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Menu Option #2 Teacher's College

Who should go: One year in teacher's college will bestow upon you the much coveted bachelor of education -which means you can teach in any accredited elementary or high school (depending on your qualifications) in Ontario. Teacher's college programs are divided into grade categories; primary-junior (junior kindergarten to Grade 6), junior-intermediate (Grade 4 to Grade 10) and intermediate-senior (Grade 7 to Grade 12).

What you need to do: Most importantly, you need to graduate from either a three-year program or four-year honors program at any university, with a minimum 75 per cent average. Schools take an average of either your 10 best credits or those specifically relating to the subjects you wish to teach if you apply for intermediate-senior.

In order to apply to teacher's college you have to fill out a general application, called the Teacher Education Application, which outlines the schools and programs to which you are applying and is available online at the Ontario University Application Center (www.ouac.on.ca).

Also, each individual teacher's college requires the submission of Experience Profiles, which includes relevant experience, references and personal statements. These forms can be obtained at the Web sites for the individual faculties of education.

Where you can go: In Ontario, the following universities offer teacher's college programs: Brock University, Lakehead University, Laurentian University, Nipissing University, the University of Ottawa, Queen's University, the University of Toronto, Trent University, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Western, the University of Windsor and York University.

Not all programs are offered at all schools and some schools offer their programs in French. Be sure to check out the details on their Web sites.

Cost of applying: The TEAS application costs $85 dollars and allows you to apply to three different programs and/or schools -additional choices cost $25 per selection. Also, the individual faculties of education charge a supplemental fee for processing the experience profiles, which can run anywhere between $40 and $75 per school. An additional cost to remember is the cost of sending transcripts to all the schools to which you apply.

Out of province information: Teacher's college programs are offered across the country and in many cases out of country as well. Organizations such as Teach Inc. offer teacher's college programs in England, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia. Upon graduation you are a qualified teacher, but remember if you want to return to Ontario you have to write an exam.

Scholarship information: Consult individual faculties for information on financial assistance.

Deadlines: The TEAS application must be submitted no later than Dec. 1. The deadlines for experience profiles range between Dec. 1 and early February.

-Kelly Marcella





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