Initial Teacher Education: General Admission Criteria

Initial Teacher Education: General Admission Criteria

Brock’s application deadline for the September 2014 program start has been extended to January 3, 2014 for the following Divisions: Junior/Intermediate, Intermediate/Senior and Technological Education.  To apply, please visit:


Introduction to Initial Teacher Education

Initial teacher education programs provide candidates with the professional education necessary to become certified teachers. A "consecutive" program provides this professional education to candidates who hold an undergraduate degree. The Bachelor of Education program is one-year in length and is offered at two campuses: the main St. Catharines campus and a campus in Hamilton.

A "concurrent" program combines a first undergraduate degree and professional education into one extended program of study. For more information visit:

This portion of the website pertains to Initial Teacher Education consecutive divisions including:

  • Primary/Junior (B10): prepares candidates to teach grades K – 6
  • Junior/Intermediate (B20): prepares candidates to teach grades 4 – 10
  • Intermediate Senior (B30): prepares candidates to teach grades 9 – 12
  • Technological Education (B80 & B82): prepares candidates to teach technological studies in grades 9 – 12


General Admission Criteria for Primary/Junior, Junior/Intermediate and Intermediate/Senior Divisions:

Enrolment in the Faculty of Education is limited. Selection is based on:

  1. Academic average of the best ten full* undergraduate degree-level credits (not including college diploma transfer credits) worth 50 per cent of the admissions decision
  2. Two distinct teaching-related experiences as submitted on the Experience Profile (worth 50 per cent of the admissions decision). Each experience must meet the following criteria:
    • Significant and related to teaching
    • Each must be a minimum of 100 hours in duration
    • Completed in schools or other community organizations
    • Instructional in nature
    • Profiles the applicant in a leadership position
    • Verifiable by an immediate supervisor (not a relative or friend)
  3. Completion of a recognized and acceptable undergraduate degree by April
  4. Conferral of the degree no later than the fall convocation of the year in which the applicant begins the Teacher Education program

A minimum “B” average (equivalent to 70 per cent at Brock) on the top ten full undergraduate university course equivalents is required for an application to be considered.

Some preference will be given to applicants with graduate-level qualifications.

Mature students must meet the same requirements as all other applicants. There are no exceptions to this policy.

*A full undergraduate university credit is the equivalent of one academic year of study. For example, a full university course normally runs from September to April, or it is the equivalent of two semester-long courses.

Division Specific Admission Criteria

Definition of Acceptable Degree:
The minimum credential for admission to B10 Primary-Junior, B20 Junior-Intermediate, B30 Intermediate-Senior, and B80 Technological Education is an undergraduate baccalaureate or applied degree conferred by an acceptable university or other post-secondary institution as outlined below.

(a) In Canada an acceptable university is one that is authorized to confer academic degrees under the laws of jurisdiction in which it operates.

(b) An acceptable college is one that is authorized to confer applied degrees under the laws of jurisdiction in which it operates and is publicly funded.

(c) In the United States, a university must be recognized by one of the following regional accreditation agencies: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; New England Association of Schools and Colleges; North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; or Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The university must be considered equivalent to a university referred to in (a).

(d) In a country other than Canada or the United States, a university must be considered equivalent to an institution referred to in (a). Typically, in the case of a country that is a member of the Commonwealth, this would mean that the university is eligible for membership in the Association of Commonwealth Universities. For all other countries, eligibility for membership in the International Association of Universities would be expected.

Only those credits completed at the degree level, within an acceptable degree program will be used in the calculation of an admission average, or to meet teaching subject requirements. College diploma credits transferred as advanced standing toward a degree (i.e degree completion) will not be used for these purposes. Applicants should take care to ensure they meet the 10.0 degree credit (two year equivalent) requirement for calculation of an admission average.

Important Note: Brock University reserves the right to determine if degrees granted by institutions in the above categories are suitable for the purpose of admission to Brock’s teacher education program.



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