Admission into the Faculty of Education is based 50 percent on academic achievement and 50 percent on information submitted in the Experience Profile. Select applicants will be contacted to attend an interview which will determine final admission status.
Enrolment in the Faculty of Education is limited and fulfillment of the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. Mature students must meet the same requirements as all other candidates. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
- Admission Average
A minimum academic average of 70% (B-) on the last 10 full or 20 half credit undergraduate university courses is required. Only undergraduate university courses completed by November 28, 2008 will be counted in the admission average. College transfer credits will not be counted. Preference will be given to students who have completed, or who are completing a four year degree with a minimum of 20 full credits, and those who have successfully completed university courses in English, French, math, and/or science. Applicants who have completed, or who will complete a masters degree by July 31, 2009 will receive additional admission points. Official university transcripts ordered through OUAC or issued from an accredited university must be sent directly to Wilfrid Laurier University by November 28, 2008. Applicants who have attended universities on a Letter of Permission or international exchange must provide an official transcript from the international institution(s) attended. These applicants should also send specific course descriptions or an academic calendar from the institution(s) attended to Wilfrid Laurier University by November 28, 2008. Please do not send transcripts for secondary school, community college, or CEGEP. They will not be evaluated.
- Experience Profile
Applicants must submit a completed Experience Profile by 4:30 p.m. November 28, 2008. Experience Profiles will only be reviewed if a student meets minimum academic requirements. The Experience Profile form is an integral part of admission to the Wilfrid Laurier program and will count for 50% of the admission evaluation. Faxed copies will not be accepted. Letters of reference are not required and will not be evaluated.
- Equity Admissions
Wilfrid Laurier University values diversity and encourages applications from qualified candidates who self-identify as members of Aboriginal/First Nations groups, racial minorities, and/or differently-abled groups. A select number of places will be reserved in our education program for qualified individuals from these groups. Equity admission forms must be sent directly to Wilfrid Laurier University by November 28, 2008. Minimum academic requirements must be met.
- English Language Proficiency
All applicants whose first language is not English (learned and spoken in the home) are required to submit official English language test results obtained within the last two years from either IELTS or TOEFL. Studying in an English-language school system does not exempt applicants from this requirement. Photocopies will not be accepted.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
1. 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.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
1. Computer based test - Minimum overall score of 250, with scores of at least 5.5 in the test of written English (TWE), 24 in listening, and 24 in reading.
2. Paper based test - Minimum overall score of 600 with scores of at least 5.5 on the TWE, 58 in listening, and 58 in reading.
3. 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.
Wilfrid Laurier University reserves the right to request an English language proficiency test result from any applicant. Students, who, after admission, show an inadequate command of spoken or written English may be required to withdraw from the program.
- Applicants with International Transcripts/Degrees
Applicants educated outside of North America who have obtained a degree from a foreign country must have all official transcripts translated (as applicable) and evaluated by World Education Services (WES). Applicants are responsible for the costs associated with the course-by-course evaluation and any translation required. Notarized transcripts will not be accepted, nor will transcripts submitted directly to Wilfrid Laurier University. It is the applicant’s responsibility to send an official paper copy of their WES evaluation to Wilfrid Laurier University by November 28, 2008. Please note that it can take upwards of six 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. Applicants should begin the evaluation process as early as possible to ensure that Wilfrid Laurier University receives a WES evaluation by November 28, 2008. Late documents will not be accepted.
- Residency Requirements
Non-Canadian citizens are required to submit a photocopy of their current record of landing or permanent residency status to Wilfrid Laurier University by November 28, 2008.
Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by telephone or email in early February 2009. Interviews will take place at Wilfrid Laurier University in late February 2009.
Academic & Related Dates 2008/2009