MPEd Information Session

Join us at an upcoming online information session to learn more about laddering into our Master of Professional Education (MPEd).

During this 1-hour event you’ll have the opportunity to hear about our program’s unique features, learn more about the application process, and have your questions answered.

Date and time will be posted to the blog. Stay tuned for more updates coming soon! 

Check out the Faculty of Education’s MPEd information here!

Any questions in the meantime? Contact Melanie at the Grad office!

Mindful Moments

Western’s Child and Youth  Development Clinic is pleased to announce that there is workshop taking place on Wednesday March 21.

Mindful Moments: An interactive and calming evening of stress-busting strategies. This workshop is for parents/guardians and their children (ages 7 and up) to learn and practice a range of strategies and relaxation techniques to support self-regulation and reduce anxiety and stress.

Registration is limited to 15 families and the cost is $10.00 per family.  It runs from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. and is being held at the Child and Youth Development Clinic, 1163 Richmond St.

RSVP by e-mailing Leesa at

Invitation to the 9th USLS Bangkok, Thailand

The USLS is a week-long Leadership Conference on social development for young leaders from all over the world. The purpose is to instill a sense of social responsibility as well as cultivate the attributes of selfless giving among our emerging world leaders. We are expecting approximately 1,200 emerging world leaders from United Nations Member States to participate in this event which focuses on developing leaders to bring about social change.

The theme of the Symposium is “INSPIRING CONFIDENCE, INSPIRE CHANGE”. We are inviting universities who provide holistic learning opportunities for young leaders, to become world-class global citizens and future leaders. The delegates will have the opportunity to expand their professional network and meet representatives from numerous United Nations Agencies at the Symposium. Last year, 11 United Nations Agencies showcased their work during the inaugural three-day exhibition: UNDP, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UN-WOMEN, UNV, UNESCO, UN OCHA, UNHRC, UNESCAP, UNICEF and UN-Habitat.

Humanitarian Affairs is a member of the United Nations Global Compact, World Association of Non-Governmental Organization, International Association for Voluntary Efforts and the World Alliance for Citizens Participation.  More information about the program, speakers and fees of the Symposium can be found at To view a short video of the previous 2017 USLS, please click here. You can also view the USLS 2017 Report here. We hope promising youth leaders from The University of Western Ontario will take part in the 9th University Leadership Symposium this year and become part of our global community.

The Power of Talk

Expert psychotherapist Sandra Finkelman is coming to Carleton Village for a free two-hour wellness workshop on February 28 from 4pm-6pm.

Sandra studied with world-renowned social worker Virginia Satir, and participants will take part in many of Satir’s interactive activities. It is a privilege to be able to take one of these workshops for free! After participating in Sandra’s four day course, Simone decided that she had to bring Sandra to other educators.
RSVP to!


Apply Now: TEAM Secondary School Teacher

TEAM School and Mentor College facilitate the path of our students to develop sustainable academic excellence, a life-long love of learning, a full and balanced approach to life and a commitment to proactive participation and contribution within a trusting, safe and secure community of support. We accomplish this in partnership with families and other community members. This is our promise and our trust.

We are currently searching for two exemplary teachers to fill the following positions immediately:

Geography/Business Teacher, TEAM Secondary School

The TEAM Secondary School programme is based upon clearly defined goals within a structured environment. Emphasis is placed on the compulsory core credits at the applied level in preparation for admission to post-secondary college programmes. We stress the personal and academic growth of students in an environment that offers personal attention and small class sizes. All courses are offered in a full-year, non-semestered format to allow for continual learning throughout the entire academic session.

The ideal candidate

  • is an exemplary educator dedicated to meeting the needs of a diverse range of learning styles and needs;
  • possesses excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Special education qualifications and experience would be an asset.

Full-Time Supply Teacher, Mentor College

Mentor College provides a strong academic program for its students. A caring environment that is rich in personal attention has been established, and this positive atmosphere both allows and encourages students to think and reason for themselves. Extracurricular activities abound, including learning opportunities in sports, music, drama and special-interest clubs.

The ideal candidate

  • is an exemplary educator with excellent communication and organizational skills
  • has an enthusiasm for learning from a wide range of opportunities and the flexibility to adjust quickly to a variety of teaching responsibilities

FAQ – Already thinking about AFEs?


Our weekly series of Frequently Asked Questions will be posted to TheTeacherCandidate every Wednesday. Subscribe to be notified of new posts.

Have your say! Submit your FAQ online here.

This week’s Expert Contributors

Anna Zuber, Teacher Education Manager

Rebecca Horeth, Program Coordinator

I don’t know where to start! Who can I talk to about some ideas for my Alternative Field Experience in Year 2?

Horeth:  I understand why you feel you don’t know where to start—the choices and possibilities are almost endless!

Here are some things to think about to try to narrow your focus:

  • What is your specialty area? Your first AFE must somehow be related to your specialty area.
  • What are your career goals and general interests?
  • What kind of experience do YOU think might help you fill a gap in your background, explore an interest, or grow professionally?
  • Would you like an experience that:
  • keeps you in contact with children or adolescents but in an out-of-school context?
  • takes you into educational institutions other than public and Catholic schools?
  • gives you a look behind the scenes of the education system?
  • expands your knowledge of your subject area or specialty area, or of resources useful in one of those areas?
  • takes you to a different part of the province or country—e.g., to a rural, northern, or inner city setting?

You might also think about:

  • working with one or more resource people in a school setting—e.g., a librarian, resource teacher, or student success teacher;
  • working with an age group you will not experience on practicum—e.g., if you are in the IS program, you might learn a lot from an experience in an elementary school;
  • exploring adult education, a college, a youth alternative program, community programs, etc.

Once you have a few ideas, I’d be happy to meet with you!


I’ve heard the international options have limited spaces. Can I sign up now or can I make my own arrangements?

HorethInternational AFEs are arranged on a year-by-year basis. Once we know what options we will have for your Year 2, we will send you information and invite you to apply. In the meantime:

  • If you have suggestions for possible AFEs the Faculty should consider, please tell us about them in our International AFE Survey.
  • If you are interested in a unique experience, please refer to Western’s ATLAS international experiences portal. These opportunities are arranged through partnerships with third-party organizations around the world and have been approved by Western.


I am not interested in an international AFE. But will a local AFE be much help to my resume and my job search?

Horeth:  It could be a huge help! Employers are often looking for breadth of experience, depth of knowledge, and strength of character in addition to strong teaching skills. Even local placements can give you an opportunity to add something to your resume that will help you stand out from the crowd.


Can I complete my AFE over the summer between year 1 and year 2?

Zuber:  The short answer, I am afraid, is “no.” Here is one of the reasons why:

You are a registered Western student for the fall and winter terms of your two years in the B.Ed. It is only during these terms that you receive WSIB coverage through Western, coverage which allows you to collect Workplace Safety and Insurance benefits in the event of an accident.  During the summer you are not a registered student and are not, therefore, covered. If anything were to happen to you, it could be a huge problem.

Here is a real-life example:  One of our Teacher Candidates, while at her first AFE placement, suffered a concussion. Because she was a registered student, Western’s WSIB coverage kicked in to pay her medical expenses. If her AFE had been taking place during the summer, she would not have been covered.

You may feel that nothing is likely to happen to you because you have chosen a safe place in which to do your AFE; you may feel willing to take a chance on a summer AFE. The Faculty, however, is not willing to take that risk; we will not approve an AFE to be done when you are not a registered student.

A possibility, moving forward, is to add a summer term to the program so that you could be a registered student and take your final AFE during the summer. It would mean charging you a tuition fee—not as much, of course, as the tuition for Fall and Winter terms but, still, a tuition fee (probably a single course fee of a few hundred dollars)—and then you would be a registered student and covered by the University’s insurance policy. If you think this would be a good idea for the future, let us know.


Feb 21 5008 T2P – Reading Week

Please send us your feedback on yesterday’s T2P sessions!

No T2P sessions are scheduled during reading week.

English Opens Doors Program

We have exciting news! We have added another service group to our available 2018 volunteer services VS4 (August 6th to December 9th, 2018)!


As you may remember, The English Opens Doors Program’s Volunteer Initiative, is a fee-free opportunity from the Chilean Ministry of Education, supported by the United Nations Development Programme-Chile.


We are seeking native and near-native English speaking volunteers (above the age of 21) to teach English in coordination with Chilean teachers of English in public schools throughout Chile. Volunteers spend approximately 35 hours per week focusing on developing students’ communicative abilities in English using a dynamic teaching style, facilitating intercultural exchange, and generally making English fun to learn! Volunteers will gain real teaching experience in a Latin American country through a United Nations sponsored program, while simultaneously learning (or improving their) Spanish-language abilities and getting to know an incredible country while staying with a local, Chilean host family! Please check out our website for more information.


Below you will find our available services, including our new Volunteer Service 4, which starts on August 6, 2018!

    The English Opens Doors Program    
    2018 Volunteer Service’s Important  Dates    
  Volunteer Service Group Application Deadline Volunteer Service Start Date Volunteer Service End Date  
  Group 3 March 25, 2018 July 23, 2018 November 24, 2018  
  Group 4 April 8, 2018 August 6, 2018 December 9, 2018  

Please don’t hesitate to contact Stephanie with any questions you may have at We hope to hear from you soon!


TESL Certificate – Conestoga College



Have a Heart Day is a child and youth-led reconciliation event that brings together caring Canadians to help ensure First Nations children have the services they need to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and be proud of who they are. Stop by the Cafeteria on February 13th to join an interactive workshop and the #HaveAHeartDay movement!