OMOK!!! Hi, sorry, I just got way too excited there. We have to arrange that coffee meet up some time. Its wierd to think I may have had a conversation with you and I still don't know who you are. At least we both know who Katzel is (that one was kind of obvious)
Right, on the the questions.
ashan- I'm not going to pretend that Queen's isn't competetive. It is. But don't let that discourage you! Think of it this way: You could apply to both programs, and even if Queen's doesn't accept you, what have you really lost for trying? $40 at most. Seems worth it, doesn't it? Also, don't freak out too much about the grades. Yes, the average has been going up over the past few years, but remember 93 is only an AVERAGE, meaning quite a few of us, myself and Omok included, got in with marks lower than that. In fact, I really don't like talking with people about my entrance average, because I didn't even hit 90%. YES, ITS TRUE, YOU CAN GET INTO QUEEN'S CON-ED WITHOUT A 90!!! And as Baba said, much of it depends on your PSE. I put a lot of time and effort into it, and obviously, that made a difference. I got in in early May with an 89.8% and one of my friends was waitlisted until June with a 90.2% Also, don't let numbers choose a university for you. You may love or hate either Trent or Queen's, so apply to both, apply to some other schools, figure out which one is the right fit for you and go from there. Numbers aren't everything!
chii- Addmittedly, York is one of the education programs I know the least about. Your experiences are good, but I'm not sure if, on thier own, they will be enough. Do you have any leadership experience to supplement with (like high school councils, or any clubs you are a part of at York?) Also, how long have you been involved with Karate? How long have you been teaching the classes? All of that will likely be a factor. Do you have work experience, even at someting like a fast food place? Having held a part time job demonstrates time management skills and responsibility, among other qualities.
As far as Special Ed goes, the sad reality is that there aren't many teaching jobs out there, period. The upside is that developing a niche, particularily one that is generally unpopular, such as special ed, and especially at the J/I level, may help you get a job in the end. That's not a garuntee, by any means. For instance the Hamilton Catholic District School Board has over 18,000 students, and this year they hiered just 18 new teachers. At this point in time my view on teacher education is this; I'm getting two degrees. I might not be able to get a job teaching at first, but hey, at least I'll be one degree ahead of all of my classmates getting only a B.A. And if I'm really meant to be a teacher, I will be, one way or another. For now, that's really all any of us can hope and say.