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Admission Process Overview

Admission to our Faculty of Education is based 50% on your academic achievement and 50% on information you’ll submit in your experience profile. If you’re applying to the junior/intermediate French teachable, you’ll also complete an onsite French proficiency assessment.

Enrolment in our Faculty of Education is limited and fulfillment of the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you admission to the program. Once you apply, you’ll receive a confirmation email containing information about our online viewing feature. We recommend that you frequently check your account, because that’s how we’ll communicate with you and request the documents that will complete your application.

If you list more than one program choice on your application, you must list your choices in the order you would like them to be considered. If you don’t qualify for your first choice, we’ll consider you for your next choice.

If you apply to more than one program, you only need to send 1 copy of the required documents.

Admission Requirements

Admission Average

A minimum academic average of 70% (B-) on your most recently completed 10 full-credit or 20 half-credit undergraduate university courses is required. Only undergraduate university courses completed by the application deadline will be counted in your admission average. If you have credits in progress when you apply, those credits will only be considered to fulfill junior/intermediate subject requirements.

You’ll be given preference if you have completed, or are completing, a 4-year degree with a minimum of 20 full credits. If you present a 3-year degree, you’ll still be considered for admission into your program of choice. If you have completed, or will complete, a master’s degree by the end of June prior to the start of our program, you’ll receive additional admission points. If you present a college/applied degree, you’ll be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Laurier must receive official university or college transcripts from all institutions you have attended, either ordered through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) or issued from the originating institution sent directly to our office, by the appropriate deadline.

You don’t need to send secondary school or Quebec CEGEP transcripts; they will not be evaluated.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Primary/Junior (Grades Junior Kindergarten to 4)

To ensure adequate preparation in subjects taught at the primary/junior level, you’ll be given preference if you successfully complete a half-credit undergraduate university course in one or more of the following subject areas: English, French, Math, and/or Science. If you do not have credits in the designated subject areas, you’ll still be considered for admission into the program.

Junior/Intermediate (Grades 4 to 10)

You need a minimum of 1 teachable subject to be eligible for the junior/intermediate program. You may, however, apply to a maximum of 2 teachable subjects. If you select 2 teachable subjects, you must rank your teachable subjects in order of preference. If you qualify for both teachables, we’ll send you only one offer of admission to your highest ranked choice.

If you have credits in progress when you apply, the credits will only be considered to fulfill junior/intermediate subject requirements.

Teachable Subjects

Our teaching subjects include:

  • English
  • French as a Second Language
  • Geography
  • Health and Physical Education
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music, Instrumental
  • Music, Vocal
  • Science, General

You must have at least 3 full-credits or 6 half-credit undergraduate university courses, with an average of 70% (B) in your chosen teaching subject. At least 1 full-credit or 2 half-credit courses must be at the second-year level or above. If you present more than the required number of courses for the subject area, the subject-specific average will be calculated using your highest grades.

To ensure adequate preparation in subjects taught at the junior/intermediate level, you’ll be given preference if you have successfully completed 1 or more half-credit undergraduate university courses in 3 of the following 5 subjects: Math, Science, English, Geography/History (Canadian Geography/History recommended), or Fine Arts, including Music, Visual Arts, Dance or Drama. If you do not have credits in these subject areas, you will still be considered for admission into the program.

Junior/Intermediate students will experience their practica teaching in Grades 4-8.

Additional Requirements for Specific Subject Areas

English: At least 3 full undergraduate credits in English are required; within the 3 full credits, at least 2 half-credit courses must be in English Literature or Poetry. University essay courses in a subject other than English, or courses in English Culture, or Writing for Business and Science do not satisfy English credit requirements.

Health and Physical Education: Within the 3 full undergraduate credits, at least 1 half-credit course in Kinesiology or Health Science and 2 half-credit activity courses must be included.

French as a Second Language: The equivalent of 5 full undergraduate credits are required, including 1-credit courses in each of the following: French written language/grammar, French literature and French culture. Note that this is an additional 2 full credits or 4 half credits more than the general teachable requirement. You will be required to demonstrate oral and written fluency. Upon completion of the program, you’ll have the equivalent of the FSL Additional Qualifications Part 1 course at no extra cost.

Geography: Within the 3 full undergraduate credits, at least 1 half-credit course in Canadian Geography and 1 half-credit course in Research Methods or Geographic Information and Analysis must be included.

History: Within the 3 full undergraduate credits, at least 1 full credit course in Canadian History (early and modern preferred) must be included.

Math: At least 3 full undergraduate credits in Mathematics are required. At least 1 full senior math credit, second-year level or above, must be included. Mathematics courses equivalent to a secondary school math credit are not counted.

Music, Instrumental: The equivalent of 3 full undergraduate credits are required in music. These credits must include both applied and academic music credits. Preference will be given to applicants with a minimum of 1 full-year credit in each of the following 4 areas of music study: music theory, music history (includes musicology and popular music), applied music and music education. Grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music certification will satisfy the requirement for applied music. Courses in second instruments, conducting, music education methods and/or music technology can be used for the music education requirement. Consideration will be given to equivalent field experience and/or related postsecondary education.

Music, Vocal: The equivalent of 3 full undergraduate credits are required in music, including both applied and academic. Preference will be given to applicants with a minimum of 1 full-year credit in any of the following areas of music study: music theory, music history (includes musicology and popular music), applied music and music education. Grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music certification in voice will satisfy the requirement for applied music. Courses in choral or vocal techniques, choral conducting, music education methods and /or music technology can be used towards the music requirement. Consideration will be given to equivalent field experience and/or related postsecondary education.

Science, General: At least 3 full undergraduate credits in science and 1 half credit in mathematics courses are required. These credits must include 1 half-credit undergraduate course in at least 3 of the following: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Environmental Science, Zoology, and Physics.

Experience Profile

Laurier must receive your completed experience profile by the appropriate deadline. You can complete the form electronically, then save and email the completed form to eduadmissions@wlu.ca. We’ll review your experience profile only if you meet the minimum academic requirements for application. The experience profile form is an integral part of admission to our program and counts for 50% of your admission evaluation.

Letters of reference are not required and are not evaluated.

Equity Admissions

Laurier values diversity and reserves a select number of places in our education program for qualified candidates who self identify as members of Aboriginal/First Nations groups, racial minorities, and/or differently abled groups. Further information and equity admission forms are available on our website. Laurier must receive the equity admission forms, which are packaged with the Experience Profile, by the appropriate deadline.

English-Language Proficiency

If English is not your first language (learned and spoken in the home), you are required to submit official English-language test results obtained within the last 2 years from either International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Pearson Test of English (PTE).

Studying in an English-language school system for a portion of high school or university does not exempt you from this requirement. Photocopies are not accepted. Laurier must receive your official English-language proficiency test scores by the appropriate deadline.

  • IELTS: 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:
    • 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.
    • 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: Minimum overall score of 70.

Laurier reserves the right to request an English-language proficiency test result from you. If, after admission, you show an inadequate command of spoken or written English, you may be required to withdraw from the program.

English-Language Proficiency Waiver

If English is not your first language but you studied solely in an English-language educational system beginning in primary school, you may request a waiver of English-language proficiency if:

  • You passed the Grade 10 Ontario literacy test, or
  • You completed 3U and 4U English, or Grade 12A and OAC English, with at least 75% in each of the 2 courses.

If you request this waiver, you must submit an official copy of the relevant supporting documentation to Laurier by the appropriate deadline.

Applicants with International Transcripts/Degrees

If you have obtained a degree from outside of Canada or the United States, you must have all official transcripts translated (as applicable) and evaluated by World Education Services (WES). You are responsible for the costs associated with the course-by-course evaluation and any translation required. Notarized transcripts are not accepted. It is your responsibility to send an official paper copy of your WES evaluation to Laurier by the appropriate deadline.

Note: It may take up to 6 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. Please begin the evaluation process as early as possible to ensure that Laurier receives a WES evaluation by the deadline. We will not accept late documents. If you have concerns about international documentation, email eduadmissions@wlu.ca.

Technology Requirements

PC Laptop Minimum Standards:

  • Runs Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate 32 or 64 bit (preferred).
  • Generates a Windows experience index of 4 or greater.
  • Supports wireless 802.11n and preferably is dual band (2.4 and 5 MHz).
  • Is up-to-date with Windows updates and runs current antivirus software.
  • Has a built-in webcam and microphone.
  • Contains and runs Microsoft Office.

Macintosh Laptop (MacBook) Minimum Standards:

  • Intel core duo processor with a minimum of 2 GB of ram.
  • Runs Mac OS X 10.6.
  • Has a built in webcam and microphone.
  • Supports wireless 802.11n and preferably is dual band (2.4 and 5 MHz).
  • Contains and runs Microsoft Office.

Deadlines

  • OUAC must receive your application by Dec. 1, 2014.
  • OUAC must receive the application service fee and Laurier’s non-refundable supplementary fee by Dec. 8, 2014.
  • Laurier must receive the following documents by Dec. 10, 2014:
    • Official postsecondary institution transcript(s).
    • Official postsecondary institution transcript translation and/or WES evaluation (if applicable).
    • Official course descriptions for all courses studied internationally (if applicable).
    • Official letter indicating the total number of transfer credits received from prior colleges or universities that were used toward your undergraduate degree (if applicable).
    • Official English-language test results or waiver request (if applicable).
    • Equity admissions application (if applicable).
    • Experience Profile.
  • Applicants will be contacted to arrange for an individual interview appointment and French proficiency test (if applicable). You will only be called if you qualify for this step based on your academic grades and experience profile score.
  • On March 2, 2015, you can log in to your TEAS account to view the decision made on your Bachelor of Education application.
  • Your offer letter will indicate additional information regarding the deadline to accept your offer, when you must submit final transcripts by, when you must pay your non-refundable deposit by, etc.

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


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