Technological Education is a program that prepares teacher candidates with experience in a broad-based technology area to teach grades 9 to 12.
- Offered to Consecutive Education teacher candidates.
- Candidates entering the program with an undergraduate degree complete the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.).
- The Diploma in Education (Dip.Ed.) is completed by candidates without a degree.
- 4 successive terms, starting in May and ending in August the following year. Queen's graduates are out into the job market early.
- Teacher candidates complete 20 weeks of placements, including an alternative practicum that can be done outside a school setting and anywhere in the world as long as it is related to the program.
- Travel fellowships support education-related travel outside Canada such as for alternative practicum placements.
- Graduates of the Dip.Ed. who later obtain an acceptable degree can apply to Student Services to have the Diploma converted to a B.Ed.
Candidates choose from the following broad-based technology areas:
- Communications Technology
- Computer Technology
- Construction Technology
- Green Industries
- Hairstyling and Aesthetics*
- Health Care
- Manufacturing Technology
- Technological Design
- Transportation Technology*
* indicates that applicants must hold a Certificate of Qualification in the regulated trade.
Below are the seven Broad-based Technological areas that are taught in Ontario secondary schools. Under each area, we have included some of the specific skills that a future teacher should have to help you determine which Broad-based Technological area fits your related postsecondary skilled work and/or related wage-earning experience.
A broad range of technical skills and knowledge are needed in the specific Broad-based Technology to which you are applying. A single technical skill set is not acceptable at this point in time. This means that you should have a minimum range of 2 to 4 skill sets in one Broad-based Technology to be considered for admission.
- Audio-visual equipment
- Computer electronics
- Graphic artist/designer
- Radio and TV arts
- Hardware and software development
- Computer interfacing
- Network setup
- Robot construction
- Air conditioning and refrigeration
- Cabinet maker
Hairstyling and Aesthetics*
- *Aestheticians must hold a Hairstyling trade certificate.
- Registered Nursing certification
- Dental Assistant
- Child care/child development
Hospitality and Tourism
- Hospitality industry
- Forestry and forest management
- Horticulture and landscaping
- Greenhouse operation
- General machinist
- Tool and Die Maker
- Architectural/mechanical drafting
- Architectural/mechanical engineer
- Engineering design technologist
- Automotive body service technician certification
- Automotive vehicle service technician certification
- Heavy duty/truck service technician certification
- Motorcycle/small engine service technician certification
*Applicants for Hairstyling and Aesthetics or Transportation Technology require a Certificate of Qualification because they are compulsory regulated trades.
Breadth of Experience
The examples below show how breadth of technological experience would be interpreted in Construction Technology.
Very Narrow (NOT ADMISSIBLE)
- 1 skill set in 1 BBT subject area. (e.g., stonemasonry or electrical or plumbing)
- 2-3 skill sets in 1 BBT subject area. (e.g., house framing and cabinetmaking and electrical). Has used computers.
- 4 or more skills sets in 1 BBT subject area. (e.g., house framing and cabinetmaking and electrical and CAD). Computer literate.
- Near complete skill sets for 1 BBT (e.g., Construction Technology) and some skill sets from a 2nd BBT. Must have CAD and/or design experience.
When you complete our Teacher Education program, you will be prepared to teach students in the Grade 9 Integrated Technologies course, and then courses in one of the above Broad-based Technological areas at the Grades 10-12 levels in which you are qualified.
For more information about secondary school courses, see the following Ministry of Education curriculum documents:
- For Grades 9 and 10: The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 9 and 10: Technological Education, 2009.
- For Grades 11 and 12: The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 11 and 12: Technological Education, 2009.
If the content of the secondary school courses you examined matches your technical background AND a minimum range of 2 to 4 skill sets in one Broad-based Technology, then you should apply to that Broad-based Technology.
If your technical background does not match the content of the secondary school courses you have examined, start this process over to consider another Broad-based Technology.
If you do not find that there is a course that matches your technical background, then you do not have the technical background to apply for a teacher education program in Technological Education. The Ontario secondary school curriculum does not address all technical fields.
In the program you will take some courses that are common to all education programs, as well as courses specific to Technological Education such as:
- CURR 360: Teaching Technological Education
- CURR 368: Curriculum Development in Technological Education
- FOCI 213: Broad-Based Technological Education
These courses will introduce to new ideas and practices, and ask you to critically reflect on how you will practice as an educator. Our faculty has a technological education shop specifically designed for project development and learning about the teaching of technological education. For details on courses taken in the program, click here.
Regular Practicum placements mean that you will work alongside other education professionals in classrooms for 20 weeks: one component in the first summer (3 weeks); two components in the fall (3 weeks each); one component in the winter term (4 weeks) followed by an alternative practicum (3 weeks); and one component in the second summer (4 weeks).
The three-week Alternative Practicum offers an opportunity to gain experience in a concentration and placements are typically completed outside the public school system. You can do the Alternative Practicum anywhere in the world as long as it is related to your program. We also provide travel fellowships that can help you get there. Examples of previous placements include tourist resorts, community colleges, radio and television corporations, and many others in business and industry. Guidance and support will be given in selecting your placement.
Applicants must have one of the following:
- Minimum 5 years* of wage-earning experience, including business or industrial experience, where the applicant used skills and knowledge in the area of Technological Education selected for his/her Broad-based Technology.
- At least 2 years* of wage-earning experience and successful completion of a postsecondary education program in the area of Technological Education selected for his/her Broad-based Technology. The postsecondary education program must be a minimum of six (6) semesters of academic studies where the experience and education use the applicant’s skills and knowledge in their Broad-based Technology.
- A combination of wage-earning experience and education that totals five (5) years*, of which at least two (2) years* must be wage-earning experience in their Broad-based Technology and at least four (4) months in this two years must be continuous.
*Please note that 1 year equals 1850 hours
Proof of Competency
Applicants must provide proof of competency in the same broad-based technology area to which they are applying in order to teach. This proof is a combination of both academic background and work experience in the same broad-based technology. Examples of activities that are not counted towards your skilled wage-earning experience are teaching, supervisory functions, management activities, customer service and sales activities. Activities such as these cannot be counted even if they require knowledge of the broad-based technology area.
Proof of competence in the broad-based technology subject area must be demonstrated as follows:
- a minimum of 2 years of related postsecondary skilled work and/or wage-earning experience (in the same area of trade certification and in the same broad-based technology subject area that the applicant is seeking qualification)
- an acceptable combination of related academic studies and related skilled work and/or wage-earning experience
Required Academic/Work Experience Combinations
Qualifications and assessments of individual academic/experience combinations are made by the Faculty, and require proof of related postsecondary skilled work and/or wage-earning experience. The proven number of years needed for each academic background is as follows:
- Related university degree: A minimum of 2 years experience
- Related college diploma (3 years): A minimum of 2 years experience
- Related college diploma (2 years): 3 years experience
- 1 year of a 2-3 year related college diploma: 4 years experience
- Tradesperson (Secondary School Graduation Diploma): 5 years experience
*Please note that 1 year equals 1850 hours.