Frequently Asked Questions - Faculty of Education

The Faculty of Education would like to inform all students about important measures taken during this exceptional time and has developed a series of answers for Faculty-specific questions. The University of Ottawa is taking the COVID-9 situation seriously and has developed a General FAQ page.

Winter Semester 2020

When will the online classes begin?

Starting March 18, all courses from the Faculty will be offered online or through alternative means.


How can I attend online classes?

Professors will provide instructions to their students, as the requirements for different classes may vary.


Is there any software that I need to download?

All instructions on how to download and use any technology chosen for online teaching (Adobe Connect or other) will be communicated by your respective professors and instructors.


Where can I find information about my courses (i.e. notes, presentations, etc.)?

Information about your courses will be provided by your course instructors. Teaching methods may be different depending on their choice of pedagogical approach.


Who should I contact if I have any technical difficulties?

For any technical difficulties, please contact our service provider at 404.education.uottawa@gmail.com


What services and resources are being offered that can help me in my studies while the library is closed?

Visit the Library of uOttawa website. Lots of online resources are available.


Are all events organized by the Faculty cancelled, including information sessions?

Faculty events are cancelled or postponed until further notice. Continue to visit the Faculty website regularly for any updates.


I’m in a Research Program and I will be defending my proposition, my thesis or doing my comprehensive exams, etc. How will this affect my academic path?

Graduate students anticipating milestones such as proposal seminars and thesis defences will be contacted by the Academic Secretariat and should remain in contact with their supervisors and program directors. These activities are now being conducted in distance form.


What measures are being taken to maintain flexibility in marking course assessments to reduce to a minimum the impacts caused by COVID-19 in my academic path?

Your professor is the best person to inform you about this. A professor who decides to change his or her final grading system will be guided by the Note on exceptional academic measures issued by the University of Ottawa.

The Council of the Faculty of Education has now given the possibility for professors to:

  • accept late work without penalty and without justification for at least 7 days after the expected submission date.
  • reduce the number of assignments and to modify the type and weight of work.
  • offer to students who have acquired at least 70% of their final mark, the possibility of receiving a final mark which is based on a new weighting of the work already carried out.
  • allow student who would like to defer the assignments to a later date to submit a service request using the Request for a Deferred Mark Form.

These options are available if the changes:

  • do not disadvantage students;
  • preserve academic integrity; and
  • where applicable, respect accreditation requirements.

The Faculty Council does not allow professors to change the grading system to "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory" if this was not already the case.

Note that these items do not apply to evaluated practicums, thesis courses and research dissertation courses.


I would like to withdraw from a course. What is the deadline?

The Faculty of Education allows students to withdraw from a course until the end of the semester.


I am unable to assist to the online course or to submit my assignments because of the exceptional situation. What should I do?

You can fill the self-declaration form and send it to your professor.


I’m in a difficult financial situation due to COVID-19. Is there some help I can get from the University?

The University understands that the measures that are being taken to combat the spread of COVID-19 may result in unexpected financial pressures on students. A Special Emergency Fund has been set aside that students can access for grants to assist with unexpected housing, transportation and moving costs. Students who are facing significant financial difficulties due to the pandemic can contact loansandawards@uottawa.ca to make a request for funding.


I’m an international student. Where can I find information about my situation?

Consult the uOttawa’s FAQ specific to International students to find out more.

The experts at the International Office continue to offer their services despite the situation through the International Crossroads. You can reach them Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.:


I am enrolled in PED1599 and the final exam, due in March, was cancelled. When will the exam be rescheduled?

Given the current context, the final exam for the course PED1599 will now be held in the fall of 2020 (for students currently in the first year of their program). The date will be set later on. Rest assured that you will have enough time to study before the exam and that the Faculty will provide support to ensure your success. If you fail the exam, you will be able to retake it. You will also be able to retake the course PED1599 in the winter 2021 semester, if necessary.


I have not yet written the Mathematics Proficiency Test. What will happen with my recommendation to the OCT?

The Government of Ontario announced April 22nd that the OCT will “certify, with condition, individuals who complete their application on or after March 31, 2020. This condition stipulates that the applicant must successfully complete the MPT by August 31, 2021. Teacher candidates who have written and successfully passed the field test are already considered to have met the MPT certification requirement and will not have this condition applied.”

In that case, when will I be able to write the test?

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is responsible for the Mathematics Proficiency Test.

The Government of Ontario states that “to provide applicants with opportunities to complete the test before the condition expires, the ministry will work with the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) on options to administer the test online. The Ministry is also continuing to plan for in-person administration of the MPT at test centres, once public health officials advise that it is safe to do so. To help applicants to the OCT prepare for the MPT, EQAO will continue to include sample questions, a practice test and other resources on mathproficiencytest.ca to assist with preparation.”


 

Practicum Placements

My practicum placement is temporarily suspended until further notice due to COVID-19. How will this affect my academic path?

You have to complete your practicum placement successfully in order to complete your Teacher Education Program and obtain your certificate from the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT).

All practicum placements are offered in collaboration with school boards across the province of Ontario. Your practicum placement will resume when schools reopen.

We are working with OCT to determine whether or not requirements for certification will be modified. We will update students once we have further information.

The Dean of the Faculty of Education is meeting regularly with the members of the Ontario Association of Deans of Education to identify realistic solutions to the many challenges faced during this time. Furthermore, each Program team is working together to find flexible solutions to respond to the evolving situation.

The Faculty of Education and the University of Ottawa are making sure that all students complete their winter 2020 semester and complete their program with the minimum impact possible.


My practicum started later than planned. What will happen if I can finish it before the end of the school year, but not before the deadline to obtain my diploma this summer? How will it affect my academic path?

You have to complete your practicum placement successfully in order to complete your Teacher Education Program and obtain your certificate from OCT.

All practicum placements are offered in collaboration with school boards across the province of Ontario.

The Faculty is negotiating flexible arrangements with all parties involved to reduce the impacts on practicum placements.

The Dean of the Faculty of Education is meeting regularly with members of the Ontario Association of Deans of Education to identify realistic solutions to the many challenges encountered during this time. Furthermore, each Program team is working together to find flexible solutions to respond to the evolving situation.

The Faculty of Education and the University of Ottawa are making sure that all students complete their winter 2020 semester and finish their program the minimum impact possible.


If my practicum placement is not closed, do I still have to be present?

All practicum placements are suspended while schools are closed.

Some schools might organize online teaching activities or consultation meetings with school staff and teachers. Make sure to inform your associate teachers of all the mechanisms put in place in your school. It will help us to negotiate flexible requirements for the continuation of your practicum with the OCT.


If my practicum can’t be completed this school year, how will it affect my academic path?

Solutions will be proposed, depending on each situation.

The Dean of the Faculty of Education is meeting regularly with the members of the Ontario Association of Deans of Education to identify realistic solutions to the many challenges faced during this time. Furthermore, each Program team is working together to find flexible solutions to respond to the evolving situation.

The Faculty of Education and the University of Ottawa are making sure that all students complete their winter 2020 semester and finish their program with the least possible impacts.


What services and resources are being offered that can help me in my studies while the library is closed?

Visit the Library of uOttawa website. Lots of online resources are available.


Are all events organized by the Faculty cancelled, including information sessions?

Faculty events are cancelled or postponed until further notice. Continue to visit the Faculty website regularly for any updates


I’m in a difficult financial situation due to COVID-19. Is there some help I can get from the University?

The University understands that the measures that are being taken to combat the spread of COVID-19 may result in unexpected financial pressures on students. A Special Emergency Fund has been set aside that students can access for grants to assist with unexpected housing, transportation and moving costs. Students who are facing significant financial difficulties due to the pandemic can contact loansandawards@uottawa.ca to make a request for funding.


I’m an international student. Where can I find information about my situation?

Consult the uOttawa’s FAQ specific to International students to find out more.

The experts at the International Office continue to offer their services despite the situation through the International Crossroads. You can reach them Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.:


I have not yet written the Mathematics Proficiency Test. What will happen with my recommendation to the OCT?

The Government of Ontario announced April 22nd that the OCT will “certify, with condition, individuals who complete their application on or after March 31, 2020. This condition stipulates that the applicant must successfully complete the MPT by August 31, 2021. Teacher candidates who have written and successfully passed the field test are already considered to have met the MPT certification requirement and will not have this condition applied.”

In that case, when will I be able to write the test?

The Government of Ontario states that “to provide applicants with opportunities to complete the test before the condition expires, the ministry will work with the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) on options to administer the test online. The Ministry is also continuing to plan for in-person administration of the MPT at test centres, once public health officials advise that it is safe to do so. To help applicants to the OCT prepare for the MPT, EQAO will continue to include sample questions, a practice test and other resources on mathproficiencytest.ca to assist with preparation.”


Spring/Summer Semester 2020

Will there be summer classes offered?

The Faculty is moving forward with its summer graduate courses although all courses are offered in online formats only. We will be updating all students and professors as we know more.


Will courses for additional qualifications (QA) and additional basic qualifications (QBA) be available for the summer term?

Yes, registration for QA and QBA courses started in April. For more information, visit the professional development web page


I’m in a Research Program and I will be defending my thesis, my proposition, doing my comprehensive exams, etc. How will this affect my academic path?

Graduate students anticipating milestones such as proposal seminars and thesis defences will be contacted by the Academic Secretariat and should remain in contact with their supervisors and program directors. These activities are now being conducted in distance form.


What services and resources are being offered that can help me in my studies while the library is closed?

Visit the Library of uOttawa website. Lots of online resources are available.


Are all events organized by the Faculty cancelled, including information sessions?

Faculty events are cancelled or postponed until further notice. Visit the Faculty website regularly for any updates.


I’m in a difficult financial situation due to COVID-19. Is there some help I can get from the University?

The University understands that the measures that are being taken to combat the spread of COVID-19 may result in unexpected financial pressures on students. A Special Emergency Fund has been set aside that students can access for grants to assist with unexpected housing, transportation and moving costs. Students who are facing significant financial difficulties due to the pandemic can contact loansandawards@uottawa.ca to make a request for funding.


I’m an international student. Where can I find information about my situation?

Consult the uOttawa’s FAQ specific to International students to find out more.

The experts at the International Office continue to offer their services despite the situation through the International Crossroads. You can reach them Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.:


I have not yet written the Mathematics Proficiency Test. What will happen with my recommendation to the OCT?

The Government of Ontario announced April 22nd that the OCT will “certify, with condition, individuals who complete their application on or after March 31, 2020. This condition stipulates that the applicant must successfully complete the MPT my August 31, 2021. Teacher candidates who have written and successfully passed the field test are already considered to have met the MPT certification requirement and will not have this condition applied.”

In that case, when will I be able to write the test?

The Government of Ontario states that “to provide applicants with opportunities to complete the test before the condition expires, the ministry will work with the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) on options to administer the test online. The Ministry is also continuing to plan for in-person administration of the MPT at test centres, once public health officials advise that it is safe to do so. To help applicants to the OCT prepare for the MPT, EQAO will continue to include sample questions, a practice test and other resources on mathproficiencytest.ca to assist with preparation.”


 

For general information about the University of Ottawa's efforts to reduce the impact of COVID-19, visit the general FAQ website.

Still have questions? Undergraduate students can send questions to educprog@uotttawa.ca and graduate students can write to educplus@uottawa.ca.
 


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