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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 your LORIS (Laurier's Online Registration and Information System) account. 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 apply to more than one program, you only need to send one copy of the required documents.

You will receive an admission decision on all applications including if you have applied to more than one program in the Faculty of Education.

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 Sept. 1, 2016 will be counted in your admission average. Courses being taken towards your teachable subject (J/I) must be completed by the end of the fall term (December). Courses taken in the winter term (January to April) will only be applied towards your degree completion.

Note: Applicants must have teachable subjects completed by the end of December.

You’ll be 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’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 Dec. 9, 2016.

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

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Primary/Junior (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6)

To ensure adequate preparation in subjects taught at the primary/junior level, additional admission points 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, 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 one teachable subject to be eligible for the junior/intermediate program. You may, however, apply to a maximum of two teachable subjects. If you select two 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 3.0 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.

To ensure adequate preparation in subjects taught at the junior/intermediate level, additional admission points 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), 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 3.0 full undergraduate credits in English are required; within the 3.0 full credits, at least two 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: At least 3.0 full credits in Health and Physical Education are required, within the 3.0 full credits, at least one half-credit course in Kinesiology or Health Science and two half-credit activity courses must be included.

French as a Second Language: At least 3.0 full credits in French are required, comprising one-credit courses in each of the following: French written language/grammar, French literature, and French culture. Applicants will be required to demonstrate oral and written fluency. Upon graduation, TECs have the equivalent of the AQ Part 1 course.

Geography: At least 3.0 full credits in Geography are required; within the 3.0 full 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.

History: At least 3.0 full credits in History are required; within the 3.0 full credits, at least 1.0 full credit course in Canadian History (early and modern preferred) must be included.

Mathematics: At least 3.0 full credits in Mathematics are required; within the 3.0 full credits, at least 1.0 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: At least 3.0 full credits in music are required. These credits must include both applied and academic music credits. Preference will be given to applicants with a minimum of one full-year credit in each 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 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: At least 3.0 full credits in music are required. These must include both applied and academic music credits. Preference will be given to applicants with a minimum of 1.0 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 3.0 full credits in science and one half credit in mathematics are required. The science credits must include one half-credit course in at least three 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 Dec. 9, 2016. The form can only be submitted online. Emailed forms will not be accepted. We’ll review your experience profile only if you meet the minimum academic requirements for application. The experience profile 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 Form

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. Laurier must receive the Equity Form by Dec. 9, 2016.

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 two 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 may exempt you from this requirement with proper documentation. Contact our Admissions office to determine your eligibility for this exemption. Photocopies are not accepted. Laurier must receive your official English-language proficiency test scores by Dec. 9, 2016.

  • 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 two courses.

If you request this waiver, you must submit an official copy of the relevant supporting documentation to Laurier by Dec. 9, 2016.

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 Dec. 9, 2016.

Note: It may take up to 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. Please begin the evaluation process as early as possible to ensure that Laurier receives a WES evaluation no later than Dec. 9, 2016. 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.

Application Deadlines

  • OUAC must receive your application by Dec. 1, 2016.
  • OUAC must receive the application service fee and Laurier’s non-refundable supplementary fee by Dec. 8, 2016.
  • Laurier must receive the following documents by Dec. 9, 2016:
    • 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.
  • On March 1, 2017 (at midnight), 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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