Charles Sturt University (CSU) Ontario’s Bachelor of Primary Education Studies has been given a resounding endorsement by the Accreditation Committee of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT).
The reaccreditation of the primary–junior teacher education program is for five years.
Professor Bob Meyenn, CSU Provost and Special Adviser for Ontario says the reaccreditation went exceptionally well and offers CSU the opportunity to “engage in longer-term planning in areas such as building developments and staffing”.
Dean of CSU’s Faculty of Education, Professor Toni Downes, described the reaccreditation process as “very thorough and rigorous” and added that CSU came through with flying colours which prepares the way for an expansion of the educational programs CSU offers in Ontario. Professor Downes was speaking from Canada, on the eve of the second CSU Ontario graduation
Two hundred and fifty six graduands are expected to attend the two formal graduation sessions which will take place on Friday 22 June. One hundred and seventy three will graduate from the Bachelor of Primary Education Studies – 15 with distinction. Others have studied via distance education or through collaborative programs offered by CSU in Canada and will graduate from the Faculties of Arts, Education, Health Studies, and Science and Agriculture.
Professor Downes has strong links to Canada and is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She says CSU’s second cohort of graduates are a very talented and committed group of beginning teachers who can make a significant contribution to Canadian education.
“As graduates from an international university they bring a more global perspective. There is a consensus among the students that the quality of the teaching and learning that they experienced at CSU was of a very high standard, and they all feel confident in taking up their first teaching position.”
Tara Connor will receive her Doctor of Education on Friday afternoon. She looked at the experiences, strategies and personal attributes of successful female administrators in the Canadian education system. In her doctorate she was able to identify four strategies that local education Boards could implement in an effort to support females into leadership positions.
“Provide female teachers with leadership opportunities at the school and district level to provide a system-wide perspective of education. Second, offer role model and mentorship opportunities. Most importantly, develop work situations that are conducive to family life, and fourth, connect leadership experiences to the teaching process, because many of the women I spoke to said they didn’t want an administrative role to take them away from the classroom,” Ms Connor said.
“I’m looking forward to Friday’s graduation. As an education administrator, I see CSU Ontario as an exciting initiative.”
This program is offered under the written consent of the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities for the period from 24th December 2004 to 24th December 2009. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (e.g., acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies or other educational institutions).