The Regis College Teacher Formation Program (TFP) is focused on the personal, spiritual, and intellectual formation of religious educators for leadership and service in Ontario. Fully accredited by the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT), the Regis College TFP supports the ongoing formation of course developers, course instructors and candidates participating in Part I, Part II and Specialist additional qualification (AQ) courses in Religious Education listed under Schedule D of Ontario Regulation 176/10.
The 2013-2014 course schedule offers courses beginning in April 2014 at the Regis College campus in downtown Toronto, and July 2014 in Israel. To register, please click on the appropriate link in the right-hand bar.
As a theological college operated by the Jesuits in English Speaking Canada, chartered by the Province of Ontario and federated with the University of Toronto, Regis College contributes many resources to enrich the continuous personal formation and professional development of teachers working in the Ontario school system, especially the Roman Catholic sector. Members of the Regis faculty are available to conduct master classes that locate and enrich elements of the established religious education curriculum within the horizon of post-baccalaureate level theology, spirituality, and contextual analysis. Members of the broader Regis College community of faculty and students invite course developers, course instructors and candidates to participate in prayer, worship, service projects, informal educational events and social celebration, an invitation that offers an opportunity to join in the formation ethos of the college. Finally, the Regis College Library makes a collection of close to 80,000 items focused on theology and specialized instruction available to participants.
Regis College and the Jesuits have a long association with education in Ontario, a relationship which spans literally 400 years and included the leadership of Brebeuf High School in the former Metropolitan Separate School Board. Building of the original Ratio Studiorum, Jesuits have contributed significantly to curriculum and pedagogical method. In recent years this has taken the form of the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm, which is a learner centered approach that fosters the direct encounter between a learner and truth. Regis College has drawn on this tradition and adapted its application to its professional development and research oriented programs.
In recent years, Regis faculty and staff have been involved in an active outreach to the Ontario School system. Professor Meg Lavin has developed a text and study guide, which have been utilized broadly in Religious Education Additional Qualification courses. Dean Gordon Rixon, Dean of Students Wilma Scherloski (a former superintendent in the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board and an active participant in the Women in Education Association of Ontario), Professors Michael Kolarcik, S.J., Gilles Mongeau, S.J. and numerous master and doctoral level students have given presentations and professional development presentations, often based on the St. John’s Bible Illuminated Manuscript, in the Durham, York, Toronto, Halton and Hamilton-Wentworth Roman Catholic District School Boards. Our graduates have been employed as teachers, chaplains, supervisors and leaders in the Catholic system.
Please see an article from the Catholic Register about the Teacher Formation Program.