Nipissing College is closing its 12-year-old joint enter in teacher education with Wilfrid Laurier College, inside a decision that reflects decreasing curiosity about a teaching career in Ontario and changes to government funding introduced this past year.
When the 875 students presently within the program graduate, Nipissing will no more provide a concurrent education degree in the Brantford, Ont., campus of Wilfrid Laurier in which the program relies. After 5 years, students graduated having a bachelor of arts from Wilfrid Laurier along with a bachelor of your practice from Nipissing. New instructors in Ontario face a hard employment market as retirements have slowed down lower and programs ramped up, a mismatch unlikely to alter for many years.
“Students are extremely savvy, their parents are extremely savvy, and students are extremely careful to create choices regarding their education they feel can give them an chance for work later on, ” stated Nipissing College leader Michael DeGagné.
The most recent survey in the Ontario College of Instructors discovered that job prospects for brand new instructors are abysmal. Two from every five new graduates in 2013 couldn't land any daily supply-teaching during the period of annually. Despite 4 or 5 years at work market, only 1 / 2 of instructors could find full-time work.
The Nipissing program isn't the first to shut its doorways. This spring, the College of Toronto introduced it might finish its undergraduate concurrent degree and concentrate on master’s level education. Nipissing College spoke towards the government before you take its decision, but not one other solution was forthcoming, Dr. DeGagné stated.
“We notice that these choices are frequently difficult and may impact local towns like Brantford. It's disappointing that the better resolution couldn't be arrived at, ” stated the Secretary of state for Training, Schools and Colleges inside a statement, adding it had become reassured that current students wouldn't be affected.
This past year, the province gone to live in reduce the amount of instructors and also the appeal of offering undergraduate teacher education for colleges. It bending the size of levels to 2 many reduced the per-student funding colleges receive for teaching programs by roughly 25 percent. Longer training programs are standard within the relaxation of Canada, where new graduates will also be getting trouble acquiring work.
Nipissing continues to have 450 students signed up for its publish-BA education program at its campus in North Bay and 243 full and part-time master’s students. Both programs continues. Enrolments were lower 4.5 percent across all of the university’s teaching programs and lower 2 percent over the province.