TEAS – Wilfrid Laurier University
Last updated: September 18, 2017
- Program Codes
- General Admission Requirements
- Program-Specific Admission Requirements
- Additional Requirements for Specific Subject Areas
- Experience Profile
- English-Language Proficiency
- Applicants with International Transcripts/Degrees
- Contact Information
The Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University fosters excellence in teacher education and scholarship through inquiry, reflection and collaborative sustained partnerships in learning.
The aim of the Laurier 2‑year consecutive education program is to cultivate graduates who are knowledgeable about and prepared to teach the Ontario curriculum at either the Primary/Junior or the Junior/Intermediate level. Students will use instructional and assessment practices that reflect current research, and act to collaboratively and continuously improve student learning as well as their own practice and that of their learning community.
What is unique to the Laurier teacher education method is the Professional Development Schools (PDS) Practicum model. Teacher Education Candidates (TECs) will spend 2 days a week throughout the year in host schools, and complete 5 scheduled teaching practica.
Note: In total, TECs will spend 40 weeks teaching in a classroom or in an alternative learning setting over the next 2 years. Laurier has partnered with the Waterloo Region, Waterloo Catholic, Upper Grand, and Wellington Catholic District school boards to provide TECs with extensive, in-depth and sustained field experiences.
General Admission Requirements
Admission to the Faculty of Education is based 50% on academic achievement and 50% on information submitted in the Experience Profile. Applicants to the Junior/Intermediate French teachable will also be required to complete an on-site French proficiency assessment.
Enrollment in the Faculty of Education is limited and fulfilling the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Mature students must meet the same requirements as all other candidates. We cannot guarantee that applications will be considered if documents are received after December 8, 2017.
Following an application to Wilfrid Laurier University, you will receive a confirmation email with information about your LORIS account (Laurier’s Online Registration & Information System). We strongly recommend that you check your account frequently, as LORIS is the official means of communicating both the receipt of, and request for, documents used to complete applicant files.
- Applicants who apply to more than 1 program will receive an admission decision on all applications they submit to Laurier.
- If you applied to more than 1 program, only send 1 copy of your required documents.
A minimum academic average of 70% (“B‑”) on the most recently completed 10 full- or 20 half-credit undergraduate university-level courses is required. Graduates of 4-year college degree programs will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Only undergraduate university courses completed by September 1, 2017, will be counted in the admissions 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 be applied only towards your degree completion. Note: Applicants must have their teachable subjects completed by the end of December prior to the year they will begin their studies.
You will be given preference if you completed, or are completing, a 4-year degree with a minimum of 20 full credits. If you present a 3-year degree, you will still be considered for admission into your program of choice. If you completed, or will complete, a master’s degree by June 30, 2018, you will receive additional admission consideration.
Wilfrid Laurier University must receive official university or college transcripts from all institutions you attended, ordered through the OUAC or issued from the originating institution and sent directly to our office, by December 8, 2017. There is no need to send high school or CEGEP transcripts, as they will not be evaluated.
- If you attended a university on a letter of permission or international exchange, you must provide an official transcript from the institution(s) you attended by the document deadline.
- If you received transfer credits from prior colleges or universities, you must provide an official letter outlining the number of transfer credits received toward your undergraduate degree by December 8, 2017.
Program‑Specific Admission Requirements
To ensure adequate preparation in subjects taught at the Primary/Junior level, you will receive additional admission consideration if you successfully completed a half-credit undergraduate university-level course in 1 or more of the following subject areas:
- Math, and/or
If you do not have credits in the designated subject areas, you will still be considered for admission to the program.
You require a minimum of 1 teachable subject to be eligible for the Junior/Intermediate program. You may, however, apply to a maximum of 2 teachable subjects.
If you select 2 teachable subjects and are admissible to both teachables, we will extend 2 offers of admission.
If you have credits in progress when you apply, the credits will only be considered to fulfill junior/intermediate subject requirements.
- French as a Second Language
- Health and Physical Education
- Music – Instrumental
- Music – Vocal
- Science – General
You must have at least 3 full-credit or 6 half‑credit undergraduate university-level courses, with an average of 70% (“B-”) in your chosen teaching subject. At least 1 full-credit or 2 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 the highest grades.
To ensure adequate preparation in subjects taught at the Junior/Intermediate level, you will receive additional admission consideration if you successfully completed 1 or more half-credit undergraduate university-level courses in 3 of the following 5 subjects:
- Fine Arts, including: Music, Visual Arts, Dance, or Drama;
- Geography/History (Canadian Geography/History recommended);
- Math; or
If you do not have credits in these subject areas, you will still be considered for admission to the program.
Practica for Junior/Intermediate applicants will be scheduled in grades 4-8.
Additional Requirements for Specific Subject Areas
English: At least 3 full undergraduate credits in English are required; within the 3 full credits, at least 2 half-credit courses must be in English literature or poetry. University essay courses, a subject other than English, or courses English culture, or writing for business and science do not satisfy credit requirements for English.
French as a Second Language: At least 3 full credits in French are required, including 1 credit course in each of the following:
- French culture
- French literature
- French written language/grammar
Note: You 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 full credits in geography are required; within the 3 full credits, at least 1 half-credit course in Canadian geography and 1 half-credit course in research methods or geographic information and analysis must be included.
Health and Physical Education: At least 3 full credits in health and physical education are required; within the 3 full credits, at least 1 half-credit course in kinesiology or health science and 2 half-credit activity courses must be included.
History: At least 3 full credits in history are required; within the 3 full credits, at least 1 full-credit course in Canadian history (early and modern preferred) must be included.
Mathematics: At least 3 full credits in mathematics are required; within the 3 full credits, at least 1 full senior math credit, second-year level or above, must be included. Mathematics courses equivalent to a secondary school math credit will not be counted.
Music – Instrumental: At least 3 full credits in music are required. These must include both applied and academic music credits.
- You will be given preference if you have a minimum of 1 full-year credit in each 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 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 full credits in music are required. These must include both applied and academic music credits.
- You will be given preference if you have a minimum of 1 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 toward the music requirement.
- Consideration will be given to equivalent field experience and/or related postsecondary education.
Science – General: At least 3 full credits in science and 1 half credit in mathematics are required. The sciences credits must include 1 half‑credit course in at least 3 of the following: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Environmental Science, Zoology or Physics.
Wilfrid Laurier must receive your completed Experience Profile by December 8, 2017.
The Experience Profile form can only be submitted online. Emailed forms will not be accepted.
Your Experience Profile is reviewed only if you meet the minimum academic requirements. The Experience Profile form is an integral part of admission to the Laurier BEd program and counts for 50% of the admission evaluation. Letters of reference are not required and are not evaluated.
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 2 years from either International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Pearson Test of English (PTE).
Photocopies of test scores will not be accepted. Official English-language proficiency test scores must be received by Laurier no later than December 8, 2017. 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.
International English Language Testing System
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.
Test of English as a Foreign Language
- Paper-based test: minimum overall score of 600 with scores of at least 5.5 on the Test of Written English (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.
- Pearson Test of English (PTE): Minimum overall score of 70.
English-Language Proficiency Waiver
Applicants whose first language is not English, but who meet 1 of the following conditions, may request a waiver of English-language proficiency by contacting the Admissions Office.
You may request a waiver if you meet 1 of the following criteria::
- you 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);
- you 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 2 course; or
- you 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. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
If you request this waiver, you must submit an official copy of the relevant supporting documentation to Laurier by December 8, 2017.
Applicants with International Transcripts/Degrees
If you obtained a degree from a country 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 Wilfrid Laurier University by December 8, 2017.
Note: It may take up to 6 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 Wilfrid Laurier University receives a WES evaluation by the deadline. Late documents are not accepted.
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December 1, 2017
- The OUAC must receive your TEAS application.
December 8, 2017
- The OUAC must receive the TEAS application service fee and the Wilfrid Laurier $80 non‑refundable supplementary service fee
- Wilfrid Laurier University must receive the following documents:
- 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)
- Experience Profile (mandatory for all applicants)
- For Junior/Intermediate applicants only: if courses are still in progress at the time of application, they will solely be considered to fulfill Junior/Intermediate subject requirements and must be completed by the end of December.
February 1, 2018
- Log in to your LORIS account to view the decision made on your Laurier BEd application.
- If you were granted an offer of admission to Laurier, learn how to accept your offer of admission and submit your non‑refundable deposit.
March 15, 2018
- If you are granted an offer of admission, you must:
- confirm your offer of admission through OUAC
- submit the non-refundable deposit of $300 to Education Recruitment & Admissions
- More information, including next steps for confirmed applicants, is available online.
Note: We cannot guarantee that applications will be considered if documents are received after December 8, 2017.
Education Recruitment and Admissions
Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo ON N2L 3C5
Telephone: 519‑884‑0710, ext. 3385