Part-time program (residents of Ontario)
The part-time program is a three-year program beginning in August and finishing in April of each year.
Part-time Teacher Candidates complete the majority of their courses online, but are required to attend classes on campus for some specific courses. Part-time Teacher Candidates enroll in two courses per term in a prescribed order. Teacher Candidates enrolled in the part-time program should plan to dedicate approximately five to seven hours per course each week. This time commitment takes into account participation in the online class (i.e., viewing the sessions) and completing the associated coursework.
Practicum Requirements in the Program
All Teacher Candidates must complete 400 hours of practicum (320 hours of direct teaching and 80 hours of observation). Part-time Teacher Candidates will complete their practicum placements in the third year of the program. Teacher Candidates may be asked to travel to practicum placements and will be responsible for all expenses incurred. If currently employed, it is strongly recommended that Teacher Candidates discuss the practicum requirements with their school boards and school administrators at the time of applying to the program.
Teacher Candidates enrolled in the program will be required to provide proof of and maintain a current, original Criminal Record Check that includes a Vulnerable Sector Screening, as required by provincial law and the school board throughout the duration of the program.
To remain in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Education Program, Teacher Candidates must maintain a minimum grade of a C+ in each course. If a failing grade is received in any course or practicum placement, teacher candidates will be ineligible to continue and will be withdrawn from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Education Program. In addition, current, unrestricted membership in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) must be maintained through the entire program.
Graduates of the program earn a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma from York University, and are recommended to the Ontario College of Teachers for the qualification, “Teaching Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing”, with a specialization in either ASL/LSQ Communication, or Oral/Aural Communication. The program is accredited by the Ontario College of Teachers and by the Canadian Association of Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CAEDHH). It is each individual’s responsibility to check with jurisdictions outside of Ontario to confirm if the program will be recognized for employment.
Tuition for this program is subsidized by the Ontario government for those Ontario residents who qualify. Teacher Candidates will be required to pay material fees for some courses and to purchase textbooks and other personal learning materials; these materials are not subsidized.