Category: Program and Course News

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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.

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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.

High School Students Take First Year Education Course

For the first time, one of our Faculty of Education courses is being offered with a unique integrated high school course at Campus Regina Public School.

Dr. Twyla Salm is teaching the Education Core Studies (ECS) 100 course at Campus Regina Public as part of their Early Childhood program. Normally, ECS 100 is a required course for first year education students in all programs in the Faculty of Education. At Campus Regina Public, however, the students are still in high school!

In 2012, Regina Public Schools developed Campus Regina Public, an innovative high school program that integrates vocational and technical courses with academic courses for credit. The Faculty of Education and the University of Regina have recently partnered with Regina Public Schools to add another dimension to this already unique high school program. Last winter and, once again, this Fall, ECS 100 is being offered as part of the integrated Early Childhood Program.

Dr. Salm says, “This ECS course is a unique program integrating the learning outcomes of ECS 100, English 20/30, Psychology 30, and Career and Work Exploration 20/30.” Two Regina Public School teachers, Lisa Williams (Career Ed. & Psychology) and Jennifer Minter (English) co-teach with Dr. Salm; they plan, instruct, and evaluate as a team.

Dr. Salm says, “I am very fortunate to work in a collaborative environment with teachers and administrators that are willing to think innovatively about transitioning students from high school to post-secondary. It is a complex pedagogical teaching experience to integrate these courses effectively but our students are learning and many of them are opting to go to university.”

Jennifer Minter, co-teacher with Twyla, says, “We are so very fortunate to be able to offer such an enriching experience for our students. Integrating Dr. Salm’s course into the ECE program that we offer truly raises the bar in terms of the students’ motivation, performance and their overall educational experience. It is a tremendous advantage for them and for us, as their teachers.”

Campus Regina Public students are admitted to the University of Regina through the High School Accelerated Admission Process and receive a university credit when they successfully complete ECS 100. The University of Regina provides a scholarship which covers the cost of tuition so every Campus Regina Public student has the opportunity to experience a university course without the usual expense. Over the past two semesters, the ECS classes have been a diverse group of 32 plus students representing every high school in the city.

In the ECS 100 course, students examine topics such as the history and politics of Canadian school and the purposes it has served; how knowledge has been constructed from various historical contexts, worldviews, and values; and information about literacy and research. Students have a work experience component in which they spend time working in early childhood classrooms. They also gain research skills and learn to think critically and creatively about the construction of knowledge and educational systems.

The following are students’ comments on their experience in this course:

Kayleigh Marsh: I like that this class gives us the opportunity to get a kickstart on our university education and that we’re saving money on the class. We have learned lots about how residential schools affected the children and how they viewed the world.

Selina Musleh: I liked going on my work experience. I learned how to make a lesson plan.

Sydney Vogt: This is definitely my favourite class and it is great to be able to learn more about the development of young kids and get some experience working with them and teaching a few lessons!

Cheyenne Rathje: I love this class. I’m here for two hours a day and I love coming to this class because I get to play with little kids and do fun activities. I would do this class [more] than any other class. This is the best class ever.

Hanna Lapchuk: I have learned in working with younger kids. I have learned how to work with them and understand their learning abilities. I have worked with the kids hands-on and made learning plans with them. Spending 2 hours a day for 2 weeks with them, you really get to know the kids, know how they work, what they like, what they hate, and how to teach them in the best way.

Tabinda and Mishal: Field experience has been amazing! We’ve gained exceptional knowledge. We never knew there was so much in a child at such young ages.

Nicholas Bage: I like how this class gives you real experience on what it is like to teach an early elementary class as well on what to expect in a university class.

Kennedy Weber: I like this class because there is always so much to do and working with the kids is such a learning experience and I love coming here every day.

Chloe Anderson: I love this class because of the hands on experiences we have, along with getting real experience with children of all ages.

Jaida Crichlow:The ECE program has awesome educators and a safe and fun environment to be in.

Brianna Pinay: It is a very great program with many opportunities.

Hailey Harron: I love this program because it teaches you everything you need to become a teacher and how to understand children better.

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U of R at Campus Regina Public

An Exciting Opportunity for Education Students: International Study Tour to China

Northeast Normal University located in Changchun, Jilin Province, China (Image Source: Wikimedia)

In May 2016, the Faculty of Education is offering a new course: Education (EFDN 498) – International Study Tour to China

Education students at the University of Regina are invited to register for the Faculty of Education, International Study Tour. This is a three-credit, comparative-education class held at Northeast Normal University located in Changchun, Jilin Province, China. The 3-week study tour blends cultural activities, formal instruction, with in-class observation/participation. Visits to local schools and a short home-stay component are also included.

This year’s (2016) study tour commences on May 9th and finishes on May 28th. Students will participate in twenty-three (23) hours of academic instruction (in English) provided by a faculty member from the host university. The in class component will include a segment on the Chinese educational system as well as a look at Chinese educational history. Participants will also have the opportunity to assist Chinese educators in English language classes. In these classes students will complete eight (8) hours of field experience.

This trip will lend students the opportunity to appreciate local culture while learning and engaging in China’s rich history. Cultural activities will include visits to a number of important Chinese cultural and historical sites. While in Changchun students will reside in a Northeast Normal University Residence (meals not provided). Students will also be given the opportunity to stay with a Chinese family as part of a short home-stay (weekend) experience.

A 3-day excursion to Beijing will complete the 3-week program. The Beijing component will include a tour of the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. Further activities in Beijing will be coordinated through the Beijing Language and Culture University. While in Beijing accommodations and meals will be provided.

A maximum of 20 students will be accepted to participate in this course. Registrations will be handled on a first come first served basis. Successful completion of the study tour (related academic and practical components) is worth 3 credits and will be accredited on a pass/fail basis. It should be noted that EFDN 498 is treated as an elective so students may wish to consult with their academic advisor regarding their program. Course tuition is NOT included in the cost of the study tour. Students have the opportunity to apply for a $1,000 CAD Travel Bursary. This money is administered through University of Regina International (URI) to students in good standing (academic record).

Assessment and coordination are the responsibility of the University of Regina’s Education instructor accompanying the tour. Costs associated with the Study Tour are set at $900 USD (to be finalized) per students, plus air fare and personal expenses.

Interested students should contact Ms. Li Liu at the following e-mail address:

Last year, students engaged in a Study Tour to Mexico. See the story here…

Student Program Centre Hosts a Meet and Greet

IMG_5564On Wednesday October 14, the Student Program Centre hosted a Meet and Greet. As is often the case on a university campus, staff and faculty work with staff from other offices whom they have never met face-to-face. This gathering was organized to support interoffice and staff and faculty relationships. Along with a delicious assortment of appetizers, the centre handed out a list of staff roles and responsibilities.





Video of EFDN 498 Study Tour to Mexico

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UNIVA Summer Program 2015 – University of Regina, Canada

The final video of Univa summer program 2015, which was attended by University of Regina, Canada students. We appreciate the support from the center of Audiovisual Production (Ceproa) Univa, and of  Jesus Ramirez, who backed us with the aerial shots of the city.