Concentrations

Undergraduate students in the Faculty of Education's Bachelor of Education (BEd) can choose to complete concentrations or specializations in the following:

French as a Second Language

French as a Second Language (Glendon campus)

Students in the Faculty of Education’s Bachelor of Education (BEd) program, which is primarily held on the Glendon campus, may pursue a concentration in French as a Second Language as a part of their degree. This concentration exists within the current degree requirements for students who are admitted to the BEd program at Glendon, and will allow students to use their excellent French language proficiency and their deep understanding of francophone cultures. A significant portion of the courses are delivered in French and practicum is completed in French as a Second Language programs in Anglophone school boards.

Students can prepare to teach French as a Second Language in any one of the teaching panels. Students who complete this concentration will earn a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree. Students studying at the Junior-Intermediate and for Intermediate-Senior levels must have French as a Second Language as the first teachable subject. Students in the Primary-Junior division will also receive a qualification from the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) in French as a Second Language.

In order to complete this concentration, students must:

  1. Be admitted to and complete all of the requirements for both an undergraduate degree at Glendon and a Bachelor of Education at York University as a part of the Glendon campus cohort
  2. Demonstrate French fluency (intermediate level or higher) through a placement test in order to gain admission to the Education program on Glendon campus
    • Proficiency is expected to increase by the end of the degree
  3. Complete two (2) of the following courses (total 6.00 credits):
    • ED/EDFR 2000 (3.00) Teaching and Learning French in an Immersion Context
    • ED/EDFR 3000 (3.00) Teaching and Learning French in a Core French Context

Students admitted to the Glendon-based Bachelor of Education degree program are normally selected on the basis of education-related experience, references, university grade point averages and a written test in French.

Considerable emphasis in the coursework and practicum in the Glendon-based BEd program is placed on Francophone or bilingual community-based organizations and French as a Second Language teaching.

There may be additional opportunities during the Bachelor of Education program for students to participate in French community organizations and/or through community practicum or school-based practicum placements.

Please note:

  • The concentration is only open to students in the Bachelor of Education program that is based at the Glendon campus.
  • Students must complete all of the required activities during their Glendon degree and BEd degree program.
  • Students may not apply for the concentration retroactively.

International Education

International Education - Specialization

Students in the Faculty of Education’s Bachelor of Education (BEd) program are able to identify that they would like to “specialize” in international education within the existing degree program. Students who are eligible to earn the specialization are those in the Faculty of Education’s Bachelor of Education program and they may be studying to teach in any subject area and at any grade level.

This option responds to students’ interests in teaching in international locations after they have graduated with a BEd; it is designed to help students to develop the skills and experiences that will prepare them to teach in an international location, while also fulfilling the Ontario degree and certification requirements.

The specialization is offered within the existing BEd degree offerings and requirements, and will allow students to “package” their courses and experiences in order to take a specific focus.

In order to complete this Specialization, students must:

Complete all of the requirements for a Bachelor of Education at York University, including:

  1. Complete and submit the approved checklist/application, along with all supporting documentation in original, hard copies by December 23 in the term prior to graduation.
  2. Complete course credits:
    • Complete two (2) of the following courses (total 6.00 credits):
      • ED/EDUC 2700 (3.00) Teaching Internationally and Interculturally
      • ED/EDUC 3910 (3.00) Reflecting On and Interpreting the International Educational Experience
      • ED/EDUC 2720 (3.00) Teaching English in International Contexts
      • ED/ EDUC 3710 (3.00) Global Issues and Education
  • OR if participated in a York University exchange or study abroad program (total 6.00 credits):
    • Earn the equivalent of 6.00 York Education elective credits at the internationally-located university OR earn one (1) of: ED/EDUC 3910 (3.00) Reflecting On and Interpreting the International Educational Experience or ED/EDUC 2700 (3.00) Teaching Internationally and Interculturally or ED/EDUC 2720 3.00 Teaching English in International Contexts and the equivalent of 3.00 York Education electives at the internationally-located university
  1. Complete at least one (1) of the following international experience programs for a minimum of one month:
    1. York exchange or study abroad program
    2. York summer internship program
    3. Other official international learning experience arranged by the Faculty of Education, such as the International Practicum Placement

Upon confirmation a notation will be added to the student’s transcripts, indicating that the specialization has been completed.

Please note:

  • The specialization is only open to students in the Bachelor of Education program.
  • Students must complete all of the required activities during their BEd degree program.
  • Students may not apply for the transcript notation or specialization retroactively.

Jewish Teacher Education

Jewish Teacher Education

This concentration, taken during the Bachelor of Education program, prepares BEd students to teach in Jewish Day Schools; it is offered in cooperation with the Julia and Henry Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education. The Jewish Teacher Education concentration can be taken in either the Concurrent or Consecutive BEd program delivery models.

In order to complete this concentration, students must complete:

  1. Elective courses (total 6.00 credits) including:
    • ED/HEB 2030 Teaching Modern Hebrew Language Arts (3.00) and
    • ED/HEB 3030 Teaching Classical Hebrew Texts (3.00)
  2. Practicum placements in a Hebrew day school, which are coordinated and supervised for 25 days per year (50 days total) by the Faculty of Education.
    • Each practicum placement is related to ED/HEB 2030 or ED/HEB 3030 listed above
  3. Completion of Advanced Certificate in Hebrew and Jewish Studies (total 36.00 credits) or equivalent. Certificate requirements include coursework relating to:
    1. Hebrew Language Fluency
      • Student must complete AP/HEB 3000 (or an approved equivalent) before commencing the BEd
    2. Jewish Studies
      • Consult the list of required courses and information about the Advanced Certificate in Hebrew and Jewish Studies.
      • This certificate is a part of a student’s undergraduate degree, and not the Bachelor of Education degree requirements.
        • It is a requirement for the concentration.
      • Students in the Consecutive BEd program model who have already completed an undergraduate degree or who have attended a gap year program at a transcript-granting yeshiva or seminary may have their transcripts assessed for equivalent completed coursework.

Additional opportunities:

  • Students are encouraged to complete a stop-out year from the Faculty of Education in order to study at an Israeli university, earning credits towards their undergraduate degree and the Advanced Certificate in Hebrew and Jewish Studies.
  • Students who are completing the Jewish Teacher Education concentration are eligible to apply to take Teaching Voices of Israel (3.00 credits) in Israel, in years when offered. The coursework is in Hebrew.
  • Students may participate in intensive Ulpan courses in Israel and the U.S. to increase Hebrew language proficiency.

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