If you have or will receive an undergraduate university degree prior to entering the program and are considering obtaining Ontario Certified Teacher designation (OCT), check the requirements below. Your eligibility depends on your degree and grade average, the prerequisite courses you need to teach each subject and other requirements. Since enrolment is limited, we make admission offers to those with the best results, based on enrolment targets for each teaching subject and division. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
Undergraduate university degree
- Must be accredited by a body, such as a provincial ministry of education, or a ministry of higher education and scientific research or of national education, that has the authority to approve a university degree. Your program must have been accredited at the time you graduated.
- In Canada: a university degree of at least 90 credits or a four-year honours bachelor at an Ontario college
- Abroad: a university degree of at least 180 ECTS in the same program (e.g., licentiate, engineering degree).
Foreign degrees or diplomas we don’t accept:
- State diploma issued by an institution not authorized to grant a university degree
- So-called "university-level" degrees not provided in a university
- BAC + 3 “level” diploma from higher education establishments not accredited by a ministry of higher education and scientific research or national education
- University type court degree, even of 180 ECTS (e.g., Hautes Écoles)
- Diploma of 30, 60 or 120 ECTS (e.g., Master 1, Master 2, DESS, maîtrise of 120 ECTS)
- BT, BTS, DEUG, DEUL, DUES, DUT, DST, Gradué, Troisième Graduat
- Combined diplomas (e.g., DEUG of 120 ECTS + master of 60 ECTS)
Your average counts for 50% of our admission decision. Make sure that you have the required minimum average. If it is less than the minimum required, your file can be refused.
- Studies in Canada: at least 70% in your best 10 full-year or 20 one-term undergraduate university courses completed by September 1 of the year before you enrol. Courses required to satisfy a teaching subject are not included in the calculation if they are not in the top 20. However, if you have completed less than 20 courses, all those completed by that date are calculated. College, CEGEP and graduate studies are not included.
- Studies abroad: at least 70%, based on your undergraduate university annual grade point average (for example, 11/20, pass or satisfactory)
Divisions and teaching subjects
To teach a subject (e.g. French, geography, biology), you must have taken university courses on it. Make sure you have the right number of courses in that subject for the division. Note that one full-year course is equivalent to two one-term courses. If you are short of courses to meet a teaching subject when you apply, you must complete them by the August before you start the program. To avoid automatic refusal of your application, mention them in your application or in an email to .
Primary/Junior division (Kindergarten to Grade 6)
No prerequisite courses required. However, we recommend one one-term university course in at least four of the five subject groupings below (a 1% bonus point will be added to your admission score).
- Physical Sciences/Life Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science)
- Social Sciences/Humanities
- Visual Arts/Music/Drama
Primary/Junior — French as a Second Language (FSL)
You require six one-term university courses in French as a second language (FSL, FREN). A 1% bonus point will be added to your score (based on the Primary/Junior subject groupings above).
Whether you are francophone, or have studied in French or in French immersion, our FSL test is mandatory for everyone, without exception. No other exam can replace it. Make sure you register and prepare for the . For more information, you must contact .
Junior/Intermediate (Grades 4 to 10)
You require six one-term university courses in the subject (a maximum of two in a related field).
- Subjects offered: English; Dramatic Arts; French as a Second Language; Geography; Health and Physical Education; History; Mathematics; Music (Instrumental); Science (General), Visual Arts.
Intermediate/Senior (Grades 7 to 12)
You require 10 one-term courses in your first subject (a maximum of four in a related field).
You require six one-term courses in your second subject (a maximum of two in a related field).
- Subjects offered: English; *Dramatic Arts; *French as a Second Language; * Geography; Health and Physical Education; History; Mathematics; Music (Instrumental); Science (Biology); Science (Chemistry); *Science (Physics); *Visual Arts. Can’t be combined with other subjects with an asterisk (*) as either a first or second teaching subject.
You must have experience and skills relevant to teaching. They are an integral part of your admission evaluation, though they can’t replace your teaching subject requirements. You must therefore submit a Statement of Experience, available through your uoZone account once you apply. It is worth 50% of the admission decision, and you must receive a minimum score of 70% on it. Your statement can’t make up for a weak academic average and vice versa. If either is lower than the minimum required, your file may be rejected.
Note: We do not evaluate letters of reference, resumes, business cards and such.
If you have studied in a country where English is not an official language AND have not completed at least three consecutive years of full-time studies in English (or have not completed an English 4U course in Ontario), you must pass one of the following tests (within the two years prior to enrolling in the program) with the minimum score below:
- TOEFL: Internet-based test with a minimum of 24 in each of the four skills
- IELTS: minimum of 7.0 in each of the four skills
- PTE TEST: minimum of 65 in each of the four skills
Good to know
- Accessibility and equity: Places are reserved for the following groups: 2% for Indigenous peoples, 3% for persons with disabilities and 9% for members of visible minorities. You must self-identify at the end of your Statement of Experience.
- University of Ottawa second language teaching graduates (or current students): 20 spaces are reserved (10 in the Primary/Junior division and 10 in the Junior/Intermediate and Intermediate/Senior divisions).
- University of Ottawa graduates (or current students) (Intermediate/Senior division): 10 places are reserved for University of Ottawa applicants from the following departments: Biology, Chemistry, Dramatic Arts, Music, Visual Arts, Mathematics, Physics. No self-identification required.
- Algonquin College ECE graduates (or current students): 10 spaces are reserved in the Primary/Junior division for Algonquin College Early Childhood Education graduates. You must have a university degree or a four-year honours bachelor at an Ontario College. You must submit also an Algonquin College transcript or proof of registration.
- Internationally-trained teachers: 20 spaces are reserved for internationally-trained teachers.