Artist in Community Education

Artist in Community Education (ACE) is designed for practicing artists in visual art, music, drama, dance, film, and creative writing. 
ACE candidates explore arts-based teaching methodologies with hands-on activities. They are encouraged to explore other art forms within their studies to provide them with an understanding of all arts, beyond their own arts specialization. This provides all candidates with an understanding of all art forms, and the creativity and aesthetics that connect them. 

Application Process

Selection of Consecutive Education teacher candidates is based on the Queen's application requirements as well as the supplemental documents (portfolio and art resume) submitted to Student Services. Applicants must meet the requirements for Primary-Junior and/or Intermediate-Senior.

Selection of Concurrent Education teacher candidates is based on their application made in December of year 4.

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Overview

  • ACE is offered to Concurrent Education (two degrees at the same time: Bachelor’s in Arts, Fine Art, Music or Science and a Bachelor of Education; 5 years plus one term) students in their final year as well as Consecutive Education (university graduates earn a second degree: Bachelor of Education) teacher candidates.
  • For both Primary-Junior (PJ) and Intermediate-Senior (IS) teacher candidates.
  • 4 successive terms, starting in May and ending in August the following year. Queen's graduates are out into the job market early.
  • Intermediate-Senior candidates must select teaching subjects from one of four areas: Dramatic Arts, Music, English, or Visual Arts.
  • Teacher candidates complete 21 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.
  • Emphasis is on learning from one another and exploring the positive role that artists and the arts play in our schools, our communities, and our society.
  • The ACE class is a small and select group, and students work intensely with one another forging personal and professional relationships that follow them throughout their careers and their futures.

Courses & Practicum

In addition to the required curriculum courses of the regular program, all ACE students participate in arts focused courses in the ACE Program Track that shape their experience while at the Faculty.

Regular Practicum placements mean that you will work alongside other education professionals in classrooms for 21 weeks: one component in the first summer (3 weeks); two components in the fall (3 weeks and 4 weeks); 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. By selecting a placement in a non-traditional educational, artistic, or blended arts-educational setting, teacher candidates broaden their knowledge and understanding of the arts and arts education. With guidance and support, ACE candidates are expected to initiate, design, and develop an individualized alternative practicum. You can complete the Alternative Practicum anywhere in the world as long as it is related to your program. Queen's also provides several travel fellowships that can help you get there. Previous candidates have acquired placements at, for instance, the National Arts Centre, the National Gallery, the Canadian Opera Company, the Stratford Festival, the Shaw Festival, Random House Publishing UK, Whitney Museum of Art NYC, the Lincoln Center Institute NYC, and historical re-enactment festivals in Italy. The Studio at the Faculty of Education has a partnership with the Stratford Festival, the Shaw Festival, the Canadian Opera Company, Soulpepper, and Young People's Theatre. 

The synergy of talent in the class has no bounds. ACE events and extracurricular activities provide teacher candidates with further opportunities to initiate and experience arts-based projects and develop their professional network.

These are based on the class experience and group goals, so each year's event program has a shape and direction uniquely its own. However, the following are some traditional ACE events and activities:

  • Field Trip: Previous trips have been to Ottawa and Toronto, including the National Art Gallery, the National Arts Centre, the Canadian Opera Company, Soulpepper, and TVOntario.
  • Studio Workshops: hosted by artists-in-residence, faculty members, ACE grads, or classmates, "Notes at Noon" frequently features ACE musicians and "Art on the Walls" is an on-going exhibition throughout the year.
  • Extravaganza: an end of year event showcasing ACE performance artists in the McArthur Auditorium and an exhibition by the visual artists in The Studio.
  • Artists-in-Residence: Visit the Faculty each year representing various disciplines. Former artists-in-residence have included Michelle Silagy, dance artist; Shane Carty, voice artist; Holly Dean, calligraphic artist; Sabooge Theatre Artists; David Earle and Grace Miyagawa, dancers; R. Murray Shaffer, musician; Dan Yashinsky, storyteller; Ian Tamblyn, musician, and Alanna Kappell, encaustic, collage and watercolor artist.

The ACE class is a small and select group, and students work intensely with one another forging personal and professional relationships that follow them throughout their careers and their futures.

To facilitate communication with former classmates, and connect with other ACE alumni, we have created an ACE Alumni Facebook group. Keep in touch and have some dialogue about the changing opportunities in arts, education and new possibilities for arts-educators.

Do you have exciting news and stories you would like to share with the Faculty of Education Community? Contact Rebecca Carnevale.  You can also connect with the larger Queen's Alumni Community

"ACE helped me to discover how to be an advocate for the arts in education. It is about the artistic thinking as an important part of creative process, the value of quality arts education, the role of the arts in education. It is about learning from one another, reflecting, sharing, reading, writing, and creating. It has helped me to think in more clinical ways about art, my role as an artist teacher, and about my own work as well."

Ju-Hye Ahn


"It is easy to find people who understand that value of arts education but it is hard to find educators who are artists at heart. ACE allows artists to become qualified teachers while surrounded by like minded people and pursuing creative endeavours."

Allison Daley


"Artists who teach do not pay lip service to buzz words like creative and divergent thinking... we live it. It is a part of our way of seeing the world. Since graduating ACE I have pursued many avenues of teaching... part time at the college/university level in theatre and music programs, full time at an Ottawa area high school. When the students you interact with really don't have a sense of what is possible as creative thinkers, you quickly realize how valuable your art form is to opening up their minds to the possibility or contributing to society in alternate way. This is especially true of students who perhaps are being pushed toward 'safe' career paths."

Eliza Jane Scott


"Our small, select group was a refuge - a place to gather and talk about big ideas in art, education, and the world out there. A diverse group where our incredible range of experiences and skills made for the most exciting collaborative learning opportunities… it was personalized, rich, stimulating, and totally unforgettable."

Paul Vernon


"The ACE program was a family for me within the BEd year. Being a part of a small group of dedicated artists with the focus of becoming artist-educators made a huge difference. The instructors offered a safe creative space for each candidate to develop an approach to teaching as an artist."

Dan Dumsha


"Our ACE class quickly became a community, where we all learned not only from our incredible professors and program directors, but also from each other. The program offers a unique syllabus by changing the typical classroom environment to provide aspiring teachers with opportunities to learn through arts workshops, professional artist guest lecturers, trips, and class projects."

Jocelyn Urguhart

Finance Your Studies

Queen's Student Awards provides charts with guidelines for costs that Teacher Candidates may incur, including education and basic living expenses. The amount it costs to attend Queen's will depend somewhat on the choices you make, which will affect your budget (such as where your extended practicum and/or alternative practicum is located).

For information on financial assistance please contact Queen's Student Awards.

For most entrance awards, all eligible candidates will be considered automatically. Most of these awards are based on academics. Visit the Student Awards Website to learn more.

Award Title Description
J. Bolton and Kathleen Slack Scholarship Awarded on the basis of academic excellence to students entering the consecutive Bachelor of Education program in the Faculty of Education.
Milton Frederick Pummell Scholarships Two entrance scholarships are to be awarded on the basis of excellent teaching-related experience and academic standing to teacher candidates entering the consecutive Bachelor of Education program in the Primary-Junior option.
Paul Park Scholarship Established to encourage students entering the Faculty of Education to teach in the fields of Mathematics, Science and Technological Education. Up to 10 scholarships are to be awarded on the basis of academic excellence.
Senator Frank Carrel Upper Year Scholarships Up to ten scholarships are to be awarded on the basis of general proficiency to candidates who for at least one year at the time of their application have been and remain domiciled in the Province of Quebec.
John R. McCarthy Scholarship
(Application Required)
Awarded to a student who has graduated with at least second-class standing from either a three-year or four-year degree program in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen's University who is normally domiciled in Ontario and will be enrolling in the Faculty of Education at Queen's University in the fall session immediately following graduation.

Students who are currently registered at Queen's University in the Faculty of Education can apply/nominate for the following awards.
Award Title Description
Indigenous Teacher Education Practicum Award Awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need and academic achievement to part-time or full-time students in the Diploma or Bachelor of Education programs in the Faculty of Education wishing to broaden their studies through a practicum placement within a First Nations school or provincial school.
Johnny Biosphere Environmental Education Fund Established to promote environmental awareness among children. Teacher candidates, graduate students, and faculty are eligible to apply for funding. The application deadline is normally in late November.
Bamji International Practicum Placement Award Awarded on the basis of financial need and academic achievement to support a final year full-time Concurrent Education student in the Faculty of Education, wishing to broaden their studies in the international environment through and alternative placement.
Charles Martyn Elliott and Kathleen Mead Elliott Award for Travel Fellowships in Education Elliott Travel Fellowships for study outside Canada in the field of teacher education, pedagogy, or a related field are awarded to students enrolled in the Faculty of Education. In order to be eligible for this award, applicants must demonstrate financial need.
The Hajee Family Travel Fellowships in Education Awarded on the basis of financial need and academic achievement to full-time students in teacher education or graduate programs in the Faculty of Education wishing to broaden their studies through an alternative practicum placement or research project in Africa.
Rose A. Freeman Memorial Award It is given to a graduate student Teaching Assistant in the Faculty of Education who directly contributes to the learning experience of Bachelor of Education (ConEd, BEd, DipEd) students through exhibiting outstanding commitment to the value of learning, availability to students, good organizational skills, and motivation.
Upitis International Study Award Awarded annually to full-time students in teacher education and graduate programs enrolled in any Faculty of Education program wishing to broaden their studies in the international environment through an alternative placement.
 

Students who are currently registered at Queen's University in the Faculty of Education can apply for the following external awards.

Award Title Description
Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO/FEEO) Faculty of Education Award
(Application Required)
Awarded by ETFO/FEEO to a student at a publicly-funded university/institution in Ontario, during the final year of their teacher training. The deadline to submit your application to ETFO/FEEO is April 30.
F.D. Sawyer Memorial Award, Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO)
(Application Required)
The FD Sawyer Memorial Award was established in the memory of Frank D Sawyer, who was a member of the Provincial Executive during some of its most stirring years from 1952 to 1959 and President of OSSTF in 1954. At the time of his death in 1960 he was principal of Petrolia District High School. Frank Sawyer's great contribution to Federation lay in his ability to discover the basic issues in the many difficulties which arose in teacher-board relationships during his term of office and in his having a sense of humour in periods of crisis. The OSSTF/FEESO Faculty of Education Award, valued at $1,000 annually, shall be awarded to a graduating Intermediate/Senior or Technological Studies teacher candidate.
Margaret Craig Education Award
(Application Required)

This award is be presented annually by the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Nu Chapter, on the basis of merit and need, to a female student who:

  • is enrolled for full time attendance in the final year* of an approved education program leading to a degree, or diploma (*final-year Concurrent or Consecutive Education teacher candidates);
  • demonstrates outstanding ability as a potential educator.

The deadline to submit your application to the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Nu Chapter, Scholarship and Awards Committee is December 1. You can find more information and the application on OnQ under BEd >> Awards >> Margaret Craig Education Award

OMLTA Helen G. Mitchell Award

This award is granted annually by the Ontario Modern Language Teachers Association (OMLTA) to honour students graduating from a pre-service Modern Language program in Ontario Faculties of Education. The candidate must exemplify the attributes of a potentially outstanding Classical/FSL/International Language teacher. Nominations must only be submitted by the language instructor at the Faculty of Education; no applications are required from teacher candidates.

Phyliss M. Beatty Memorial Award
(Application Required)
This award will be granted annually by the Ontario Alpha Delta Kappa Lambda Chapter to a female teacher candidate who is graduating from the Faculty of Education at Queen's University, and is a graduate of a high school in the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. The deadline to submit your application August 31.

Students currently registered at Queen's University in the Faculty of Education may be nominated for the following graduation awards.

Award Title Description
A. Lorne Cassidy Award Awarded to the graduating student who best displays outstanding talents and interests in the education of exceptional children during their program of study at the Faculty of Education.
Chiltern Way Academy Scholarship The Chiltern Way Academy Scholarship in Exceptional Education is awarded to the graduating student on the basis of academic excellence in Exceptional Education.
L.W. Copp Award Awarded to the student graduating from the Primary-Junior stream with high overall achievement and who demonstrates the qualities of an exemplary primary educator.
Frank J. Fowler Award Awarded to the student graduating from the Primary-Junior stream who best demonstrates the qualities of an exemplary primary educator.
D. E. Loney Prize Awarded to the graduating Technological Education student who has shown the most outstanding qualities of character and scholarship and demonstrated potential as a teacher.
Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) Scholarships Awarded to the graduating student who has demonstrated academic excellence in one or more of the courses preparing candidates to teach in Ontario Roman Catholic Schools: EDST 456, A Study of the Religious Education Program in the Roman Catholic Schools of Ontario; FOUN 416, Catholic Education.
John Deakin Buckley Walton Excellence in Student Teaching Award Awarded to the student graduating in the Intermediate-Secondary stream or Technological Education who has demonstrated excellence in student teaching.
John Watson Award Awarded to the graduating student in the Primary-Junior stream who has demonstrated excellence in student teaching.

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