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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.

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.

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Faculty of Education Webinar

Next webinar: Monday, Nov. 6, 2017.

Our online webinars are hosted live and can be viewed through the use of a computer, smart phone or tablet as long as you have an internet connection – all from the comfort of your own home. Talk with our faculty members about the program, what it
has to offer you, and what it’s like to be a student at Laurier.

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, 2017 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.

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. 8, 2017. There is no need to send highschool or CEGEP transcripts as they will not be evaluated.

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

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. If you qualify for both teachables, we’ll extend two offers of admission. 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.

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 undergraduate credits in English are required. 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. You need at least one half-credit course in Kinesiology or Health Science and two half-credit activity courses.

French as a Second Language

At least 3.0 full credits in French are required. You need one credit from each of the following areas: 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. 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. 1.0 full credit must come from courses in Canadian History (early and modern preferred).

Mathematics

At least 3.0 full credits in Mathematics are required. You need at least 1.0 full senior math credit (second-year level or above). 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Physics

Experience Profile

The experience profile is an integral part of admission to our program and counts for 50% of your admission evaluation. Laurier must receive your completed experience profile by Dec. 8, 2017. The form can only be submitted online; emailed forms will not be accepted. We will review your experience profile only if you meet the minimum academic requirements for admission. 

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

International Applicants

English-Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language (learned and spoken in the home) is not English are required to submit official English language test results obtained within the last two years from either IELTS, TOEFL or PTE. Photocopies of test scores will not be accepted. Official English language proficiency test scores must be received by Laurier no later than Dec. 8, 2017.

  • 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.

English-Language Proficiency Waiver

Applicants whose first language is not English, but who meet one of the following conditions, may request a waiver of English language proficiency by contacting the Education Admissions Office at eduadmissions@wlu.ca.

Applicants may request a waiver if:

  • a) They have studied solely in an English Language educational system beginning in primary school and have passed the Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT); or
  • b) They have studied solely in an English language educational system beginning in primary school and have completed 3U and 4U English, or the relevant course equivalencies, achieving at least 75% in each of the two courses; or
  • c) They have studied in an English language school system for a portion of secondary school or university. This exemption will be granted on a case-by-case basis with proper documentation. Contact eduadmissions@wlu.ca for details.

If you request this waiver, you must submit an official copy of the relevant supporting documentation to Laurier by Dec. 8, 2017.

Note: Laurier 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, you may be required to withdraw from the program.

Applicants with International Transcripts/Degrees

If you have obtained a degree outside of Canada or the United States, you must have all official transcripts translated to English (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. 8, 2017.

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. 8, 2017. We will not accept late documents. If you have concerns about international documentation, email eduadmissions@wlu.ca.

Application Checklist and Deadlines

We recommend that you check your LORIS account frequently to verify that we have received your documents, or to view a list of outstanding documents. Note: We cannot guarantee that we will consider incomplete or late applications.

  • Submit the following items through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) no later than Dec. 1, 2017:
    • Completed online TEAS application.
    • TEAS application fee (note: Laurier will accept your TEAS application fee up until Dec. 8, 2017).
    • Transcript request for every Ontario university and college you attended.
  • Laurier must receive the following documentation by Dec. 8, 2017:
    • Completed online experience profile (mandatory for all applicants).
    • 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).
  • On Feb. 1, 2018, log into your LORIS account to view the decision made on your Bachelor of Education application. If you receive an offer of admission, your offer letter will indicate:
    • Additional information regarding the deadline to accept your offer.
    • The deadline to submit final transcripts.
    • The deadline for the non-refundable deposit.

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