The College of Education values admission measurements related to the three competencies that teachers should possess: knowledge, skills, and affect (Mullin, 2003). Rather than choosing approaches which ‘screen out’, we are shifting to approaches that ‘select in’ (Jacobowitz, DeLorenzo, & Adirim, 2000). Along with this, we understand that the candidates that are applying have only begun to show evidence of possessing traits of teacher competencies; therefore, their potential needs to be considered along with their accomplishments. Based on synthesized research on the validity and reliability of various assessment tools, assessed resource requirements and costs, and also on input from faculty and students, we are guided by a desire in our admissions process to select those applicants who are likely to (a) acquire mastery of critical teacher competencies, (b) show congruence with the values of our College and the goals of our new undergraduate program, and (c) align with the priorities of our institutional partners. To this end, we have determined that GPA be weighted at 50%, the online interview be assigned a weight of 25%, and the referee ratings assigned a weight of 25%.
Deadline to Apply is February 15.
The following will be combined to create an admission score:
Definition: The definition of working with children, youth, or young adults means that you have been engaged in work, volunteer or paid, for the purpose of aiding and enhancing the personal and social development of children, youth or young adults. This work ought to be complementary to your potential work as a teacher, including coaching, mentoring, motivating, leading, organizing, engaging, etc., children, youth, or young adults. The timeline for your volunteer work may include experience gained in high school to the present.
Deadline: The Referee Work Experience Evaluation, including the 35 - 40 hour requirement working with children, youth, or young adults must be completed by April 30th (prior to beginning your studies in the College of Education).
The College of Education application form will include a section for the applicant to complete that will include contact information for 2 referees. The referees you choose will have supervised or observed you with your interaction with children & youth during your work experience and can verify your work hours and character.
Process: The application form will ask for the following, enabling the College to email a survey to your referee that must be completed and returned to the College by April 30: Name, email address, home address & telephone number
*Alternative evaluation methods are available for those referees that DO NOT have access to email.
The College will be verifying your referees to ensure authenticity.
For more information please contact:
College of Education
University of Saskatchewan
28 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X1
Skype Enabled - please email to inquire
College Website: http://www.usask.ca/education/