English language proficiency is an essential skill in English-dominant schools in Ontario. All Teacher Education Candidates (TECs) must demonstrate proficiency in oral and written English. Students, who, after admission, show an inadequate command of spoken or written English may be required to withdraw from the program.
Applicants who have not studied for a minimum of four years in an English-language institution, including their most recent degree, must provide evidence of English proficiency prior to admission. Normally, this evidence is an acceptable score on one of the following tests, taken within the previous two years:
Photocopies will not be accepted. Official English Language Proficiency Test scores must be received by Laurier no later than the second Friday in December in the year prior to anticipated entry.
Applicants educated outside of North America who have obtained a degree from a foreign country must have all official transcripts translated (as applicable) and evaluated by World Education Services (WES).
Applicants are responsible for the costs associated with the course-by-course evaluation and any translation required. Notarized transcripts will not be accepted, nor will transcripts submitted directly to Laurier.
It is the applicant's responsibility to send an official paper copy of their WES evaluation to Laurier no later than the second Friday in December in the year prior to anticipated entry.
Note that it can take upwards of six weeks for WES to receive official transcripts from a foreign academic institution. After this point, the WES evaluation can take an additional week or longer to complete. Applicants should begin the evaluation process as early as possible to ensure that Laurier receives a WES evaluation no later than the second Friday in December in the year prior to anticipated entry. Late documents will not be accepted.
Applicants who have concerns about international documentation should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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