Initial Teacher Education: General Admission Criteria

The Teacher Education Application Service (TEAS) 2018 Admissions Year Teacher Education (consecutive) application dates and deadlines are available here.

Applicants must apply at www.ouac.on.ca.

Brock University’s Initial Teacher Education programs (Bachelor of Education) provide candidates with the professional education necessary to become certified teachers in Ontario. A “consecutive” program is available for individuals who already have an undergraduate degree. The program is two years in length and is offered at two campuses: the main St Catharines campus and our Hamilton campus. The program is full-time, therefore online, distance or part-time are not available options.

Brock’s program offers the following teaching divisions:

  • Primary/Junior (B10): grades K – 6
  • Junior/Intermediate (B20): grades 4 – 10
  • Intermediate/Senior (B30): grades 7 – 12

If you are interested in our concurrent education programs, (a “concurrent” program combines a first undergraduate degree and professional education into one program of study), visit the Faculty of Education website.

Minimum Admission Requirements – Consecutive Program

Spaces in the Teacher Education program are limited, and admission is not guaranteed by fulfilling the minimum requirements. If you are a mature student, you must meet the same requirements as all other applicants.

All applicants, regardless of preferred division, will be assessed on:

  1. Your admission average.** Brock requires a minimum “B” average, equivalent to 70 percent at Brock, based on the best 10 full undergraduate degree level credits. These 10 credits must be complete at the time of application. The academic average accounts for 50 percent of the admission decision.
  2. Experience Profile. This accounts for 50 percent of the admission decision.

Applicants applying to Junior/Intermediate (B20) and Intermediate/Senior (B30) will also be assessed for teachable subject credits. Please see Division Specific Admission Criteria below for details.

Important considerations:

  1. Your undergraduate degree must be completed no later than April of the specified Admissions Year.
  2. Only those credits completed at the undergraduate degree level within an acceptable undergraduate degree program are used to calculate admission averages. A full undergraduate university (degree level) credit is the equivalent of one academic year of study. College diploma credits assigned as advanced standing in a degree program will not be used for these purposes.
  3. Some preference is given to applicants with graduate level qualifications.

Division Specific Admission Criteria

You are encouraged to have an area of concentration related to school curriculum. Some preference is given to Primary/Junior (B10) applicants with a major in Child and Youth Studies.

Preference is given to Primary/Junior (B10) 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.

You must have the equivalent of at least three full undergraduate credits, averaging 75 percent, in one of the teaching subject areas listed. 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 December 15, 2017. Credits completed after April of the specified Admissions Year are not considered.

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

J/I Teaching Subjects:

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

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 one or more of Mathematics, Science and/or English.

Candidates wishing to be qualified in this division must have 2 teachable subject areas.

For the first teachable area, you must have:

  • At least five full undergraduate credits, averaging 75 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 15, 2017.

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 15, 2017.

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

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

I/S Teachable Subject Areas:

  • Dramatic Arts (135)
  • English (319)
  • French as a Second Language (325)
  • Geography (740)
  • History (750)
  • Health and Physical Education (860)
  • Mathematics (652)
  • Science – Biology (412)
  • Science – Chemistry (420)
  • Science – General (430)
  • Science – Physics (470)
  • Visual Arts (190)

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.

Accessibility admissions

Canadian citizens and permanent residents who are Aboriginal, members of visible minorities, or persons with a disability are encouraged to apply. If you meet the minimum admission requirements and feel you have been academically disadvantaged, outline your reasons in a personal statement. You may also be individually reviewed (see the appropriate section of the Experience Profile for details). If you have less than 70 percent on your top 10 full university credits, you will not be considered under the Accessibility Policy.

If you are admitted under this policy and meet the initial admission requirements, you are required to meet the same progression and graduation standards as other students.