Intermediate – Senior (OUAC Code B30) Grades 7-12

In addition to the minimum admissions requirements, those applying to the Intermediate-Senior division must have 2 teachable subject areas.

For the first teachable area, you must have:

  • At least five full undergraduate credits, averaging 70 percent in this subject area,
  • At least three of the five undergraduate credits must be at the year two level or above, and
  • At a minimum, three out of five* first teaching subject credits must be completed by December 10, 2021.

For the second teachable area, you must have:

  • At least three full undergraduate credits, averaging 70 percent, in a second teaching subject area,
  • At least one of the three undergraduate credits must be at the year two level or above, and
  • At a minimum, two out of three* second teaching subject credits must be completed by December 10, 2021.

For either teachable subject area, credits completed after April of the specified Admissions Year cannot be considered.

*A full undergraduate university (degree-level) credit is the equivalent of 1 academic year of study. For example, a full university course normally runs from September to April or is the equivalent of 2 semester-long courses.

**Teachable subject credits not completed by the application deadline must show as ‘in progress’ on the transcript submitted at the time of application.

Additionally, some preference is given to Junior/Intermediate (B20) applicants who, at the time of application, present:

  • completed university degree level courses (half or full credit) in Indigenous Studies

Due to limited capacity, not all subjects may be offered in any one year and, given the Faculty’s need to respond to teacher shortages, special priority may be given to areas of high need.

I/S Teachable Subjects

Undergraduate course credits in creativity based practical work with a reflective component are required (i.e., acting, performance, production).

For a first or a second teaching subject, a maximum of one undergraduate credit in theory based courses (i.e., History of Theatre, Drama, or Dramatic Literature) is allowed.

As a first teaching subject:

A minimum of one undergraduate credit in English literature or poetry is required. The remaining four credits can be a combination of literature, poetry, and writing.

At least one undergraduate credit in Canadian content is preferred.

As a second teaching subject, 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. In cases where this is not clear, Brock University has the right to request course descriptions.

As a first or second teaching subject, a minimum of two undergraduate credits must be in grammar/composition.

All credits must be taught in the French language.

A maximum of one undergraduate credit may be in Translation.

Introductory level language courses are not considered toward teaching subject requirements.

As a first or second teaching subject, you 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.

As a first teaching subject:

You must present the equivalent of two undergraduate Physical Education credits that are action-based (see the Undergraduate Calendar for examples: KINE 1P93; KINE 2F00; KINE 2P03; KINE 2P06; KINE 2P92; KINE 3P00; KINE 3P03; KINE 3P06; KINE 3P13; KINE 3P16; KINE 3P91; KINE 4F93; KINE 4P00).

You should also have two Health Studies undergraduate credits and one undergraduate credit from Kinesiology, Health Sciences or Physical Education.

As a second teaching subject, you must present 2 undergraduate Physical Education credits that are action-based and 1 undergraduate credit in Health Studies.

As a first or second teaching subject, you must have one undergraduate credit in Canadian History. A maximum of one undergraduate credit in the History of Art or Greek/Roman Civilization is allowed.

All remaining 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.

Canadian Politics and Canadian Studies courses are not acceptable.

As a first teaching subject, a maximum of two undergraduate credits in Statistics are allowed.

As a second teaching subject, a maximum of one undergraduate credit in Statistics is allowed.

The remainder of the credits must be in Mathematics, Actuarial Science, Applied Mathematics, Engineering Sciences, Mathematical Economics. Business Math credits are not accepted.

As a first or second teaching subject, a maximum of one undergraduate credit in Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry or Biomechanics is allowed.

The remainder of the credits must be in Biology, Biophysics, Botany, Environmental Science, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Plant Science, Zoology, Immunology, Genetics.

For a first or second teachable subject, Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry courses are accepted; Pharmacology credits are not accepted.

For a first teaching subject, your credits must include the following:

  • Three undergraduate credits from Biology, Chemistry or Physics (including Astronomy) with a minimum of 2 credits in 1 subject and 1 credit in 1 of the remaining subjects.
  • The remaining 2 credits may be from 1 of these subjects not used or from Earth Sciences, Environmental Science, Neuroscience, Zoology, Applied Chemistry, Health Science

If you declare Science – General as your first teaching subject, and wish to declare Physics, Chemistry or Biology as a second teaching subject, you may only do so using a Science credit that you did not use for the Science – General teaching subject. For example: Science – General using 2 biology credits and 1 chemistry credit; neither Biology nor Chemistry may be declared.

For a second teaching subject, your credits must include the following:

  • Two undergraduate credits in 1 subject must be from Biology, Chemistry or Physics (including Astronomy).
  • The remaining credit may be from 1 of these subjects not used or from Earth Sciences, Environmental Science, Neuroscience, Zoology, Applied Chemistry, Health Science

If you wish to declare Physics, Chemistry or Biology as a first teaching subject, you may only do so if the science subject is not used for the Science – General teaching subject.

As a first teaching subject:

  • All 5 undergraduate credits must be in Physics related to:
    • forces and motion;
    • energy, work, power and matter;
    • waves – light and sound;
    • electricity, magnetism, gravitation; and
    • hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
  • Courses in Physics, Biophysics, Engineering Science, Geophysics and Astrophysics are considered, as long as they meet the aforementioned criteria.
  • A maximum of 1 credit in Astronomy is allowed.

As a second teaching subject:

  • All 3 undergraduate credits must be from the subject areas listed under “first teaching subject” (1 undergraduate credit in Astronomy is allowed).

For Visual Arts as a first or second teachable, studio-based course credits are required (e.g.: painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing).

A maximum of one undergraduate credit from Film, Photography, Architecture, Fashion or History of Art is allowed.

I/S FAQs

Our Admissions staff cannot pre-assess nor pre-approve courses for application purposes. In order for a course credit to be eligible for consideration toward a particular teaching subject, as a general rule, it is best that they be presented from the teachable subject in question (i.e. if your teachable subject is mathematics, a course in political statistics or engineering will not normally be recognized). In most cases, only courses eligible to meet requirements for major programs can be counted in support of teachable subjects. There are exceptions. A course that is cross-listed can normally be used towards satisfying teaching subject requirements.

Please refer to the admissions criteria section located at ouac.on.ca/teas or review the requirements for your teachable subject above. If you have earned credits in specialized programs or in disciplines not consistent with the list of teachable subjects listed in our program information, please refer to the following guidelines:

1.      Review the particular credits you have earned to see if some courses may be eligible for consideration as an identified teachable subject.

2.      Check your academic calendar to determine if courses can be used to satisfy the degree requirements in that teaching subject. (i.e. If you believe there is enough biology content in a Geology course you took, then you may use the ‘clarification of teachable subject’ form to outline this.  We will consider, but it is not guaranteed that this will satisfy the teachable requirements).

3.      The more information you can provide on course specifics the better (i.e. if you have a course outline, syllabus, etc.) The admissions officers will not have course descriptions readily available from other institutions. Course assessments will be done on the basis of the documentation you provide at the time of application.