Frequently Asked Questions - Faculty of Education

The Faculty of Education wishes to share with its student population important information concerning the fall 2020 semester and the measures taken by the Faculty to deal with the situation of COVID-19 and its impacts. In addition to the general information offered by the University of Ottawa, you will find below what you need to know before beginning the fall 2020 semester.

Undergraduate Students

Should I be present physically on campus this fall?  

Presence on campus is not mandatory for this fall. All classes will have a distance learning option so students that can’t be on campus when it will be allowed won’t be penalised.


How academic courses for the fall semester will be taught?

As indicated by the University administration, courses in the fall will have an on-line component. This might look differently in each of your courses, as they might have live and/or recorded sessions, online modules, synchronous and/or asynchronous activities. We are working with professors to have course outlines as well as Brightspace ready prior to the beginning of the course so you can plan your time effectively. Please be aware that the delivery of the program may change over the course of the year.


How do I know what method of teaching will be used for my classes?

Each course will have a code assigned to it.

The code AU means courses offered in a web conference style. Those courses are given either synchronously, asynchronously or both. If they are given synchronously, a fixed schedule is assigned to it. They would be asynchronously if the teaching is done at your own pace. If the professor uses both methods, then it would be a combination of both methods.

 

You might see a classroom assigned to a course, that means either the professor needs special equipment to give the class or to pre-record videos. We might also assign a class in the case students are allowed to come back on campus. In that case, presence in class wouldn’t be mandatory until further notice, and you will still be able to follow the course from home.

 

The code IN means that the class is offered entirely online through pre-recorded content. These courses are given asynchronously. That means there is no fixed schedule and no class assigned.


What type of equipment do I need to follow the classes?

You need a computer, connected with a video camera and a microphone, and a reliable Internet connexion. We strongly recommend a headset combined with an integrated microphone. You will also need to have access to Brightspace as soon as your enrollment to your courses is confirmed. You will also receive information and support to help you with the different distance-learning tools before classes begins in the Fall.


When will I be able to enroll for my classes for the fall semester?

The Academic Secretariat will be starting to enroll you in your fall courses over the summer. As with Year 1, most of your classes are set according to your division, cohort and teachable subjects. We have eliminated 2:30-5:30 classes, with only a few exceptions.

 

Once you are registered, your uOttawa email will be activated. Your cohort will be indicated as well by the letter after all your courses:

  • section A and G: Imagination, Creativity and Innovation Cohort
  • section B and E: Global Cohort
  • section C: Comprehensive School Health
  • section D and L: Second Language Education
  • section Q, F, and H: Urban cohorts

 

You will be able to enroll in your elective course or courses starting on June 23, 2020, at 8 am. Please consider carefully your choice of elective(s) to best meet your learning needs. For more information, please consult the updated academic calendar for Year 1 students and Year 2 students.


Is the Faculty planning on training students on the basics of online pedagogy and technology?

We are creating an online course to provide you with the basics of online pedagogy and technology that should be ready over the summer. This self-directed course can supplement your own learning over the past few months. In addition, we are planning on offering a variety of supports to facilitate your learning on-line over the course of the two semesters.


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.


What type of additional support is available for me?

We recognize the continuing challenges COVID-19 presents to all aspects of our lives. A wide range of resources are available at the University level including mental health support through Student Academic Success Services and information for financial support through vdgouv@uottawa.ca.  


Will I be able to work full-time and still complete my Fall semester?

The Teacher education program is offered on a full-time basis. Courses will be offered online, but many courses may have synchronous components that require student participation in scheduled meetings. Attendance at these meetings is mandatory. Please consult your schedule and course outlines for the requirements of each course.


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.:

Undergraduate Students - Practicum and OCT certification

What will my practicum look like in the Fall for the Teacher Education program? What do I need to be ready for the practicum?

At this point we are not sure what school will look like in the fall, but we want you to be ready to adapt to any changes from Day 1. Minister Lecce announced last week that school bards are to prepare three scenarios for school re-opening in September:

  • Option A: school back to normal with considerations for the health and safety of all,
  • Option B: school with social distancing and preventative measure- this hybrid model has in school and on-line components,
  • Option C: an on-line option for those children whose parents would prefer them to be at home.

 

More information to come by the end of July from the Minister of Education.

Teachers in Ontario have transitioned to at-home virtual learning over the past few months and we are sure they are looking for ways to incorporate online, distance learning into their classrooms as they approach fall planning. We are working on ways to supplement your knowledge and understanding of online and distance learning and use of technology as you prepare for practicum.

At this time, the Practicum Office is recruiting Associate Teachers in the four Boards of Education in the Ottawa-Carleton area (OCDSB, OCSB, UCDSB, CDSBEO) and has started the placement process.  As indicated in the Practicum Guide, the placement process is dependent on collaboration with our education partners and the policies and procedures identified by the board. Your understanding and patience during this process is greatly appreciated. The decision to place our  teacher candidates was no made lightly, we feel that  in this time of uncertainty we want to provide you the best support in schools that know our program and Associate Teachers that are welcoming you into their classrooms.


I'm a year 1 student, any specific information I should know for my practicum?

Given the need to best prepare you for the teaching profession and to meet the program and OCT requirements for certification, we have created a schedule that will ensure that over the two years you will have more than the minimum days required and two successful practicums in the divisions in which you are being certified. Your practicum will not start until November with four Wednesdays for observation and a three-week block in December. Your practicum will likely have both an on-line and in-classroom component.

 

Please note that :

  • Teacher candidates will be placed only in the four partner boards in the Ottawa/Carleton area.
  • Teacher candidates will be placed in the same school for the year so that you develop an understanding of the school year and how a community of learners grows and changes within a year.
  • Placements will be arranged by the Practicum Office only. You must submit an updated police record check with vulnerable persons screening to educprog@uottawa.ca in order to start practicum. If you have not started the process for a police record check, we suggest you look into it as soon as possible. If you require a letter to obtain a police record check please contact the Academic Secretariat at educprog@uottawa.ca

I'm a year 2 student, any specific information I should know for my practicum?

Given the need to best prepare you for the teaching profession and to meet the program and OCT requirements for certification, we have added practicum days on Wednesdays in the winter term and changed the April CSL block to additional practicum days. This will ensure that you will have more than the minimum days required and two successful practicums in the divisions in which you are being certified. At this point we are not sure what school will look like in September, but we want you to be ready to adapt to any changes from Day 1. We are still planning on placing candidates in the 4 boards in the Ottawa/Carleton Area.

 

Please follow instructions from the Academic Secretariat regarding the need for a criminal record check for your practicum.

 

For those of you who had complications due to illness, deferrals, unsuccessful or changes to Year 1 practicum, we will contact you directly over the next two months with an individualized practicum plan.


In the fall, I’ll begin my year 2 at the faculty. How the semester will be organized so I can meet all OCT and program requirements?

Because of the cancellation of practicum this past semester due to COVID-19, we have made a few changes to practicum in 2020-21 to ensure that you have the time needed to develop your teaching practice and to meet the OCT and program requirements for certification. For more information, consult the updated academic calendar for student starting year 2.

 

We are planning a Virtual Orientation in mid-August to prepare you for the year. More information to follow.


Will the math proficiency test remain mandatory for OCT certification?

At this point, the Math proficiency test still remains a criterion for OCT certification. Our online custom course on Brightppace is still available for support and we will arrange several online workshops and tutorials over the 2020–2021 school year.


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.


 

What type of additional support is available for me?

We recognize the continuing challenges COVID-19 presents to all aspects of our lives. A wide range of resources are available at the University level including mental health support through Student Academic Success Services and information for financial support through vdgouv@uottawa.ca.  


Will I be able to work full-time and still complete my Fall semester?

The Teacher education program is offered on a full-time basis. Courses will be offered online, but many courses may have synchronous components that require student participation in scheduled meetings. Attendance at these meetings is mandatory. Please consult your schedule and course outlines for the requirements of each course.


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.:


 

Graduate Student

 

 

I'm a newly admitted student and will begin my studies this fall and I'm not sure where to start ? 

All information about newly admitted student are available in the Newly Admitted Students web page.


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 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.


What type of additional support is available for me?

We recognize the continuing challenges COVID-19 presents to all aspects of our lives. A wide range of resources are available at the University level including mental health support through Student Academic Success Services and information for financial support through vdgouv@uottawa.ca.  


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.:


 

Winter 2021 session: Information to all Teacher Education students

The Faculty wishes to inform students that course delivery for the Winter semester 2021 will have an online option even if the pandemic has been completely controlled and Public Health has given the go ahead for opening the campus and that a face to face option is available.


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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