TEAS – Lakehead University
Last updated: September 24, 2019
- Program Codes
- Admission Criteria
- International Applicants
- Divisions and Teaching Subjects
- Clarification of Teaching Subject Requirements
- Contact Information
A10 – Primary-Junior (Thunder Bay Campus)
A12 – Primary-Junior (Orillia Campus)
A30 – Intermediate-Senior (Thunder Bay Campus)
Lakehead University offers the Bachelor of Education program in Northwestern Ontario and Southern Ontario at its Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses. The Faculty of Education at Lakehead University is well-known and respected for leading the way in teacher education. Our unique and innovative programming focuses on a collaborative learning approach that will allow you to build effective teaching skills to shape the young minds of tomorrow.
With an emphasis on practical, experiential learning, you will participate in 105 days of in-class placement over the course of the 2-year program.
Our programs are continually adapted to encompass a variety of educational settings and training opportunities in 2 divisions: Primary-Junior (JK-Grade 6), offered at both campus locations in Thunder Bay and Orillia, as well as Intermediate-Senior (Grade 7-12), offered at the Thunder Bay campus. The Intermediate-Senior teaching division offers Environmental Science through the Outdoor Ecological and Experiential Education (OE3) schedule for those interested in interdisciplinary teaching in the outdoors.
Note: Lakehead University will make only 1 offer of admission per applicant. If you select more than 1 program at Lakehead University, the programs will be considered based on the order of your choices.
- Undergraduate Degree: You must have completed a recognized undergraduate degree, or be in the process of completing a degree, by June 2020 to be considered for admission.
- Degrees must have a minimum of 5 full‑year course equivalents completed at the university level to be eligible for admission consideration.
- Preference is given to applicants who have completed, or are completing, their degree at an accredited university. If you have completed, or are completing, your degree at an accredited community college, you will be assessed on an individual basis.
- You must submit documentation that verifies you successfully completed a recognized undergraduate degree and final official transcripts for any in-progress courses by July 3, 2020.
- Admission Average: Selection is based primarily on academic achievement. The admission average is calculated using the last 10 full-year undergraduate course equivalents (not including college transfer credits) completed at the time you apply.
- A minimum of 5 full‑year course equivalents must be completed at the time of application for admission consideration.
- You will be given preference if you present a minimum 70% average or equivalent using the last 10 full-year undergraduate course equivalents completed.
Note: The admission average is calculated using the grades reported on an official transcript that Enrolment Services – Undergraduate Admissions must receive by the application deadline. If credits are still in progress when you apply, they will be considered in order to fulfill teaching subject requirements; however, they will not be included in the admission average calculation.
- In addition, graduate courses, college transfer credits, CEGEP and high school courses will not be considered as part of the average calculation.
- Preference is also given if you present an honours degree or a degree with 20 full-course equivalents.
- English-Language Requirement: If you apply to the Bachelor of Education program and English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of oral and written English-language proficiency, via Secure Applicant Messaging (SAM), in one of the following ways:
- Documentation (statement of the language of instruction) that indicates full‑time study for at least 3 years at a university where English is the language of instruction and examination.
- Official proof of English‑language facility by presenting an English-language proficiency test. English‑language proficiency test results are due by December 9, 2019. See minimum score requirements.
If you are admitted and have an unsatisfactory command of the English language, either spoken or written, you may be asked to withdraw from the program if your language skill deficit interferes with your ability to communicate effectively in a classroom.
- Course Background: You must present a course background that supports the division(s) to which you applied. For detailed requirements, see the list of teaching subjects.
- You can upload these documents using SAM.
Mature and Indigenous applicants, as well as applicants with disabilities, are encouraged to apply to the Bachelor of Education program at Lakehead University. A mature applicant is defined as a person who was awarded their undergraduate degree 5 or more years ago. You may identify your Indigenous ancestry on the TEAS application in the field provided. You may be requested to submit an Admissions Profile.
Applicants with a disability who feel that they have been academically disadvantaged may outline reasons in a personal statement submitted to Enrolment Services – Undergraduate Admissions at Lakehead University.
If you are admitted under this policy, you must meet the minimum admission requirements and must meet the same progression and graduation standards as other students.
As admission to the Faculty of Education is competitive, fulfilling the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.
If you were educated outside of Canada and the United States, and obtained a degree from a foreign country, you must have all official transcripts translated (as applicable) and evaluated by World Education Services (WES).
A course-by-course evaluation is required, and you are responsible for the costs associated with the evaluation and any translation required. Transcripts submitted directly to Lakehead University will not be accepted. It is your responsibility to release an official copy of your WES evaluation to Lakehead by December 9, 2019.
Note: It can take up to 6 weeks for WES to receive official transcripts from a foreign academic institution. Begin the evaluation process as early as possible to ensure Lakehead University receives a WES evaluation by December 9, 2019.
December 1, 2019
- Submit the teacher education (TEAS) application to the OUAC.
- Pay the TEAS application fees, transcript fees and the Lakehead University supplementary service fee of $60.
- Request official transcripts from all Ontario universities and colleges you attend or attended, including institutions you attend on a Letter of Permission or Exchange, using a TEAS online transcript request, and submit it with the TEAS application.
- You can follow the status of your application from the first day it is submitted until a decision is made.
December 9, 2019
- Ensure that all transcripts that are ordered directly from postsecondary institutions arrive at Enrolment Services – Undergraduate Admissions by this date.
- If you are currently registered at, or have graduated from, Lakehead University, you are not required to submit Lakehead University transcripts, but must arrange to send transcripts for all other postsecondary (university/college) institution(s) you attended.
- Faxed copies or photocopies are not accepted.
- Submit all course descriptions that clarify undergraduate or graduate courses that are not obviously related to your required teaching subject.
- Use Secure Applicant Messaging (SAM) to submit your course descriptions. You are strongly encouraged to submit course syllabi, as course descriptions may not have enough detail.
- Submit English-language proficiency test results (if applicable).
July 3, 2020
- Enrolment Services – Undergraduate Admissions must receive official documentation (i.e., transcripts) that verifies you successfully completed a degree and final grades for any “in progress” courses.
- You are provided with a Lakehead email account and access to the student information portal: myInfo. Use this website to check the status of your application and to ensure Lakehead has received your documents.
- You will receive further instruction about myInfo functions from your Lakehead email account. Check this email account regularly, as it is your link to Lakehead University throughout the application process.
Divisions and Teaching Subjects
A10/A12 – Primary-Junior (JK-Grade 6)
You will be given preference if you present at least 3 core curriculum subjects taught in the Primary/Junior grades, such as: English, French, Geography, History, Health and Physical Education, Mathematics, Music, Indigenous Languages, Science, and Visual Arts. You do not choose a teaching subject in the Primary/Junior division.
Courses that will be accepted as “Science” are:
- Anthropology (Science courses only)
- Environmental Science
- Environmental Studies (Science courses only)
- Geography (Science courses only)
- Geology (Earth Science)
You must register in, and pass, a mathematics competency exam as part of your Professional Program. The pass level is set at 75%. The exam ensures that all prospective teachers understand basic mathematical concepts at the Grade 6/7 level. Calculators are not permitted for this exam.
A30 – Intermediate/Senior (Grades 7-12)
- English (319)
- Environmental Science (447)
- First Nations, Métis and Inuit Studies (200)
- French as a Second Language (325)
- Geography (740)
- Health & Physical Education (860)
- History (750)
- Mathematics (652)
- Music – Instrumental (158)
- Music – Vocal (159)
- Native Languages (210)
- Science – Biology (412)
- Science – Chemistry (420)
- Science – General (430)
- Science – Physics (470)
- Social Sciences – General (second teaching subject only) (165)
- Visual Arts (190)
You must present 2 specific teaching subjects: 5 full‑year course equivalents in the first teaching subject and 3 full‑year course equivalents in the second teaching subject. At least 1 relevant half‑credit course equivalent at the upper‑year level in that discipline is required in both the first and second teaching subject.
Lakehead does not offer the following combinations of teaching subjects:
- Chemistry and Physics
- Environmental Science and Mathematics
- Music and Visual Arts
- Music – Instrumental and Music – Vocal
The following teaching subjects have additional requirements:
- French as a Second Language: 5 full-year course equivalents in French are required for the first or second teaching subject.
- Health & Physical Education: A recognized undergraduate degree in Kinesiology or Physical Education is required for the first teaching subject.
- Music – Instrumental and Music – Vocal: A recognized undergraduate degree in Music is required.
- Native Languages: Requires 5 FCEs as a first or second teaching subject from any combination of the following Algonquin languages: Cree, Western Ojibwe (Ojibwe) and Severn Ojibwe (Oji-Cree); or courses classified in the calendar as Algonquin (ALGO), Cree (CREE), Native Languages (NALA) and Ojibwe (OJIB). To be eligible for a teaching subject in Indigenous Languages, students must demonstrate oral proficiency in their Indigenous language by passing an oral proficiency interview administered by the Faculty of Education. Students may use an Indigenous Language Certificate or Diploma Program toward Indigenous Language as a second teaching subject.
- Visual Arts: A recognized undergraduate degree in Visual or Fine Arts is required for the first or second teaching subject.
Clarification of Teaching Subject Requirements
Environmental Science (Outdoor Ecological and Experiential Education [OE3] Schedule)
Although outdoor skills are incorporated into the OE3 schedule, the primary emphasis of this course is not on outdoor skills development, but rather the pedagogy involved in teaching:
- ecological literacy;
- self‑development through an inner journey;
- a sense of community; and
- experiential learning in the outdoors.
Although it may be an advantage to have a background in the outdoors, it is not required to complete the course – the focus is interdisciplinary.
If you designate Environmental Science as a teaching subject, you will be streamed into an OE3 cohort. Entry into OE3 requires either 5 full-year course equivalents (first teachable) or 3 full-year course equivalents (second teachable) from at least 3 of the following disciplines:
- Anthropology (Science courses only);
- Environmental Science;
- Environmental Studies (Science courses only);
- Geography (Science courses only);
- Geology (Earth Sciences);
- Outdoor Recreation; or
Note: By selecting Environmental Science as either your first or second teaching subject in the TEAS application, you automatically apply to the Outdoor Ecological and Experiential Education schedule and all of its components.
Questions about the Outdoor Ecological Experiential Education schedule can be directed to the Faculty of Education at 807‑343‑8520.
First Nations, Métis and Inuit Studies
You must present a minimum number of full-year course equivalents from any of the following subject areas:
- Indigenous Learning
- First Nations, Métis and Inuit Studies
- Canadian Studies
French as a Second Language
You must present 5 full-year course equivalents in French to qualify for the French as a Second Language teaching subject.
Intermediate/Senior students with a French teaching subject are required to demonstrate French-language proficiency for graduation.
- You must achieve a minimum of 70% on the Diplôme d’études en langue française, B2 level, (DELF-B2) exam from an accredited centre, with at least 70% in each of the 4 competencies: Oral comprehension, written comprehension, oral expression and written expression.
- DELF-B2 certification from accredited centres, within 2 years of admission to the BEd Professional Program, will be accepted.
- You are responsible for all costs associated with the DELF exam.
Health & Physical Education
A recognized undergraduate degree in Kinesiology or Physical Education is required for the first teaching subject.
- Activity courses do not count toward the number of required courses for the Health & Physical Education teaching subject.
- Only 1 full-year course equivalent in Anatomy and/or Physiology will count toward the Health & Physical Education teaching subject.
- If you apply to Health & Physical Education as a second teaching subject, you are not required to have 1 half‑credit course equivalent at the upper-year level.
History, Geography, and English
You should present a Canadian content course within the respective teaching subject background. One full‑year course, or the equivalent, in Political Science can be used toward the History teaching subject.
Of the required number of full-year course equivalents, only 1 full-year course, or the equivalent, in Statistics will be counted toward the Mathematics first teaching subject. Statistics will not be counted toward the second teaching subject in Mathematics – only pure Mathematics courses.
Music – Vocal and Instrumental
A recognized undergraduate degree in Music is required. Lakehead University does not offer Music – Instrumental and Music – Vocal in combination as teaching subjects.
You must present 5 full-year course equivalents from any combination of the following Algonquin languages: Cree, Western Ojibwe (Ojibwe) and Severn Ojibwe (Oji-Cree) to qualify for an Indigenous Language teaching subject.
To be eligible for a teaching subject in Indigenous Languages, students must demonstrate oral proficiency in their Indigenous language by passing an oral proficiency interview administered by the Faculty of Education.
Students may use an Indigenous Language Certificate or Diploma Program toward Indigenous Language as a second teaching subject.
Science – Biology
You must present a minimum number of full‑year course equivalents for either a first or second teaching subject, as well as a combination of both Plant and Animal Biology.
Only 1.5 full-year courses, or the equivalent, from the following list, will be counted toward the Biology teaching subject:
- Human Anatomy & Physiology
All other courses must be core Biology courses.
Science – Chemistry
You can count only 1 full credit in Biochemistry, and, if relevant, only 1 full credit in Pharmacy courses.
Science – General
At least 3 of the following subject areas must be represented:
- Anthropology (Science courses only)
- Environmental Science
- Environmental Studies (Science courses only)
- Geography (Science courses only)
- Geology (Earth Sciences)
Science – Physics
You may count courses, if relevant, from the following areas:
- Electrical/Electronic Technology
- Heat Transfer
- Mechanics of Materials
Social Sciences – General (Second Teaching Subject Only)
You must present at least 3 full-year course equivalents from any combination of at least 3 of the following:
- Religious Studies
- Women’s Studies
A recognized undergraduate degree in Visual or Fine Arts is required for either the first or second teaching subject. A maximum of 1 full-year course equivalent in Art or Music History will count toward the Visual Arts teaching subject. The majority of courses presented must be studio courses.
Enrolment Services – Undergraduate Admissions
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