Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

How to Apply - 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 15 December 2017, if their final B.Ed. year is in 2018-19.

Consecutive Education applicants submit official transcripts of all post-secondary studies, a Personal Statement of Experience (PSE), and the following 4 documents, after submitting their application to the Teacher Education Application Service (TEAS) of the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC). All documents must be submitted to Student Services by 15 December 2017. 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.


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.

Equity Admissions for Bachelor of Education/Diploma in Education

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.

Language Proficiency

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.


  • 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.

International Transcripts (Bachelor of Education/Diploma of Education Admissions)

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 by World Education Services (WES) (ICAP 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 B.Ed. 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 oct.ca.