Who am I, Really? Reflections on Developing Professional Identity as a Cégep Teacher



cegep, higher education, quebec education, college


In practical terms, Cégep is what comes after high school for students in Quebec, and leads either to university studies or directly to the job market. While there are two-year colleges outside of Quebec, the concept—and politics—of Cégep, the collège d’enseignement général et professionnel, may be harder to grasp for those who haven’t encountered Cégep before. You might place it in the same category as junior college, or 6th form, or Grade 13, but ultimately, Cégep really is not quite like anything else. In this paper, I explore the history of Cégep and discuss what Cégep is now, and what that means for those who teach there.

Author Biography

Maggie McDonnell, Concordia University

PhD, Education, McGill 2020

Currently Coordinator of Composition and the Professional Writing minor in the English Department of Concordia University


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How to Cite

McDonnell, M. (2021). Who am I, Really? Reflections on Developing Professional Identity as a Cégep Teacher. McGill Journal of Education / Revue Des Sciences De l’éducation De McGill. Retrieved from https://mje.mcgill.ca/article/view/10045