early Childhood Education program which leads to a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree with Primary/Junior certification (Grades JK-6) and an Early Childhood Education (ECE) diploma.
In partnership with Niagara College, the Early Primary/Early Childhood Education program is designed for teacher candidates who wish to:
- work with young children in schools and/or early childhood settings
- apply for positions in full day kindergarten settings, an area of program expansion in many school boards
- complete their BEd/ECE studies in two years (rather than three years, if the two programs were completed independently)
The program is two years in duration. In the first year, teacher candidates complete all of their BEd coursework at Brock University and convocate with a BEd and recommendation to the Ontario College of Teachers in June. In the second year, teacher candidates complete their ECE coursework at Niagara College.
In addition to a focus on early childhood education and Primary/Junior teaching more generally, the Early Primary/Early Childhood Education program provides teacher candidates with an understanding of the new Early Learning Kindergarten Program (ELKP). The new curriculum calls for the ELKP to be delivered in a full day setting, with an extended day care program. An ELKP classroom is run in partnership by a certified teacher and an early childhood educator, collaborating together.
The program provides teacher candidates with insight into the ELKP that is child centered, developmentally appropriate, and play/inquiry-based. The program also highlights the new collaborative teaching relationship between the certified teacher and early childhood educator.
Teacher candidates enrolled in this program complete the same BEd coursework as other Primary/Junior teacher candidates, including school placements in both the Primary and Junior divisions. In addition, they complete an additional .5 credit course that focuses on the ELKP. Teacher candidates also complete the first year of the program as an Early Primary/Early Childhood Education Cohort which allows for substantial conversations about Primary division and early childhood education topics. During the first year of the program, teacher candidates also have an opportunity to complete all or a portion of a practicum in a full day kindergarten setting.
During the first year, teacher candidates in this program are levied an additional .5 credit tuition charge by Brock University - tuition rate schedule available here.
Q: What are the benefits of the Early Primary/Early Childhood Education program when compared to the regular Primary/Junior program?
A: The Early Primary/Early Childhood Education program provides teacher candidates with substantially more background on the full day kindergarten, an area of program expansion in many school boards. As well, this program allows teachers candidates to complete their BEd/ECE studies in two years (rather than three years, if the two programs were completed independently).
Q: Is the Early Primary/Early Childhood Education program open to both P/J consecutive (one-year) and fifth-year P/J concurrent students?
A: Yes. Consecutive teacher candidates can choose this option when they receive their offer package in April. Concurrent teacher candidates can choose this option at the end of their 4th year of studies.
Q: Since the teacher candidates in this program complete their studies at both Brock University and Niagara College which institution's policies take precedence?
A: The policies of Brock University take precedence during the first year of the program. The policies of Niagara College take precedence during the second year of the program. Teacher candidates who are accepted into this program are required to meet the minimum admissions standards for Brock University's Primary/Junior teacher education program.
Q: If I complete the first year of the program, graduate with a BEd, and then find employment in July, am I committed to completing the second year of the program at Niagara College?
A: No. As per the policies at Brock University and Niagara College, students at both institutions can choose to exit a program at any time.
Note: To sign up for this program option, choose Cohort D on the Cohort Selection Form, distributed with the April offer package.
Primary/Junior and Junior/Intermediate teacher candidates are invited to join the Educational Technology Leadership Cohort, which develops 21st-century teachers who are knowledgeable and skilled in educational technology practices that enhance student learning.
Teacher candidates in this program option receive intensive hands-on training on the use of a variety of instructional technologies. They also study leadership theory and pedagogical approaches that use technology to enhance learning, enabling them to become educational technology leaders in schools.
Teacher candidates in this program are levied an additional 1.0 credit tuition charge - tuition rate schedule available here.
For more information about the Educational Technology Leadership Cohort, please download the program brochure.
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