|Bachelor of Education admissions
||[Jul. 31st, 2011|02:52 am]
I've already graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English, and now I'm thinking about reapplying for a Bachelor of Education. I clearly have the credentials to be admitted into the program that only requires one teachable, but I'm hoping to teach French as well as English - because it's so much easier to get hired as a French teacher. The only thing is, I didn't take any French courses in school.
The Ottawa U website is kind of confusing me.
When it talks about your second teachable, this is what it says:
At least 4 one-term university courses are required in the second teaching subject. These courses must be in the same field as the second teaching subject (no related subjects).
But then it adds this --
French as a Second Language
This option requires to pass both the oral and written components of the French language proficiency test.
So do I have to go and take some French courses first, or do I just have to pass the proficiency test to get into the BEd program?
that way i understand it from what you posted is that you ALWAYS need the 4 courses in the 2nd teachable BUT with french, you also need to pass the proficiency test (because ppl can take 4 courses in FLS and still not be competent).
You need to take the courses and pass the proficiency test.
I would recommend applying to Junior/Intermediate program with your one teachable, then doing the FLS additional qualification course after you've graduated. The proficiency test at virtually every other Ontario institution is easier than the UofO one, FYI, and no one cares where you took your AQ courses.
Also: I have French qualifications and I can tell you that while it may be slightly easier to get a job, it's still brutal. You are still competing with more than 150 other candidates for every job... most of which are part-time. It is a tough, tough, tough market.
Thanks, this is really helpful! I didn't even know you could do AQ instead of applying for the Intermediate/Senior program.
Generally you have to take the "Additional Basic Qualifications" course to add a division to your certificate - i.e. if you do Junior/Intermediate, you would have to take the ABQ for Senior to qualify to teach upper-grade high school. You essentially have two choices here:
1. Take four French university courses, which will mean you won't be able to apply to a B.Ed. program until you've finished them. Then apply to the Intermediate/Senior program.
2. Apply to the Junior/Intermediate program with English as your teachable. Once you've graduated, take the FLS Part 1 AQ course. You MAY even be able to take a course within your B.Ed. program which will certify you in French. This was not very well documented but was possible when I went to teacher's college at UofO! When you've finished FLS Part 1 (which is only a few months), take the Senior ABQ with French as your second teachable.
With either option it's going to take a little while to get your Senior qualifications, but I think #2 might be better because you can apply to the supply lists once you've graduated. You can work and take your AQ courses at the same time. You may even be able to get a letter of permission so that you can work on the high school supply lists before you complete FLS Part 1. Also, you then end up being certified for three divisions, from grade 4 to the end of high school, which opens up that many more doors!
That's fantastic, thank you so much for the info!