TEAS – Wilfrid Laurier University

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Last updated: September 19, 2019

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Faculty of Education

Be prepared to teach the Ontario curriculum at either the Primary/Junior or the Junior/Intermediate level by completing the 2-year consecutive education program at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Laurier’s Faculty of Education fosters excellence in teacher education and scholarship through inquiry, reflection and through sustained collaborative partnerships.

Learn from instructional and assessment practices that reflect current research and benefit from faculty who work collaboratively and continuously to improve student learning.

What is unique to Laurier’s teacher education method is the Professional Development Schools (PDS) Practicum model, which emphasizes teaching that is based on research literature, systematically collected evidence and reflection, and an understanding of individual students’ strengths and needs.

As a Laurier Teacher Education Candidate (TEC), you will spend 2 days a week throughout the year in host schools and complete 6 scheduled teaching practica. In total, you will spend 40 weeks teaching in a classroom or in an alternative learning setting over the next 2 years. Laurier partners with the Waterloo Region, Waterloo Catholic, Halton, Upper Grand and Wellington Catholic District school boards to provide you with extensive, in-depth and sustained field experiences.

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Program Codes

U10 – Primary/Junior
U20 – Junior/Intermediate

If you apply to both the Primary/Junior and Junior/Intermediate programs, you will receive an admission decision on each application. You are required to present a minimum of 1 teaching subject to be eligible for the Junior/Intermediate program. You may, however, apply to a maximum of 2 teaching subjects.

Junior/Intermediate Teaching Subjects

Laurier offers the following teaching subjects:

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

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General Admission Requirements

  • Admission is based 50% on your academic achievement and 50% on information you submit in the Experience Profile.
  • If you apply to the French as a Second Language teaching subjects in the Junior/Intermediate program, you are also required to complete an on-site French proficiency assessment.
  • Mature students must meet the same requirements as all other candidates.
  • Enrollment in the Faculty of Education is limited and fulfilling the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

Admission Average Requirement

  • You need a minimum academic average of 70% (B-) in your most recently completed 10 full- or 20 half-credit undergraduate university-level courses.
  • Your admission average is calculated using undergraduate university courses that are completed by September 1, 2019. Grades for courses in progress are not considered toward your admission average.
  • You must complete all courses required for your teaching subjects by the end of December 2019. Any courses you take in the winter term (January to April) are only considered to ensure you complete your degree requirements.
  • Admission preference is given to applicants who completed, or are completing, a 4-year degree with a minimum of 20 full credits. Applicants who present a 3-year degree are still considered for admission.
  • Graduates of 4-year college degree programs are considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Additional admission consideration is given to applicants who complete a graduate degree by June 30, 2020.

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Program‑Specific Admission Requirements

U10 – Primary/Junior (P/J)

Recommended Courses for P/J

Additional admission consideration is given if you successfully completed a half-credit undergraduate university-level course in 1 or more of the following subject areas. If you do not have courses in the following subject areas, you are still considered for admission.

  • English,
  • French,
  • math, and/or
  • science.

U20 – Junior/Intermediate (J/I)

You must present a minimum of 1 teaching subject to be eligible for the Junior/Intermediate program. You may apply to a maximum of 2 teaching subjects.

General Requirements:

  • 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 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 your teaching subject, your average will be calculated using your highest grades.
  • You must complete all courses required for your teaching subjects by the end of December 2019.

Teaching Subjects

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

Recommended Courses for J/I

Additional admission consideration is given if you successfully completed 1 or more half-credit undergraduate university-level courses in 3 of the following 5 subjects:

  • English
  • fine arts, including music, visual arts, dance or drama
  • geography/history (Canadian geography/history recommended)
  • math
  • science

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Additional Requirements for Teaching Subjects (Junior/Intermediate)

Teachable Requirements Form

Applicants to the Junior/Intermediate (J/I) program must submit a Teachable Requirements Form, which is found in their Laurier Online Registration and Information System (LORIS) account.

In the form, you must identify how your undergraduate university courses meet the subject requirements for your teaching subject.

English

At least 3 full credits in English are required, including 2 half-credit courses in English literature or poetry. The following courses do not satisfy credit requirements for the English teaching subject: University essay courses, English remedial courses, courses in English culture, or writing for business or science.

French as a Second Language

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. Beyond the 3 full credits required, additional admission points are given for each half-credit course, up to 5 full credits.

Note: You are required to demonstrate oral and written fluency through an on-site French proficiency assessment. Upon graduation from the French teaching subject, you will have the equivalent of the Additional Qualification (AQ) Part 1 course.

Geography

At least 3 full credits in geography, including: 1 full credit in geography at the 100 level, including both human and physical geography; 1 half credit must be a senior-level course in GIS, cartography, remote sensing or geotechnologies; and 1.5 senior credits in geography.

Health and Physical Education

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

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

Mathematics

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) are considered for a maximum of 1 half credit toward the teaching subject requirement only. Mathematics courses equivalent to a high school math credit do not meet the teaching subject requirement.

Music – Instrumental

At least 3 full credits in music, including both applied and academic music credits.

You are given preference if you have a minimum of 1 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, as well as courses focusing on music-making) and
  • 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.
  • Consideration is given to equivalent field experience and/or related postsecondary education.

Music – Vocal

 At least 3 full credits in music, including both applied and academic music credits.

You are given preference if you have a minimum of 1 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, as well as courses focusing on music-making) and
  • 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.
  • Consideration is given to equivalent field experience and/or related postsecondary education.

Science – General

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: Biology, biochemistry, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, physics or zoology.

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Experience Profile Requirement

Laurier must receive your completed Experience Profile by December 6, 2019.

The Experience Profile form may only be submitted online. Emailed forms are not accepted. You will find a link to the Experience Profile in your LORIS account.

Your Experience Profile is reviewed only if you meet the minimum academic requirements. The Experience Profile form is an integral part of admission to Laurier’s BEd program and counts for 50% of the admission evaluation. Letters of reference are not required and are not evaluated.

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Transcript Requirements

Laurier must receive all supporting documentation by December 6, 2019. We cannot guarantee that applications are considered if documents are received after the document deadline.

Following an application to Laurier, you will receive a confirmation of application email with information about your LORIS account. You should check your account frequently, as LORIS is the official means of communication for both the receipt of, and request for, documents used to complete your application.

We must receive official university or college transcripts from each institution you attended, ordered through the OUAC or issued from the originating institution and sent directly to our office.

  • High school or CEGEP transcripts do not need to be submitted as they are not evaluated.
  • If you applied to more than 1 program, send only 1 copy of your required documents.
  • 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 the document deadline.
  • If you are an international applicant, review Applicants with International Transcripts/Degrees for additional transcript requirements.

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Applicants with International Transcripts/Degrees

The following requirements apply, in addition to the previously listed transcript requirements:

  • 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. We do not accept notarized transcripts or transcripts submitted directly to us.
  • It is your responsibility to send an official paper copy of your WES evaluation to Laurier by December 6, 2019.
    • 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.
    • Begin the evaluation process as early as possible to ensure that Laurier receives a WES evaluation by the deadline.
    • Laurier does not guarantee that applications are considered if documents are received after the document deadline.
  • If you have questions about the international documentation requirements, email: eduadmissions@wlu.ca.

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English Proficiency Requirements

If your first language is not English (learned and spoken in the home) you must submit official English-language test results obtained within the last 2 years from an accepted test of English proficiency.

Photocopies of test scores are not accepted. Official English-language proficiency test scores must be received by Laurier no later than December 6, 2019. 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.

Minimum English Proficiency Test Scores

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)

Minimum Score of 70.

International English Language Testing System (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.

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Minimum overall score of 70.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

English-Language Proficiency Waiver

If your first language is not English, but you meet one of the following conditions, you may request a waiver of English-language proficiency by emailing the Admissions Office.

You may request a waiver if you meet one 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 courses.
  • You have studied in an English-language school system for a portion of high school or university. This exemption will be granted on a case-by-case basis with proper documentation. Email the Admissions Office for details.

If you request this waiver, you must submit an official copy of the relevant supporting documentation to Laurier by December 6, 2019.

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Deadlines

December 1, 2019

  • The OUAC must receive:
    • your TEAS application.
    • the TEAS application fee and the $85 non‑refundable supplementary service fee.

December 6, 2019

  • Laurier must receive the following documents:
    • Experience Profile (mandatory for all applicants)
    • Completed online Teachable Requirements Form (mandatory for Junior/Intermediate applicants)
    • Official postsecondary institution transcript(s)
    • 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 postsecondary institution transcript translation and/or WES evaluation (if applicable)
    • Official course descriptions for all courses studied internationally (if applicable)
    • Official English-language test results or supporting documents for waiver request (if applicable)

Applications may not be considered if documents are received after this deadline.

February 1, 2020

  • The earliest date you may receive an admission decision. Check LORIS to view your application status.

March 15, 2020

  • Deadline to confirm your offer of admission through the OUAC.

Read more information, including next steps for confirmed applicants.

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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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