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BEd Professional Teaching Orientation/Transition to Teaching

Note: Teacher Candidate Orientation and Transition to Teaching are mandatory parts of the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) program.  

Teacher Candidates (TCs) attend Teacher Candidate Orientation (EU453), which occurs on Mondays at the start of the academic year (see dates below). Teacher Candidate Orientation is designed to help TCs become familiar with the Laurier Faculty of Education and the B.Ed. Program, as well as policies related to teaching experiences. TCs have an opportunity to meet and participate in team-building activities with faculty and other TCs, and learn about library, technology, and other resources available to them through Laurier. Special presentations related to current trends in education are also scheduled during this time to orient TCs with professional teaching organizations. 

TCs are introduced to key structures and components of the Laurier program that facilitate learning for both them and for their students. TCs become familiar with the goals, purposes and procedures related to Laurier Partner Schools, the Professional Learning Seminar, and the range of required placement experiences. They are introduced to the four themes of learner-, knowledge-, assessment- and community-centeredness that intersect all course and practicum work and become familiar with the themes' roles in helping them create coherence among these various experiences. They will also attend sessions related to professional responsibilities of teachers, workplace safety and academic integrity. 

Attendance at the Teacher Candidate Orientation (EU453) is mandatory for BEd students and attendance will be taken each day. 

In addition to Teacher Candidate Orientation, Year 2 TCs are required to attend the mandatory Transition to Teaching (EU454) program following the completion of their final Practicum. Transition to Teaching will focus on professional development activities in order to transition from the role of a TC to moving into the professional role of teaching. 

Schedule for 2022/2023

Year One Bachelor of Education Students

  • September 12, 19, 26 and October 3, 2022: Mandatory Teacher Candidate Orientation (EU453)  

Year Two Bachelor of Education Students

  • September 12 and 19, 2022: Mandatory Teacher Candidate Orientation (EU453)  
  • April 28, 2023: Transition to Teaching (EU454)