Teacher candidates in the elementary option learn together in “cohorts” organized by a particular theme or pedagogical approach. Cohort members take courses together and are assigned practicum placements in schools within specific school districts.
Teacher candidates learn to teach all subject areas in the elementary curriculum: Kindergarten to Grade 7, including Core French in Grades 5 to 7. While the particular theme or approach varies in each cohort, the courses are the same for all teacher candidates, with each cohort and instructor tailoring the courses in unique ways. Two of the cohorts include the opportunity to gain an additional credential: the International Baccalaureate Educator stream (IB Primary Years Programme) and the Montessori Educator stream.