Category: Program News

Fall 2018 Admission on the Spot events

Thinking about becoming a teacher? Applying just got a lot easier! Attend an Admission on the Spot event near you.

ADMISSION ON THE SPOT EVENTS

The Faculty of Education, University of Regina will be assessing applications and admitting students on the spot at these events!

Watch for an event near you:

Come Prepared!

  1. Download and answer all applicable questions on the Teacher Education Application and Profile form (download to your computer and fill the form in and print it)
  2. Attend an Admission on the Spot event and bring your:
  • Completed Teacher Education Application and Profile form
  • School-certified unofficial transcript
  • Application Fee (Check your Admission on the Spot event page for the correct application fee)

If eligible, you will receive a conditional offer of admission at the event.

*NOTE: We are not able to admit on the spot for the following programs: BEd/BKin combined degree, BEd (Physical Education), and BEd (Music).

Admission on the Spot Events!

Thinking about becoming a teacher? Applying just got a lot easier! Attend an Admission on the Spot event near you.

ADMISSION ON THE SPOT EVENTS

The Faculty of Education, University of Regina will be assessing applications and admitting students on the spot at these events!

Watch for an event near you:

  • Prince Albert February 13, 2018, 3:30 – 7:00 pm, Holiday Inn Express & Suites
  • Regina  February 15, 2018, 3:30 -7:30 pm, University of Regina, Riddell Centre Multi-Purpose Room
  • Yorkton February 27, 2018, 3:30 – 7:00 pm, Parkland College
  • Calgary (South) March 7 2018, 3:30 – 7:00 p.m., Delta Calgary South
  • Calgary (North) March 8, 2018, 3:30 – 7:00 p.m., Aloft Calgary Hotel

Come Prepared!

  1. Download and answer all applicable questions on the Teacher Education Application and Profile form (download to your computer and fill the form in and print it)
  2. Attend an Admission on the Spot event and bring your:
  • Completed Teacher Education Application and Profile form
  • School-certified unofficial transcript
  • Application Fee (Check your Admission on the Spot event page for the correct application fee)

If eligible, you will receive a conditional offer of admission at the event.

*NOTE: We are not able to admit on the spot for the following programs: BEd/BKin combined degree, BEd (Physical Education), and BEd (Music).


Maîtrise en Éducation Française

“The studies to obtain the Maîtrise en éducation française allowed me to explore various issues connected with, among other things, curriculum, language, culture and teaching strategies, all from the perspective of minority and second-language education. I had the opportunity to question, analyze and take a critical look at both my own teaching and education in general. Taking courses with other teachers in situations similar to my own made this experience all the more relevant and enriching.” Claire St-Cyr Power, Learning Resource Teacher, Conseil des écoles fransaskoises Regina, Saskatchewan (Since 2012 Claire has been working as a secondment to the Programme du baccalauréat en éducation.)

 

MAÎTRISE EN ÉDUCATION FRANÇAISE

Are you a teacher working in French who has a desire for personal and professional growth? Have you been wishing for ongoing opportunity to learn from other professionals facing similar challenges? Consider pursuing your Master’s degree in French!

Through our Maîtrise en éducation française program, teachers working in French can continue their professional development in French, exploring issues specific to French language education in a minority setting.

Online and Summer Course Offerings!

This 30-credit, project-route program in curriculum and instruction consists of four online courses, two intensive summer institutes (in Saskatoon), and a project, and is completed over the course of three years.

With the program offered online and in the summer, our program is flexible and accessible, making it possible to earn a master’s degree without sacrificing quality or salary, and without over-loading your schedule. 

 

Cohort-Based Learning: Professional Communities of Practice!

As a cohort-based program, professional communities of practice are facilitated, enhancing the quality of learning experience for students by creating opportunity to work closely with colleagues who also work in French.

Lave and Wenger (1991; 2006) have coined the term “community of practice” to describe this essential aspect of social learning. “Communities of practice are formed by people who engage in a process of collective learning in a shared domain of human endeavor.” 

Cohort-based learning is an effective means for developing such communities.

Partnerships with Other Western Francophone Universities = Expanded Course Options CHOICES!

Because the program is offered in partnership with the La Cité, founding members of the Consortium des établissements universitaires de l’Ouest canadien pour l’offre de programmes, students can choose to take their online courses from other Consortium members: the Université de Saint-Boniface, the University of Alberta’s Saint- Jean campus, and Simon Fraser University. All of these partners will give students an abundance of courses to choose from, ensuring relevance and engagement.

All courses and assignments are in French.

For more information, contact
Dr. Laurie Carlson Berg at Laurie.Carlson.Berg@uregina.ca

Read more about this program: https://www.uregina.ca/education/programs/masters/maitrise-en-education-francaise.html

 

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New Teaching Elementary School Mathematics Certificate Info night

Dr. Gale Russell (l), Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education and Dr. Kathleen Nolan, Professor of Mathematics Education, recently taught two courses in the new Certificate in Teaching Elementary School Mathematics. Photo by Trevor Hopkin – U of R Photography

With the Faculty of Education’s recent introduction of a new Teaching Elementary School Mathematics (TESM) certificate program, a general information event for teachers and administrators who want to learn more will be held:

TESM Certificate Information Evening
Monday, November 20, 2017
6:30 – 7:30 pm
ED 341, Faculty of Education, University of Regina

For more information, please contact Dr. Kathy Nolan at Kathy.Nolan@uregina.ca

The TESM Certificate Information Evening opens with a brief presentation to address key questions about the TESM certificate: *WHO is it for? *HOW many courses in the program? *WHAT are those courses? *WHY would I take this certificate program? The presentation is followed by time to ask questions, mingle, and enjoy a few snacks.

This event is hosted by the Mathematics Education subject area and the Faculty of Education Undergraduate Program Office. Course instructors, current students in the program, and student advisors will be on hand to respond to your questions.

No RSVP required. We hope to see you there!

Not able to join us Face-to-Face? Join by video conference: https://zoom.us/j/115716942

Certificate in Teaching Elementary School Mathematics

Designed for those involved in the mathematics education of K-8 students, this program provides experiences to deepen one’s understanding of mathematics concepts, with courses in number sense, spatial reasoning, and modeling and representation, as well as courses in culturally responsive pedagogy, inclusive education, and research in the field of mathematics education.

Certificate in Teaching Elementary School Mathematics (TESM)
(30 credit hours)
EMTH 200: Implementation and Assessment of Problem Solving in Mathematics
EMTH 325: Number Sense for the Elementary School Mathematics Teacher
EMTH 335: Mathematics in the Inclusive Classroom: Assessment and Intervention
EMTH 326: Spatial Reasoning for the Elementary School Mathematics Teacher
EMTH 327: Modeling & Representation for the Elementary School Mathematics Teacher
EMTH 425: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in the Mathematics Classroom
EMTH 426: Research in Mathematics Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Elective 1 [select one from: MATH 102; STAT 100 OR STAT 160; MATH 108; MATH 103 OR MATH 110; MATH 127; MATH 231; MATH 200-400 level]
Elective 2 [select one from: EMTH 217; EMTH 300; EDTC 300/ECMP 355 ((or EDTC 400/ECMP 4551); ECE 425; ECS 410; EPSY 300-400 level]
Elective 3 [select one from any course listed under elective 1 or elective 2]

Note: If a student already has credit for EDTC 300/ECMP 355, then EDTC 400/ECMP 455 may be taken. Taking both EDTC 300/ECMP 355 and EDTC 400/ECMP 455 as electives in this certificate program is not permitted[1]

 

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Hey teachers – math got you puzzled? New program may be the key

If you have unpleasant memories taking mathematics in elementary school, you’re not alone.

Your teacher may have felt the same way.

Surveys show that less than 30% of elementary teachers and preservice elementary teachers describe their own experience of learning mathematics as positive.

Teachers confided in one survey as feeling “high anxiety over mathematics” and struggling to “explain things in different ways if students ‘don’t get it.’ ”

Now, the University of Regina is offering a new certificate program – Teaching Elementary School Mathematics.

It’s a 10-course, 30-credit hour, certificate designed primarily for elementary (K-8) school teachers who teach mathematics.

Applications are now being accepted for sessions in Fall 2017 and Winter 2018.

“This certificate responds to the limited educational means previously available at the U of R or elsewhere in the province to address teachers’ concerns,” says Dr. Kathleen Nolan, Professor of Mathematics Education at the Faculty of Education.

Nolan, in consultation with colleagues from the mathematics education subject area and the Faculty of Education student program office, designed the certificate program.

Nolan is well aware of the anxieties faced by some elementary school mathematics teachers.

She sought feedback in a research study, which was funded through an Insight Grant from Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

In that study, Nolan surveyed three school divisions in southern Saskatchewan as well as some stakeholders connected with mathematics education, including parents, to understand perceptions of teaching elementary school mathematics

The study showed that only about half of the teachers and preservice teachers surveyed relayed feeling very comfortable with the mathematics concepts they were expected to teach. In fact, most respondents expressed some level of discomfort.

“A majority from each stakeholder group we contacted thought it was very important that teachers develop a deep understanding of the mathematics they teach. This was the prevailing view especially among parents of children in grades 6 to 8,” says Nolan.

Nolan thinks the certificate program will provide welcome professional development opportunities.

“There are many benefits in connection with more professional development in mathematics for K-8 teachers,” says Nolan. “These benefits include additional qualifications, expertise and confidence, as well as positive attitudes toward and a passion for mathematics.”

This past July, Nolan and Russell each taught one of the 10 courses to officially launch the certificate program— a course in culturally responsive pedagogy and one in mathematical modeling and representation.

Other courses in the program include:

  • Implementation and assessment of problem-solving in mathematics.
  • Mathematics in the inclusive classroom: Assessment and intervention
  • Number sense for the elementary school mathematics teacher.

Please visit here for more information on the Teaching Elementary School Mathematics certificate program.

Current Faculty of Education students are also encouraged to apply, either for the full certificate program or to take program courses as electives in their current program of study.

For more information please contact the Faculty of Education Student Program Office.

By Costa Maragos Posted: August 2, 2017 6:00 a.m.

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Also read:

New U of R course is designed to make better math teachers

New Certificate in Teaching Elementary School Mathematics

We have a new certificate program starting Spring 2017!

Certificate in Teaching Elementary School Mathematics (TESM)

This program provides experiences to deepen one’s understanding of mathematics concepts, with courses in number sense, spatial reasoning, and modeling and representation, as well as courses in culturally responsive pedagogy, inclusive education, and research in the field of mathematics education.

Current Education students can begin taking courses towards the certificate before you have completed your BEd. If you are interested, check out these NEW Education Mathematics courses being offered starting in July!!

These courses can satisfy an Education Elective in your program or you can use them towards the new Certificate in Teaching Elementary School Mathematics Education (TESM).

Spring/Summer 2017

EMTH 327: Modeling & Representation for the Elementary School Mathematics Teacher (July- Monday-Thursday 1300-1545)
This course develops mathematical content knowledge related to modeling and representation through multiple approaches to learning, including using manipulatives and technologies for mathematical sense-making and communications. Topics include modeling and representing quantitative relationships (algebraically and graphically), patterns, linear/non-linear functions, proportional relationships, and real-world situations using statistics and probability.

EMTH 425: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in the Mathematics Classroom (July- Monday-Thursday 800-1045)
In this course, students think critically about, and plan for, culturally responsive pedagogy (CRP) in school mathematics. Focusing on the theory and practice of CRP-related issues, including social justice, equity, Indigenous education, ethnomathematics, and linguistically-diverse learners, the course is grounded in critical, anti-oppressive, and inquiry-based philosophies.

Fall 2017

EMTH 426: Research in Mathematics Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (Mondays 1630-1915)
Students engage in critical analysis and review of current research in mathematics curriculum, instruction and assessment. Drawing on critical and inquiry-based perspectives, the theory and practice of research in the field of mathematics education are explored in the contexts of SK mathematics curriculum development and individual classroom-based research.

For more details, please visit:
https://www.uregina.ca/education/programs/certificates.html#ctesm

If you have any questions, please contact the Student Program Centre by calling 306-585-4537 or come by ED 228 to talk to an advisor.

SUNTEP First to Offer Michif 100 Language Course

SUNTEP Regina Coordinator Janice Thompson (Photo credit: Shuana Niessen)
A Michif 100 language course is now being offered to Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP) Regina students. SUNTEP Regina Coordinator Janice Thompson says, “What makes our program unique and distinct is that we are the first post-secondary institution to offer [the Michif] language course.”

Michif is the indigenous language of many Métis. However, “the Michif language which was once common in Métis communities is now considered an endangered language as there are fewer that 1000 people who speak it.”[1]

Thompson says, “Offering the Michif 100 course continues to reaffirm our commitment to Métis people alongside our mission statement: to promote the renewal and development of Métis culture through research, materials development, collection and distribution of those materials and the design, development and delivery of Métis-specific educational programs and services.” The introduction of the new course was celebrated at the Student Success Celebration, held March 7, 2017.

Gabriel Dumont Institute – SUNTEP, in partnership with the University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan, has been offering elementary teacher training for over 35 years and currently boasts 1206 graduates from Regina, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert programs.

“To be learning Michif now at my age, as an adult, is exciting, but also very difficult. Learning the language of my people is very important to me as it enhances what I’m learning about my traditions and culture.” Jenny Veilleux, first-year SUNTEP student (Photo credit: Shuana Niessen)

First year SUNTEP Regina student Jenny Veilleux says she feels “fortunate to be one of the first students in Canada to take a Michif class, which is the first one to be offered anywhere ever. Michif is a dying language, with few fluent speakers; it needs to be saved so it can flourish once again. My family was enfranchised in the 1950’s, which unfortunately means they assimilated into the European culture.”

Jenny continues: “Ultimately, they lost most of the languages that they were born to speak during the process. My grandparents spoke between 5-7Indigenous languages and Michif was one. I only grew up hearing phrases or words, never being fully immersed in the language. To be learning Michif now at my age, as an adult, is exciting, but also very difficult. Learning the language of my people is very important to me as it enhances more of what I’m learning about my traditions and culture. This is necessary for many people in Canada, to prevent it from being completely lost.”

Study in Mexico Brings Together U of R Students

Reposted from External Relations, Feature Stories

The opportunity to mix credit classes with a cultural experience has brought together a group of University of Regina students, mainly from Education, International Studies and Arts

The students are taking part in a three-week international study tour to Mexico. They leave Regina on May 8 and return May 28.

So far, 12 students have signed up for the three-credit class experience –  EFDN 498 – International Study Tour to Mexico. There are spots for three more students to take part. The course is open for students attending any undergraduate program at the U of R

EFDN 498 is a Faculty of Education course intended to enrich and enhance international educational experiences for students. Focusing on significant areas of teacher engagement the course is designed to further the education and preparation of pre-service teachers in a variety of educational settings. EFDN 498 advances the Faculty of Education’s mandate towards internationalization in responding to increasing levels of complexity in the educational field.

“Being in education you should never ever turn down the opportunity to see how other teachers and educators operate. So I’m eating up this opportunity,” says Carley Weisbeck who is in her fifth year of her Arts Education degree at the U of R.

The credit classes take place at the University of the Valley of Atemajac Campus in Guadalajara, Mexico’s second-largest city.

Students will participate in 18 hours of academic instruction. The course includes an examination of contemporary Mexican education in comparison with Canadian models.

“I believe we have the responsibility as educators to provide our students with the global education they need to succeed in a highly competitive global economy,” says Martin Lopez, Academic Program Development Consultant at the University of Regina who has planned this trip for the students.

The students will be staying with host families and spend three days travelling along what is referred to as the Mexican Independence Route giving students the opportunity to explore Mexico’s rich history.

“I love travelling so where there’s an opportunity to take a class abroad I jump at it, especially since it is an education course I need to take,” says Mackenzie Raedeke who is enrolled in the K – 5 Education program at the U of R.

Students must pay for the study tour in addition to tuition. To help with expenses, students may apply for a $1,000 travel fund provided through UR International.

“Students who have the opportunity to immerse in a foreign culture usually go back to their home country with a better appreciation of their own culture,” says Lopez. “They also go back with a better understanding of who they are and where they stand in this global village that the world has become.”

If you are interested in being a part of the study tour you are asked to contact Martin Lopez via email: martin.lopez@uregina.ca.