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Childhood Education (MS) for Canadians

Student teacher from D'Youville College working at West Buffalo Charter School in Buffalo

Earn your Ontario College of Teachers certification in as little as four semesters at D’Youville College through our flexible, affordable master’s program.

Overview and Distinctions

Overview

We’ve prepared thousands of Canadian students to become educators and are proud that our graduates are considered to be some of the finest educators in Canada. If you’re planning on teaching in Ontario and have earned (or will soon earn) your bachelor’s degree, you’ll find that our program offers a rigorous education delivered by caring faculty that is a great value.

Graduates of D’Youville’s Master of Science in Childhood Education (J/K-6) program learn how to create productive, teacher-learner environments that emphasize critical thinking, collaboration, reflective instruction and learning, educational equity, ethics, compassion, and community engagement. You’ll acquire a solid foundation for a fulfilling professional career through classroom engagement with our highly-respected faculty and learn how to apply what you learn through research, practice, field experience, and participation in other professional activities both on and off-campus.

Course of Study

As a Canadian student in our program, you’ll follow a course of study that fulfills both the New York State certification requirements and the requirements for certification defined by the Ontario College of Teachers, including the increased practicum and enhanced area focus requirements that went into effect on September 1, 2015. Once you graduate, you’ll be fully prepared to apply for the Certificate of Qualification you’ll need to teach in the Province of Ontario.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • As a D'Youville student, you're assured of the best student teaching placements thanks to the expertise of our full-time, Ontario-based, Director of Student Teaching.
  • You can complete our program in as few as four semesters as a full-time student.
  • Canadian students are automatically eligible for a substantial 20% discount on net tuition at D’Youville College.
  • You’ll enjoy nearly unparalleled flexibility acquiring your degree. Classes are available in the evenings and during the summer allowing working professionals to earn their degrees in a way that fits their schedules. Most courses you’ll need are offered every semester, allowing you to take the classes you need when you need to take them. And while you’ll generally attend classes on campus two days per week, many classes only require on-campus attendance one day per week.

Affordability

We offer numerous scholarship and financial aid opportunities for graduate students, including a 20% discount for Canadian citizens and opportunities for tuition waivers and discounts for military veterans.

We work closely with our students to make your graduate degree affordable and offer a wide array of financial aid programs including the TEACH grant, a program that provides substantial financial support to graduate students.

Curriculum

Curriculum

Course sequence and timing varies based on starting semester.

Fall Entry

Fall Semester (1)

Time Mondays
9:00 - 11:50 AM EDU 621: Elementary School Strategies (Math & Science)
1:00 - 3:50 PM EDU 624: Foundations of Teaching, Reading and Literacy
5:30 - 8:20 PM EDU 656: Philosophical and Social Foundations of Education
Time Tuesdays
9:00 - 11:50 AM EDU 622: Needs of Exceptional Learners
1:00 - 3:50 PM EDU 620: Foundations of Learning Theory

Spring Semester (2)

Time Wednesdays
9:00 - 11:50 AM EDU 623: Elementary School Strategies (ELA & Social Studies)
2:30 - 5:20 PM EDU 627: Diagnostic and Corrective Reading
5:30 - 8:20 PM  EDU 651: Multiculturalism and Cultural Diversity
Time Thursdays
9:00 - 11:50 AM EDU 677: Field Experience Observations in Childhood Education
1:00 - 3:50 PM EDU 626: Teaching Children's Literature

Summer Session (3)

Time Session 1 (Mondays/Tuesdays)
8:30 - 11:30 AM EDU 652: Curriculum Planning in Education
12:30 - 3:30 PM EDU 659: Language Acquisition and ELL Instruction
TBD (June) EDU 698: Comprehensive Exam

An expanded optional sequence of courses is available.

Fall Semester (4)

Time (TBD)  
TBD EDU 682: Practicum in Childhood Student Teaching
TBD EDU 684: Portfolio Capstone
TBD EDU 691: Student Teaching Seminar

SPring Entry

Spring Semester (1)

Time Mondays
9:00 - 11:50 AM EDU 621: Elementary School Strategies (Math & Science)
1:00 - 3:50 PM EDU 624: Foundations of Teaching Reading and Literacy
5:30 - 8:20 PM EDU 656: Philosophical and Social Foundations of Education
Time Tuesdays
9:00 - 11:50 AM EDU 622: Needs of Exceptional Learners
1:00 - 3:50 PM EDU 620: Foundations of Learning Theory

Summer Session (2) 

Time Session I (Mondays/Tuesdays)
8:30 - 11:30 AM EDU 623: Elementary School Strategies (ELA & Social Studies)
12:30 - 3:30 PM EDU 627: Diagnostic and Corrective Reading
4:30 - 7:30 PM EDU 651: Multiculturalism and Cultural Diversity
Time Session 2 (Mondays/Tuesdays)
8:30 - 11:30 AM EDU 652: Curriculum Planning in Education
12:30 - 3:30 PM EDU 626: Teaching Children's Literature

Fall Semester (3)

Time Wednesdays
9:00 - 11:50 AM EDU 677: Field Experience Observations in Childhood Education
2:30 - 5:20 PM EDU 659: Language Acquisition and ELL Instruction
5:30 - 8:20 PM EDU 653: Critical Issues in Education
TBD (December) EDU 698: Comprehensive Exam

An expanded optional sequence of courses is available.

Spring Semester (4)

Time  
TBD EDU 683: Practicum in Childhood Student Teaching
TBD EDU 684: Portfolio Capstone
TBD EDU 691: Student Teaching Seminar

Summer ENTRY

Summer semester classes run from mid-May to mid-August.

Summer Semester (1)

Time Mondays/Tuesdays (May - June)
8:30 - 11:30 AM EDU 620: Foundations of Learning Theory
12:30 - 3:30 PM EDU 624: Foundations of Teaching Reading and Literacy
Time Mondays/Tuesdays (July-August)
8:30 - 11:30 AM EDU 656: Philosophical and Social Foundations of Education
12:30 - 3:30 PM EDU 621: Elementary School Strategies (Math & Science)

Fall SEMESTER (2)

Time Wednesdays
2:30 - 5:20 PM EDU 623: Elementary School Strategies (ELA & Social Studies)
5:30 - 8:20 PM EDU 622: Needs of Exceptional Learners
Time Thursdays
9:00 - 11:50 AM EDU 651: Multiculturalism and Cultural Diversity
1:00 - 3:50 PM EDU 627: Diagnostic and Corrective Reading

Spring SEMESTER (3)

Time Wednesdays
2:30 - 5:20 PM EDU 659: Language Acquisition and ELL Instruction
5:30 - 8:20 PM EDU 652: Curriculum Planning in Education
Time Thursdays
9:00 - 11:50 AM EDU 677: Field Experience Observations in Childhood Education
1:00 - 3:50 PM EDU 626:Teaching Children's Literature
TBD (May) EDU 698: Comprehensive Exam

Fall SEMESTER (4)

Time  Thursdays
TBD EDU 683: Practicum in Childhood Student Teaching
TBD EDU 684: Portfolio Capstone
TBD EDU 691: Student Teaching Seminar

 

Student Teaching

Student Teaching

Student teaching is one of the most important components of your education. As a D'Youville student, you're assured of the best student teaching placements thanks to the expertise of our full-time, Ontario-based, Director of Student Teaching.

As a student teacher you have the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom in a supportive environment with the support of both your mentor teachers and the D’Youville faculty.

Canadian Teacher Program Student Teaching Experience Requirements
  • As a Canadian student, you may choose only one school board in Ontario for your student teaching experience. Please see the list of district school boards that accept D’Youville students below.
  • Your teaching placement will be arranged by the Director of Student Teaching at D’Youville after you’ve been accepted to the program.
  • While you’re engaged in your student teaching experience, you’ll be required to pay tuition and fees for the semester.
 
District School Boards Accepting Canadian Students Enrolled in the D'Youville Program

Algoma District School Board
Avon Maitland District School Board
Bluewater District School Board
Brant/Haldimand-Norfolk Catholic District School Board
Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board
Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario
Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board
Durham Catholic District School Board
Durham District School Board
Grand Erie District School Board
Greater Essex County District School Board
Halton Catholic District School Board
Halton District School Board
Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
Huron Superior Catholic School Board
Kawartha Pineridge District School Board
Lakehead District School Board
Lambton Kent District School Board
London & Middlesex Catholic District School Board
Near North District School Board
Niagara Catholic District School Board
Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board
Ottawa-Carleton Catholic School Board
Peel District School Board
Peterborough Victoria Northumberland & Newcastle Catholic School Board
Renfrew County Catholic District School Board
Renfrew County District School Board
St. Clair Catholic District School Board
Simcoe County District School Board
Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
Thames Valley District School Board
Toronto Catholic School Board
Toronto District School Board
Trillium Lakelands District School Board
Upper Canada District School Board
Upper Grand District School Board
Waterloo Catholic District School Board
Waterloo Region District School Board
Wentworth District School Board
Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
York Catholic District School Board
York Region District School Board

Admission Requirements

admission Requirement

All candidates for admission to the Canadian Teacher Program must have completed their bachelor's degree prior to beginning classes at D'Youville. You will be required to provide:

  • An final official transcript showing your degree conferral with a minimum GPA of of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 system)*
  • GRE or MAT score;*
  • At least one letter of recommendation written by someone who has observed you working with children or young adults;
  • A current resume; and
  • Letter of intent
  • Suggested attendance at one of our teacher certification information sessions. Contact the Graduate Admissions office for more information at 716-829-8400.

*In accordance with New York State Board of Regents requirements, applicants to any college or university in New York State for the fall 2016 semester and beyond will be required to have a minimum 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA and submit scores from either the GRE or MAT for review as part of your application for admission. 

Prerequisite Coursework

Required coursework for admission to the program includes a total of 30 credit hours in a general education core that includes coursework in each of the following areas:

  • Artistic Expression - art, dance, music, photography, theater
  • Humanities - literature, religion, philosophy, cultural anthropology
  • Communications - communication, English, written literary analysis or composition
  • Written Expression - English, composition
  • Information Retrieval - library studies, research, computer literacy, educational technology
  • Historical & Social Science Concepts - history, anthropology, economics, psychology, sociology, political science
  • Language other than English*
  • Scientific Processes - astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, geology, physics
  • Mathematical Processes - algebra, geometry, calculus, number theory, statistics, probability

*Students with two full years of high school foreign language will be granted a waiver.

Childhood Education (Grades 1 - 6) Requirements

Thirty (30) of coursework in the liberal arts and sciences with a minimum of 3 credits in English, mathematics, natural science, and social studies and 3 credits in a foreign language, with a minimum grade of "C" in all the courses. If you lack the foreign language requirement, coursework may be taken concurrently at D'Youville College, at a local college or university, or at the OAC level. Students with 2 full years of high school foreign language will be granted a waiver.

Steps to Apply as a Canadian Student

Certification

Certification

Once you’ve completed all the requirements you need for certification, D'Youville's dedicated Teacher Certification Officer will notify the appropriate body that you have met all the requirements for certification and are now eligible to apply for the teaching certificate.

The final decision of whether or not to issue you a teaching certificate is made by either the New York State Education Department (for teachers who want to teach in New York State) or the Ontario College of Teachers (for students who want to teach in Ontario). 

Meeting Ontario College of Teachers Certification Requirements

Our program is designed for Canadian citizens currently residing in Ontario. If you are not a Canadian citizen or are interested in teaching in a province other than Ontario, our program may not fulfill all the requirements necessary for your particular situation. Before applying to our program, we urge you to contact the Ontario College of Teachers at (416) 961-8800 or toll free in Canada at (888) 534-2222, or visit their web site at www.oct.ca in order to learn whether or not our program will prepare you to reach your goals.

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