Teacher Education FAQs

Use the TEAS application at ouac.on.ca/teas. At this site, you will find detailed information regarding admissions requirements and will be able to download the Experience Profile package once you have successfully applied.

The program is 4 terms in total (Fall/Winter/Fall/Winter) with the exception of the Technological Teacher Education Program. Each term is approx. 4 months with Fall term typically starting in late August or early September and Winter term ending in May.

Applicants may indicate a preference of campus after admittance to the program (at the time you accept your offer). Your preference will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. All applicants should be prepared to study at either campus. Specific subjects may be restricted to a specific campus.

For information on tuition and other fees, please refer to the Student Accounts and Financial Aid Office website, or you may contact the office directly at: central@brocku.ca for details.

The minimum required average of 70% for the academic component is based on your best 10 full undergraduate credits only. Credits earned within a Masters or Doctoral program or degree will not be considered in the calculation of your average; however, we do grant some preference in the overall assessment score for those that have a completed credential at the time of application. Masters or Doctoral courses may be eligible for consideration towards the teachable subject areas.

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 information provided above in the ‘Clarification of Teachable Subjects’ section. 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.
  4. Ask that the Department or the Dean’s Office issue a letter stating that the course has been assessed and deemed eligible for consideration as a credit towards a teachable subject.
  5. Submit this letter with a course description to the Admissions Office by the application deadline date. 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.

Yes, as long as you provide current contact information and the individual is easily accessible so that we can verify your experience with them.

Candidates must complete their practica within the school boards with which we have partnerships. These boards are the District School Board of Niagara, the Niagara Catholic District School Board, the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, the Halton District School Board, the Halton Catholic District School Board, the Grand Erie District School Board, the Peel District School Board, the Dufferin-Peel District School Board and designated schools within these boards. Any arrangements with outside boards must be made through your Faculty Advisors and the Out-of-Region Coordinator, and is conditional upon their approval.

The Department of Teacher Education tries not to place candidates in schools where they have personal contacts due to potential conflicts of interest.

Yes, you can. Upon acceptance into the Teacher Education Program candidates will be asked what school system they would like to practice teach in (Public or Catholic). That information is taken into consideration when candidates are placed in the Public or Catholic Cohort Groups. Once candidates are placed in Catholic Cohorts they complete their practica in the Catholic school system.

For universities in Canada, we utilize a grade translation scale to determine letter equivalencies. Generally, if your transcript indicates both numeric and letter grades, we will use the numeric grades provided. The scale used to calculate academic letter averages is as follows:

A+ 92   A 87   A-82   B+ 78   B 75    B- 72   C+ 68   C 65   C- 62   D+ 58   D 55   D- 52

Grade translations for universities outside of Canada are completed on an individual basis, and scales are generally unique to each country.