TEAS – Queen’s University

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Last updated: September 18, 2017

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Program Codes

Q10  Primary/Junior
Q12  Aboriginal Teacher Education (Primary/Junior)
Q14  Aboriginal Teacher Education Community Based
Q15  Artist in Community Education (Primary/Junior)
Q18  Outdoor & Experiential Education (Primary/Junior)
Q30  Intermediate/Senior
Q32  Aboriginal Teacher Education (Intermediate/Senior)
Q35  Artist in Community Education (Intermediate/Senior)
Q38  Outdoor & Experiential Education (Intermediate/Senior)
Q80  Technological Education (BEd)
Q82  Technological Education (DipEd)

Queen’s University is unique in offering a 16-month Consecutive Education program that starts in May 2018 and ends in August 2019 for both Primary/Junior (K-Grade 6) and Intermediate/Senior (Grades 7-12) candidates.

All Queen’s teacher candidates graduate with a specialization. You can apply directly to the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program, the Artist in Community Education, Outdoor and Experiential Education. Or, after you start the program, you can form a concentration in areas such as at-risk children, exceptional learners, educational technology, environmental education and international education. To graduate with a concentration, you combine 2 courses with a related alternative practicum placement.

Alternative practicum placements are completed outside the typical public school setting, and this breadth of experience is an advantage to Queen’s teacher candidates. The placements can be done anywhere in the world. Queen’s also offers funding to support teacher candidates in gaining international experience.

Important Deadlines

December 1, 2017

  • Submit the TEAS application and transcript requests.

December 15, 2017

  • Submit official transcripts, the Personal Statement of Experience and supplementary documentation.
  • Only completed applications will be assessed.

June 30, 2018

  • Send final university transcript(s) to Student Services if you are currently completing your university degree and/or course prerequisites for admission.
  • Final university transcripts should indicate that courses were completed and/or the degree was granted.
  • Acceptance is confirmed (except if you apply to the Diploma in Education) only after you successfully complete your undergraduate degree.

Submission Requirements

To apply to Queen’s Teacher Education, you must submit the following:

TEAS Online Application

Complete the TEAS application, including fee payment.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts should consist of the following:

  • Postsecondary transcripts: From each institution you attended, submitted directly from the issuing postsecondary institution to Student Services (including CEGEP, if applicable).
    • If you attend/attended Queen’s, you do not need to request transcripts, as Queen’s provides that service automatically at no cost.
    • You may have courses on your transcript from a department other than the 1 that reflects the discipline area. You must provide a course outline and/or course description of that “related” course by the deadline. Clearly state the requirement you wish the course to be considered for.
    • All documentation to support the teaching subject course requirements must arrive by December 15, 2017. Student Services makes the final decision about whether or not a course meets the discipline area.
  • High school transcripts: Technological Education program applicants must arrange to have their high school transcripts sent directly from their school or school board to Student Services.
  • International transcripts: If you obtained a degree from a foreign institution (from non-Canadian or American institutions), you must have all international official transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES) (course-by-course assessment). If you attended a foreign institution for only part of your degree, (i.e., if you went on exchange) a WES evaluation is not required.
    • Ensure you are on the Canadian page (a maple leaf in the banner). You are responsible for the costs associated with the WES evaluation and any translation required.
    • You must request that WES evaluations be sent directly to Student Services, Faculty of Education, Queen’s University, to be received by December 15, 2017. A WES report is equivalent to receiving transcripts directly from each foreign institution.
      Note: It can 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 more to be completed. Please begin the evaluation process as early as possible.
    • Questions about international transcript requirements should be referred to Student Services.

Additional transcript requirements:

  • All transcripts submitted must be official, bearing the institutional seal and/or original signature of the institution’s registrar. Photocopied or faxed transcripts are not acceptable.
  • All transcripts, once received, become the property of Student Services and are not returned to you.
  • Your previous academic credentials must be obtained at an institution providing an academic environment and education that prepares students for potential success in advanced study at Queen’s.

Personal Statement of Experience (PSE)

Complete your PSE on Queen’s Education website. Because it takes several days for Queen’s to receive the TEAS online applications, you may need to wait 3-5 business days before submitting the PSE. PSEs may be submitted until December 15, 2017, at 11:59 pm. By November 1, 2017, applicants will be given access to the online Personal Statement of Experience (PSE) through SOLUS online Student Centre. Submission details will be emailed to you after you apply. PSE questions and information are available on the Queen’s website.

Additional Supplementary Documentation

Send any additional documentation, in accordance with indicated instructions, to Student Services. The following programs require additional documentation beyond the online application, transcript and the PSE.

  • Applicants to Aboriginal Teacher Education, Artist in Community Education, or Outdoor and Experiential Education programs: Submit the supplementary documentation.
  • Applicants to Technological Education program option: Read the Technological Education section and submit the supplementary documentation.
  • Applicants with a graduate degree in progress: If you are completing a graduate degree (e.g., MA, MSc) by spring 2018, you may be eligible for additional admission points.
    Please indicate on your application that you are enrolled, and the anticipated completion date. A final transcript must be provided by June 30, 2018, showing that the graduate degree was conferred.
  • Applicants applying under “Equity Admission”: For a designated number of places in the Education program, preference is given to members of Aboriginal/First Nations groups, visible racial minorities and differently‑abled groups currently under‑represented within the teaching profession.
    Equity applicants are automatically considered for admission under regular admission procedures as well. Further information and the Equity Admission form is available on the Queen’s website.
  • Applicants with a university degree and a college diploma/applied degree: If you completed 2, 3 or 4 years of a college diploma/applied degree program, you may be eligible to receive additional admission points by submitting an official college transcript, in addition to your university transcript. If you have already received substantial university transfer credit for college courses or college credit for university courses, you may not be eligible for such consideration.
  • Applicants who meet our English‑language requirement: English is the language of instruction at Queen’s and in the Ontario schools where our teacher candidates complete their required practice teaching. Consequently, if English is not your first language, you are required to provide evidence of oral and written proficiency in English in 1 of 2 ways:
    1. You must have either studied full-time for at least 3 full years (or the equivalent) at a university where English was the language of instruction and examination, in a country where 1 of the official languages is English; or
    2. You must achieve a satisfactory score on a comprehensive test of English to be eligible for admission consideration. The test must include reading, writing, listening and speaking components. Additional information about this requirement, including a list of acceptable test options and minimum required scores, is available on our website.
  • If you attended a university located outside of Canada or the United States where English was the language of instruction and examination, you must submit a letter from the university for verification.

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Before You Apply Online

  1. Queen’s Teacher Education makes only 1 offer of admission per applicant. It is important that you carefully consider your Queen’s choices and the order of those choices.
  2. If appropriate prerequisites do not appear on the transcript or if “in progress” courses are not itemized on the TEAS application, you must amend your application through the TEAS website to include these courses by the December 1 application deadline.
  3. Selection is based on the following:
    1. meeting the admission requirements and/or recommendations;
    2. the number of spaces available in the option/teaching subject/program track requested;
    3. practicum placement availability;
    4. the score from the Personal Statement of Experience; and
    5. the score based on the academic average and number of prerequisites and/or recommended courses.
    6. The scores from “d” and “e” have equal weight.
  4. Only documentation requested by Student Services is considered for admission. Queen’s does not read any unsolicited material or letters of reference. Unsolicited documents will be destroyed.
  5. Queen’s may, at its discretion, suspend admission to any program or teaching subject in accordance with university policy.

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Queen’s Teacher Education Admissions Policies

Notes on Policies:

  • Recommended courses provide a broader subject knowledge that will be helpful with a teaching career.
  • The recommendations listed in the Admissions Policies are suggested for admission. Having the recommended items may help applicants to be more competitive in the admission process, but applicants may gain admission without the recommended items.
  • Unless otherwise specified, throughout the Admissions Policies, a “course” means a university‑level or second‑year CEGEP course.
  • “1 full-year course” means a full‑year course or its equivalent (e.g., 2 half‑year courses).

Requirement for both Primary/Junior and Intermediate/Senior applicants (i.e., all applicants except those for Technological Education):

  • An acceptable undergraduate degree (minimum 3-year General degree).  Preference is given to applicants with a 4-year Honours undergraduate degree.

Recommendations for both Primary/Junior and Intermediate/Senior applicants (i.e., all applicants except those for Technological Education):

  • A minimum “B” average based on the grading scheme of the issuing postsecondary institution.
  • 1 half‑year course in Developmental Psychology (or equivalent) or 1 full‑year course in Introductory Psychology (or equivalent).
  • Completion of a 4‑year Honours undergraduate degree (20 full‑year courses). If you have less than 20 full-year courses, it is recommended that you take additional courses to add up to 20, as this can be an advantage for salary and advancement.

Primary/Junior Recommendations:
It is strongly recommended that Primary/Junior applicants complete a minimum of 1 half‑year course in any of the following 6 discipline areas.

These 6 areas are incorporated in the content and pedagogy of Ontario Primary/Junior curriculum:

  • English
  • Geography or Canadian History
  • Health and/or Physical Education
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • The Arts (visual arts, music, drama, film studies, Shakespeare, children’s literature)

Intermediate/Senior Requirements
Queen’s Teacher Education offers the following teaching subjects:

  • Dramatic Arts (135)
  • English (319)
  • First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies (200)
  • French as a Second Language (325)
  • Geography (740)
  • History (750)
  • Mathematics (652)
  • Music – Instrumental (158)
  • Music – Vocal (159)
  • Science – Biology (412)
  • Science – Chemistry (420)
  • Science – Physics (470)
  • Visual Arts (190)
  1. Refer to the Teaching Subject Requirements for the required and/or recommended courses for teaching subjects offered in the Queen’s Teacher Education program.
  2. It is recommended that you have a minimum “B” average in the courses that meet the teaching subject requirements.
  3. 5 full‑year courses are required for the first teaching subject; 3 full‑year courses are required for the second teaching subject (4 are required if Music is the second teaching subject). It is recommended you complete some of the teaching subject courses from upper‑year course offerings at the university level. Consideration for offers of admission may be given at the discretion of Student Services.
  4. Each course taken in preparation for a teaching subject may be used only once toward either teaching subject (i.e., “double counting” is not acceptable).
  5. A maximum of 1 full‑year course is accepted from outside of the teaching subject department (see Postsecondary Transcripts).

Teaching Subject Requirements

Dramatic Arts


  • 1 full‑year practical studio course (acting or directing); and
  • 1 half‑year course in theatre history (which may include any of the following components: performance in western and eastern theatre traditions from early classical eras to the end of the 19th century, a survey of production methods, and architecture).


  • 1 half‑year course in theatre production (which may include any of the following components: stage management, scenery design, costumes, lighting and sound systems)



  • 1 full‑year course with Canadian content in English literature or poetry; and
  •  full‑year or a combination of 2 half‑year courses in any of the following:
    • Creative writing
    • English literature
    • Poetry

An acceptable equivalent for the full‑year writing course would be 1 full‑year English course or equivalent that includes an exploration of writing in a variety of literary genres (e.g., poetry, drama, fiction and non‑fictional prose).

French as a Second Language


  • 1 full‑year course with strong overall grammar review at a minimum second‑year level;
  • 1 full-year course in writing for accuracy;
  • 1 full‑year comprehensive literature course; and
  • 1 full‑year oral communication course.



  • 1 half‑year course in Canadian geography (physical and/or human)


  • 1 half-year course in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)/Geomatics/Geo-Informatics, which may include: Cartography and Remote Sensing
  • Courses in Physical Geography, which include: Geomorphology, Climatology, Bio-geography, Geography of Soils, Glaciation, Lithosphere and Plate Tectonics, Natural Disasters
  • Courses in Human/Economic/Cultural Geography, which include: geography courses that cover global issues, such as tourism, development, environment, poverty, demographics/population, resources, resource management, land use: rural and urban, urban & rural planning, international trade and aid, Environmental Impact Assessment, regional geography (especially Canadian)
  • Related courses: Geology, Earth Science



  • 1 full‑year survey course in Canadian History


  • 2 or more of the following courses central to the History program taught in Ontario high schools:
    • Aboriginal History
    • American History
    • Ancient & Medieval History
    • Modern European History
    • World Politics

Courses from a department other than history may have sufficient history content to be counted toward full or partial course requirements.



  • Courses beyond those in the core calculus/analysis stream

Applicants are encouraged to have depth and breadth of mathematical knowledge, in courses such as number theory, calculus, algebra, geometry, statistics, probability, financial mathematics.

A related course may be considered (up to a maximum of 1 full‑year course or equivalent) if the course has a math or statistics course listed as an exclusion; in these cases, calendar descriptions listing the exclusion must be sent to Student Services.

Music (Instrumental or Vocal)

Applicants may not select both Music – Instrumental and Music – Vocal as teaching subjects.


  • A minimum of 1 full‑year university course in each of the following areas of music study:
    • Applied music
    • Music education
    • Music history
    • Music theory

The music history course may include musicology, ethnomusicology and/or popular music. The applied music course is equivalent to a Grade 8 Conservatory certificate. Music Education courses may include courses in second instruments, conducting, music education methods and/or music technology.

First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies

No additional course requirements.

Science – Biology


  • 1 full‑year course that has a major laboratory component, from a university biology department


  • Any or all of the following courses will be useful: cell biology, ecology, genetics, microbiology, plant and animal (invertebrate and vertebrate – including human) biology

Note: Only 1 full-year course in biochemistry and 1 full-year course in human biology can be counted towards Science-Biology.

Science – Chemistry


  • 1 full‑year course in introductory chemistry; and
  • 1 half‑year course in organic chemistry.

Note: A maximum of 1 full‑year course in biochemistry will be accepted.

If you have an undergraduate degree in engineering, you must specify the chemistry content of each course and supply calendar descriptions.

Science – Physics


  • 1 full‑year, first-year introductory physics; and
  • 1 half‑year course in electricity & magnetism beyond first‑year introductory physics.

Applicants with an undergraduate degree in engineering must identify the physics content of each course, using mechanics, sound, optics, and electricity and magnetism as headings, supplemented by calendar descriptions, to indicate the physics content in any course not labelled as Physics. A maximum of 1 full course in Astronomy may be included.

Visual Arts


  • 1.5 full‑year courses in comprehensive studio practice (including drawing and painting); and
  • 1 full‑year survey course in art history.


  • Studio practice in printmaking and/or 3‑dimensional design

Technological Education

(Q80)  Technological Education (BEd)
(Q82)  Technological Education (DipEd)

Queen’s Technological Education program is a full‑time, on-campus program over 4 consecutive terms.

Queen’s Teacher Education offers the following broad‑based technologies:

  • Communications Technology
  • Computer Technology
  • Construction Technology
  • Green Industries
  • Hairstyling and Aesthetics (regulated trades, meaning you must hold a certificate of qualification in your trade)
  • Health Care
  • Hospitality portion of Hospitality and Tourism
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Technological Design
  • Transportation Technology (regulated trades, meaning you must hold a certificate of qualification in your trade)

Minimum Admission Requirements for Technological Education:

  • 5 years of wage‑earning experience, including business or industrial experience, where you used your skills and knowledge in the area of Technological Education selected for your broad‑based technology; or
  • at least 2 years of wage‑earning experience and successful completion of a postsecondary education program in the area of Technological Education selected for your broad‑based technology. The postsecondary program must include a minimum of 6 semesters of academic studies where the experience and education used your skills and knowledge in your broad‑based technology; or
  • a combination of wage‑earning experience and education that totals 5 years, of which at least 2 years must be wage‑earning experience in your broad‑based technology and at least 4 months in this 2 years must be continuous.

Wage‑earning experience must be in the area(s) of Technological Education that you choose in your teacher education program. You cannot use teaching, supervision or management experience to count toward your wage‑earning experience.

Find details about the required supplementary documentation for the Technological Education program.

Student Services must receive a paper original of all documents by the deadline. Only completed applications will be assessed.

  • If you do not have an undergraduate degree and complete Technological Education, you will be awarded a Diploma in Education (DipEd).
  • If you have an undergraduate degree and complete the program option, you will be awarded a Bachelor of Education degree (BEd). If you have a Diploma in Education and later submit proof of being granted an acceptable degree (e.g., by submission of a university transcript indicating that the degree has been conferred) to Student Services, you will be awarded a Bachelor of Education degree.
  • To be considered in this process, your undergraduate degree must not include transfer credits that were counted from the DipEd to your undergraduate degree.

Aboriginal Teacher Education (ATE)

(Q12)  Aboriginal Teacher Education
Primary/Junior, ATE (P/J)

(Q32)  Aboriginal Teacher Education
Intermediate/Senior, ATE (I/S)

For general information about required and recommended courses, refer to Q10 Primary/Junior or Q30 Intermediate/Senior, as appropriate.

Find details about the supplementary requirements for the Aboriginal Teacher Education program.

Artist in Community Education (ACE)

(Q15) Artist in Community Education
Primary/Junior, ACE (P/J)

(Q35) Artist in Community Education
Intermediate/Senior, ACE (I/S)

For general information about required and recommended courses, refer to Q10 Primary/Junior or Q30 Intermediate/Senior, as appropriate.

Find details about the supplementary requirements for the Artist in Community Education program.

Artist in Community Education Intermediate/Senior applicants should select 1 of their teaching subjects from 1 of these 4 areas:

  • Dramatic Arts (135)
  • English (319)
  • Music – Instrumental (158) or Music – Vocal (159)
  • Visual Arts (190)

You may select your other teaching subject from any of those offered by Queen’s.

Outdoor and Experiential Education (OEE)

(Q18) Outdoor & Experiential Education
Primary/Junior, OEE (P/J)

(Q38) Outdoor & Experiential Education
Intermediate/Senior, OEE (I/S)

For general information about required and recommended courses, refer to Q10 Primary/Junior or Q30 Intermediate/Senior, as appropriate.

Find details about the supplementary requirements for the Outdoor and Experiential Education program.

The Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) sets their own document and assessment requirements and policies, which may be different from the requirements noted in this policy.

Completing the BEd degree or DipEd diploma requirements does not guarantee a teaching certificate. All graduates who apply to the OCT must meet all requirements.

See the current licensing requirements.

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Contact Information

Student Services
Faculty of Education, Queen’s University
Room A112, Duncan McArthur Hall
511 Union Street
Kingston ON  K7M 5R7

Telephone: 613‑533‑6205
Fax: 613‑533‑6203
Email: educstudentservices@queensu.ca

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