General Division FAQ's (Primary/Junior/Intermediate/Senior)
- How do I apply to the Consecutive Teacher Education program at Brock University?
- What are the requirements for admission into the program?
- When do sessions to the program begin and end? Can I begin the consecutive education program in second term (e.g. January/February) or during summer sessions?
- How do I apply to the Hamilton campus?
- What is the cost of the Teacher Education program?
- I attended a university that assigned letter, rather than numerical, grades. How is my academic average calculated?
- Are there scholarship, award, or bursary opportunities for successful applicants?
- If I have completed a Masters or PhD in addition to my undergraduate degree, which marks are used in tabulating my average for the academic component of my application?
- How do I find out if the undergraduate courses I completed will satisfy my teachable subject(s) requirements?
- One of my verifiers is from outside of Canada. Can I still use this person as a verifier?
- I live outside the Niagara/Hamilton area. Can I complete my placements in the district where I live?
- I am currently working in a school. Can I complete my practicum there?
- I am interested in working with the Catholic school system after graduation. Can I complete my practicum placements in a Catholic school setting?
Applications to the Brock University Teacher Education program – and to all Faculties of Education in Ontario – must be completed at the Teacher Education Application Site (TEAS) at www.ouac.on.ca/teas. At this site you will find detailed information regarding admissions requirements and will be able to download the Experience Profile package.
Profiles are available through the TEAS application site at www.ouac.on.ca/teas or at our website www.brocku.ca/registrar/teacher-education/admission-criteria
Selection of applicants is based equally (50/50) upon both academic achievement and related experience (as outlined in your completed Experience Profile). For more detailed information about admissions including specific information about the components of the Experience Profile, please refer to the application package located at www.ouac.on.ca/teas or at our website www.brocku.ca/registrar/teacher-education/admission-criteria
Note: the Experience Profile cannot be accessed and completed until AFTER you have made application and payment via the TEAS application and we are in receipt of the application from TEAS (depending on payment type, this can take up to one week after you submit your TEAS application and payment).
You need an approved/recognized degree from an accredited degree granting institution, with a minimum average of 70% based upon your best 10 full or equivalent undergraduate credits. Transfer credits granted for courses completed in a college diploma program will not be considered.
Classes for both the St. Catharines and Hamilton campuses typically commence in late August and conclude in late May. There are no alternate start dates.
The Faculty of Education offers courses that lead to the BEd degree at two campuses: the main St. Catharines campus and a campus in Hamilton.
For Fall 2013 entry successful applicants with the following teaching subject(s) will normally be placed at the Hamilton campus: all Business subjects, Science – Chemistry, Science- Physics, French, Visual Arts, and Technological Education (all broad-based teaching subjects). Successful applicants with Dramatic Arts as their teaching subject will normally be placed at the St. Catharines campus.
Applicants other than those specified above may indicate a preference of campus after admittance to the program (at the time you accept your offer), but will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. While every effort is made to accommodate candidates in their preferred location, unpredictable enrolment issues as well as limited space at the Hamilton campus make it impossible to guarantee a choice of campus. All applicants, including those with a teachable subject specified above, should be prepared to study at either campus.
For information on tuition and other fees, please refer to the Finance Office website at:
For universities in Canada, we utilize a grade translation scale to determine letter equivalencies. Generally, if your transcript indicates both numeric and letter grades, we will use the numeric grades provided. The scale used to calculate academic letter averages is as follows:
A+ 92 A 87 A-82 B+ 78 B 75 B- 72 C+ 68 C 65 C- 62 D+ 58 D 55 D- 52
Grade translations for universities outside of Canada are completed on an individual basis, and scales are generally unique to each country.
The minimum required average of 70% for the academic component is based on your best 10. full undergraduate credits only. Credits earned within a Masters or Doctoral program or degree will not be considered in the calculation of your average.
Masters or Doctoral courses may be eligible for consideration towards the teachable subject areas.
In order for a course credit to be eligible for consideration toward a particular teaching subject, as a general rule, it is best that they be presented from the teachable subject in question (i.e. if your teachable subject is mathematics, a course in political statistics or engineering will not be recognized). In most cases, only courses eligible to meet requirements for major programs can be counted in support of teachable subjects. There are exceptions. A course that is cross-listed can normally be used towards satisfying teaching subject requirements. Please refer to the admissions criteria section located at www.ouac.on.ca/teas or at our website brocku.ca/registrar/admissions/ for further information.
If you have earned credits in specialized programs or in disciplines not consistent with the list of teachable subjects listed in our program information, please refer to the following guidelines:
- Review the particular credits you have earned to see if some courses may be eligible for consideration as an identified teachable subject. Check your academic calendar to determine if courses can be used to satisfy the degree requirements in that teaching subject. (ie. If some Geology courses at your university can be used to satisfy degree requirements in Biology, then you could use those credits to count towards your teaching subject).
- Contact the institution and particular department at which the credits were earned and request that they be reviewed for eligibility in another teachable subject area. (e.g. a Kinesiology course may be eligible for consideration as a Health and Physical Education credit or a Science credit)
- Ask that the Department or the Dean's Office issue a letter stating that the course has been assessed and deemed eligible for consideration as a credit towards a teachable subject.
- Submit this letter with a course description to the Admissions Office by the application deadline date.
The admissions officers will not have course descriptions readily available from other institutions. Course assessments will be done on the basis of the documentation you provide at the time of application.
Please note that our admissions staff cannot pre-assess nor pre-approve courses for application purposes.
Yes, as long as you provide current contact information and the individual is easily accessible so that we can verify your experience with them.
Candidates must complete their practica within the school boards with which we have partnerships. These boards are the District School Board of Niagara, the Niagara Catholic District School Board, the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, the Halton District School Board, the Halton Catholic District School Board, the Grand Erie District School Board, the Peel District School Board, the Dufferin-Peel District School Board and designated schools within these boards. Any arrangements with outside boards must be made through your Faculty Advisors and the Out-of-Region Coordinator, and is conditional upon their approval.
The Department of Teacher Education tries not to place candidates in schools where they have personal contacts due to potential conflicts of interest.
Yes, you can. Upon acceptance into the Teacher Education Program candidates will be asked what school system they would like to practice teach in (Public or Catholic). That information is taken into consideration when candidates are placed in the Public or Catholic Cohort Groups. Once candidates are placed in Catholic Cohort Groups they complete their practica in the Catholic school system.