Faculty of Teaching and Learning
Outstanding teaching, transformative learning, vibrant communities.
Building on Mount Royal’s longstanding commitment to teaching and learning of the highest quality, the Faculty of Teaching and Learning was created in 2007 to support the institution’s vision of becoming a different type of teaching-focused university and to accentuate the primacy of teaching and learning in MRU’s transition to university status. The Faculty draws together several academic units – the Academic Development Centre, the Department of Education and Schooling, the Department of General Education, the Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and the University Entrance Option - each committed in its own way to supporting and advancing excellence in teaching and learning at Mount Royal University. The units within the Faculty are dedicated to championing Mount Royal’s mission of creating exceptional learning experiences, and have in common the mandate to work collaboratively with other Faculties and departments across the university, operating more horizontally than vertically.
Unique in Canada, the Faculty of Teaching and Learning provides inspiration, leadership and support to the advancement of teaching and learning at Mount Royal University. The Faculty’s 2012 strategic plan can be found here.
The Department of Education and Schooling
Mount Royal's Bachelor of Education, Elementary is a four-year, direct entry program which provides a deep immersion in the theory and practice of teaching at the elementary level. The program features extensive field and practical experience beginning in the first semester and extending across all four years of the curriculum. Graduates of the program are eligible for certification with the Teacher Development and Certification Branch of Alberta Education.
The Department of General Education
To ensure that Mount Royal students develop a well-rounded knowledge base and the skills they need to succeed at MRU and beyond, all undergraduate programs offered at the university include a "general education" component that normally constitutes 30% of the course credits in the program. The Department of General Education oversees the delivery of gen ed courses at Mount Royal. Information about the benefits of general education, how gen ed is organized at Mount Royal, and general educations courses available at MRU can be found here.
The University Entrance Option
The University Entrance Option (UEO) is designed for students who have applied to, or intend to apply to, one of Mount Royal's degree, applied degree or diploma programs, but who lack specific admission requirements or do not meet the competitive admission average for the program. Students in UEO register primarily in university-level courses but may also enroll in high-school equivalency courses to satisfy admission requirements for their intended program. Admission to UEO does not guarantee subsequent admission to a Mount Royal program, but does provide students an opportunity to enhance their admissibility. Students can complete up to 30 credits (10 courses) as a UEO student.
The Academic Development Centre
The Academic Development Centre (ADC) supports the professional development of Mount Royal faculty through programs and services intended to foster teaching excellence and innovation. The ADC provides expertise and support in campus-based and online teaching, curriculum design and assessment, learning technologies, online and blended delivery, media production, and audio/video conferencing.
The Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
The Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning is a research centre which encourages, facilitates and supports individual and collaborative scholarly inquiries which result in deeper understanding of, and sustained improvement in, student learning. Established in 2008, the Institute sponsors a range of programs, initiatives and events intended to foster a community of scholars in teaching and learning and a culture of inquiry in this area.
Leadership in Teaching and Learning
The Faculty of Teaching and Learning supports Mount Royal’s vision of becoming a different type of university — one that is learning-centred, instructionally focused and informed by scholarship. In addition to the unit-specific roles and responsibilities noted above, the Faculty provides leadership to the planning and coordination of a variety of university-wide initiatives related to teaching and learning, including as examples the Mount Royal Assessment Seminars, the Distinguished Faculty Awards program and numerous community partnerships which provide students and faculty with opportunities for experiential teaching and learning and collaborative research.