In order to counter the shortage of labor among preschool and elementary school teachers, TÉLUQ University and Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) conclude a framework agreement to find solutions for the development of skills of people who already have a baccalaureate and who wish to obtain a diploma paving the way for a career in teaching. What is more, these two constituents of the UQ network have vast expertise in the field of distance education.

TÉLUQ University, by offering the Diploma of Specialized Higher Studies (DESS) in preschool and primary education, and UQTR, with its know-how and experience in training giving access to the teaching certificate, the master’s degree in secondary education, come together in an innovative partnership. This agreement is part of the new projects funded in the fall of 2019 by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEES). It mobilizes the expertise of the two universities in order to collaborate in the development of a graduate program that will be offered remotely.

“This DESS aims to support teachers who are not legally qualified so that they acquire, in particular, the tools to put in place the most effective teaching strategies in their class in order to guarantee students a quality education. The implementation of this program represents a first step towards offering a qualifying master’s in preschool and primary education throughout Quebec. On the basis of the formula validated at the Marguerite-Bourgeoys School Board as part of a pilot project, this master’s program will be based on the establishment of partnerships with practice environments to allow large-scale deployment, “explains Marc -André Carle, director of teaching and research at TÉLUQ University.

For his part, Adel Omar Dahmane, Dean of Studies at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières, mentions that “this new program will allow eligible candidates to access a teaching career more quickly and thus meet the needs that arise. are becoming more and more urgent in many schools in Quebec. For UQTR, it could also constitute a first step towards the development of a second cycle program intended to train teachers in preschool and elementary school ”.

The University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières

The Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, a member of the Université du Québec network, was created on March 19, 1969. The UQTR campus today includes more than fifteen welcoming buildings, each year, nearly 14,500 students, more than half of whom come from other regions of Quebec.

TÉLUQ University

Created in 1972 to make knowledge accessible, TELUQ is the only French-speaking university in North America to offer all of its programs at a distance. Each year, nearly 20,000 people choose the flexibility of TÉLUQ University to do their university studies, from 1 st  to 3 th  cycle.

Source: TÉLUQ
Communications and Public Affairs Service
, May 27, 2020

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