TORONTO, Dec. 19 /CNW/ - Dr. Brian C. Stiller, President of Tyndale
University College & Seminary, announced today that the Honourable John
Milloy, Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, notified him
that Tyndale has been given final approval to offer a 12-month Bachelor of
Education program preparing teachers for primary, junior, and intermediate
After an initial process of assessment, Tyndale received approval from
the previous minister, the Honourable Chris Bentley, to petition the Ontario
College of Teachers (OCT), which completed their study in July 2007 and
granted accreditation in August 2007.
"After months of careful preparation, building contacts within the
government, meetings with community leaders, and fundraising to pay the costs,
it is done!" announced Stiller.
Stiller thanked MPP David Zimmer (Willowdale) for his effective work in
the process. Zimmer, who was most supportive, referred to Tyndale as "...a
symbol of academic excellence and a jewel in the Willowdale community."
The first class of the Bachelor of Education program will begin July 8th,
2008 at Tyndale's new Bayview campus.
Dr. Carla Nelson, Director of the Bachelor of Education program, says
that the Tyndale program has several distinct features. "First, this program
has been developed to deliver learning experiences that will challenge teacher
candidates to incarnate the values common to both the educational enterprise
and a faith perspective through being immersed into real issues and contexts
of the teaching profession.
"As well, the program will offer Colloquia conferences to provide
enhanced learning opportunities. They allow teams of professors and cohorts of
students to come together to discuss topics of thematic relevance related to
the Ontario College of Teachers' Standards of Practice. They will be organized
in partnership with the extended educational community."
Dr. Earl Davey, Provost, added that "another unique feature of this
program is its design to offer teacher candidates the methodological
foundation required for French language instruction, assuming that the teacher
candidates enter the program with the necessary French language competency."
Graduates will be eligible for a Certificate of Qualification from the
OCT. Tyndale has agreements with four major public school boards - Durham
Region, Peel District, Toronto District, and York Region - each stating their
willingness to have Tyndale teacher candidates in their schools.
Information and application forms for the inaugural year of the program
are available on the Tyndale web site, or from the Department of Admissions.
Tyndale University College & Seminary has been a major centre of
Christian higher education in Canada since 1894. The longest-established
school of its kind in the country, Tyndale is an undergraduate and graduate
institution whose 1,200 students represent some 40 different denominations.
The non-publicly funded Tyndale was accorded university status in 2003.
Tyndale offers BA and BA (Honours) degrees in the humanities, social sciences
and business, in addition to its religious degrees. The seminary offers
graduate programs in theological education, preparing leadership for churches
and mission agencies across Canada and around the world. Additional
information is available at www.tyndale.ca.
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For further information: Tyndale University College & Seminary, Larry N.
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