Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

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Updated September 7, 2021


Queen's University Return to Campus Website

Queen’s is planning for a resumption of in-person activity in September and is supported in this plan by advice from KFL&A Public Health. Please see Queen's Return to Campus website for more details. 


Mandatory Vaccination

Queen’s requires all students, staff, and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to fill in a vaccination status declaration form to disclose their current status as soon as possible. Learn More



Updated August 12, 2021 

Please note that these FAQ are subject to change based on government and University policies surrounding COVID-19. 

Current 2021-2022 B.Ed./Dip.Ed. Teacher Candidates; 

Q: Are classes in-person?

A: At this time, there is an expectation that classes will resume on campus for in-person delivery. Participation remains mandatory.

Q: Is the Faculty of Education closed?

A: Staff from the Faculty will be returning the building gradually over the course of the Fall term. The Student Services and the Practicum offices will be open in time for your return to campus on August 30. 

Q: Can I still make an appointment with an Academic & Career Advisor?

A: Yes! Our Advisors are offering virtual appointments during regular office hours, Monday through Friday. Please book your appointment here.

Q: Does the Faculty of Education now offer an online and/or part-time option for the Consecutive Education program?

A: While the Technological and Indigenous Education multi-session programs do offer a blended format both on and off-campus, the general Bachelor of Education program does not. 

Q: Will there be practicum in the fall term?

A: The expectation is yes, there will be practicum in the fall. The Practicum Office is in contact with schools and boards however, school administrators are trying to manage their re-opening. The Practicum Office will begin to send information regarding practicum placements at the end September. Your patience and flexibility is appreciated, as we work with the Associate Schools during their return to in-person classes. The Practicum Office Team is working remotely. Please continue to email practicum.office@queensu.ca for questions regarding practicum.

Graduate Students 

Q. Where can I get updates on graduate studies at Queen’s? 

A. Please consult these websites regularly: Queen's Safe Return to Campus and School of Graduate Studies.

Q: Do I have to attend classes?

A: Participation remains mandatory. The Faculty of Education and Graduate Studies are preparing for a full return to a face-to-face program in the fall.

Q: What about my research?

The process to start or resume in-person research can be found here

Q: Is the Faculty of Education open?

A: Beginning September 1, 2021, the graduate studies office will be open on-campus Monday - Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. We continue to be available remotely until September 1.

Q: Will this affect my funding?

Our minimum funding guarantee remains the same. There will be no alteration to, or delay in payment, of Queen’s awards, Teaching Assistantships, Graduate Research Fellowships, Research Assistantships, and Graduate Teaching Fellowships.

Q: What should I do about my comprehensive exams/thesis defence?

Comprehensive exams and thesis defenses will proceed as planned. Please contact your Graduate Coordinator for any concerns.

Undergraduate Concurrent Education Candidates 

Q: Will there be practicum placements in 2021-2022?

A: The expectation is that there will be practicum placements in 2021-2022.

  • First Year Concurrent candidates must complete practicum in a non-traditional setting, interacting with children. More information will be provided in the upcoming weeks during PROF class presentations and the onQ PRAC course.
  • Second Year Concurrent candidates are encouraged to complete practicum in a non-traditional setting or a non-traditional classroom setting in a school (Guidance, Student Support, Reading Recovery, etc.).
  • Third Year Concurrent candidates must complete their practicum in a traditional classroom setting as this practicum, along with final year practicum, count toward the 80-day OCT requirement.
  • All practicum placements must be approved by the Practicum Office before you are permitted to begin placement.

Q: Will there be another Practicum Course module that can be completed in place of practicum?

A: No, Practicum Course modules were developed to support candidates, in agreement with OCT, during closures due to the global pandemic and in response to the various Ministry and Public Health directives.

Q: Do I still have to come to the Practicum Office to verify my police check if I am starting a placement in the fall term?

A: Practicum Office staff are working remotely. Please scan and submit a copy of your valid Vulnerable Sector Police check in onQ once the PRAC course becomes available. Make sure the police check is no older than 6 months prior to starting your practicum.

If you do not plan to complete your practicum until after exams next spring (2022), wait until at least February 1 before obtaining your police check.


COVID-19 Self-Assessment Procedures for Entering Duncan McArthur Hall

Based on the advice of public health officials, all students, faculty, staff, and visitors must complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment form before entering Duncan McArthur Hall.

Completing the form is required prior to each work shift or each visit to the building to help safeguard the health and safety of the Queen’s community and help limit the exposure to and transmission of COVID-19. Not complying with this will result in an initial verbal warning, followed by removal of access to the building for additional non-compliance. All information collected is treated confidentially.
If you have any questions about or trouble with this form, please contact edhelp@queensu.ca


Education Library  

The Education Library is excited to welcome you back to our space but we need to tell you that although we hope to be open and ready to welcome you in on September 7, we are also currently under construction, so encourage you to check on our Education Library Guide to be sure we are able to open on that day.

The construction involves a relocation of our front doors to the corner of Student Street across from the Courtyard and a complete re-imagining of the front part of the Library. You are going to love it when it is completed and that should be by the time teacher candidates return from the fall practicum. In the meantime, there will be a safe corridor constructed through the construction zone to get you in to the main room of the Library where all is as usual and our staff will be working and ready to help you. We can’t wait!

If you need Education Library materials before September 7, you can still use the Curbside pickup service by signing in to Omni and picking up your requested items at Stauffer Library – either in the loggia or, later in August, we hope at the Stauffer Service Desk. Keep your eye on the Education Library Guide or the COVID-19 Updates page for news about opening services. Email us at education.library@queensu.ca if you have any research needs along the way and we will be sure to get back to you promptly.


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