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Before applying, please review the admission requirements and other information in the programs section of our website.

International applicants, applicants whose native language is not English, and students interested in special admissions to graduate courses, please see Special Admissions.

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Bachelor of Education Programs

Concurrent Education

Applicants apply through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC).  Application to the Concurrent Education program is made at the same time as application to Bachelor of Arts or Science, or Bachelor of Music programs at Queen's University. Applications are coordinated by the Queen’s University Undergraduate Admission Office. See key dates.

See how to apply to Aboriginal Teacher Education, Artist in Community Education or Outdoor and Experiential Education. Documents are submitted to Student Services in December prior to entering the final BEd year.

If you have questions, please contact Student Services.

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Consecutive Education

Applications are submitted through the Teacher Education Application Service (TEAS) of the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC). Applications for the 2015-16 program will be accepted beginning mid-September 2014 (see Key Dates, below).

See: 2014-15 TEAS Requirements for Queen's and 2014-15 TEAS Instruction Booklet. 2015-16 information will be available by 16 September.

All applicants must submit official transcripts of all post-secondary studies and a Personal Statement of Experience (PSE). For policies on transcripts, see the 2014-15 TEAS Requirements for Queen's.

2015-16 Personal Statement of Experience (PSE)

Personal qualities and experiences are vitally important to the successful educator. Accordingly, we weigh your Personal Statement of Experience (PSE) - a brief two-question supplemental document - equally with your academic qualifications.

After you have submitted your application through the Teacher Education Application Service (TEAS), you will receive an e-mail from us (educstudentservices@queensu.ca) giving you instructions regarding how to submit your Personal Statement of Experience (PSE) online, after 1 November, through MyQueensU Portal. Paper, email, and/or fax submissions are not accepted.

We would therefore suggest that you start preparing your Personal Statement of Experience (PSE) before you are ready to apply. It must be prepared in your own words, without professional assistance, and we recommend that you use a text editing program (such as Microsoft Notepad) so that it will copy into the online form without extraneous coding. Please note you will be timed out of your online session if you have spent more than 30 consecutive minutes on any one page without navigating to another page.

The questions you will be asked online are:

Question 1: Create a chart  including headings for experience, location, dates, age groups, estimated hours and nature of responsibilities. List up to 5 activities or jobs (paid or unpaid) that you have been involved in, including the positions held. Activities are valued equally and may include but are not limited to the arts, athletics, hobbies, volunteer, religious, social, farm, and/or household responsibilities. The maximum number of words in each field is approximately 30 or 200 characters with spaces. See: sample chart.

Question 2: Explain what you have learned from your list of experiences that will help you as a future educator. Use paragraphs and full sentences, and approximately 3,400 characters with spaces. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your written communication skills.

Referees: On the online Personal Statement of Experience (PSE), please provide the name and contact information of an individual not related to you (employer, supervisor, etc.) who can attest to your skills or experience in at least some of the areas you have listed. Your referee may be contacted to verify your statement. Letters of reference are not requested and will not be read.

2015-16 Key Dates and Deadlines

16 September 2014 - Teacher Education Application Service (TEAS) starts accepting online applications.

01 November 2014 - Faculty of Education starts giving applicants access to the online Personal Statement of Experience (PSE) through SOLUS.

1 December 2014 - Teacher Education Application Service (TEAS) online application deadline.

8 December 2014 - Faculty of Education deadline for official transcripts, PSE and supplemental documents.

16 February 2015 - Faculty of Education sends offers of admission.

30 June 2015 - Faculty of Education deadline for applicants with conditional offers to Fall-Winter programs to submit final transcripts indicating completion of required and/or recommended courses and/or degree conferral.

If you have questions, please contact Student Services.

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Aboriginal Teacher Education

For information on this program, please visit the Aboriginal Teacher Education program site.

Concurrent Education students submit the following documents to Student Services by 1 December 2014, if their final BEd year is in 2015-16.

Consecutive Education applicants submit the following documents to Student Services at the same time as they submit their application to the Teacher Education Application Service (TEAS) of the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC). See how to apply to Consecutive Education.

  1. the online Aboriginal Teacher Education Applicant Information Form (the information collected is kept confidential and is used to maintain data on Aboriginal admissions).
  2. the Statement of Aboriginal Experience.
  3. a résumé providing a clear and concise overview of both (a) your academic background, and (b) work experience.
  4. reference letters from two respected members of your Aboriginal community (e.g., Elders, Community Leaders, Work Supervisors, Social/School Counsellors, Educators, Director of local Friendship Centres). The referees must be able to comment on Aboriginal community contributions which you have made, and your potential to serve in the field of Aboriginal education. Only original letters in a sealed envelope, containing original signatures, will be accepted.

If you have questions, please contact the Student Services.

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Aboriginal Teacher Education Community-Based Program

Applicants to the Primary-Junior Aboriginal Teacher Education Community-Based program, submit an application directly to the Community-Based program site (rather than applying through the Teacher Education Application Service). Previous experience in Aboriginal education is not required but is an asset.

Applications to Aboriginal Teacher Education Community-Based Program are required to submit the following supplemental documents:

  1. the application form (available September 2014), which includes a Personal Statement of Experience (Please download and save the document and use Adobe Reader to fill out)
  2. official transcripts from each institution attended submitted directly to the Community-Based ATEP Office from the institution or from the applicant in an envelope sealed by the institution
  3. a résumé providing a clear and concise overview of both (a) your academic background, and (b) work experience.
  4. reference letters from two respected members of your Aboriginal community (e.g., Elders, Community Leaders, Work Supervisors, Social/School Counsellors, Educators, Director of local Friendship Centres). The referees must be able to comment on Aboriginal community contributions which you have made, and your potential to serve in the field of Aboriginal education. Only original letters in a sealed envelope, containing original signatures, will be accepted.

All Community-based program applicants must submit documents outlined above to one of the Community-based ATEP sites listed on the application form.

If you have questions about the ATEP community-based program offerings and/or the application process, please contact Student Services, the community-based ATEP site in your area or the ATEP Office:

Aboriginal Teacher Education Program Office
atep@queensu.ca
1-800-862-6701

Manitoulin-North Shore ATEP
M'Chigeeng, Ontario
Rachel Lewis
StudentLiaisonOfficer@ktei.net
1-888-536-5439

Seven Generations Education Institute ATEP
Fort Frances, Ontario
Sherri Kabatay
sherrik@7generations.org
1-800-668-6279

Artist in Community Education

For information on this program, please visit the Artist in Community Education site.

Concurrent Education students submit the following supplemental documents to Student Services by 1 December 2014, if their final BEd year is in 2015-16.

Consecutive Education applicants submit the following supplemental documents to Student Services at the same time as they submit their application to the Teacher Education Application Service (TEAS) of the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC). See how to apply to Consecutive Education.

  1. An application cover sheet with your name and Queen's student number (Concurrent applicants) or OUAC number (Consecutive applicants).

  2. An arts résumé focusing on your education, experiences and interests in the arts (visual arts, music, drama, or creative writing).

  3. A one-page letter of introduction providing a brief overview of your artistic activities as they relate to your strong commitment to education and your commitment to artistic practice in one or more of the arts, with particular emphasis on work completed outside artistic requirements of your program of study.

  4. An artistic portfolio outlining your professional arts activities. There is no specified format for the portfolio. Applicants are encouraged to include material that demonstrates, illustrates and/or documents the details of their artistic and arts-related practice.

    You might include: performance recordings, both musical and theatrical, fine art examples of paintings, prints, sculptures, etc., program brochures, recital or show announcements, education, curriculum or arts management materials and projects you have worked on, or any other materials that will help us to acquire a sense of your arts activity.

ALL application materials must be mailed in hard-copy or delivered in person.  Portfolios may contain electronic components but electronic submission of a portfolio (e-mail)  is not admissible.

Portfolio and removable portions of portfolios should be clearly labeled with both the applicant name and application number.

Please note that portfolios will only be returned if accompanied by sufficient packaging materials, sufficient postage applied to a self-addressed envelope, sufficient postage accompanying 2 self-addressed labels (To & From), Courier Prepaid, Collect Return Slips or Xpresspost Envelope with information completed on return delivery forms. Cash, cheques or money-orders will not be accepted in lieu of postage.

Tips

You should not send valuable originals in your portfolio. Photographic, audio, video, or digitally copied examples of your art are suggested for your submission.

Website links are discouraged as presentation is a component of your submission, as well as the necessity of your file being examined by various individuals as it is assessed. However, if you choose to, ensure that you have a labelled folder with accompanying printed paper requirements (resume, arts statement, index contextualizing slides/images) and include a memory stick with key pieces, in case the link does not work.

If you have questions about applying to the Artist in Community program, please contact: Aynne Johnston, Artist in Community Education Co-Coordinator, by email at aynne.johnston@queensu.ca.

At the discretion of the Artist in Community Education selection committee, some candidates may be contacted in January and asked to attend an interview in February.

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Outdoor and Experiential Education

For information on this program, please visit the Outdoor and Experiential Education site.

Concurrent Education students submit the following documents to Student Services by 1 December 2014, if their final BEd year is in 2015-16.

Consecutive Education applicants submit the following documents to Student Services at the same time as they submit their application to the Teacher Education Application Service (TEAS) of the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC). See how to apply to Consecutive Education.

  1. The Applicant Information Sheet.

  2. A letter of introduction, which should be addressed to: OEE Application Committee. Your letter should be a written description emphasizing the reasons you are applying to the OEE program. Include highlights of the way our program specifically fits with your career goals and what you can offer our OEE community.

  3. Two letters of reference addressing your interest in becoming an outdoor and experiential educator. Letters of reference should be submitted in a sealed envelope accompanying the supplemental documentation, or by the referees directly to Student Services.

  4. Your résumé stating your education, work experience and certification.

  5. Your alternative résumé, telling us the things about yourself that your résumé doesn’t include. You can be as colourful as you wish, but keep the thickness to a regular weight and there should be nothing trailing or raised on the surface of the page. You can also make up the categories. This résumé does not have to be typed, so think "outside the box" of typical résumé limitations. For instance, you could have a category about favorite books, inspiring moments, passions, personal hobbies or quirks. Please note CDs submitted as an alternative résumé will not be considered.

  6. A personal artifact with your name on it - something tangible, not perishable, of a manageable size and light enough to transport easily, that will broaden your self-portrait. This artifact need not be elaborate, but should provide unique insight into its creator and should demonstrate your interest in becoming a professional in the outdoor experiential education field. Artifacts should be self-explanatory or have obvious interpretation woven into them. Tangible articles receive more exposure than a CD or computer program. Please note if you are considering a CD for your artifact ensure that it is a jpeg. Also consider that this type of artifact will only be viewed once in a 5-10 minute timeframe, whereas, a tangible artifact is always available for extra viewings. If you decide to submit a game, please ensure that the game board is small, as we have limited display surfaces. Artifact explanation sheets can be included but the text should be kept to one page, however, if you plan to use the reverse side of the sheet, please indicate at the bottom, to turn the sheet over. If your artifact is small, enclose it in a zip-type plastic bag. If there are a few pieces to your artifact, each piece should also be labeled with the applicant's full name on it and the number of pieces. Do not include any artificially scented products in your package.

    Please ensure that your artifact is accompanied by only OEE required documentation. If you wish to drop off your package, call or e-mail Student Services, Duncan McArthur Hall.

    Please note that artifacts will only be returned if accompanied by sufficient packaging materials, sufficient postage applied to a self-addressed envelope, sufficient postage accompanying 2 self-addressed labels (To & From), Courier Prepaid, Collect Return Slips or Xpresspost Envelope with information completed on return delivery forms. Cash, cheques or money-orders will not be accepted in lieu of postage.

If you have questions, please contact Student Services.

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Technological Education

Consecutive Education applicants submit the following supplemental documents to Student Services at the same time as they submit their application to the Teacher Education Application Service (TEAS) of the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC). See how to apply to Consecutive Education.

Applicants to the Fall/Winter Technological Education program are required to submit documents 1-4 and applicants to the Internship in Technological Education are required to submit 1-6 to Student Services:

  1. A résumé providing a clear and concise overview of both your academic background: specify the highest grade of secondary school attained and any postsecondary education, including start and end dates, and diplomas, degrees, and certificates or trade licenses received; and your work experience: include employer names, start and end dates of work, and a brief description of the position held. Relevant work experience is that which clearly reflects the broad-based technological subject area to which application has been made.
  2. Copies of your certificate(s) of qualification and/or certificate(s) of apprenticeship (if applying to teach a regulated trade). To teach in automotive (Transportation), electrical (Construction) or hairstyling, the applicant must hold a valid trade license. If you are accepted to the Faculty, we will request that you bring in these original documents for validation by Student Services on your first day of classes.
  3. Letters of wage earning experience including your name, your position(s) in the company, the length of work experience(s), with start and end dates, typical hours of work per week, indication as to whether it was full or part-time employment, a description of the work, a detailed description of duties and skills used in the position. These letters must be original signed letters on official company letterhead, with the supervisor’s name, title, address and contact phone number and/or email address. As we cannot return letters to you, we would suggest that you ask your references for additional original copies of their letters for your records and future use.

    If it is impossible to provide original and appropriate documentation, submit a sworn statement or solemn affirmation made before a commissioner of oaths indicating the reason(s) why this information is not available. As well, submit copies of T-4 tax forms or a statement from an accountant to confirm the income and dates of employment.

    If you have been self-employed or employed in a family business, applicants are required to submit:

    1. A sworn statement or solemn affirmation made before a commissioner of oaths indicating that the applicant was self-employed in a family business. The statement should include the duration of employment, the actual start and end dates, and the nature of duties (providing specific statements of the skills used in the position).

    2. A copy of business license or registration supporting the duration of employment noted in the sworn statement.

    3. Copies of income tax assessments (which indicate self-employment) supporting the duration of employment noted in the sworn statement, or a statement from an accountant, confirming income, or an annual report.

    4. At least one letter (representing the period of self-employment) from a major supplier attesting to materials purchased and/or a client attesting to the work completed.

  4. The Technological Education Applicant Information Sheet.
  5. The Principal’s Evaluation Form (to be completed by each principal you’ve worked with).
  6. Letters confirming teaching experience from a school board and any other supporting documents to confirm your teaching experience. The letters must include the course codes, course titles, number of sections, and the academic year and semester in which you taught.

All documents submitted become property of Student Services and will not be returned. Successful applicants will require the same documentation to be forwarded to the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) as a part of the application for teacher certification.

If you have questions, please contact Student Services.

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Diploma in Education Programs

Aboriginal Teacher Education Community-Based Program

Applicants to the Community-Based Aboriginal Teacher Education Program, Primary-Junior program, submit the following supplemental documents directly to the Community-Based program site (rather than applying through the Teacher Education Application Service). Previous experience in Aboriginal education is not required but is an asset.

  1. The application form (available September 2014), which includes a Personal Statement of Experience. (Please download and save the document and use Adobe Reader to fill out)
  2. An official transcript showing completion of Grade 12. Please speak to Student Services office regarding equivalents to Grade 12 (toll free: 800-862-6701).
  3. A résumé providing a clear and concise overview of both your academic background, and work experience.
  4. Reference letters from two respected members of your Aboriginal community (e.g., Elders, Community Leaders, Work Supervisors, Social/School Counsellors, Educators, Director of local Friendship Centres). The referees must be able to comment on Aboriginal community contributions which you have made, and your potential to serve in the field of Aboriginal education. Only original letters in a sealed envelope, containing original signatures, will be accepted.

All Community-based program applicants must submit documents outlined above to one of the Community-based ATEP sites listed on the application form.

Please note: Applicants for the Diploma in Education must be of Aboriginal ancestry and submit documentary proof of their ancestry as specified by the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) when they apply to for certification. It is the candidate's responsibility to check the OCT website or contact the College (1-888-534-2222) in advance to determine what documentation is required.

If you have questions about the ATEP community-based program offerings and/or the application process, please contact Student Services, the community-based ATEP site in your area or the ATEP Office:

Aboriginal Teacher Education Program Office
atep@queensu.ca
1-800-862-6701

Manitoulin-North Shore ATEP
M'Chigeeng, Ontario
Rachel Lewis
StudentLiaisonOfficer@ktei.net
1-888-536-5439

Seven Generations Education Institute ATEP
Fort Frances, Ontario
Sherri Kabatay
sherrik@7generations.org
1-800-668-6279

Technological Education

Diploma in Education Consecutive Education applicants submit the following supplemental documents to Student Services at the same time as they submit their application to the Teacher Education Application Service (TEAS) of the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC). See how to apply to Consecutive Education.

Applicants to the Fall/Winter Technological Education program are required to submit supplemental documents 1-4 and applicants to the Internship in Technological Educatiare required to submit 1-6 to Student Services:

  1. A résumé providing a clear and concise overview of both your academic background: specify the highest grade of secondary school attained and any postsecondary education, including start and end dates, and diplomas, degrees, and certificates or trade licenses received; and your work experience: include employer names, start and end dates of work, and a brief description of the position held. Relevant work experience is that which clearly reflects the broad-based technological subject area to which application has been made.
  2. Copies of your certificate(s) of qualification and/or certificate(s) of apprenticeship (if applying to teach a regulated trade). To teach in automotive (transportation), electrical (construction) or hairstyling within the broad-based technological education areas, the applicant must hold a valid trade license. If you are accepted to the Faculty, we will request that you bring in these original documents for validation by Student Services on your first day of classes.
  3. Letters of wage earning experience including your name, your position(s) in the company, the length of work experience(s), with start and end dates, typical hours of work per week, indication as to whether it was full or part-time employment, a description of the work, a detailed description of duties and skills used in the position. These letters must be original signed letters on official company letterhead, with the supervisor’s name, title, address and contact phone number and/or email address. As we cannot return letters to you, we would suggest that you ask your references for additional original copies of their letters for your records and future use.

    If it is impossible to provide original and appropriate documentation, submit a sworn statement or solemn affirmation made before a commissioner of oaths indicating the reason(s) why this information is not available. As well, submit copies of T-4 tax forms or a statement from an accountant to confirm the income and dates of employment.

    If you have been self-employed or employed in a family business, applicants are required to submit:

    1. A sworn statement or solemn affirmation made before a commissioner of oaths indicating that the applicant was self-employed in a family business. The statement should include the duration of employment, the actual start and end dates, and the nature of duties (providing specific statements of the skills used in the position).

    2. A copy of business license or registration supporting the duration of employment noted in the sworn statement.

    3. Copies of income tax assessments (which indicate self-employment) supporting the duration of employment noted in the sworn statement, or a statement from an accountant, confirming income, or an annual report.

    4. At least one letter (representing the period of self-employment) from a major supplier attesting to materials purchased and/or a client attesting to the work completed.

  4. The Technological Education Applicant Information Sheet.
  5. The Principal’s Evaluation Form (to be completed by each principal you’ve worked with).
  6. Letters confirming teaching experience from a school board and any other supporting documents to confirm your teaching experience. The letters must include the course codes, course titles, number of sections, and the academic year and semester in which you taught.

All documents submitted become property of Student Services and will not be returned. Successful applicants will require the same documentation to be forwarded to the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) as a part of the application for teacher certification.

If you have questions, please contact Student Services.

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Graduate Programs

Master of Education

Applications for admission to graduate programs are completed and submitted on the School of Graduate Studies website, including an online form and step-by-step instructions for setting up your account.

Note: The School of Graduate Studies requires a minimum of two academic references from your current and/or previous instructors and/or professors familiar with your academic/research potential. Professional references from employers in a senior role to your own, in lieu of academic references, are accepted only if it has been more than 5 years since you completed your most recent university degree.

The online application form includes three spaces for reference contact information by default. Applicants who wish to provide a fourth reference must add additional space by clicking the "add referee" button on the online application.

Referees are notified that you want them to provide a reference for you by email after you have submitted your online application, so please submit your application at least two weeks before the application deadline and be sure to include the correct email addresses of your referees on your online application. Applications will not be deemed complete and will not be reviewed by the admissions committee until all listed references are received.

In addition to the online application and application fee, applicants are required to submit the following documents (paper versions) to the Faculty of Education Graduate Studies and Research Office, Duncan McArthur Hall, Room A106:

  • one completed and signed paper version of the Proposed Focus of Study Form (the link to the form is on the online application)
  • one paper copy of your resumé/curriculum vitae
  • two official transcripts (envelopes from the institution cannot be opened) from all universities you have attended except for Queen's.

If you have questions, please contact the Graduate Studies & Research Office.

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Master of Education in Aboriginal and World Indigenous Educational Studies

Applications for admission to graduate programs are completed and submitted on the School of Graduate Studies website, including an online form and step-by-step instructions for setting up your account.

Note: The School of Graduate Studies requires a minimum of two academic references from your current and/or previous instructors and/or professors familiar with your academic/research potential. Professional references from employers in a senior role to your own, in lieu of academic references, are accepted only if it has been more than 5 years since you completed your most recent university degree.

Master of Education in Aboriginal and World Indigenous Studies applicants are required to provide two additional letters of reference from respected members of the Aboriginal or world indigenous community to which he/she either belongs or is related to (e.g. Elders, Community Leaders, Work Supervisors, Social/School Counsellors, Educators, Director of local Friendship Centre). Referees must be able to comment on Aboriginal community contributions which you have made as well as your potential to serve in the field of Aboriginal education.

The online application form includes three spaces for reference contact information by default. Applicants must add additional space by clicking the "add referee" button on the online application.

Referees are notified that you want them to provide a reference for you by email after you have submitted your online application, so please submit your application at least two weeks before the application deadline and be sure to include the correct email addresses of your referees on your online application. Applications will not be deemed complete and will not be reviewed by the admissions committee until all listed references are received.

In addition to the online application and application fee, applicants are required to submit the following documents (paper versions) to the Faculty of Education Graduate Studies and Research Office, Duncan McArthur Hall, Room A106:

  • one completed and signed electronic version of the Proposed Focus of Study Form (the link to the form is on the online application)
  • one electronic copy of your resumé/curriculum vitae
  • two official transcripts (envelopes from the institution cannot be opened) from all universities you have attended except for Queen's

If you have questions, please contact the Graduate Studies & Research Office.

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Doctor of Philosophy in Education

Applications for admission to graduate programs are completed and submitted on the School of Graduate Studies website, including an online form and step-by-step instructions for setting up your account.

Note: The School of Graduate Studies requires a minimum of two academic references from your current and/or previous instructors and/or professors familiar with your academic/research potential. Professional references from employers in a senior role to your own, in lieu of academic references, are accepted only if it has been more than 5 years since you completed your most recent university degree.

The online application form includes three spaces for reference contact information by default. Applicants who wish to provide a fourth reference must add additional space by clicking the "add referee" button on the online application.

Referees are notified that you want them to provide a reference for you by email after you have submitted your online application, so please submit your application at least two weeks before the application deadline and be sure to include the correct email addresses of your referees on your online application. Applications will not be deemed complete and will not be reviewed by the admissions committee until all listed references are received.

In addition to the online application and application fee, applicants are required to submit the following documentation (paper versions) to the Faculty of Education Graduate Studies and Research Office, Duncan McArthur Hall, Room A106:

  • one completed and signed paper version of the Research Proposal Form (the link to form is on the online application)
  • one paper copy of your resumé/curriculum vitae
  • two official transcripts (envelopes from the institution cannot be opened) from all universities you have attended except for Queen's

If you have questions, please contact the Graduate Studies & Research Office.

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Online Programs for Education Professionals

Applications for admission to graduate programs are completed and submitted on the School of Graduate Studies website, including an online form and step-by-step instructions for setting up your account.

Note: The School of Graduate Studies requires a minimum of two academic references from your current and/or previous instructors and/or professors familiar with your academic/research potential. Professional references from employers in a senior role to your own, in lieu of academic references, are accepted only if it has been more than 5 years since you completed your most recent university degree.

The online application form includes three spaces for reference contact information by default. Applicants who wish to provide a fourth reference must add additional space by clicking the "add referee" button on the online application.

Referees are notified that you want them to provide a reference for you by email after you have submitted your online application, so please submit your application at least two weeks before the application deadline and be sure to include the correct email addresses of your referees on your online application. Applications will not be deemed complete and will not be reviewed by the admissions committee until all listed references are received.

In addition to the online application and application fee, applicants are required to submit the following documents (paper versions) to the Faculty of Education Graduate Studies and Research Office, Duncan McArthur Hall, Room A106:

  • Statement of Interest form (the link to the form is on the online application)
  • one paper copy of your resumé/curriculum vitae
  • two official transcripts (envelopes from the institution cannot be opened) from all universities you have attended except for Queen's

If you have questions, please contact the Graduate Studies & Research Office.

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Special Admissions

Language Proficiency

Bachelor of Education and Diploma in Education

English is the language of instruction at Queen’s University and in the schools in Ontario where our teacher candidates carry out their required practice teaching. Applicants who are non-native speakers of English are required to provide evidence of oral and written proficiency in English in one of two ways:

  • Candidates must have studied full-time at least three full years (or the equivalent) at a university where the language of instruction and examination was in English in a country where one of the official languages is English. Time spent in ESL courses or in an ESL program is not counted toward this three-year requirement. Applicants who have attended university other than in North America must submit a letter directly from the university verifying that the language of instruction and examination was English.

Or

  • Candidates must have achieved the required level of proficiency on one of the three tests of English language listed below.

Each of the following language tests has a minimum score that must be attained before the applicant will be considered for admission to the Faculty of Education:

  1. The Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based (TOEFL iBT). The TOEFL iBT test code number 8573 must be used to ensure that the results are forwarded directly to the Faculty of Education. Required test scores: Minimum 24 on the Reading component, 23 on the Listening, 28 on each of the Writing and Speaking components, with a minimum 103 overall.
  2. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Request the Academic test. Required test scores: minimum 6.5 on both the Reading and Listening components, and a minimum of 7.0 on the Writing and Speaking components, with a minimum 7.0 overall.
  3. Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL). Select “Test Takers” from the top bar menu to access information, including test locations and dates. Required test score: Minimum 70 in all 4 categories and minimum 70 overall.

Candidates admitted to the program who are found to have an unsatisfactory command of the English language, either spoken or written, where their language skills interferes with their ability to communicate effectively in the classroom, may be required to take remedial work or may be asked to withdraw from the program.

MEd, MEd (AWIES), and PhD in Education

English is the language of instruction at Queen’s University and applicants who are non-native speakers of English must have achieved the required level of proficiency on one of the tests of English language listed below.

  1. The Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based. Required test scores: 580 (paper-based) / 237 (computer-based) / 92 Internet-based). To be competitive applicants should also achieve a minimum of 4.5 on the Test of Written English (TWE).
  2. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Required test scores: a minimum of Band 7.

Additional information on language proficiency tests is available on the School of Graduate Studies website.

If you have questions, please contact the Graduate Studies & Research Office.

Graduate Diploma in Professional Inquiry

The preferred test scores required for this program are the same as our other graduate programs; however if an applicant has a strong application and a minimum of the following: 550 (paper-based) / 213 (computer-based) / 80 (Internet-based), they will still be considered for admission.

Applicants are responsible for all arrangements and costs associated with completing the English Facility test.

Assessment of International Transcripts

For the Bachelor of Education/Diploma in Education, applicants who obtained a degree from a foreign institution (from non-Canadian or American institutions) must have all international official transcripts evaluated and translated by World Education Services (WES) (course-by-course assessment).

Note that it can take upwards of six weeks for WES to receive official transcripts from a foreign academic institution, after which point the WES evaluation can take a week or longer to complete. Applicants should begin the evaluation process as early as possible.

Ensure you are on the Canadian page (a maple leaf in the banner). Applicants are responsible for the costs associated with the WES evaluation and any translation required. Applicants must request that WES evaluations be sent directly to Student Services by the official transcript deadline.

If you have questions, please contact Student Services.

Note: the Ontario College of Teachers set their own document and assessment requirements and policies, which may be different from the requirements noted in this policy. Completion of the BEd degree requirements does not guarantee a teaching certificate. All graduates who apply to the Ontario College of Teachers must meet all their requirements. Current licensing requirements may be found on the web at http://www.oct.ca/.

Equity Admission Form

Queen’s University attempts each year to admit a student body reflective of the general population of Canada. The Faculty of Education has developed an admission policy regarding equitable representation of groups that are underrepresented in the teaching profession, and has reserved a number of equity admission places in the Bachelor of Education and Diploma in Education Programs. Those who complete the voluntary Equity Admission form will be considered both under the general admission procedure and under the equity admission policy.

Special Student Admission to Graduate Courses

If you are interested in taking a graduate course without registering for a program, you can apply for Special Student Admission. To receive permission to take a graduate course as a Special Student, application must be made to and reviewed by the Faculty of Education and then approved by the School of Graduate Studies. Please contact the Graduate Studies & Research Office to request an application form.

The Special Student Admission Application deadlines are July 31st (Fall term), November 30th (Winter term) and May 31st (Summer term). For additional information, see: Graduate Studies Calendar: Special Student Admission.

International Applicants to Graduate Studies Programs

International applicants who are enrolled in the final year of an undergraduate or master's degree program outside of Canada at the time of application are strongly encouraged to delay the submission of an application to our MEd or PhD programs in Education until the following academic year. If you choose not to wait, please be aware that it is possible that you may experience some difficulty in obtaining a student visa in time to arrive in Canada in early September.