Egerton Ryerson Stream


Ryerson Stream Courses

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The Ryerson stream is named after the first Victoria College Principal, Egerton Ryerson (1803-1882) who exemplified a remarkable dedication to education. He became the first Principal of Victoria College at its founding in 1836, securing the Royal Charter in 1841. He went on to become the founder of the public education system in Ontario. His legacy as a visionary and enthusiastic proponent of free, high-quality public education is an example to all students seeking an undergraduate education with the goal of entering the teaching profession.

Ryerson’s highly influential beliefs ultimately led to fundamental changes in public education in Ontario, including separate schooling for indigenous pupils. While Ryerson did not directly advocate for systems such as Residential Schools, his ideas did serve as the basis from which these developed. Thus the Ryerson stream honours the visionary educator, but it also facilitates ample classroom discussion and interrogation of all injustices that may take place or may have taken place in the classroom, including racial, gender, agist, sexist, homophobic and ablist attitudes.  

The Ryerson stream is taught using a multi-disciplinary approach including an exploration of the philosophical, economic, historical, curricular and cultural aspects of education and the profession of teaching. A valuable practicum provides opportunities for students to immerse themselves fully in the exploration of the teaching profession. The Ryerson stream is designed to enhance candidacy for pursuing a career in teaching and/or education.

The Vari Scholarship/Bursary for Future Teachers
(up to $50,000: $10,000/year for 4 years of undergraduate study and $5,000/year of a 2-year program leading to the Ontario Teacher's Certificate of Qualification)

Through a very generous donation from the George and Helen Vari Foundation, Victoria College offers an admission award valued at $10,000 to a student who plans to pursue a career in teaching at the primary or secondary level in Ontario.

In order to participate in the practicum component of VIC151Y, you will need to undergo a Police Record Check. This is a mandatory screening process for all students participating in the Ryerson stream.


Please click for a letter from Professor Cleovoulou regarding Police Record Checks.






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