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Workload information and tips

Given the condensed nine week time frame for courses students will find the workload of this professional program to be more intensive than an undergraduate program. Evaluation is based on assignments as well as full engagement and participation in classes rather than mid-terms and final exams.

Most teacher candidates find it difficult to work part-time while in the program and it is strongly recommended students not work during Field Placements. Students must maintain an overall average of a B- (70 per cent or 2.70 GPA) to be admitted for each practicum (see Field Experience policies in your handbook), along with exhibiting high professional qualities and excellent attendance. 


Students will be on campus every day from Monday to Friday for nine weeks in the fall and nine weeks in the winter. Courses start as early as 8:10 a.m. and finish at 5 p.m. Elective courses run either after 5 p.m. online or on Saturdays. Sessions on Fridays are related to your field experience or provide other professional development to build your portfolios. The hours for Fridays vary but usually run from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Thirteen weeks will be spent in your Field Placement.


Students will complete group and/or individual assignments. Following are some examples of assignments.

  • Build web pages;
  • Conduct research on articles and issues with respect to education;
  • Design lessons and unit plans;
  • Participation in discussion boards;
  • Plan resources;
  • Teach mini-lessons to your class;
  • Video tape and make digital movies; and
  • Work creatively with digital photos and images.
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