Message from the Coordinator of the Queen’s-Trent Concurrent Education program

Throughout a long career in education I have always enjoyed working with students and teachers. As the Coordinator of the Queen’s-Trent Concurrent Education program I have the pleasure of working with both, simultaneously: students becoming teachers. The Queen’s-Trent Concurrent Education Program has been in existence since 1973 and our graduates are involved in unique and inspiring educational experiences all around the world.

As students move from high school to university learning, they have the opportunity to refine and develop their critical thinking and expand their perspectives of the world they inhabit. Linking this process to their career goals in education means that they have time to reflect on what it means to be a teacher as well as a learner, allowing them to enter the profession as thoughtful and experienced teachers.

Students in our five-year program benefit from being part of two strong university communities. We are a satellite campus of Queen’s located on the beautiful campus of Trent University. Our students are registered with both Queen’s and Trent, and take Queen’s education courses in each of their first three years while also pursuing their studies at Trent towards a four-year Honours Bachelor of Arts or Science. Students become involved from Year 1 in classroom placements, which complement their education courses and allow them to connect theory and practice.  They are well prepared to attend their fifth year of studies at the Queen’s Faculty of Education in Kingston where they finish their Bachelor of Education.

As part of the changes currently taking place in teacher education programs in Ontario, intake into the Queen’s-Trent Concurrent Education Program is being suspended for September 2015. Our last class is entering the program in September 2014. Since joining the program as Coordinator in July 2009 I have enjoyed supporting our students in a tradition of excellence, and I plan to continue doing so as our current students work their way through to graduation.

Becoming the Coordinator of this program was in a way coming full circle, as my own career as a teacher began with a B.Ed. from Queen’s. My own career trajectory has included classroom teaching at both the elementary and secondary level; work as a consultant in environmental education, assessment, and secondary curriculum; participation in provincial curriculum resource development; teaching pre-service and additional qualification courses – all woven together with my own continued learning, including an M.Ed. from OISE and doctoral studies at York.

A teacher has the privilege of making a difference in the lives of students. This alone makes teaching a rewarding career, but teaching also offers the opportunity for change and growth, for variety and renewal, with the advantage of being able to go deeper and wider in understanding what it is to be a teacher and a learner. I enjoy sharing my passion for learning and teaching with the students in this program as they begin their journey as educators. I continue to learn from them and with them.

Fiona White,

OCT, B.Sc.(Guelph), B.Ed.(Queen’s), M.Ed.(OISE/UT)