Fall 2012 – Summer 2013
The Office of Student Teaching (OST) is responsible for arranging the placement and evaluation of all student teachers in supervised Internships.
Minerva does not necessarily prevent students from registering for courses that they should not take. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of prerequisites, corequisites, restrictions, and Faculty regulations that apply to the courses in which they register.
MATL students who have secured an employment contract for the duration of the Internship can choose to use these hours to fulfil the Internship requirements in their own classroom.
MATL students who do not have employment that meets these criteria will be placed in the classroom of a cooperating teacher, and will follow the teacher’s full-time schedule. In accordance with University–School Board agreements, students are not permitted to contact teachers or schools to confirm their own arrangements; however, the student can submit suggestions to the OST on the online placement form.
Detailed guidelines and evaluation forms for each Internship are posted on the OST website. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the objectives, evaluation criteria, and forms for each level of Internship, and must submit all completed evaluation forms to the OST on the first business day following the end of the Internship in order to receive a grade.
Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the policies and rules governing all aspects of Internship, including pedagogical and professional behaviour, available at www.mcgill.ca/ost.
Students should not engage in any type of employment during Internship (with the exception of a contract used to fulfil the Internship requirements), nor register for any course that might interfere with the successful outcome of an Internship.
Attendance and Absences
In case of conflict with school or board HR policies for MATL students who have an employment contract, please contact the OST.
Punctual attendance is required at the assigned school for the entire Internship. Unexcused absences from intensive courses and professional seminars may result in exclusion from the course, course failure, and/or removal from any associated Internship.
Days absent due to illness or McGill exams must be made up at the end of the Internship. Absences due to illness longer than a few days require a valid medical note (see www.mcgill.ca/studenthealth/clinic/notes) to be submitted to the OST, and the outcome of the Internship will be evaluated on an individual basis. Student teachers must contact the following people as soon as possible on the morning of the day of their absence:
Student teachers are permitted to be absent for religious holy days, as outlined in McGill's Policy for the Accommodation of Religious Holy Days; see www.mcgill.ca/importantdates/holy-days. Students must notify the OST, cooperating teacher, and field supervisor before the Internship begins if possible, or at least two weeks before the planned absence. The missed days must be made up, usually at the end of the Internship.
Absences related to McGill Intercollegiate Sport events are evaluated by the director of the OST on a case-by-case basis. Student teachers must submit a signed copy of the Intercollegiate Sport Event Accommodation form to the OST at least two weeks in advance of each conflict.
Absences for any other reason, including but not limited to: marriage, family parties, vacation, University extracurricular activities, employment, or conflicting courses, are not permitted during the Internship under any circumstances. Students should consult an academic adviser if they need to rearrange their course schedule.
Judicial Record Verification
Quebec’s Education Act, section 261.0.2, grants school boards the right to verify the judicial record of any person regularly in contact with minor students, and this includes student teachers. Each school board or private school may have its own administrative procedures for verification. Students are responsible for complying with their request. Anyone unable to obtain the required security clearance will not be permitted to undertake their Internships and consequently would have to withdraw from the program as this is a mandatory requirement of the program. Additional information can be found on the OST website.
Work Permit for International Students
International students (students who are not Permanent Residents or citizens of Canada) must apply for an internship/co-op work permit issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada as a requirement for their mandatory Internships. This is not the same as an off-campus work permit. The internship/co-op work permit is free of charge, but takes time to obtain and may require a medical exam. Detailed instructions are available on the OST website. For assistance with the application students should contact International Student Services, www.mcgill.ca/internationalstudents. Students must submit a copy of their valid permit to the OST before the Internship starts.
Internships are graded according to the graduate grading scale (Grading and Grade Point Averages (GPA)). Students must submit all completed evaluation forms to the OST immediately following their Internship, and submit all required work for the professional seminar portion of the Internship to the instructor, in order to receive a grade. Summative evaluations from the cooperating teacher or school administrator and field supervisor are combined with the professional seminar grade to calculate the final grade.
In accordance with GPS failure policy (Failure Policy), where a student is experiencing serious pedagogical or professional difficulties in an Internship, the director of the OST will review the case and will make a grade decision:
A student may appeal a failing grade or termination of an Internship by making a formal application to the Executive Director, Student Affairs.
Withdrawal from Internship
Termination of Internship
At any time, students may be removed from their Internship placement at the request of the host school administrator and cooperating teacher, or at the request of the Director of Student Teaching. Students who are removed from an Internship placement will be informed of the reason for the termination and will meet with the Director.
Circumstances that could lead to termination include, but are not limited to:
The final outcome for an Internship that is terminated will be decided by the director of Student Teaching.
Possible outcomes are:
If a student cannot continue the Internship due to illness, see Withdrawal from Internship.
If a student chooses to end his or her Internship, the director of Student Teaching will evaluate the circumstances and determine an outcome. Possible outcomes are the same as those listed above.
Preamble – A Student-Centred Perspective
A joint subcommittee consisting of members from two standing committees of the Faculty of Education (Faculty of Education Ethical Review Board and Student Standing) was created to develop a Code of Ethics for Student Teachers and to examine the ways in which this Code will be communicated to students, faculty members, and educational partners.
The interests of the two Standing Committees of the Faculty of Education in promoting appropriate ethical and professional conduct have led us to develop the following Code of Ethics for Student Teachers. This code seeks to respond to and address the following needs:
The principles and norms guiding ethical conduct are developed within an ever-evolving complex societal context, elements of which include the need for reflective action and ethical principles.
Education is premised on a fundamental moral commitment to advance and construct knowledge and to ensure human understanding and respect for individual and collective well-being and integrity.
The moral imperative of respect translates into the following ethical principles that assume a student-centred perspective as articulated in the Quebec Curriculum Reform and Competencies outlined for Teacher Education.
Academic Freedom and Responsibilities
Teachers enjoy, and should continue to enjoy, important freedoms and privileges. However, with freedoms come responsibilities and ethical challenges. This Code of Ethics is in keeping with the philosophy and spirit of the New Directions that are embedded in the document “Teacher Training: Orientations, Professional Competencies” (MEQ 2001) and the reflective practice literature.
The role of the teacher and the contexts of teaching have changed. Thus, new resources (knowledge, skills, attitudes) are required to practise the profession and to meet the challenges of teaching and learning in whatever contexts student teachers may find themselves, and to engage in professional development individually and with others.
Ethics and Law
“Teaching is governed by a legal and regulatory framework” (MEQ 2001, p. 120). The law affects and regulates the standards and norms of teaching behaviours in a variety of ways such as respecting privacy, confidentiality, intellectual property, and competence. Human rights legislation prohibits discrimination and recognizes equal treatment as fundamental to human dignity and well-being. Teachers should respect the spirit of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, particularly the sections dealing with life, liberty, and the security of the person, as well as those involving equality and discrimination and the Education Act that sets out the obligations and rights of teachers.
Guiding Ethical Principles
Ethical student teachers should respect the following guiding ethical principles:
Putting Principles into Practice: Venues for Communication
More than one principle may apply to a given case or situation. For meaningful and effective implementation of these principles, they must be widely communicated and applied in appropriate contexts.