Laurier received funding from the provincial Ministry of Colleges and Universities to expand its sought-after Bachelor of Education (BEd) program to the Brantford campus starting in fall 2022.
Expanding the program to Brantford will help fill a significant need for teachers in the Brant and Haldimand- Norfolk communities, which have been experiencing labour shortages exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new program offering continues Laurier’s strong partnerships with Brant area school boards, including the Grand Erie District School Board and the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board. Last year, Laurier’s Faculty of Education successfully piloted a program offering additional qualification courses to local teachers during the summer months.
“We are very excited to expand our Bachelor of Education program to Brantford,” says Maria Cantalini-Williams, dean of the Faculty of Education.
“Through the BEd we will be filling a crucial need for teachers in the region and province, who will be inspiring the lives of our youth through innovative pedagogies and engaged learning.”
As the program in Brantford grows, Laurier will be working with local partners, including Six Nations Polytechnic and the Ontario College of Teachers, to increase the number of qualified teachers in local school boards.