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Teaching for Learning in Applied Education

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Learn more about Teaching for Learning in Applied Education and the transition process.

All Instructors at RRC (full-time, part-time, regular and term) are required to obtain their Teaching for Learning in Applied Education (TFL) post-graduate certificate as specified in the College’s Collective Agreement with the MGEU (Article 54). Course fees are waived for these instructors. 

Although this is a condition of employment, the TFL is a formal academic program that grants a post-graduate certificate and is managed by RRC’s Teacher Education department. If equivalency is granted, please note that a post-graduate certificate is not issued.  

RRC believes that the TFL is a shared responsibility between the College and faculty. The College will ensure that courses are available and absorb the costs of the courses for instructors. It is the instructor’s responsibility to apply to the program, register for courses through Student Planning, and meet the two courses per year condition of employment. Below are the specific expectations for Chairs, Program Managers, and faculty members. 

Note: RRC Instructors who are currently taking the CAE, as well as newly hired Instructors, will be prioritized for registration into the TFL this Fall 2021 (Phase 1). For those RRC instructors whose CAE program has been closed due to inactivity, they will be registered in Phase 2 and instructors who have been working at the College but have not applied to the program, or inactive faculty whose credits are no longer eligible for transfer of credit – older than 5 years, non-engaged, will be prioritized for registration in Phase 3.

Non-Instructors

Employees who are not instructors who would like to enroll in the TFL can either request program funding support from their Dean/Director in advance of enrolment, which is not guaranteed, or can fund their own program costs. In both scenarios, the employee is required to pay the application fee and course fees. In addition, a Staff Development Form will be completed at the start of each course and submitted to Staff Learning and Development as a record of the learning activity taking place. Where Dean/Director funding support for the TFL has been offered for a non-instructor eligible employee, an expense claim with proof of completion and payment should be submitted to Finance along with the Staff Development Form in order to be reimbursed.

New RRC Instructors

  • If you did not receive an equivalency for the TFL upon being hired, it is essential that you speak with your Chair/Program Manager and Human Resource Consultant and apply to the program as soon as possible.  
  • You will be required to take two courses per year. 
  • You have three years to complete the TFL post-graduate certificate from the date of admission to TFL. 
  • You should be having regular conversations with your supervisor about your learning progress, teaching goals and completion of the TFL. 
  • Application to the TFL program, registration, and completion of two courses per year is the responsibility of the faculty member. 
  • All fees are waived. 
  • If you hold a Bachelor of Education and have significant teaching experience within the last five years, or, if you hold a Technical Vocation diploma and have significant teaching experience within the last five years, you will be given “equivalency” as noted in Article 54 of the Collective Agreement.

Note: TESOL and a M.Ed. are not considered equivalent. Other formal teacher credentials will be assessed by Human Resources with support from the Chair of Teacher Education. If you received equivalency, this would have been communicated in your RRC Letter of Offer. If you did not, please connect with your Human Resource Consultant and supervisor.

Current Active Faculty in the Certificate in Adult Education

  • If you are currently a CAE student, you will have received an email outlining the transition plan to the TFL. 
  • You are required to complete two courses per year in the TFL. 
  •  You have three years to complete the TFL post-graduate certificate from the date of admission to TFL. 
  • If you hold a Bachelor of Education and have significant teaching experience within the last five years, or, if you hold a Technical Vocation diploma and have significant teaching experience within the last five years, you will be given Equivalency as noted in Article 54 of the Collective Agreement.  
  • Tuition Fee Waiver forms are no longer required for Instructors at RRC. All fees are waived for all faculty at the College (FT, PT, regular and term).

Note: TESOL and a M.Ed. are not considered equivalent. Other formal teacher credentials will be assessed by Human Resources with support from the Chair of Teacher Education.

Chairs/Program Managers

  • The implementation of TFL in September 2021 will focus on transitioning current CAE faculty to TFL and newly hired Instructors. Those RRC Instructors whose programs have been closed due to inactivity or have been working at the College but have not applied to the program (non-engaged) will be prioritized for registration in Phases 2 and 3.  RRC leadership will be communicating more information about options and next steps for inactive and non-engaged faculty. Please communicate this to your faculty.
  • All FT, PT, regular and term Instructors must complete the TFL unless equivalency was granted upon hire. This is a condition of employment as stated in Article 54 in the Collective Agreement. 
  • All Instructors are responsible for applying to the program. All admission requirements and fees have been waived for Instructors.  
  • Faculty members should be applying to the TFL in their first or second term of employment. 
  • The application process is completed online. Registration for courses is through Student Planning. 
  • TFL is a post-graduate certificate.
  • There are six, 10-week courses in the TFL. These are 45-hour courses with both synchronous and asynchronous online learning. 
  • There is no longer a waiver form.
  • All Instructors must complete two courses per year. 
  • The TFL must be completed in three years from date of admission. 
  • Discussions about the Instructor’s application, registration, experience in TFL and how it links to the learning and teaching experience within your department should be regular and ongoing. 
  • Determination of equivalency of the TFL (as stated in Article 54) will take place at time of hire by the HR consultant and the Chair/Program Manager for all Instructors who go through a competitive process. The Instructor will be notified either of meeting the TFL equivalency or of the requirement of the condition of employment TFL with a link to the site to apply in their Letter of Offer.  
  • Equivalency: 
    • If an Instructor holds a Bachelor of Education and has significant teaching experience within the last five years, or if they hold a Technical Vocation diploma and have significant teaching experience within the last five years, they will be given equivalency as noted in Article 54 of the Collective Agreement.
  • It is the Chair and Program Manager’s responsibility to ensure faculty are meeting their condition of employment.
  • For new hires, you should register your faculty member for the three-day Teaching Essential Program (TEP) and review the expectations for TFL. 

Note: TESOL and a M.Ed. are not considered equivalent. Other formal teacher credentials will be assessed by Human Resources with support from the Chair of Teacher Education.