Teacher Education

Come join one of the most dynamic and innovative Teacher Education programs in Canada. Our comprehensive two-year full-time BEd program offers aspiring teachers five specialized areas of study: 1) Comprehensive school health, 2) Developing global perspectives, 3) Second language education, 4) Imagination, creativity and innovation and 5) Urban communities. Successful applicants will have a unique opportunity to work with a team of education leaders who have strong research relationships and professional partnerships with different local, national and international communities.

Our mission is to prepare teachers to educate students in English, French Immersion or Intensive French schools for the ethical, societal, and technological demands necessary toward fostering sustainable 21st century communities.

The Faculty also offers the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program,several programs in French (Formation à l’enseignement), Graduate programs and Professional Development programs.

Consult the Teacher Education program’s viewbook.

Cohorts and communities

Teacher candidates, once they have accepted an offer of admission, are asked to choose amongst several themed cohorts. The choice varies depending on the division. 

Comprehensive School Health Cohort (P/J)

Teacher candidates in the P/J division who are interested in and committed to promoting healthy schools are invited to register in the Comprehensive School Health (CSH) teacher education cohort. The three pillars of CSH are: healthy living, healthy environments and healthy relationships. Teacher candidates who are accepted into the CSH cohort will be encouraged to champion school health and integrate these three pillars into each of their foundational, subjectspecific courses and elective course. Teacher candidates in the CSH cohort will also be encouraged to create a culture of comprehensive school health on campus and in local school communities by: leading professional learning opportunities, organizing extra-curricular events, creating health-related projects during community service learning, and contributing to the CSH knowledge mobilization strategy (e.g. social media). The CSH website and other social media will be managed by CSH cohort members to communicate health-promoting information in the form of articles, lesson plans, resources, blogs, and podcasts. For a sample of previous year student testimonials and resources, please visit the Comprehensive School Health website.

Developing Global Perspectives for Educators Cohort (P/J and J/I)

Teacher candidates in the P/J and J/I divisions who are committed to making local, national, and international differences through education as civic engagement are invited to register in the Developing Global Perspectives for Educators Cohort. We seek individuals who believe in collaborating with students to develop their knowledge, skills, creativity, and ability to engage different educational strategies to effect positive change. Teacher candidates who are accepted into this cohort will explore a diverse array of “best practices” for integrating peace and social justice, human rights, environmental sustainability, and international community development education across the school curriculum. Candidates will also have opportunities to create, implement, and evaluate various community service learning projects with leading educational researchers and professors within their coursework and different local, national, and international communities.

During this program, teacher candidates will become active members of a supportive, dynamic, and collaborative community of learners. Professors and teacher candidates will learn how to confront difficult social, cultural, political, educational and curricular issues, challenge prior 2 assumptions, seek to become critical and reflective practitioners, and make connections, and contributes knowledge to a well-established network of committed educators. Teacher candidates in this cohort will have access to additional resources created by various NGOs and a strong extra-curricular program. Finally, candidates who choose to enroll in this cohort will be invited to develop and publish curriculum materials for its website. No prerequisites or prior experience with international community organizations is necessary to become a member of this cohort. For more information and for sample work prepared by prior Global Cohort members, please visit the Developing a Global Perspective for Educators website.

Second language education cohort (P/J)

Bienvenue à la cohorte Éducation et langues secondes! / Welcome to the Second Language Education Cohort! This cohort is comprised of a team of P/J division candidates and professors interested in language learning across the curriculum. The cohort has two options – French as a second language (FSL) and English as a second language (ESL).  Candidates taking the P/J FSL program option are automatically enrolled in this cohort. All members will have a chance to participate in extra-curricular opportunities and discuss important developments in the fields of FSL and ESL education in Ontario and Canada. Whenever possible, activities will be open to candidates in both FSL and ESL options (e.g., bilingual workshops offered simultaneously in French and English). We look forward to welcoming P/J candidates to the cohort and working with all B.Ed. students interested in learning more about second language education this coming year! Visit our website for more details.

Imagination, Creativity, and Innovation Cohort (P/J and I/S)

The mission of the ICI Cohort is to support teaching and learning as creative and aesthetic experiences. Imagination, creativity and innovation affect how individuals perceive life, as it is and as it could be, by mediating how they think and behave in the world, across all disciplines. Teacher candidates in this cohort will examine and explore, across the curriculum and school programs, the following topics: diverse problem-solving processes, multi-modal expressions in teaching and learning, aesthetic experiences and insight, contrasts in multiple ways of knowing. Candidates will explore interdisciplinarity and engagement in all curriculum areas, including the arts, languages, mathematics, and the physical and social sciences. The cohort will engage in a variety of practical and theoretical workshops, field studies, symposia, performances, exhibitions and demonstrations.

This cohort is ideal for teacher candidates who are fascinated by creative approaches, value the quest for beauty in the world, searching for fresh perspectives and want to investigate how to make a difference in the discovery process by inventing solutions that apply to any aspect of the teaching-learning encounter, in any and all subjects, or in any part of the school environment.
Teacher candidates will enjoy the enriching, inspirational and immersive experiences that are integral to this cohort. They will participate in several learning experiences with major creative partners, including national cultural institutions such as the National Arts Centre, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, the National Gallery, the Canadian Agricultural Museum, the National Museum of History (including the National War Museum) and the Canadian Museum of Nature. These experiences widen the scope and depth of creative programs and initiatives with local school boards.
Co-curricular projects will include organizing and running a Faculty-wide symposium on creativity and the aesthetic experience, a holiday celebration event, a mixed-media gallery/installation and a performing arts showcase to highlight imagination and creativity in an interdisciplinary context. Creativity workshops in all subjects and core areas will highlight crosscurricular applications and the program as a whole.
Urban Communities Cohort (IS)

If you want to teach in dynamic schools that focus on creating a safe environment, increasing student achievement and building sustainable community partnerships, then the Urban Communities Cohort is for you. As part of a longstanding partnership with Ottawa school boards, teacher candidates in the I/S stream have the opportunity to work at schools that have been identified as Urban Priority because of their students’ diverse cultures, languages, ethnicities and types of Canadian residency status. In joining the Urban Communities Cohort, teacher candidates adopt a team approach that hinges on building relationships and on learning strategies allowing for student success and fostering student agency. In the field, teacher candidates receive ongoing support in creating powerful learning experiences for their students. We look forward to welcoming teacher candidates into our community and building on their contributions. Learn more about the Urban Communities Cohort

Prospective students

This section contains all the information you need to complete your application to our Teacher Education program. Read carefully before applying and take note of the deadlines. You may select up to three choices on the application. Please prioritize your choices as you can only receive one offer of admission.

Admission requirements

Enrollment in the program is limited. Selection is based on a global score made up of your average (50%) and your score on your Statement of Experience (50%). Eligible applicants are ranked in descending order of their combined scores. Offers are made to the number of top applicants necessary to meet the enrolment targets of our teaching subjects and divisions.

An unnumbered waiting list is prepared for future rounds of offers if necessary.

If your combined score does not warrant an offer or a place on the waiting list, a letter of refusal is sent.

The admission requirements are:

Undergraduate degree

Before September 1, 2018, you must hold an approved university degree (or other degree-granting postsecondary institution) of at least 90 credits (or equivalent in a foreign country (e.g. 180 ECTS — European Transfer Credit System) and whose accreditation is acceptable to the University of Ottawa.

Recognized degree-granting institutions


All accreditations must be current at the time your studies were completed and the degree was conferred.

The University of Ottawa recognizes the following accreditations:

Canadian universities: degrees granted by Universities Canada members and institutions accredited by provincial ministries of education.

American universities: institutions accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.

Foreign universities: institutions whose accreditation is recognized by the University of Ottawa; institutions officially accredited by the appropriate local ministry of education (e.g. Ministry of National Education, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research) and those that are members of the International Association of Universities (IAU).

If you have completed your studies outside Canada, you are responsible for ensuring that the Ontario College of Teachers recognizes the degree on which your admission is based. The only responsibility of the University of Ottawa is to ensure that your degree meets the admission criteria for our baccalaureate in education. 

Degree-granting colleges: institutions that have received authorization from their provincial government to award university degrees for four-year applied studies programs.

Divisions and teaching subjects

You must satisfy the division and teaching subject requirements.

We offer four teaching division combinations:

Primary/Junior division (Kindergarten to Grade 6)

No pre-requisite courses are required. However we recommend that you complete a minimum of one one-term university course in each of the five subject groupings below. If you have completed a course in at least four of the groupings, a 1% bonus point is added to your admission score.

  • English/Linguistics/Languages
  • Mathematics/Statistics
  • Physical Sciences/Life Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science)
  • Social Sciences/Humanities
  • Visual Arts/Music/Drama
Primary/Junior – French as a Second Language (FSL)

In addition to the recommended courses listed under Primary/Junior above, you must have six one-term university courses in French language or French literature.

You must pass our FSL proficiency test and you are responsible for registering for it. There is no exemption and no other tests (e.g. TestCan, DALF, or French immersion certificate) can replace it. If you fail the test, an email of refusal will be sent. You may be offered an alternative program if you qualify.

See the table of teaching subjects for more details.

Junior/Intermediate (Grades 4 to 10)

Choose one teaching subject. You must have completed six one-term university courses in this subject (a maximum of two in a related field).

Some teaching subjects require specific courses. See the table of teaching subjects for more details.

 We offer:

  • Computer studies*
  • English
  • Dramatic arts
  • French as a second language
  • Geography
  • Health and physical education
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music (instrumental)
  • Religious education (Catholic schools only)*
  • Science (general)
  • Visual arts

* Not offered in 2018

Intermediate/Senior (Grades 7 to 12)

Choose two teaching subjects. You must have completed ten one-term university courses in your first teaching subject (a maximum of four in a related field) and six in your second teaching subject (a maximum of two in a related field).

 Some teaching subjects require specific courses. See the table of teaching subjects for more details.

 We offer:

  • Computer studies *
  • English
  • Dramatic arts1
  • French as a second language1
  • Geography1
  • Health and physical education
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music (instrumental)
  • Religious education (Catholic schools only)*
  • Science (biology)
  • Science (chemistry)
  • Science (physics)1
  • Visual arts1

* Not offered in 2018

1 These teaching options cannot be combined

Academic average

An academic average of at least 70% is required. It is calculated on your 20 best one-term undergraduate university courses completed by September 1, 2017. Courses completed after that date may count in support of program requirements but are not included in the calculation of the average. Grades obtained at the graduate level, in a college (three-year or less) or in CEGEP are excluded.

If you studied abroad, the average is based on the annual grade point average.

Bonus percentage points are added to your admission score as follows: 1% (Master’s); 2% (PhD). Proof of degree required.


The Experience profile must be completed online in a web-based application. When we receive your application to the Teacher Education program, you will be sent an acknowledgement email from the University indicating how to access the web-based form. Please note that only this form will be accepted.

How to prepare your Statement of Experience

You must have acquired relevant experience and skills for this program. Note that experience alone can’t meet a teaching subject prerequisite.

A minimum score of 70% on the SOE is required to be considered. The SOE is worth 50% of your score. Prepare and read your statement carefully prior to submitting it.  Ensure that you have fully addressed each component of the questions and that your submission is free of errors. Use proper language (correct grammar, spelling, sentence structure, essay organization). Use full sentences.  You may save a draft online if necessary. As long as you don’t submit it, you can make changes at any time before the deadline date. Once submitted, the SOE will no longer be accessible.

In the “referees” section, indicate two persons (relatives excluded) who can be easily reached by email and who are knowledgeable about you as a potential teacher and able to comment on your suitability based on first-hand experience of you. We contact a random sample of referees.

Our experienced team of educators will consider: the relevance of your experience; how it relates to the SOE questions; your ability to demonstrate your understanding of teaching and learning; your quality of writing and presentation.

Only ONE Statement of Experience is required, regardless of the number of choices submitted.

We will not evaluate: letters of reference, resumes, business cards, etc.

English proficiency

English proficiency

One of the requirements in Ontario’s English-language school system is that all teachers have attained an acceptable level of oral and written language skills. To satisfy this level and prior to entering the program, you must:

  • Have completed at least three consecutive years of full-time studies in English or have done an English 4U course in Ontario.


  • Have studied in a country where English is an official language.

If these two requirements are not met, you must complete one of the following tests (taken no later than two years prior to the date of registration in the program):

  • TOEFL: Internet-based test with a minimum of 24 in each of the four skills
  • IELTS: with a minimum of 7.0 in each of the four skills
  • MELAB: with a minimum of 90 in listening, reading and writing, and a minimum of 3+ in speaking
  • CANTEST: with a minimum of 4.5 in each of the four skills
  • CAEL TEST: with a minimum of 70 in each of the four skills
  • PTE TEST: with a minimum of 65 in each of the four skills
French proficiency

If you apply for the French as a second language teaching subject, you must pass (without exception) our FSL proficiency test. You are responsible for registering for it. There is no exemption and no other tests (e.g. TestCan, DALF, or French immersion certificate) can replace it.

How to register

The Admissions Office will acknowledge receipt of your application by email and provide you with a password to access your uoZone account. You will then be able to register for the French test and pay the non-refundable $120 administrative fee.

The test is held in Ottawa in January and February and in Toronto in February.

If, for exceptional circumstances, you cannot attend any of the scheduled sessions, you must email educprog@uottawa.ca explaining why you require an alternate date. We will determine a new date at our convenience.

If you already passed the FSL test in 2017 and received a Réussite totale or Réussite avec cours d’appoint, you may use those results for the September 2018 admission. Should you choose this option, confirm this when you register online. Results obtained prior to 2017 are not considered. You will therefore need to register again to take the test.

You can write this exam once per year only.

Preparation for the French as a second language test

Download this sample French test for examples of questions and preparation tips prior to the exam. You may also visit the Visez juste en français website to practice.

Documents to submit

All required documents must be on file to receive a decision. Incomplete files may be cancelled without further notice.

Documents written in a language other than English or French must be accompanied by an official translation certified by a consulate, a Canadian embassy, a high commission or an accredited translator from a professional association of translators.

We only accept original documents. They become property of the University of Ottawa and are not returned. To maintain confidentiality, documents are destroyed if you do not register for the term to which you are admitted. You must submit new documents every time you apply.

Before the deadline, all official documents (except the application and the statement submitted online) must be sent to the following address:

University of Ottawa
InfoAdmission — Tabaret Hall
75, Laurier Avenue East
Ottawa, ON
K1N 6N5


The application deadline for September 2018 is December 1, 2017, at 4:30 p.m.

You may select up to three choices. Please prioritize your choices, as you can only receive one offer of admission.

Fill in the TEAS online application form (OUAC)


Official transcripts (even for one course) for all undergraduate university studies (or equivalent) must be submitted bearing the institution’s seal. Unofficial transcripts, photocopies, faxes, emails or grade reports are neither accepted nor evaluated.

Ontario universities' transcripts must be ordered online at the time of application through the OUAC Transcript Request Form and sent immediately (even if you are currently enrolled).

Canadian (outside Ontario) and American universities’ transcripts must be sent directly from the institution.

University of Ottawa transcripts don’t need to be submitted.

Foreign transcripts must be sent directly from the institution. If original documents are issued in only one copy (proof indicated on document), provide with your originals, a photocopy of your official transcripts bearing the stamp or seal of a notary public or a commissioner of oaths.

Algonquin College (Ontario) transcripts must be sent directly from the institution if you wish to be considered through the ECE protected corridor at the Primary/Junior level.

Transcripts bearing the stamp of a bank or any other institution are not accepted.

Proof of degree

Studies completed in Canada and North America: submit official proof of all undergraduate degrees you hold when you apply. If proof appears on your transcript, you do not need to submit it.

Studies completed in a foreign country: submit a certified copy of all undergraduate degrees or equivalent diplomas you hold when you apply. A World Education Services evaluation can’t replace an official degree or official transcript.

Courses in progress

If prerequisite courses do not appear on your transcript or if you will complete them by August 2018: List the courses either on your application form or in an email to admissions@uottawa.ca.

Experience profile

The Experience profile must be completed online in a web-based application. When we receive your application to the Teacher Education program, you will be sent an acknowledgement email from the University indicating how to access the web-based form. Please note that only this form will be accepted.

Additional Information

Access program: Aboriginal or Inuit peoples, visible minority groups and persons with disabilities who satisfy the minimum requirements are encouraged to apply. Places are reserved as follows: 2% for Aboriginal or Inuit peoples, 3% for persons with disabilities and 9% for members of visible minorities. You may self-identify at the end of the online Statement of Experience

University of Ottawa graduates (Intermediate/Senior division): 10 places in selected teaching subjects are reserved for applicants who will either graduate from or who are graduates of the University of Ottawa in the following departments: Biology, Chemistry, Dramatic Arts, Music, Visual Arts, Mathematics, Physics, Religious Education (Saint-Paul University).

  • Self-identification is not required

University of Ottawa’s Second Language Teaching graduates: 10 places are reserved in the Primary/Junior division and 10 in the Junior/Intermediate and Intermediate/Senior divisions for a total of 20 spaces.

Algonquin College, ECE graduates: Ten spaces are reserved in the Primary/Junior division for Algonquin College Early Childhood Education graduates. These applicants must have a university degree.

Internationally trained teachers: Twenty spaces are reserved for internationally trained teachers.

Proof of proficiency in English: if you do not satisfy this requirement (see section under Admission requirements), you must submit the results of an English proficiency test.

Proof of status in Canada: if you weren’t born in Canada.

Admission decisions
Offers of admission

The first round of offers will be posted on March 1, 2018 in your uoZone account. You will have until March 15, 2018 to respond to your offer through you OUAC account (you can view a tutorial video for the online response process on the OUAC website). After this, your offer may be cancelled without further notice. Offers are valid for September 2018 only and can’t be deferred.

Waiting lists

We establish unnumbered waiting lists for qualified applicants for each teaching subject within each division if necessary. You must check your uoZone account as of March 1, 2018 to find out if you are on a waiting list. To maintain your place, you must email response@uOttawa.ca.


There is no appeal process. All decisions are final. However, we can provide a general feedback sheet if your application is rejected on the basis of your SOE assessment.

Contact us

University of Ottawa will acknowledge receipt of all applications by email as of September 22, 2017. The email will contain your student ID and a password to access the uoZone student portal. After that date, if you do not receive your password within ten working days, you must contact InfoAdmission:

For minor problems concerning your application, email InfoAdmission.

Police Record Check

All school boards require a police record check including the vulnerable sector valid during your period of study in the Teacher Education Program.

The Ontario College of Teachers also requires a valid police record check to fulfill its registration requirements for professional accreditation. We provide details to applicants who are admitted. In the meantime, visit the OCT website for more information (search for “criminal record check”).

Current Teacher Candidates

Welcome to the Teacher Education Program at the University of Ottawa. We anticipate that this will be both an engaging and exciting year for all of us to live and learn together on the traditional unceded territories of the Algonquin people. During the next two years you will have many unique opportunities within our B.Ed. program to develop as professional educators within a variety of international, national, and local learning communities. Let’s get started!!!

The following are quick links for current Teacher Candidates. The information provided will help you understand the requirements, structure, expectations and Faculty regulations of the Teacher Education program.

Calendar 2018-2019 Year 1

Calendar 2018-2019 Year 2

Undergraduate programs faculty regulations (BEd and Certificates as of fall 2015)

Student guide

CSL & Practicum Information

Programs and courses

Useful links

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