Practicum Two (March 9 – April 24) Update

Practicum Placements will be posted February 27th on the Portal Login. You will receive an email on the 27th with your login and password information.

If you have not done so, update your profile to be ready to contact your new Associate Teacher.  Once the placements have been published, you will have one week to contact your Associate Teacher and organize transportation.

As a reminder, Teacher Candidates may not arrange their own placements.

Please note that decisions made about the location of your Practicum Placements are FINAL.

Ordering Transcripts for the OCT

If you have completed your undergraduate degree at Western (including Kings, Brescia, & Huron); you must wait to order your transcript for the OCT until you have applied to graduate with your B.Ed. If you order it now, it will be sent prior to your B.Ed. degree conferral and you will then need to order another one once your B.Ed. has been conferred. (The Apply to Graduate period will begin around the first of February — exact dates will be posted once they are available.)

Ontario College of Teachers – Friday, January 30

Next Friday, January 30, the OCT will be here to provide you with information about applying for your Ontario Teacher’s Certificate:

~9:00am for IS and TS candidates (arrive between 8:15 and 9:00 to have your student card scanned)

~11:00am for PJ and JI candidates (arrive between 10:15 and 11:00 to have your student card scanned….we will be scanning in the gym for this session to minimize congestion outside of the auditorium)

Because of the changes to the B.Ed. program in 2015, you MUST become certified with the OCT by September 1, 2015. After this date, the new certification requirements (completion of the two year program with additional practicum days) will be in effect….and you will not meet these.

Becoming certified by September 1, 2015 will require that you begin your application early — it is therefore imperative that you attend the OCT session so that you are well-aware of what is required of you.

Volunteers Needed for Seussical!

The Seussical team is in need of volunteers for show nights to act as ushers and concession stand sales people.

In addition they are looking for two people to act as Follow Spot operators…these volunteers will also need to attend four pre-show rehearsals and the attend all five shows on February 9, 12 (2 shows), 13 and 14.

If interested, contact Karen ( or Sarah (


Students Teaching Students – January 22

Well hello Teacher Candidates!

A big thank you to Tom Majer for his excellent presentation on the Waldorf philosophy + practice of education that had us singing and dancing in our seats!

This week Teacher Candidate Brian El-Khoury will teach us cool classroom management skills when we encounter challenging or aggressive behaviour in our classroom.

See you then!

STS_Jan 22_Brian El_Kh

QECO _ The Qualifications Evaluations Council of Ontario & EQAO Workshops

Teacher Candidates,

Friday, January 23, 2015 we will be hosting QECO and EQAO at the Faculty.

QECO – The Qualifications Evaluations Council of Ontario – 1:00 pm Auditorium

All teachers who become members of AEFO, ETFO and OECTA  need to be evaluated by QECO to obtain a salary category placement between Category A and Category A4. A QECO evaluation is based on individual academic achievement, as determined by Program 5.  All Teacher Candidates in the P/J, J/I programs and I/S Catholic should plan to attend.

EQAO – Education Quality and Accountability Office

Representatives from the EQAO (Education Quality and Accountability Office) EQAO – Education Quality and Accountability Office will provide participants with information about:

-The relationship between classroom and EQAO assessment

-The value of EQAO assessments in the classroom

-The importance of evidence-based decision making on improving student learning

-Educator resources that support teachers  Elementary and Secondary Assessments

Assessments and 2014-2015 Dates

Registration is now open for four workshops, two beginning at 9:00 am and two beginning at 11:00 am.

Registration for this event can be made at:


Teacher Education Office


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