Initial Teacher Education

Initial Teacher Education

Junior/Intermediate Division Admission Criteria

General Admission Requirements:
Applicants, regardless of division, must meet all general admissions criteria in addition to those outlined below.

Teaching Subject Requirements:

Dramatic Arts (135)
English (319)
French as a Second Language (325)
Geography (740)
Health and Physical Education (860)
History (750)
Mathematics (652)
Music (159)
Science – General (430)
Visual Arts (190)

Junior/Intermediate applicants must have the equivalent of at least three full* undergraduate credits, averaging 75%, in one of the teaching subject areas listed above. At least one full* undergraduate credit must be at the second-year level or above. At a minimum, two out of three teaching subject credits must be completed by January 1, 2014. No courses completed after April 2014 will be considered.

In addition to the teaching subject requirements, Junior/Intermediate applicants must also provide evidence of a well-rounded academic background. Preference will be given to Junior/Intermediate applicants who, at the time of application, present completed university degree-level courses (half or full credit) in one or more of mathematics, science and/ or English. College diploma-level courses transferred toward a degree will not be considered, nor will courses partially finished at the time the application is submitted.

Junior/Intermediate applicants normally practice-teach at the Grade 4–8 levels. Placements at the secondary school level (Grades 9 and 10) will be made only under special circumstances.

Experience in Teaching Subject:
Junior/Intermediate applicants are encouraged to have experience working with children in the junior and intermediate age category.

Clarification of Teaching Subjects:

Dramatic Arts
Undergraduate course credits in creativity-based practical work with a reflective component are required (e.g., acting, performance, production). A maximum of one undergraduate credit in theory-based courses, the History of Theatre, Drama, or Dramatic Literature is allowed.

A minimum of one undergraduate credit in English literature or poetry is required. The remaining two credits can be a combination of literature, poetry and writing. At least one undergraduate credit in Canadian content is preferred. Note: Credits completed in English as a Second Language courses are not acceptable.

French (Second Language)
A minimum of two undergraduate credits must be in grammar/composition, both of which must be taught in the French language. A maximum of one undergraduate credit may be in Translation. Introductory-level language courses will not be considered toward teaching subject requirements.

Applicants must have one half of an undergraduate credit in Canadian Geography. (This Canadian Geography credit must fall under the Geography department listing in the appropriate course calendar, or be cross-listed as a Geography credit.) A maximum of one undergraduate credit in Earth Sciences/Environmental Studies is allowed.

Health and Physical Education; Intermediate/Senior:
Applicants must present two undergraduate Physical Education credits that are action-based (examples can be found on Brock’s website at and include PEKN 1P93, PEKN 2P00, PEKN 2P03, PEKN 2P06, PEKN 2P92, PEKN 3P00, PEKN 3P13, PEKN 3P32, PEKN 4F93 PEKN 4P00, PEKN 4P32), as well as one undergraduate credit in Health Studies.

Applicants must have one undergraduate credit in Canadian History. (All history credits, including the Canadian History credit, must fall under the History department listing in the appropriate course calendar, or be cross-listed as a History credit). Exception: a maximum of one undergraduate credit in the History of Art or Greek/Roman Civilization that is not cross-listed with History is allowed. Canadian Politics and Canadian Studies courses are not acceptable.

A maximum of one undergraduate credit in Statistics is allowed.

A maximum of one undergraduate credit from the History of Music is allowed.

Science – General
Two undergraduate credits in one subject must be from Biology, Chemistry or Physics (including Astronomy). The remaining credit may be from one of these subjects not used or from Earth Sciences or Environmental Science.

Visual Arts
Studio-based course credits are required (e.g., painting, sculpture, print-making, drawing). A maximum of one undergraduate credit from Film, Photography, Architecture, Fashion or History of Art is allowed.