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Message from the Dean

Message from the Dean and Associate Deans

We are excited about the year ahead and look forward to the College of Education's ongoing excellent work with students within all of our programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our primary work involves dedication in preparing teachers who not only meet but exceed Saskatchewan Ministry of Education competencies, based on the rich program of studies we offer. Our program extends beyond the University of Saskatchewan campus into partnering communities, supporting and being supported by provincial and First Nation schools. In addition to teacher preparation, we are also committed to high quality graduate education at the masters and doctoral levels, endeavouring to influence a variety of fields locally and globally. Our faculty have superb records in teaching, research, scholarly and artistic work, and public service, as well as stellar knowledge of the discipline and related areas of specialization, and are committed to student engagement at all levels.

Saskatoon has a rich history of Teacher Education and the College of Education is proud of its roots in teacher training and development, boasting upwards of 30 000 alumni in its 80 year history. We currently register approximately 350 undergraduate students each year, and in the fall of 2014 saw upwards of 320 students head into practica within rural and urban provincial school divisions and First Nations Communities. Our post degree-certificate and graduate student programs are vibrant with activity and innovation, with over 900 local, national, and international students registered in a variety of different post-degree, graduate and post-graduate programs. We are grateful to the many partnerships that have supported our students, and look forward to continuing to grow as a culturally diverse, robust and innovative center for teacher training in Saskatchewan.

Academic Advising

The College of Education strongly advises all students to meet with an academic advisor at least once a year.

To book an appointment with an advisor in the College, email advising.education@usask.ca or call (306) 966-7654.

Be sure to email from your PAWS account and include your name, student number, and program so your inquiry can be directed the appropriate advisor.

The following individuals are academic advisors in the college:

Drop-in Advising

Drop-in advising sessions are available for current Education students on Fridays from 9 a.m. - 12 noon in Education Room 3350.

Learning Communities

All direct entry Education students starting the B.Ed. program in the fall of 2017 are expected to register in an Education Learning Community in Fall Term 1 and Winter Term 2.

Essential Skills for Teacher Candidates

A candidate for a B.Ed. degree must demonstrate the following:

1. Cognitive Skills

A teacher candidate must demonstrate the memory necessary to recall, integrate and synthesize information. In addition, the teacher candidate must display both critical and creative thinking skills, with the latter involving fluency, flexibility, originality and elaboration in terms of developing and adapting student programs.

2. Communication Skills

A teacher candidate must speak and hear (independently or through successful use of augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) and interact with students in order to effectively and efficiently deliver and assess lessons. In addition, clear oral and written communication skills are required related to family engagement as well as working relationships with colleagues.

3. Emotional and Physical Health

A teacher candidate must successfully navigate through the emotional and physical expectations of a school day related to practica experiences and demonstrate attendance and participation as required and/or negotiated in College and field settings.

4. Language Skills

A teacher candidate must demonstrate proficiency in the language of instruction (oral and written).

5. Research/Information Processing Skills

A teacher candidate must demonstrate the ability to initiate and complete the collection of data related to students and curricula, effectively demonstrating analysis, considering implications, keeping records, and displaying information.

6. Social Skills

A teacher candidate must be able to ethically and sensitively build working relationships with all members of a school team. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills and internal motivation are all personal qualities that successful teachers demonstrate and are attributes expected of students in the College of Education.

Student Responsibilites

Criminal Record Check with vulnerable sector check is mandatory for ALL TEACHER CANDIDATES.

Students, staff, faculty, and instructors in the College of Education aspire to the high standards of professionalism associated with the teaching profession. 

As members of the College of Education community, our activities demonstrate our professionalism in the manner in which we:

  • develop knowledge and skills to the best of our abilities;
  • recognize and work toward the betterment of our communities through our professional work;
  • cooperate and work collaboratively with our professional colleagues for the betterment of our professions;
  • fully participate and engage in our continued education and development as professionals;
  • exercise positive judgment and decision making with respect to our professional roles; and
  • work toward high standards of professional practice and ethical conduct guided by the College’s core principles of respect, inclusivity, integrity and responsibility.

Given the College's responsibility to the teaching profession, we encourage:

  • Sustained positive engagement;
  • Dedication and follow-through in all responsibilities; and
  • Awareness of the impact of personal actions (positive and negative) within a community of learners.

To aid in the actualization of professional standards, clear, direct, and continuing communication among all parties is critical.

For further information on professional codes for teachers, please consult the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation codes and standards and the the Saskatchewan Professional Teachers Regulatory Board conduct.

To be promoted to the next year of the program, you must have an Education average of 60 per cent, computed on the basis of all the Education course work applicable to the program. If you need to make up deficiencies in the external (academic) component of your program your average in the external courses credited to your B.Ed. degree must not fall below 60 per cent. In addition, Secondary students must maintain a 60 per cent average in both their first and second teaching areas. The external component of the program must be completed by June 30, prior to the Extended Practicum in Term 1 of Year 4.

Visit the course and program catalogue for more information on promotion and graduation standards for the College of Education (listed under Academic Information & Policies).

Cohort Schedules

Competency ePortfolios

Imagine the culmination of your B.Ed program where you could open a portfolio that holds exemplary assignments stored from years of teacher education.

As you lean forward, you are able to see completed unit and lesson plans, reflective essays, photographs of field experiences, and even video footage of demonstrations, as well as other evidence-based growth related to your professional learning journey. This kind of contemplation of learning over time is a part of reflective teaching and a hallmark of effective practice.

Your portfolio of competencies expands into sections that address particular topics related to Saskatchewan Teacher Education competencies: professonal/personal outcomes, knowledge outcomes, instructional outcomes, and curricular outcomes.

This is the vision for the ePortfolio in the College of Education-a tool that will support teacher candidates in reflective learning, towards a successful career path.

Student Services

We know you will have questions about coming to university. Here is where you can find your answers.

Student Groups

Education Students' Society (ESS)

  • The Education Students’ Society represents, enhances and promotes the academic and non-academic interests of all Education students in the College through unified, accountable, and effective leadership.
  • The Education Students’ Society seeks to enhance the experience of Education students by providing both professional and extra-curricular opportunities for growth.
  • The ESS office is located in Room 1009, Education Building.

ITEP Student Council

  • The ITEP Student Council is a group of students representing the views of the students enrolled in the ITEP program.
  • The ITEP Student Council office is located in Room 1010, Education Building.
  • ITEP Student Council

SUNTEP Student Representative Council (SUNTEP SRC)

  • The SUNTEP Student Representative Council is a group of students representing the views of the students enrolled in the SUNTEP program.
  • The SUNTEP SRC office is located in Room 1011, Education Building.