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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


You are given preference if you have completed or are completing a four-year degree with a minimum of 20 full credits. If you present a three-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 will receive additional admission consideration. If you present a college/applied degree, you will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Mature students must meet the same requirements as all other candidates.

Admission Average

  • You need a minimum academic average of 70% (B-) on your most recently completed 10.0 full-credit or twenty half-credit undergraduate university courses.
  • Your admission average is calculated using undergraduate courses that are completed by Sept. 1 of the year preceding your anticipated enrolment.
  • If you are taking courses at the time you apply (in the fall term), those courses are only considered to ensure you meet the subject requirements for your teachable (Junior/Intermediate applicants only). You are required to submit an unofficial transcript showing your updated grade information by January 10, 2021.

Level Requirements

Primary/Junior (Junior Kindergarten To Grade 6)

To ensure adequate preparation in subjects taught at the primary/junior level, additional admission consideration is given if you have successfully completed a half-credit undergraduate university course in one or more of the following subject areas:

  • English
  • French
  • math
  • science

If you do not have credits in the designated subject areas, you are still considered for admission.

Junior/Intermediate (Grades 4 To 10)

Teachable Subjects

You need a minimum of one teachable subject to be eligible for the Junior/Intermediate program. You may apply to a maximum of two teachable subjects. You will receive an admission decision on your top choice teachable.

  • English
  • French as a second language
  • geography
  • health and physical education
  • history
  • mathematics
  • music, instrumental
  • music, vocal
  • science, general

Requirements for Teachables

  • You must complete all courses required for your teachable subject by the end of December 2020. Any courses you take in the winter term (January to April) are only considered to ensure you complete your degree requirements.
  • You must have at least 3.0 full-credits or 6.0 half-credit undergraduate university courses, with an average of 70% (B-) in your chosen teachable.
  • You must have at least 1.0 full-credit or 2.0 half-credit courses 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.

Recommended Courses

To ensure adequate preparation in subjects taught at the junior/intermediate level, additional admission consideration is given if you have successfully completed one or more half-credit undergraduate university courses in three of the following five subjects:

  • math
  • science
  • English
  • fine arts, including music, visual arts, dance or drama
  • geography/history (Canadian geography/history recommended)

If you do not have credits in these subject areas, you are still considered for admission.

Language Requirements

English Language Requirement

You must submit evidence of your English proficiency if you have not studied for a minimum of four years in an English-language institution (including your most recent degree). You must submit a minimum score on an accepted English language test. There are some circumstances in which you may be exempted from submitting a test score.

Minimum English Language Test Scores

You must submit a minimum test score (taken within the last two years) on one of the following English language tests. Your official test scores must be received by Laurier by the required documents deadline. Photocopies are not accepted.

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): On a single test, you must have an overall score of at least 7 (academic test only), with scores of at least 6.5 in reading and listening and 7 in writing and speaking.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language):
    • Paper-based test: Minimum overall score of 600, with scores of at least 5.5 on the Test of Written English (TWE), 58 in listening and 58 in reading.
    • Internet-based testing: Minimum overall score of 103, with scores of at least 28 in writing, 23 in listening, 24 in reading and 28 in speaking.
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic): Minimum overall score of 70.
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language) Test: Minimum score of 70.

Students who are admitted to the program and show an inadequate command of spoken or written English may be required to withdraw from the program.

Exemptions

You may request to be exempted from submitting an English language test score if you meet one of the following criteria. Email the Education Admissions office (eduadmissions@wlu.ca) to request an exemption. You will be required to submit an official copy of the relevant supporting documentation to Laurier by the required documents deadline.

  • You studied solely in an English-language educational system beginning in primary school and have passed the Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).
  • You studied solely in an English-language educational system beginning in primary school and have completed a 3U and 4U English course, or a relevant course equivalent, achieving at least 75% in each of the two courses.
  • You studied in an English-language school system for a portion of high school or university. This exemption will be granted on a case-by-case basis with proper documentation.

French Proficiency Assessment

Applicants to the French teachable must complete a mandatory French proficiency assessment as part of the admissions process. The date, time and delivery format of the test will be posted once confirmed. If you have any questions, please email Bruce Alexander at balexander@wlu.ca.

Test details for fall 2021 applicants:

  • Date: TBD
  • Time: TBD

Subject Requirements for Teachables

English

At least 3.0 full credits in English are required, including at least two 0.5-credit courses in English literature or poetry.

The following courses do not satisfy credit requirements for the English teachable:

  • university essay courses
  • English remedial courses
  • courses in English culture
  • writing for business or science

French as a Second Language

At least 3.0 full credits in French are required, including:

  • 1.0 full-credit course in French written language or grammar
  • 0.5 credit in French, French Canadian and/or Francophone literature
  • 0.5 credit in French, French Canadian and/or Francophone culture

Additional admission consideration is given for each 0.5-credit course beyond the 3.0 full credits required, to a maximum of 5.0 full credits.

Applicants are required to demonstrate oral and written fluency. Applicants will be invited to complete an onsite French proficiency assessment after they apply. The test is typically held in January.

Geography

At least 3.0 full credits in geography are required, including:

  • 1.0 full credit in geography at the 100 level, including both human and physical geography
  • 0.5 credit senior-level course in GIS, cartography, remote sensing or geotechnologies
  • 1.5 senior credits in geography

Health and Physical Education

At least 3.0 full credits in kinesiology, health science or physical education are required, including at least two 0.5-credit courses (or a 1.0 credit equivalent) in fundamental and/or applied movement skills (e.g., sport, games, or movement skills).

History

At least 3.0 full credits in history are required, including at least 1.0 full credit in Canadian history.

Mathematics

At least 3.0 full credits in mathematics are required, including 1.0 full senior math credit at the second-year level or above.

Statistics courses taken in another subject area other than math (e.g., psychology or sociology) are considered for a maximum of one 0.5 credit towards the teachable requirement.

Mathematics courses equivalent to a high school math credit or remedial courses are not considered for the teachable requirement.

Music – Instrumental

At least 3.0 full credits in music, including both applied and academic music courses.

You are given preference if you have a minimum of 1.0 full credit in each of the following four areas of music study:

  • music theory (includes community music theory courses)
  • music history (includes musicology, community music and popular music)
  • applied music (includes ensembles, for-credit lessons and class instruction on instruments, and courses focusing on music-making)
  • music education (includes facilitation and leadership courses in community music)

Grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music certification satisfies the requirement for applied music.

Courses in second instruments, conducting, facilitation and leadership, music education methods and/or music technology may be used for the music education requirement.

Consideration is given to equivalent field experience and/or related postsecondary education.

Music – Vocal

At least 3.0 full credits in music, including both applied and academic music courses.

You are given preference if you have a minimum of 1.0 full credit in each of the following four areas of music study:

  • music theory (includes community music theory courses)
  • music history (includes musicology, community music and popular music)
  • applied music (includes ensembles, for-credit lessons and class vocal instruction, and courses focusing on music-making)
  • music education (includes facilitation and leadership courses in community music)

Grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music certification satisfies the requirement for applied music.

Courses in second instruments, conducting, facilitation and leadership, music education methods and/or music technology may be used for the music education requirement.

Consideration is given to equivalent field experience and/or related postsecondary education.

Science (General)

At least 3.0 full credits in science are required including one 0.5-credit mathematics course.

Your science credits must include one 0.5-credit course in at least three of the following subject areas:

  • biology
  • biochemistry
  • chemistry
  • earth and space science
  • environmental science
  • zoology
  • physics

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