The Masters Preparation Certificate in Education (MPCE) is offered by the Faculty of Education, Brock University as a full-time undergraduate certificate program to international students. The program prepares international students for the rigors of master level study in North America with the following objectives:
- To develop a cultural understanding of teaching and learning in North America
- To develop the necessary English oral and written language skills for effective communication, presentations and interactions in a Canadian post-secondary academic environment
- To develop critical thinking and analytical skills required for graduate studies
- To develop advanced academic writing skills
- To develop an appreciation for the collaborative pedagogy of graduate studies
- To develop culturally relevant group problem-solving and teamwork skills
- To develop required confidence for full participation in classroom interactions
- To develop an academic profile and statement of research interest for further studies
The MPCE integrates Academic English and literacy skills with subject-matter concepts and critical-thinking skills throughout its program delivery. Students are immersed in an academic environment that prioritizes the importance of research competency necessary for successful graduate study. The expectation is for MPCE students to become proficient with the practices necessary to critique, plan and conduct academic research.
The ultimate goal of the MPCE is to extend students' appreciation and understanding of Canadian cultural practices, while preparing them with an essential repertoire of academic skills to meet the socio-academic expectations of Canadian graduate programs.