TEAS – Wilfrid Laurier University

Last updated: September 13, 2021

Note: University program information changes regularly. View the application for the most up-to-date details.

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At Wilfrid Laurier University, community is at the core of who we are and what we do. We are inspired together – in our pursuit of learning, how we give back to community and where we spend our time and talent. It is how we are changing the world and making a better future for us all.

Our Bachelor of Education program is located on our Waterloo campus, where about 17,700 students call us their home away from home. We are tucked into about 1 city block, so you are only steps away from your classes, food and your new favourite study spot. Outside campus, Waterloo is a student-friendly city full of entertainment options, cultural celebrations and a thriving tech sector.

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About Our Faculty of Education

In collaboration with community partners, our Faculty of Education prepares educational leaders who inspire lives through learning.

Be prepared to teach the Ontario curriculum at either the Primary/Junior (Grades K-6) or Junior/Intermediate (Grades 4-10) level by completing the 2-year consecutive education program at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Program Highlights

Earn a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree that offers substantial practical experience and prepares you to teach effectively using diverse strategies for current learning environments. Study the theoretical and research background to further your knowledge and participate in various educational settings. You will graduate as a well-rounded educator who is prepared to teach in diverse classrooms and teaching environments.

Our BEd program is highly progressive and future oriented. Our courses blend 21st-century skills and global perspectives with a focus on the unique needs of children and youth in today’s educational systems.

The Laurier Bachelor of Education program is based on the Professional Development School (PDS) model, which immerses teacher candidates in the school learning community. Your practicum experiences will include observation days and formal block placements with a range of associate teachers of various grade levels. Our program greatly exceeds the 80 days of practicum that are required by the Ontario College of Teachers to provide you with maximum learning opportunities working with children and their teachers.

A key strength of our program that differentiates us among faculties of education within Ontario is our strong links with 8 local school boards and community partners. You will work closely with associate teachers and school administrators to apply theory to practice in an educational setting during your placements. Conversely, observations and questions from school placements are applied to your course work, where your professors will help you to collaboratively inquire and synthesize your learning from various practicum placement settings.

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Programs

Primary/Junior (Grades K-6): Apply to U10

Junior/Intermediate level (Grades 4-10): Apply to U20

If you apply to both the Primary/Junior and Junior/Intermediate programs, you will receive an admission decision on each application.

In the Junior/Intermediate program, you can apply to a maximum of 2 teaching subjects. You will receive an admission decision on only 1 of your teaching subject applications.

We consider you for your teaching subjects in the order that you rank them in your OUAC application. If you are eligible for your first-choice teaching subject, we will not consider you for your second choice.

Junior/Intermediate Teaching Subjects

The following teaching subjects are offered. Teaching subject availability is subject to meeting minimum enrollment thresholds.

  • English
  • French as a Second Language
  • Geography
  • Health and Physical Education
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music – Instrumental
  • Music – Vocal
  • Science – General

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Admission Process Overview

Fall 2022 Admission Update:

We are improving our Bachelor of Education admission process to better serve our applicants and help you enroll at Laurier. Admission information is subject to change until the December 1, 2021, application deadline. Check our Bachelor of Education Admissions website for the latest updates.

  • Admission to our BEd program is based on 2 components: Academic achievement and an experience profile that details your experiences working with children or youth.
  • After you apply, you will receive a confirmation email that contains your login information to access your applicant portal. You must submit a supplemental application in the portal before we will assess you for admission.
  • In your supplemental application, you will submit your experience profile, unofficial copies of your transcript(s) and any other documents that we require for your application. We recommend that you apply early enough to give yourself sufficient time between the OUAC application deadline and the deadline to submit your supplemental application.
  • If you apply to the Junior/Intermediate program, you must also submit a teachable requirements form in the supplemental application. In the form, you will identify how your undergraduate university courses meet the subject requirements for your teachable.
  • If you apply to the French as a Second Language teaching subject in the Junior/Intermediate program, you may be required to complete a mandatory French-language proficiency assessment. Check our website for updates on the the French-language proficiency assessment requirement.
  • You must submit evidence of your English proficiency if you have not studied for a minimum of 4 years at an English-language institution.
  • Enrollment in the Faculty of Education is limited and fulfilling the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

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Admission Requirements

Minimum Education Requirement

  • This is a postgraduate bachelor’s degree program that requires an undergraduate degree.
  • You will receive admission preference if you have completed or are completing a 4-year undergraduate degree with a minimum of 20 full credits. If you have a 3-year degree, we will still consider you for admission.
  • If you have a 4-year college degree, we will consider you on a case-by-case basis.
  • You will receive additional admission consideration if you are currently enrolled in a graduate program and scheduled to receive your degree by June 30, 2022.
  • Mature students must meet the same requirements as all other candidates.

Required Admission Average

  • To be considered for admission, you must have a minimum average of 70% (“B-”) in your most recent 10 full-credit or 20 half-credit undergraduate university courses that you completed by September 1, 2021.
  • If you are applying to the Junior/Intermediate program, you also need a 70% (“B-”) average in your required courses for your teaching subject.

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Primary/Junior (P/J) Admission Requirements

Recommended Courses for P/J

You will receive additional admission consideration if you have completed a half-credit undergraduate course in 1 or more of the following subject areas:

  • English
  • French
  • Math
  • Science

If you do not have courses in these areas, we will still consider you for admission.

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Junior/Intermediate (J/I) Admission Requirements

Teaching Subjects

You must apply for a minimum of 1 teaching subject to be eligible for the Junior/Intermediate program. You can apply to a maximum of 2 teaching subjects. You will receive an admission decision on only 1 of your teaching subjects. We consider you for your teaching subjects in the order that you rank them in your OUAC application. If you are eligible for your first-choice teaching subject, we will not consider you for your second choice.

  • English
  • French as a Second Language
  • Geography
  • Health and Physical Education
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music – Instrumental
  • Music – Vocal
  • Science – General

Recommended Courses for J/I

You will receive additional admission consideration if you have completed 1 or more half-credit undergraduate courses in 3 of the following subject areas:

  • English
  • Fine Arts, including Music, Visual Arts, Dance or Drama
  • Geography/History (Canadian geography/history recommended)
  • Math
  • Science

If you do not have courses in these subject areas, we will still consider you for admission.

Teaching Subject Requirements

  • You need 3 full-credits or 6 half-credit undergraduate courses with an average of 70% (“B-”) for your teaching subject (see Required Courses for Teaching Subjects to view your teaching subject’s specific course requirements).
  • You need 1 full-credit or 2 half-credit courses at the second-year level or above.
  • If you have more than the required number of courses for your teaching subject, we calculate your average using your highest grades.
  • You must complete all courses required for your teaching subject by the end of December 2021. Any courses that you take during the winter 2022 term (January to April) will not be considered toward your teaching subject requirements.
  • If you are taking courses in the fall term (September to December), you must submit an unofficial transcript showing your updated grade information in January 2022.

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Required Courses for Teaching Subjects (J/I Applicants)

Teachable Requirements Form

You must submit a teachable requirements form as part of your supplemental application. In the form, you will identify how your undergraduate university courses meet the subject requirements for your teaching subject.

English

You need at least 3 full credits in English, including 2 half-credit courses in English literature or poetry.

The following courses do not satisfy the required courses: University essay courses, English remedial courses, courses in English culture, or writing for business or science.

French as a Second Language

You need at least 3 full credits in French, including:

  • 1 full credit in French written language or grammar,
  • 1 half credit in French, French Canadian and/or Francophone literature and
  • 1 half credit in French, French Canadian and/or Francophone culture.

You will receive additional admission consideration for each half-credit course beyond the 3 full credits required, to a maximum of 5 full credits.

You may be required to complete an on-site French-language proficiency assessment.

Check our website for updates on the the French-language proficiency assessment requirement.

Geography

You need at least 3 full credits in geography, including:

  • 1 full credit in geography at the 100 level, including both human and physical geography,
  • 1 senior-level half-credit course in GIS, cartography, remote sensing or geotechnologies and
  • 1.5 senior credits in geography.

Health and Physical Education

You need at least 3 full credits in kinesiology, health science or physical education, including at least 2 half credits in fundamental and/or applied movement skills (e.g., sport, games or movement skills).

History

You need at least 3 full credits in history, including at least 1 full credit in Canadian history.

Mathematics

You need at least 3 full credits in mathematics, including 1 full senior math credit at the second-year level or above.

Statistics courses taken in another subject area other than math (e.g., psychology or sociology) can count as a maximum of 1 half credit toward your teaching subject requirements.

We do not accept mathematics courses that are equivalent to a high school math credit or remedial courses in math for the teaching subject requirement.

Music – Instrumental

You need at least 3 full credits in music, including both applied and academic music credits.

You will receive admission preference if you have a minimum of 1 full credit in each of the following areas of music study:

  • Music theory (includes community music theory courses)
  • Music history (includes musicology, community music and popular music courses)
  • Applied music (includes ensembles, for-credit lessons and class instruction on instruments, and courses focusing on music-making)
  • Music education (includes facilitation and leadership courses in community music)

Notes:

  • Grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music certification satisfies the requirement for applied music.
  • Courses in second instruments, conducting, facilitation and leadership, music education methods and/or music technology may count toward the music education requirement.
  • We give admission consideration to equivalent field experience and/or related postsecondary education.

Music – Vocal

You need at least 3 full credits in music, including both applied and academic music credits.

You will receive admission preference if you have a minimum of 1 full credit in each of the following areas of music study:

  • Music theory (includes community music theory courses)
  • Music history (includes musicology, community music and popular music)
  • Applied music (includes ensembles, for-credit lessons and class vocal instruction, and courses focusing on music-making)
  • Music education (includes facilitation and leadership courses in community music)

Notes:

  • Grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music certification satisfies the requirement for applied music.
  • Courses in second instruments, conducting, facilitation and leadership, music education methods and/or music technology may be used for the music education requirement.
  • We give admission consideration to equivalent field experience and/or related postsecondary education.

Science – General

You need at least 3 full credits in science, including 1 half credit in mathematics. Your science credits must include 1 half credit in at least 3 of the following subject areas:

  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and space science
  • Environmental science
  • Physics
  • Zoology

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Experience Profile Requirement

Admission to our BEd program is based on 2 components: Academic achievement and an experience profile that details your experiences working with children or youth.

You must submit your completed experience profile in your supplemental application by December 8, 2021, at 11:59 pm (ET). We recommend that you leave sufficient time between submitting your application to the OUAC and the December 8, 2021, deadline to submit your supplemental application.

We will review your experience profile only if you meet the minimum academic requirements for admission.

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Transcripts and Required Documents

After you submit your application through the OUAC, you will receive a confirmation email from us that contains your login information to access your applicant portal and submit a supplemental application. You will see your list of required documents and submit them through the supplemental application.

You must submit your undergraduate transcript(s), an experience profile and any other required documents listed in your supplemental application. If you are a J/I applicant, you will submit the teachable requirements form in your supplemental application. If you have not studied for a minimum of 3 years in an English-language school system, you must also submit evidence of your English proficiency as part of your supplemental application.

If you attended a university on an international exchange or Letter of Permission, you must provide an official transcript from the international institution(s) you attended by the posted deadline. You may also be asked to submit course descriptions or an academic calendar from those institution(s) to Laurier. If you are required to submit these documents, we will communicate this information to you using your supplemental application.

You must submit your supplemental application by December 8, 2021. We cannot guarantee that we will consider your application if you miss the deadline. We will not assess your application until we receive your completed supplemental application.

See our website for a list of required documents and our transcript requirements.

Applicants with International Transcripts/Degrees

If you were educated outside of North America and obtained a degree in a foreign country, you must have all official transcripts translated (as applicable) and evaluated by World Education Services.

See our website for more information about requirements for students with international transcripts/degrees.

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English-proficiency Requirement

You must submit evidence of your English proficiency if you have not studied for a minimum of 4 years in an English-language institution (including your most recent degree). There are some circumstances in which an exemption from the English-proficiency requirement may be warranted.

To meet the English-proficiency requirement, you must submit a minimum score on an accepted English-language test, taken within the previous 2 years.

See our website to learn how to request an exemption from the English-proficiency requirement.

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Application Checklist and Deadlines

  • The deadline to apply is December 1, 2021.
  • We must receive your required documents, including transcripts and your completed experience profile, by December 8, 2021.

See our website for your complete application checklist and deadlines.

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Contact Information

Education Recruitment and Admissions
Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo ON  N2L 3C5

Telephone: 519‑884‑0710, ext. 3385
Email: eduadmissions@wlu.ca

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