The field placement is an essential component of the B.Ed. degree and offers a combination of theoretical and practical studies designed to initiate and provide a foundation for future teachers' professional development.  Eligibility for a B.Ed. degree is contingent upon successful completion of a 15-week field placement.

The nature and purposes of science education are explored. Effective use of minimal time allotted to this discipline at the elementary level is the main focus. One of the primary tasks to be undertaken is the construction of discovery-based learning centers as well as appropriate assessment tools. Students will be given the opportunity to experience the dynamics of constructivist science learning with a special emphasis to cross-curricular extensions. Additional time will be spent exploring student record keeping strategies that complement a guided inquiry-based approach.

Elementary mathematics is an introduction to the context and strategies of elementary mathematics (K-5). This course does not require a strong mathematics background. The emphasis will be on content as well as on ‘doing’ mathematics. Students will be encouraged to be involved in problem solving and exploring mathematical concepts by developing ideas from the concrete to the abstract level, and by developing multiple representations of mathematical ideas. Content topics of emphasis include pre-number concepts, numeration and place value, whole numbers operations, number theory, and geometry. In addition, rational numbers, geometric figures and shapes, discrete and continuous measurement, probability, and statistics will be introduced.

This course offers an exploration of methods and issues related to teaching English as a second language in a variety of contexts (e.g., overseas, mainstream public school instruction, courses for newcomers to Canada, Intensive English programmes). It offers students a great understanding of the structure of the English language. The major focus of the course will be current approaches to language teaching with an emphasis on communicative, task-based, and content-based methods. Attention will also be devoted to such social issues as learner identity and the role of English in the world.

This course offers an exploration of methods and issues related to teaching English as a second language in a variety of contexts (e.g., overseas, mainstream public school instruction, courses for newcomers to Canada, Intensive English programmes). It offers students a great understanding of the structure of the English language. The major focus of the course will be current approaches to language teaching with an emphasis on communicative, task-based, and content-based methods. Attention will also be devoted to such social issues as learner identity and the role of English in the world.