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Newly Admitted Students - B.Ed. Kindergarten/Elementary PIF

English Exam for Teacher Certification

All students are required to register for the English Exam for Teacher Certification (EDEC 215) in the Fall term of their first year (U1 year) in the program. Please refer to the English Language Requirement section of the Student Affairs Office website for details.

Required Orientation and Group Advising Sessions:

Year 0 (Freshman)
Wednesday, August 27, 11:00 a.m., Education Building, Room 216

Year 1 (First Year)
Thursday, June 5 - Advising Session during the afternoon of CSI (CEGEP Student Information Day)
or
Thursday, August 28, 9:30 a.m., Education Building, Room 216

Year 2 (Advanced Standing – Students admitted with University level courses)
Thursday, August 28, 9:30 a.m., Education Building, Room 216


Kindergarten and Elementary advising documents:

K Elementary PIF Program Checklist 2014-2015

Registration Plan:

K Elementary PIF Four Year Overview registration plan

A registration plan is provided because of the tight nature of the program - to ensure timely completion of your program, you are advised to follow the sequence of courses as outlined above.

A complete list of courses, course descriptions and prerequisites can be found on the official K/Elementary PIF eCalendar program entry.


Late admits to PIF

For students who do not pass the French Language Proficiency Test until November, it is possible to start the PIF program in the winter of U1.

Modified Year 1 schedule comparison

Fall start

Fall semester

EDEC 201 First Year Professional Seminar (1 cr)
EDEC 215 English Exam for Teacher Certification (0 cr)
one of: EDEC 233, EDEC 248 or EDEC 249 (3 cr)
EDFE 200 First Year Field Experience (2 cr)
EDPE 300 Educational Psychology (3 cr)
EDSL 300 Foundations of L2 Education (3 cr)
EDSL 301 Etude de la langue (3 cr)

Winter semester

EDEC 203 Communication in Education (3 cr)
one of: EDEC 260 or EDEC 261 (3 cr)
EDEC 262 Media, Technology and Education (3 cr)
EDEE 280 Geography, History and Citizenship (3 cr)
FREN course (3 cr)

Winter start

Fall semester

EDEC 201 First Year Professional Seminar (1 cr)
EDEC 215 English Exam for Teacher Certification (0 cr)
one of: EDEC 233, EDEC 248 or EDEC 249 (3 cr)
one of: EDEC 260 or EDEC 261 (3 cr)
EDFE 200 First Year Field Experience (2 cr)
EDPE 300 Educational Psychology (3 cr)
EDEC 203 Commmunication in Education (3 cr)

Winter semester

EDEC 262 Media, Technology and Education (3 cr)
EDEE 280 Geography, History and Citizenship (3 cr)
one of: RELG 204 or RELG 207 (3 cr)
FREN course (3 cr)
FREN course (3 cr)

Note: EDSL 300 and EDSL 301 will be taken in Y2 Fall


Academic Advisers:

Grace Wong-McAllister
Tel.: (514) 398-4527 - Email

Ryan Bouma
Tel.: (514) 398-4527 - Email


Frequently Asked Questions:

Where can I find help on how to use Minerva to register for courses?

Step by step instructions and a tutorial video can be found on this website. In addition, the Education Student Affairs Office is available to help you with registration difficulties.

When are my field experiences (dates)?

See the overviews above to find the semesters in which you should complete your field experiences. In addition, the start and end dates for all field experiences each year can be found on the Office of Student Teaching website.

Does my first field experience conflict with my other fall semester courses?

No it does not.  If you are registering for the fall semester courses found on the overview (above), your Fall semester courses will end early, in November, after which your First Field Experience (EDFE 200) and your First Year Seminar (EDEC 201) will begin and run until mid-December.  Your first Fall semester will be unique in this way.

I'm having trouble registering for EDFE 200 and EDEC 201

EDFE 200 and EDEC 201 must be registered for simultaneously.  To do this, make note of the CRNs of both courses (first column on left when you search for courses) and enter them both into the "Quick Add" feature on Minerva (step 2 on the registration menu).

I've written an English exit exam already, do I need to register for EDEC 215?

Yes, the provincial governement requires that all students in teacher education programs demonstrate their proficiency in the language of instruction.  More information can be found on the Education Student Affairs Office website.

When do I need to start registering for courses?

Registration for courses for newly admitted students begins in June and ends a couple weeks after classes in the semester begin.  A complete list of registration start and end dates can be found here.

What should I do if I'm having trouble registering for a course?

If you are getting an error such as 'program restriction' or 'reserve closed' when attempting to register for a course, first ensure that you are selecting the section designated for your program (if applicable: see the notes under the course in class schedule search on Minerva).  If you are still having trouble, contact the department offering the course (Educational and Counselling Psychology for EDPE and EDPI courses, Linguistics for LING courses, English for ENGL courses, etc.).  The calendar entry for the course will indicate the offering department.

If I am interested in taking French courses, where do I go to take the French Placement Test?

Information about French courses and the French Placement Test can be found on the French Language Centre website.

What advanced standing can I expect to receive from my previous university study? When will my advanced standing appear on my transcript?

In the faculty of Education, students are eligible to receive advanced standing only for courses that are applicable to their programs. The admissions office makes decisions on advanced standing for all incoming students over the summer. Your advanced standing may not appear on your transcript immediately.

Until the admissions office has entered your advanced standing on your transcript, you are advised to attempt to get a sense of the transfer credits you might receive by looking at the program requirements on the program checklist (above). Students typically receive advanced standing for subject area courses rather than required education courses (unless their previous university education was in a teacher training program). Additional advice for self-assessing your transfer credits can be found on the Education Student Affairs Office website.

When the admissions office has assessed your advanced standing, you should review it, and if you feel that you might be eligible for additional courses, contact your adviser.


Program information is organized for three distinct groups:

Prospective Students   Newly Admitted   Currently Registered