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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Education
July 22, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Fall 2014 Admission Requirements



Update: The Faculty of Education is pleased to announce the continued acceptance of applications into our consecutive Bachelor of Education program.  Applications for Laurier's BEd. program will be accepted until 4:30pm, Wednesday January 15, 2014. Please visit www.ouac.on.ca/teas/ to begin your 2014 application.


Overview of the BEd. Program:

The Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University fosters excellence in teacher education and scholarship through inquiry, reflection, and collaborative sustained partnerships in learning.

What is unique to the Laurier teacher education method is the Professional Development Schools (PDS) Practicum model. Teacher education candidates will spend two days a week throughout the year in host schools, in addition to scheduled teaching practica. In total, students will spend over 17 weeks in the classroom. In terms of school placements, Laurier has partnered with the Waterloo Region, Waterloo Catholic, Upper Grand and Wellington District school boards to provide our TECs with extensive, in-depth and sustained field experiences.

Technology is an integral part of the Laurier program and students will have the option to purchase a laptop that is leased-to-own from the University or will have the option to register for our Alternative Computer Program. The Alternative Computer Program allows our students to choose to opt-out of the lease-to-own program if one’s laptop meets our minimum standards. Detailed information outlining both programs will be sent out in all offer packages in early April to those successful candidates who are granted an Offer of Admission.

Note: Applications will be considered incomplete and will not be processed if all documentation and fees are not received by the official deadlines.

For more Admissions information please contact: 
eduadmissions@wlu.ca

General Admission Information

Admission into the Faculty of Education is based 50 percent on academic achievement and 50 percent on information submitted in the Experience Profile.

Enrollment in the Faculty of Education is limited and fulfillment of the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. Mature students must meet the same requirements as all other candidates. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Following an application to Wilfrid Laurier University, applicants will receive a confirmation email with information about Wilfrid Laurier University’s online viewing feature. We strongly recommend that applicants check their account frequently, as Wilfrid Laurier University’s online viewing is the university’s official means of communicating both receipt of and request for documents used to complete applicant files.

Applicants who have listed more than one program choice on their application must list their choices in the order in which they would like them to be considered. Applicants who have applied for more than one program only need to send one copy of their required documents.

BEd Scholarships

Laurier's Faculty of Education offers 30 entrance scholarships valued at $500 each to our top-ranking Teacher Education Candidates who qualify for an offer of admission into our BEd program from each division every year. No application is required. Successful applicants who are granted scholarships will be notified in their offer of admission letter from the University which will be distributed in early April, 2014.

 Aboriginal Scholarships

Aboriginal scholarships will be available to qualified applicants who self-identify as having an Aboriginal background, heritage or ancestry during the admission process to the B.Ed. program at Laurier. The term Aboriginal is inclusive to: First Nations (status and non-status), Metis and Inuit. 

How to apply: Applicants can self-identity through the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC) Teacher Education Application Service (TEAS) during the application process (mid-September until Dec.2, 2013) or applicants can self-identify on the 2014 Equity form(available in the 2014 Experience Profile Package) and are to submit the Equity form to the Education Recruitment and Admissions Office at Laurier no later than Dec.2, 2013. Those applicants that self-identified as being First Nations, Metis or Inuit during the admissions process and who qualify for an Offer of Admission will be contacted in early April 2014 and at that time will be told how to proceed in the Aboriginal scholarship running. 

Laurier's Equity form can be found in the 2014 Experience Profile Package

 
Admission Average

A    A minimum academic average of 70 percent ("B-") on the most recently completed 10 full or 20 half credit undergraduate university courses is required. Only undergraduate university courses completed by December 2, 2013, will be counted in the admission average. College transfer credits will not be counted. If credits are still in progress at the time of application, they will solely be considered to fulfill junior/intermediate subject requirements. Applicants must request a second transcript with final marks to be sent to Wilfrid Laurier University no later than January 30, 2014. Preference will be given to students who have completed, or who are completing, a four-year degree with a minimum of 20 full-credits. Applicants presenting a three-year degree will still be considered for admission into their program of choice. Applicants who have completed, or who will complete, a masters degree by June 30, 2014, will receive additional admission points. Applicants who present a college/applied degree will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Official university transcripts ordered through the OUAC or issued from an accredited university must be received by Wilfrid Laurier University's Education Recruitment and Admissions Office no later than December 2, 2013 by 4:30pm.
**Current and or formal WLU students are required to order their WLU transcript(s) to be sent to the admissions office. 

      Applicants who have attended universities on a letter of permission or international exchange must provide an official transcript from the institution(s) attended. These applicants should also send specific course descriptions or an academic calendar from the institution(s) attended to the Education Recruitment and Admissions Office no later than Dec.2, 2013 by 4:30pm.

      Applicants who have received transfer credits from prior colleges or universities must provide an official letter to the Education Admissions and Recruitment Office outlining the number of transfer credits received towards their undergraduate degree no later than Dec.2, 2013  by 4:30pm.

P  Please do not send secondary school or CEGEP transcripts; they will not be evaluated. College transfer credits and community college transcripts will not be evaluated, with exception to college/applied degrees which will be assessed on a case-by-case basis only.

  Documents must be submitted to the admissions office as "Official" sealed documents sent from the academic institution directly to our admissions office. Any opened documents and/or are sealed unofficially are not acceptable. 

 
Program Specific Requirements - Primary/Junior (JK- 6)

 Primary/Junior:

In order to ensure adequate preparation in subjects taught at the primary/junior level, preference will be given to applicants who have successfully completed a half-credit undergraduate university courses in one or more of the following subject areas: English, French, math and/or science. Applicants who do not have credits in the designated subject areas will still be considered for admission into the program.  

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Program Specific Requirements - Junior/Intermediate (4-10)

J    Junior/Intermediate

Applicants require one teachable subject to be eligible for the Junior/Intermediate program. They may, however, apply to a maximum of two teachable subjects if they are qualified and so inclined. Students who select two teachable subjects are asked to rank their teachable subjects in order of preference as Wilfrid Laurier University will send only one Offer of Admission to a qualified applicant. If an applicant is admissible to both teachables, they will receive an Offer of Admission to their highest ranked choice.

*Please Note: Applicants will need to use two separate program choices on their OUAC application should they choose to apply to two teachable subject areas.

2014-2015 Teaching Subjects

English (319)
Geography (740)
Health and Physical Education (860)
History (750)
Mathematics (652)
Science-General (430)

*Alternate Teachables:
French as A Second Language and Music-Instrumental & Music Vocal will not be offered in 2014-2015. These teachables alternate with Mathematics and Health and Physical Education and are offered every two years. 

Applicants must have at least three full credits or six half‑credit undergraduate university courses, with an average of 70 percent (“B‑”) in their chosen teaching subject. At least one full‑credit or two half‑credit courses must be at the second‑year level or above. All courses to be counted toward the teachable subject must be submitted with a final mark no later than January 30, 2014. If an applicant presents more than the required number of courses for the subject area, the subject specific average will be calculated using the highest grades.

In order to ensure adequate preparation in subjects taught at the Junior/Intermediate level, preference will be given to applicants who have successfully completed one or more half‑credit undergraduate university courses in three of the following five subjects: math, science, English, geography/history (Canadian geography/history recommended), or fine arts including: music, visual arts, dance, or drama. Applicants who do not have credits in these subject areas will still be considered for admission into the program.

Junior/intermediate applicants will be scheduled to practice teach in Grades 4–8.

Applicants to the Junior/Intermediate program are asked to submit a supplemental admission application form, packaged with the Experience Profile, outlining the undergraduate courses they would like to have considered towards their teachable subject(s). Applicants must also submit course descriptions for each of the courses they wish to have considered. The supplemental admission application form and course descriptions must be received by Wilfrid Laurier University's Education Recruitment and Admissions Office no later than December 2, 2013 by 4:30pm.

 
Supplemental Admissions Application Form - Junior/Intermediate

Applicants to the Junior/Intermediate program are asked to submit a supplemental admission application form, packaged with the Experience Profile, outlining the undergraduate courses they would like to have considered towards their teachable subject(s). Applicants must also submit course descriptions for each of the courses they wish to have considered. The supplemental admission application form and course descriptions must be received by Wilfrid Laurier University's Education Recruitment and Admissions Office no later than December 2, 2013 by 4:30pm.

*The 2014 J/I Supplemental Admissions Application Form can be found in the 2014 Experience Profile Package. Click here to access the 2014 Experience Profile Package

 
Teachable Requirements - Junior/Intermediate

Additional requirements for specific subject areas:

English: At least three full undergraduate credits in English are required; within the three full credits, at least two half-credit courses must be in English literature or poetry. The following courses may not be used to satisfy credit requirements for the English teachable; University essay courses, courses in English culture, or writing for business or science.

Geography: Within the three full undergraduate credits, at least one half-credit course in Canadian geography and one half-credit course in research methods or geographic information and analysis must be included.

Health and Physical Education: Within the three full undergraduate credits, at least one half-credit course in kinesiology or health sciences and two half-credit activity courses must be included.

History: Within the three full undergraduate credits, at least one full-credit course in Canadian history (early and modern preferred) must be included.

Mathematics: At least three full undergraduate credits in mathematics are required. At least one full senior math credit, second year level or above, must be included. Mathematics courses equivalent to a secondary school math credit will not be counted. 

Science: General: At least three full undergraduate credits in science and one half-credit undergraduate mathematics course are required. Must include one half-credit undergraduate course in at least three of the following: biology, biochemistry, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, zoology, and physics.

*French As a Second Language, Music-Instrumental, Music-Vocal alternate with Health/Physical Education and Math and are only offered every two years. 

 
Experience Profile

Applicants must submit a completed Experience Profile, to be received by Wilfrid Laurier's Education Recruitment and Admissions Office no later than December 2, 2013. The 2014 Experience Profile can be downloaded from either the OUAC or Wilfrid Laurier University websites starting in mid. September 2013.  Experience Profiles will be reviewed only if a student meets minimum academic requirements.  The Experience Profile is an integral part of admission to the Wilfrid Laurier program and will count for 50 percent of the admission evaluation.

IMPORTANT: 

-Letters of reference are not required and will not be evaluated

-Applicants do not need to wait to receive their Laurier confirmation e-mail to continue with the application process and/or to fill out the experience profile. 
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their Experience Profile arrives via mail or handed in person to the Education Recruitment and Admissions Office no later than December 2, 2013 by 4:30pm. 

 -Faxed, scanned or e-mailed copies of the experience profile will be deemed incomplete and will not be assessed.

-Use the set template of the Experience Profile from our website (click the link below to access the profile).

-Please do not attach additional pages or use a Word Doc. template of Parts A or B of the profile as they will not be assessed.  This policy applies to all applicants, including those living and working abroad. 

Click here for the 2014 Experience Profile Package




 
Equity Admissions

Wilfrid Laurier University values diversity and encourages applications from qualified candidates who self-identify as members of Aboriginal/First Nation groups, racial minorities, and/or differently-abled groups. A select number of places will be reserved in our education program for qualified individuals from these groups. Further information and equity admission forms are available on our website.  Equity admission forms are packaged with the 2014 Experience Profile and must be received by Wilfrid Laurier University's Education Recruitment and Admissions Office no later than December 2, 2013 by 4:30pm.

 Click here to access the 2014 Experience Profile Package


 
English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English (learned and spoken in the home) are required to submit official English language test results obtained within the last two years from either IELTS, TOEFL or PTE. Studying in an English-language school system for a portion of secondary school or university does not exempt applicants from this requirement. Photocopies will not be accepted. Official English language proficiency test scores must be received by Wilfrid Laurier's Education Recruitment and Admissions Office no later than December 2, 2013 by 4:30pm.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System): Minimum score of 7 overall with at least 6.5 in reading and listening, and scores of at least 7 in both writing and speaking.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language):

a. Paper-based test: Minimum overall score of 600 with scores of at least 5.5 on the TWE, 58 in listening, and 58 in reading.

b. Internet-based test: Minimum overall score of 103, with scores of at least 28 in writing, 23 in listening, 24 in reading and 28 in speaking.

PTE (Pearson Test of English): Minimum overall score of 70.

Wilfrid Laurier University reserves the right to request an English language proficiency test result from any applicant. Students who, after admission, show an inadequate command of spoken or written English may be required to withdraw from the program.

 
English Language Proficiency Waiver

Applicants whose first language was not English, but who studied solely in an English language educational system beginning in primary school, may request a waiver of English language proficiency if:

a. they have passed the Grade 10 Ontario literacy test, or

b. they have completed 3U and 4U English, or Grade 12A and OAC English, achieving at least 75 percent in each of the two courses.

Applicants who request this waiver must submit an official copy of the relevant supporting documentation to Wilfrid Laurier University's Education Recruitment and Admissions Office no later than December 2, 2013 by 4:30pm. 

 
International Transcripts/Degrees

Applicants educated outside of Canada and the United States who have obtained a degree from a foreign country must have all official transcripts translated (as applicable) and evaluated by World Education Services (WES). Applicants are responsible for the costs associated with the course-by-course evaluation and any translation required. Notarized transcripts will not be accepted, nor will transcripts submitted directly to Wilfrid Laurier University. It is the applicant’s responsibility to send an official paper copy of their WES evaluation to Wilfrid Laurier University no later than December 3, 2012. Please note that it can take upwards of six weeks for WES to receive official transcripts from a foreign academic institution, after which point the WES evaluation can take a week or longer to complete. Applicants should begin the evaluation process as early as possible to ensure that Wilfrid Laurier University's Education Recruitment and Admissions Office receives a WES evaluation no later than December 2, 2013 by 4:30pm. Late documents will not be accepted.

Applicants who have concerns about international documentation should contact eduadmissions@wlu.ca.

 
Important Deadlines

1. The OUAC Teacher Education (TEAS) application must be received by the OUAC no later than December 2, 2013 through the website: www.ouac.on.ca/teas/

2. The TEAS application service fee and the Wilfrid Laurier supplementary $70 non-refundable service fee must be received by the OUAC by (date soon to be announced), if paying by cheque, money order or electronic payment (for online applications).

3. The following documents must be received by Wilfrid Laurier University's Education Recruitment and Admissions office, on or before December 2, 2013 by 4:30pm:

Official university transcript(s)

Official university transcript translation and/or WES evaluation (if applicable)

Official course descriptions for all courses studied internationally on a letter of permission or through an international exchange program (if applicable)

Official letter indicating the total number of transfer credits received from prior colleges or universities (if applicable)

For junior/intermediate applicants only, the supplemental admission application form indicating undergraduate courses to be considered towards their teachable subject, and course descriptions for those courses

Official English language test results or waiver request (if applicable)

Equity admission application (if applicable)

Experience Profile

Note: BEd. applications will be considered incomplete and will not be processed if all documentation and fees are not received by the official deadlines.

 
BEd Scholarships

Laurier's Faculty of Education offers 30 entrance scholarships valued at $500 each to our top-ranking Teacher Education Candidates who qualify for an offer of admission into our BEd program from each division every year. No application is required. Successful applicants who are granted scholarships will be notified in their offer of admission letter from the University which will be distributed in early April, 2014.

 Aboriginal Scholarships

Aboriginal scholarships will be available to qualified applicants who self-identify as having an Aboriginal background, heritage or ancestry during the admission process to the BEd program at Laurier. The term Aboriginal is inclusive to: First Nations (status and non-status), Metis and Inuit. 

How to apply: Applicants can self-identity through the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC) Teacher Education Application Service (TEAS) until the application deadline of December 2, 2013. OR applicants can self-identify on the 2014 Equity form(available in the 2014 Experience Profile Package) and submit the Equity form to the Education Recruitment and Admissions Office at Laurier no later than December 2, 2013 by 4:30pm. Those applicants that self-identified as being First Nations (status and non-status), Metis or Inuit during the admissions process and who qualify for an Offer of Admission will be contacted in early April 2014. At that time those successful applicants will be told how to proceed in the Aboriginal Scholarship running. 

 Laurier's Equity form can be found in the 2014 Experience Profile Package