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QUALIFICATIONS

1)  I am Primary/Junior student.  How do I become qualified to teach in the Intermediate division?

To become qualified to teach in the Intermediate division, you must complete an Additional Basic Qualifications (ABQ) course: Education in the Intermediate Division (Grades 7-10). You will be eligible to take ABQ courses upon completion of your BA/BEd, and successful application to the Ontario College of Teachers. “Applicants must hold or be deemed to hold an Ontario Certificate of Qualification or an Interim Certificate of Qualification; and hold an approved undergraduate degree from an accredited University, and subject prerequisites” (Group 1 - Additional Basic Qualifications). The subject prerequisite for the Intermediate division is completion of 2.0 University credits in a teachable subject area.

2)  I am a Junior/Intermediate student.  How do I become qualified to teach in the Primary division?

To become qualified to teach in the Primary division, you must complete an Additional Basic Qualifications (ABQ) course: Education in the Primary Division (K-6).  You will be eligible to take ABQ courses upon completion of your BA/BEd, and successful application to the Ontario College of Teachers.  ”Applicants must hold or be deemed to hold an Ontario Certificate of Qualification or an Interim Certificate of Qualification; and hold an approved undergraduate degree from an accredited University” (Group 1 - Additional Basic Qualifications). 

3) I am a Junior/Intermediate student.  How do I become qualified to teach in the Senior division?

To become qualified to teach in the Senior division, you must complete an Additional Basic Qualifications (ABQ) course: Education in the Senior Division (Grades 11-12). You will be eligible to take ABQ courses upon completion of your BA/BEd, and successful application to the Ontario College of Teachers. “Applicants must hold or be deemed to hold an Ontario Certificate of Qualification or an Interim Certificate of Qualification; and hold an approved undergraduate degree from an accredited University, and subject prerequisites” (Group 1 - Additional Basic Qualifications). The subject prerequisite for the Senior division is completion of 3.0 University credits in a teachable subject area.  For each additional elective, you must also complete 3.0 University credits in a teachable subject area.

4)  Is Society, Culture & Environment (formerly Contemporary Studies) a teachable subject?

Society, Culture & Environment (formerly Contemporary Studies), provides a broad education focusing on significant contemporary issues, making students aware of their global scope and encouraging them to use the collected insights of various academic disciplines.  While Society, Culture & Environment itself is not a teachable subject, many of the courses under this discipline can count towards teachable subjects.  Most commonly, many of the program requirements can satisy a Senior division teachable in "Social Sciences".

Because Social Sciences is a Senior teachable only (Grades 11 and 12), Teacher Candidates who are interested in pursuing this qualification must have 3.0 credits in the subject area.  If students have 3.0 credits from courses that qualify for the Social Sciences teachable, upon graduation, graduates can register in the Additional Basic Qualifications course titled, "Education in the Senior Division", and would choose 'Social Science' as their teachable subject.

Course Requirements: Teacher Candidates in the Laurier-Nipissing program can easily obtain 3.0 credits in Social Sciences as specific Society, Culture & Environment (formerly Contemporary Studies) program requirements, count towards the Social Science teachable.  All Teacher Candidates will complete NU2020 (Developmental Psychology), SOCI 2091 (Sociology for Educators, Part 1), and SOCI 2092 (Sociology for Educators, Part 2), which provides students with 2.0 credits in Social Science.

Teacher Candidates who enrolled in the program prior to 2014-2015 will also complete CT280 (formerly CT327) and CT253, which totals an extra 1.0 credit.

Teacher Candidates who enroll in the program in 2014-2015 and beyond will also complete CT100 and CT120, which totals an extra 1.0 credit.  These credits, combined with the Nipsising Arts courses listed above, provide every Teacher Candidate with a total of 3.0c credits in Social Science upon graduation.

In addition to the courses above, all Psychology (PS), Sociology (SY) and Anthropology (AN) courses will count towards the Social Sciences teachable.

5)  If I am a student in the Primary/Junior division, can I switch to the Junior/Intermediate division or vice versa?

Students who wish to switch divisions are allowed to do so only in rare cases. The specific request must be put in writing, supported by a rationale explaining why you wish to switch divisions. Each request will be reviewed by the Director and Faculty on a case by case basis. It should be noted that a switch from the Primary/Junior division to the Junior/Intermediate division is more difficult, as students are required to have a teachable subject.  Students who wish to switch to the Junior/Intermediate division should ensure they have 3.0 credits in a teachable subject (Math, English, History, Geography and Religious Education).

ACADEMIC STANDING

6)  I received notification that I am on academic probation.  What does this mean?

Laurier-Nipissing Concurrent Education program students must maintain the required GPA of 7.0 in each year, in both their Wilfrid Laurier (BA) courses, and Nipissing (BEd) courses, progress in their Honours program with a minimum Honours GPA of 5.0, where a minimum Honours GPA of 7.0 is required for graduation, as well as pass the “Observation and Practice Teaching” course, to continue in the program.  Students who receive an average of 67% to 69% (or GPA of 6.0) in their Laurier courses) are permitted to progress into the following academic year, with a status of on probation.  Probation requirements hold that students are given one year to raise their academic average to 70% in order to continue in the Concurrent Education program. The GPA is accumulative.  It is calculated from the beginning of entry into the university and is adjusted with each course and each semester. (http://www.nipissingu.ca/calendar/UG-studies/brantford/regulations-info/Pages/default.aspx).  In order to clear probation, a student must raise the Laurier Arts GPA to 70% (7.0 GPA) and the Education average to 70% by the end of the following academic year (April 30). A student must also at least receive’ Adequate’ (pass) in the practicum report. If a student retakes courses between May and August and successfully raises their GPA to 70%, then the transcripts must be cleared by the Associate Dean and this information will be shared with the Nipissing Registrar’s Office to remove the probation designation” (http://www.nipissingu.ca/calendar/UG-studies/brantford/regulations-info/Pages/default.aspx).

7)  What if I am not successful in clearing my probation status?

If you are not successful in clearing your probation status you may appeal to the Dean of the Concurrent Education program.  “ If you receive less than a 7.0 GPA in the year of probation, only in extenuating circumstances, you may appeal to the Dean of the Concurrent Program and if denied an appeal, can seek a probation period from the Undergraduate Standing and Petitions Committee, providing grounds and written documentation for an appeal” (http:www.nipissingu.ca/calendar/UG-studies/brantford/regulations-info/Pages/default.aspx).  If you do not successfully raise your GPA to a 7.0 or higher by the end of the Winter term, you have the option to enrol in a summer course.   This grade will be calculated into your overall GPA and may provide you with the opportunity to clear your probation status. 

GRADES AND GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)

8)  How is my GPA calculated?

As a student in the Concurrent Education program, you will achieve a GPA at Wilfrid Laurier University for your Arts (BA) courses, as well as a GPA at Nipissing University for your Education (BEd) courses.  Nipissing and Laurier courses are calculated in separate GPAs with the exception of NU2020 (Developmental Psychology for Educators),  NU2091 (Sociology for Educators 1) and NU2092 (Sociology for Educators II) , which are considered Nipissing Arts courses and are calculated into your Laurier GPA.  Nipissing averages are stated in ‘My Nipissing' and 'Web Advisor’ as percentages. Laurier averages are stated in ‘Loris’ as Grade Point Averages. "The GPA is accumulative. It is calculated from the beginning of entry into the university and is adjusted with each course and each semester" (http://www.nipissingu.ca/calendar/UG-studies/brantford/regulations-info/Pages/default.aspx).

Click here for more information regarding the Nipissing Grading System.

Click here for more information regarding the Laurier GPA system.

9)  I did not agree with a grade I received from an instructor.  What can I do?

If you do not agree with a grade you receive from an instructor, the first step is to approach the instructor and discuss the grade.  This will include reviewing the assignment expectations, as well as the marking scheme.  If you are still not satisfied with the grade, the next step is to bring your concern to the attention of the Academic Advisor.  An appointment will be arranged to review and discuss the assignment.  You also have the option to submit a grade appeal to the Dean of the Concurrent Education Program.  The Dean may make a decision or forward the appeal to the Undergraduate Standing and Petitions Committee. 

APPEALS

10)  What is an appeal?

“An appeal to the Dean is a request that a grade on a particular piece of work or final standing in a course or program be changed on grounds related to the accuracy or fairness of the mark assigned.  These grounds must be provided by the individual making the appeal. An appeal to the Committee is a request that a decision of the Dean regarding an appeal or petition to the Dean be changed or a request that a decision with regard to academic dishonesty be changed”(http://academiccalendar.nipissingu.ca/Catalog/ViewCatalog.aspx?pageid=viewcatalog&catalogid=3&chapterid=252&topicgroupid=1085). 

11) I want to submit an appeal to the Dean and/or the Undergraduate Standing and Petitions Committee.  What do I do?

If you would like to submit an appeal it is recommended that you arrange a meeting with the Academic Advisor to discuss the concern.  The advisor will provide further guidance, explain the procedures and provide you with the necessary forms. You must date and sign the completed appeal form and return it (along with supporting documentation) to the Academic Advisor.

Your appeal package will then be forwarded to the Dean or the Undergraduate Standing and Petitions Committee for review at their next scheduled meeting.

STUDENT SUPPORT

12)  What kind of support is offered by the Academic Advisor?

An Academic Advisor offers support in a variety of areas.  He or she will advise you on the best methods and means to achieve your academic goals.  An advisor can answer your questions about degree requirements, majors, minors and teachables, as well as Additional Qualifications and Additional Basic Qualifications.  He or she can also clarify academic regulations and procedures.  Learning resources and strategies are also provided by the Academic Advisor.  If you have any questions or concerns about assignments, courses, and University procedures, it is recommended that you make an appointment with Jenna Overzet, the Academic Advisor for the Concurrent Education Program, (jennah@nipissingu.ca).

Questions pertaining to Laurier courses and University procedures and policies should be directed to Jamie-Lee Wheeler, Academic Advisor at Laurier Brantford, (jwheeler@wlu.ca).

WITHDRAWAL

13)  I am considering withdrawing from the Concurrent Education Program.  What do I do?

If you are considering withdrawing from the Concurrent Education Program you should arrange an appointment with the Academic Advisor.  You may choose to continue your studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, or you can withdraw from the program in its entirety (NU and WLU).  You must complete a “Notice of Withdrawal from the Concurrent Education Program.”  This completed form must be submitted to the Academic Advisor, and it will then be signed by the Associate Dean for verification.  In addition to the notice of withdrawal form, you must also withdraw from your Education courses on Web Advisor (Nipissing’s registration system), and LORIS (Laurier’s registration system).  Upon withdrawal, you must also return your Nipissing University Student ID card.

If you are planning to withdraw from the BEd portion of the Concurrent Education program but continue your studies at Laurier Brantford, you should arrange an appointment with Jamie-Lee Wheeler (jwheeler@wlu.ca), your Academic Advisor at Laurier.

If you are planning to withdraw entirely from the Concurrent Education program (BA and BEd portion), you must also arrange an appointment with Christopher Brunskill (cbrunskill@wlu.ca), the Transition and Retention Co-ordinator at Laurier.

14)  What if I am asked to withdraw from the Concurrent Education Program?

If you are asked to withdraw from the Concurrent Education program you may be permitted to remain in the Bachelor of Arts (Society, Culture & Environment- formerly Contemporary Studies) program at Wilfrid Laurier, Brantford.  If you have experienced extenuating circumstances that had an impact on your academic success, you also have the option to submit an appeal to the Brantford Campus Student Academic Standing Appeals and Petitions Committee (http://www.nipissingu.ca/calendar/UG-studies/brantford/regulations-info/Pages/default.aspx).

Teacher Candidates are encouraged to contact the Academic Advisor to discuss the Appeal process.

LEAVE OF ABSENCE

15)  I am considering taking a leave of absence from the Concurrent Education Program.  What steps do I need to take?

Teacher candidates interested in taking a leave of absence from the Concurrent Education program should contact their Academic Advisors: Jenna Overzet (Nipissing) at jennah@nipissingu.ca, and Jamie-Lee Wheeler (Laurier) at jwheeler@wlu.ca.  To request a leave of absence from Nipissing, teacher candidates must submit their request in writing to Dr. Carole Richardson (Dean).  The request must state the intended length of the leave of absence, as well as supporting rationale.  

Teacher candidates are not permitted to take Nipissing courses outside of their program outline in preparing for a leave.  Upon returning to the program, it is the teacher candidate’s responsibility to complete all required courses and to complete the courses they missed while on leave.  Teacher candidates are encouraged to meet with Academic Advisors to plan their schedules accordingly, but need to recognize that scheduling may not allow for all courses to be made up within one academic year.  Many Nipissing courses are full-year courses and cannot be started mid-year.  Therefore, students who take a leave of absence from the program may potentially delay graduation for at least one year.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

16)  What does the structure of the 2017-2018 academic year look like?


Year 4
Fall
Winter
EDUC 4254/4314 ​Music
EDUC 4274/4334 Math

2.0 Laurier Credits 
EDUC 4294/4354  Social Studies 
EDUC 4344/4284  Science Education
EDUC 4308/4244  Visual Arts
EDUC 4324/4264  Health and Physical Education
EDUC 4697/4687  Practicum

* J/I ONLY- Elective/teachable 
Year 5
Fall
Winter
3.0 Laurier Credits
EDUC 4344/4284  Science Education
EDUC 4308/4244  Visual Arts
EDUC 4324/4264  Health and Physical Education
EDUC 4697/4687  Practicum


The Education courses in the Winter Term will take place during a six week session in January – February, 2018. This is an intensive period of time for graduating students as they will be taking a minimum of 3 Nipissing courses (24 hours each in length). Therefore, courses will be scheduled across 3-4 days and individual schedules will depend on the sections that teacher candidates register for in their individual timetables. All graduating teacher candidates will be required to attend a variety of important workshops, to ensure that they are aware of professional responsibilities in preparation for graduation, including the search for employment. These workshops will be offered predominantly on Fridays. Thus, Year 5 teacher candidates can plan on an average of 4 days on campus between January and February, 2018.

 

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