Initial Teacher Education

Initial Teacher Education

Technological Education Admission Criteria

Introduction to Technological Education:
The Technological Education Teacher Education program begins the last week of August and runs through to the beginning of May. 

All students must be available to begin at this time. This program is offered at the Hamilton campus only.

The Technological Education program is highly competitive and admission is not guaranteed with attainment of minimum admission requirements. Preference will be given to candidates with a university degree and formal apprenticeship, technician or technologist training who can demonstrate expertise in more than one area housed within their broad-based Technological Education teaching subject at the Grades 9/10 and Grades 11/12 levels.

All graduates will achieve a single subject qualification allowing them to teach Grades 9 to 12 at the secondary level.
 

General Admission Requirements:
Brock University accepts applications from degree- and non-degree-holding applicants.

B80 Degree Applicants: Applicants must present a general degree from a recognized university or post-secondary degree-granting institution.

B82 Non-Degree Applicants: Applicants must present, at a minimum, a two-year diploma from a college of applied arts and technology or equivalent (a minimum of 16 months postsecondary education).
 

Acceptable Degree Definition:
The minimum credential for admission to B80 Technological Education is an undergraduate baccalaureate or applied degree conferred by an acceptable university or other post-secondary institution as outlined below.

(a) In Canada an acceptable university is one that is authorized to confer academic degrees under the laws of jurisdiction in which it operates.

(b) An acceptable college is one that is authorized to confer applied degrees under the laws of jurisdiction in which it operates and is publicly funded.

(c) In the United States, a university must be recognized by one of the following regional accreditation agencies: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; New England Association of Schools and Colleges; North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; or Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The university must be considered equivalent to a university referred to in (a).

(d) In a country other than Canada or the United States, a university must be considered equivalent to an institution referred to in (a). Typically, in the case of a country that is a member of the Commonwealth, this would mean that the university is eligible for membership in the Association of Commonwealth Universities. For all other countries, eligibility for membership in the International Association of Universities would be expected.

Important Note: Brock University reserves the right to determine if degrees granted by institutions in the above categories are suitable for the purpose of admission to Brock’s teacher education program.
 

Additional Admission Requirements:
In addition to a degree or diploma (or equivalent), both B80 and B82 applicants must meet the following minimum admission requirements:

1. Proof of competence, advanced knowledge and skill in the broad-based technology subject selected by the applicant. Competence will be determined by members of the Faculty of Education Technological Education department using documentation provided and, if applicable, an interview.

2. One of:

a) Five years of wage-earning experience, including business or industrial experience, where the applicant used skills and knowledge in their selected broad-based technological education subject. Important note: Applicants with a two-year (four-semester) college diploma or equivalent must meet this wage-earning experience requirement.
or
b) A combination of at least two years of continuous wage-earning experience and successful completion of a postsecondary education program that includes at least six semesters of academic study (equivalent to a three-year diploma or degree), where the experience and education used the applicant’s skills and knowledge in their selected broad-based technological education subject.
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c) A combination of at least two years of wage-earning experience, including business or industrial experience, no less than four months of which is continuous employment (e.g. co-op placements/ apprentice placements) and successful completion of a postsecondary education that includes at least six semesters of academic study (equivalent to a three-year diploma or degree), where the experience and education used the applicant’s skills and knowledge in their selected broad-based technological education subject.

3. A Certificate of Qualification (trade certificate/license) in the recognized and/or regulated trades that are associated with construction, hairstyling and aesthetics services, hospitality and tourism, manufacturing, and transportation; or certification and/or equivalent work-related experience* and postsecondary education for communications technology, computer technology, green industries, health care, and technological design.

*For communications technology, computer technology, green industries, health care, and technological design, please refer below to Clarification of Broad-Based Technology (BBT) Teaching Subjects. Proof of certification should be forwarded as part of the application package.

4. Submission of a complete and original Technological Education Experience Profile proving (i) appropriate wage-earning work experience in the subject area or areas in which the applicant wishes to teach AND (ii) two distinct teaching-related experiences. The profile can be found at:
www.brocku.ca/registrar/teacher-education/initial-teacher-education/applicant-profile/.

Wage-earning work experience must be supported by original documents in the methods described below:

 

1) Documentation From an Employer
  • Original signed and dated letters for each period of employment (on company letterhead that shows the company address and phone number)
  • Signed by a supervisor, personnel manager, and/or other persons in authority who would be familiar with your work, skills and responsibilities (name and position of this person must be printed on the letter with the signature)
  • States title of the position that you hold/held
  • States duration of the employment, including start dates and end dates (day/month/year)
  • States typical hours per week (specifies full-time, part-time, seasonal)
  • States nature of work performed
  • Lists duties and skills used in the position (i.e., a detailed description of the job)
2) Documentation For Company No Longer in Business
  • Original Sworn Statement - Notarized by a Commissioner of Oaths
  • Name of company, the nature of its business, and when it went out of business
  • Title of position held and nature of work performed
  • Start dates and end dates (day/month/year)
  • Typical hours per week (specifies full-time, part-time, seasonal)
  • A detailed list of the duties and skills used in the position
  • Tax Records, T4s which support the period of full-time employment
3)Documentation For Self-Employment 
  • Original Sworn Statement - Notarized by a Commissioner of Oaths
  • Start dates and end dates (day/month/year)
  • Typical hours per week (specifies full-time, part-time, seasonal)
  • States Title of position held and nature of work performed
  • A detailed list of duties – skills used
  • Lists all major clients and full employment details for each
  • Letter from Accountant or Tax Records - confirms income and supports duration of self-employment
  • Annual income indicating successful operation of business, i.e. sustainable self-employment
  • Letter(s) from a Major Supplier - supports Sworn Statement
  • Letter(s) from a Client - supports Sworn Statement
  • Business License or Registration - supports duration of self-employment

Additionally, applicants will be expected to present evidence of two distinct teaching-related experiences, each of which must meet the following criteria:

  • Significant and related to teaching
  • Each must be a minimum of 50 hours in duration
  • Completed in schools or other community organizations
  • Instructional in nature
  • Profiles the applicant in a leadership position
  • Verifiable by an immediate supervisor
  • Strongly recommended at least one teaching related experience be in a secondary school setting

Only selected qualified applicants will be interviewed, at which time they will be asked to demonstrate their competency in a specific technology area.
 

Clarification of Broad-Based Technology (BBT) Teaching Subjects:

Broad-Based Teaching Subjects:
(Grades 9 and 10; Grades 11 and 12)
Communications Technology
Computer Technology
Construction Technology
Green Industries
Hairstyling and Aesthetics
Health Care
Hospitality and Tourism
Manufacturing Technology
Technological Design
Transportation Technology

Communications Technology includes the study of electronic, live, and graphic communications. Potential teachers in this BBT must have formal technical education proving competence, as well as skilled wage-earning work experience in one or more of the following areas:
• Graphic artist/designer technician/technologist – diploma/degree
• Photography technician/technologist – diploma/degree
• Radio and television arts technician/technologist – diploma/degree

Computer Technology includes the study of Computer Technology Fundamentals including the systems required to initiate hardware solutions; maintain, troubleshoot and service computers; and participate in software implementation as well as computer programming. Potential teachers in this BBT must have formal technical education and provide evidence of skilled wage-earning work experience in one or more of the following areas:
• Computer engineering technician/technologist – diploma/degree
• Electronics engineering technician/technologist – diploma/degree

Construction Technology includes the study of residential, commercial, industrial and other built environments, including the systems required to maintain and service them. Potential teachers in this BBT must have formal technical education, proof of competence (certification) and evidence of skilled wage-earning work experience in one or more of the following areas:
• Refrigeration and air conditioning certification/diploma
• Cabinet maker - certification/diploma
• General carpenter - certification
• Electrician construction and maintenance - certification

Green Industries includes areas of study covering the following sectors: agriculture, forestry, horticulture and landscaping. Potential teachers in this BBT must have formal postsecondary education; proof of competence (certification where applicable); and evidence of skilled wage-earning work experience in one or more of the following areas:
• Agriculture - diploma/degree
• Horticulturalist – certification/diploma
• Landscape technician designer - diploma/diploma
 

Hairstyling and Aesthetics includes the study of hairstyling and aesthetics. Potential teachers in this BBT area must have formal education, proof of competence (provincial certification) and evidence of skilled wage-earning work experience in the following area:
• Hairstylist - certification

Health Care includes the study of child development, gerontology and health care. Potential teachers in this BBT area must have formal education, proof of competence (diploma/degree in the field of health care) and evidence of skilled wage-earning work experience in the following area(s):
• Registered Nurse/Registered Practical Nurse - diploma/degree

Hospitality and Tourism includes the study of food preparation and other hospitality issues. Potential teachers in this BBT must have formal technical education, proof of competence (certification) and evidence of skilled wage-earning work experience in one or more of the following areas:
• Chef - certification
• Cook BR.2 - certification
• Baker Patissier - certification

Manufacturing Technology includes the study of product design, process and production planning, manufacturing processes, and quality control. Potential teachers in this BBT must have formal technical education, proof of competence (certification) and evidence of skilled wage-earning work experience in one or more of the following areas:
• General machinist - certification
• Industrial mechanic millwright - certification
• Tool and die maker - certification
• Welding/fabrication - certification

Technological Design includes the in-depth study of a variety of design processes that may be used in solving technological challenges in the fields of architecture, communications, construction, hospitality, manufacturing, electronics, and transportation. It also includes the development of industrial and commercial products and services, as well as health, safety and environmental systems. Potential teachers in this BBT must have formal technical education proving competence, as well as evidence of skilled wage-earning work experience in one or more of the following areas:
• Architectural design technologist – diploma/degree
• Mechanical engineering design technologist – diploma/degree
• Electro-mechanical engineering design technologist– diploma/degree
• Interior designer – diploma/degree

Transportation Technology includes the study of transportation from the point of view of personal transportation, mass transit systems, and the transportation of people and materials. Potential teachers in this BBT must have formal technical education, proof of competence and evidence of skilled wage-earning work experience in one or more of the following areas:
• Autobody and collision damage repairer BR.1 - certification
• Automotive service technician - certification
• Truck and coach technician - certification
 
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