To all prospective Concurrent Ed Students:

Today was Fall Campus Day at Glendon! A day of campus tours, mock lectures, information sessions, and (most importantly) free stuff. I hope you had a fantastic time getting to know our home. I spent my day at the Lion’s Den table and roaming around campus with my good friends Elodie and Richard; hopefully you had the chance to get a photo with our favourite mascot. 🙂

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I chatted with several of you who had questions about the Concurrent Education program at Glendon, so this post is dedicated to all of you in order to clarify some of your biggest questions/concerns/worries/dreams.

First of all, I’d like you to take a very big, deep, breath. Now let it out with a sigh. Feel better? Good. Do this at least once a day, because it’s important to remind yourself that you’ve got this.

Let’s start with the basics of the program, which are already conveniently written in a previous blog post of mine! Check it out here and once you’re finished, read on because I may answer some of your most pressing questions.

I’m in (insert high school French level here). I’m worried that I won’t be able to keep up in the Glendon B.Ed program or teach French at all!

This isn’t something that you should worry about. After all, you’re coming to Glendon to improve your French! I applied for the Direct Entry Glendon B.Ed in grade twelve and was accepted to the exact same program at the Keele Campus, because there was only a small handful of candidates accepted to Glendon’s program as it was in its beginning stages.
I came to Glendon with a French Immersion background, and as many of us can attest, that may not be saying much depending on who our high school French teachers were. I can confidently say that upon graduation, I will be 100% comfortable holding a fluent conversation in French as well as teaching French in a classroom. I took advantage of all opportunities to further immerse myself in the language: campus involvement, the Explore program, and an international exchange to Belgium in my fourth year. You should too!

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What’s the difference between the Keele B.Ed and the Glendon B.Ed?
The main difference: the Keele B.Ed program is taught in English and the Glendon B.Ed program is taught mostly in French.
Glendon B.Ed students are guaranteed placements in French Immersion classrooms. Keele B.Ed students with a French teachable are usually guaranteed at least one placement in a French classroom (Core or Immersion); the lucky ones get both of their teaching placements in a French classroom! As for me, I had my ED2 placement in an Extended Immersion classroom, and my current placement (ED3) is in a Special Education classroom, which is a phenomenal experience.

If I don’t get accepted into the direct-entry Glendon program but I get accepted at Keele, will I be able to switch to Glendon once my French has improved?
This is up for debate. Don’t tell anyone that I told you this, but I do know of some people who have been accepted for a switch from Keele to Glendon after their pre-Ed year (first year of undergrad). However, you may find yourself in my position, absolutely IN LOVE with the Keele Ed program and not want to switch over! I love being on both campuses.

But I won’t be able to teach French Immersion if I do a B.Ed at Keele!

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Dwight’s right, folks. You’ll have exactly the same qualifications coming out of your B.Ed regardless of which campus you complete it on!

What if I don’t get into Concurrent Education at all?
Provided that you’re passionate about this career path, apply again. The Ed program totals three years, so if you’re hoping to be graduated in five, you can apply to start in your second year or even your third year. However, applying for your third year means that you won’t have a stop-out year (to go on exchange, etc) unless you’re looking at taking a sixth year.
EDIT: As far as I’m aware, the Education program has been extended to two years if you’re in Consecutive and four years if you’re in Concurrent. That means that incoming Concurrent students will be in a six-year program.

Remember these application Pro-Tips:
 Read the directions on the supplementary application. Read them again. Read them again. And again.
– School involvement looks great, but classroom and community involvement looks even better! Beef up that CV!
– Your passion for the field should reflect in your personal statement. Recruiters look for candidates who shine through their applications; when they know, they know.

All info on the B.Ed program can be found here, including an FAQ section and application tips! I wish you all the best in your journey through the application process and I encourage you to either comment below or send me a message on Twitter with any questions or rants about the program and the process!

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