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Admission Process Overview

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

Once you apply, you’ll receive a confirmation email containing information about your LORIS (Laurier's Online Registration and Information System) account. LORIS is our primary point of contact with you and we recommend that you frequently check your account in case we require additional documents to complete your application. If you apply to more than one program, you only need to send one copy of your required documents.

You will receive an admission decision on each program (Primary/Junior or Junior/Intermediate) that you apply to in Laurier's Faculty of Education. Applicants who apply to more than one teachable will receive an admission decision on their top choice teachable.

Faculty of Education Webinar

Learn more about Laurier’s consecutive Bachelor of Education program during a live webinar presentation and hear an overview of the application process.

  • Day: Nov. 6, 2018
  • Time: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST

Register for the Webinar

“We help to make learning matter for students. We desire to inspire and excite students through the growth and development inherent in the learning process.”

– Kristiina Montero, Associate Dean, Faculty of Education

“Laurier provides real-life experience for Teacher Education Candidates in schools that equips them to become excellent educators.”

– Bruce Alexander, Field Experience Officer

Admission Requirements

Applicants will be given preference if they 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.

Admission Average

A minimum academic average of 70% (B-) on the most recently completed 10.0 full or 20 0.5-credit undergraduate university courses is required. Only undergraduate university courses completed by Sept. 1 in the year prior to anticipated entry will be counted in the admission average.

If credits are still in progress at the time of application, they will solely be considered to fulfil junior/intermediate subject requirements. Applicants must request a second transcript with final marks to be sent to Laurier no later than Jan. 31 in the calendar year of anticipated entry.

Transcript Requirements

Official university transcripts ordered through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) or issued from an accredited university must be sent directly to Laurier no later than the second Friday in December in the year prior to anticipated entry. Applicants currently studying at Laurier must also request that their transcript be sent to Education Admissions.

Applicants who have attended universities on a Letter of Permission or international exchange must provide an official transcript from the international institution(s) attended. These applicants should also send specific course descriptions or an academic calendar from the institution(s) attended to Laurier no later than the second Friday in December in the year prior to anticipated entry.

Do not send secondary school or CEGEP transcripts; they will not be evaluated. Community college transcripts will not be evaluated, with the exception of college/applied degrees which will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Primary/Junior (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6) Admission Requirements

To ensure adequate preparation in subjects taught at the primary/junior level, additional admission consideration will be 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’ll still be considered for admission into the program.

Junior/Intermediate (Grades 4 to 10) Admission Requirements

Requirements for Teachables

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

Teachable subjects:

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

You must have at least 3.0 full-credits or 6.0 half-credit undergraduate university courses, with an average of 70% (B-) in your chosen teaching subject. At least 1.0 full-credit or 2.0 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.

Recommended Courses

To ensure adequate preparation in subjects taught at the junior/intermediate level, additional admission consideration will be given if you 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)
  • 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.

Additional Requirements for Specific Subject Areas

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 may not be used to satisfy credit requirements for the English teachable: university essay courses, English remedial courses, courses in English culture, or writing for business or science.

French as a Second Language

The equivalent of 3.0 full credits in French are required, including 1.0 full-credit course in French written language/grammar, at least 0.5 credit in French, French Canadian and/or Francophone literature, and at least 0.5 credit in French, French Canadian and/or Francophone culture. Additional admission points will be given for each 0.5-credit course beyond the 3.0 full credits required, to a maximum of 5.0 full credits. Applicants will be 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; and 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 at least 1.0 full senior math credit, second-year level or above. Mathematics courses equivalent to a secondary school math credits or remedial courses are not counted. Statistics courses taken in other subject areas (e.g., psychology or sociology) will only account for a maximum of one half-credit course toward the teachable requirement.

Music

Instrumental

At least 3.0 full credits in music, including both applied and academic, must be included. Preference will be given to applicants with a minimum of one half-credit in each of the following four areas of music study: music theory, music history (includes musicology, ethnomusicology and popular music), applied music and music education. Grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music certification will satisfy the requirement for applied music. The music education requirement may include courses in second instruments, conducting, music education methods and/or music technology. Consideration will be given to equivalent field experience and/or related postsecondary education.

Vocal

At least 3.0 full credits in music, including both applied and academic. Preference will be given to applicants with a minimum of one half-credit in any of the following four 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. The music requirement may include courses in choral or vocal techniques, choral conducting, music education methods and/or music technology. Consideration will be given to equivalent field experience and/or related postsecondary education.

Science (General)

At least 3.0 full credits in Science are required, including at least one 0.5-credit mathematics course. The science credits must include one 0.5-credit course in at least three of the following: biology, biochemistry, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, zoology, and physics.

Deferral Policy

Deferrals of admission into the BEd program are rare and are considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants may contact eduadmissions@wlu.ca to inquire about deferrals. Deferrals must be requested no later than the Aug. 1 following the admission offer.

Deferrals will be given for one academic year only. Students who are granted a deferral do not have to re-apply; they are automatically considered as part of the subsequent year's cohort. Students granted a deferral must, by Jan. 31 of the year subsequent to the original entry date, inform the Education Admissions Office of their intention to attend the subsequent year's program. If they fail to do so by the deadline, they will be dropped automatically with no further eligibility. Those dropped would need to submit a new application if they still wish to pursue a BEd degree at Laurier.

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