FUTURE TEACHERS

April 20, 2014

PLANNING AHEAD

So you want to be a teacher. That's great but you should do a bit of planning ahead. How are you going to convince the admissions people at the Faculty of Education that you are really interested in working with young people, that you really want to be a teacher?

Faculties of Education require their applicants to submit a portfolio which documents experience with young people. Here are some suggestions for you to build up your portfolio.

  • Volunteer working with children, summer camps, day camps, sports teams, youth clubs, etc.
  • Tutor your peers or students in lower grades, offer to help a teacher in your old primary school
  • When completing your undergraduate degree, offer to help in a classroom, or tutor school students, or join "Tutors in the Classroom", a Ministry of Education Program providing paid experience in an area school board
  • Get involved with education issues