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Bachelor of Education FAQs

Future students

Current students

  • How do I log on to MyCampus?
    Your MyCampus username is your student identification number (100xxxxxx) and the initial password is your date of birth in the format MMDDYY.
  • When is startup?

    Startup information and dates will be emailed to teacher candidates in the spring/summer prior to the start of the program.

  • How do I register for courses?

    You will be registered in your mandatory courses automatically and your schedule will be available by the end of June on MyCampus. Program classes are scheduled Monday to Friday, to begin no earlier than 8 a.m. and end no later than 8 p.m., although daily schedules will vary.

    For information on registering in your elective courses, please visit MyCampus.

  • What are Foundation Fridays?
    Fridays are either field experience observation, professional development or curriculum enrichment days. They include conferences on special topics, Makerspace days and career expos. The schedule for Fridays will be shared with you at the start of the program.
  • What is Tribes?
    Tribes Learning community training is a three-day workshop that comes highly recommended by our partner school boards. Students will actively experience a wide range of learning strategies to further support their teaching during field placements and beyond. Registration information for Tribes will be sent to teacher candidates in June for the upcoming academic year. For more information, please see the Tribes tab of our Program structure page.
  • What is the classroom/university dress code?

    The Faculty of Education dress code requires you to dress appropriately and in a way that reflects positively on you as a teacher candidate.

  • Do I have access to gym facilities?
    Yes, gym access is included in your ancillary fees. The gym is located in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre at the north Oshawa campus location.
  • What is the cost for parking and/or local transit?
    Please see the Parking services section of the university's website for information about parking services and fees. For information about local transit and commuting to the university, visit the Getting here by transit page.

Field experience

  • Where do Faculty of Education students go on practicum?
    Ontario Tech has affiliations with eight different school boards. You must complete your field placement in one of these partner school boards. For more information, please see the Experiential learning page of our website.
  • When do students go on placement?
    You will complete placements during semesters 1, 2 and 4. Information regarding placement dates will be provided to new students in the spring/summer prior to the start of the program.
  • Can I find my own placement?

    All placements are co-ordinated through the practicum office. You are not to contact schools or school boards regarding field placements. Contacting a school for a specific placement could jeopardize your placement in the school board as well as the university's partnership with the school boards. If you have a specific issue or concern, please discuss it with the practicum specialist. It is strongly advised that you do not complete a placement in a school where any family member is present.

    Note: Placements are restricted to schools within the university's partner school boards—no exceptions.

  • Can I complete my field placement in a Catholic school if I'm not Catholic?
    Teacher candidates should be Catholic if they want to do placements in Catholic schools. In order to secure employment in a Catholic school board, you are required to provide documentation that reflects your commitment to Catholic education, including a pastoral letter of reference. Check the Catholic school board websites for the required documentation to teach in that particular board.
  • Can I complete my field placements in more than one board?
    Your field placements will take place in one school board; however, they will likely be in three different schools within that board. It is very difficult to change boards. If you have a concern, please speak with the practicum specialist.
  • Can I get a placement near my home?
    Requests for specific school areas are passed along to the school board. However, due to the number of faculties of education competing for placements, requests can't always be accommodated by the school board. Due to the extensive geographic area we cover, it's possible that your travel time to your placement could be longer than you would prefer. It is your responsibility to ensure you have a reliable method of transportation to field placements.
  • Can I complete a field placement in an independent school?
    Consideration will be given to independent school placements for Field Experience III and is contingent on the successful completion of the first and second placements. The school must be a member of the Conference of Independent Schools and be partnered with our Faculty. The request for an independent school placement must be approved and is at the discretion of the practicum specialist. More information about independent school placements will be provided during the school year.
  • What grade levels will I teach on field placements?

    In the Primary/Junior Program, you will complete a field placement in each of the following: Kindergarten, Primary (grades 1 to 3) and Junior (grades 4 to 6).

    In the Intermediate/Senior Program, you will complete a placement in Intermediate (grades 7-8), a placement Senior (grades 11-12) and a third placement to be determined.

  • In the Intermediate/Senior Program, am I required to teach both of my teachables?
    Our program requires you to teach at least one of your teachable subject areas at the Senior level. While we make every effort to provide you with the opportunity to teach both of your subject areas, sometimes this is not possible due to limited availability.
  • Who will evaluate me when I am on field placement?
    You will be evaluated by your associate teacher for each field placement. Reports are read and approved by the practicum specialist and you receive reports electronically through our online evaluation system.
  • What should I do if I'm absent during field experience?
    Attendance during field placements is critical to the success and development of teacher candidates. If you are required to be absent, the reason for your absence must be legitimate and unavoidable. You must notify the associate teacher of your absence via the school office before the start of the school day, as well as notifying the practicum specialist via email or phone. An absence of three days or more due to illness will require a doctor's note submitted to the practicum specialist. You must make up any missed field experience days. If you are absent, you are required to submit lesson plans for any of the subjects you were scheduled to teach.