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Formation à l’enseignement - Full Time (French Only)

If you hold a university degree or will receive an undergraduate university degree prior to entering the program and are considering obtaining Ontario Certified Teacher designation (OCT), first check the requirements below. Your eligibility depends on the type of degree obtained, your academic average, prerequisite courses for the teaching subject, the French proficiency test, and other requirements. As the number of places is limited, admission is offered to the applicants with the best scores, in accordance with registration targets for each teaching subject and division. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

  • The admission requirements for the Toronto and Windsor campuses are the same as those for the Ottawa campus.

University degree

Must be accredited by an official body such as a provincial ministry of education, the ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche scientifique (MESRS), or the national ministry of education in your country. These are the only ministries that are authorized to issue a university degree. Your program must have been accredited when you received your degree.

  • In Canada: University bachelor’s degree of at least 90 credits (or 15 credits if the university uses a 0.5 and 1.0 credit-weight system per course) or specialized four-year bachelor’s degree from an Ontario college.
  • Foreign institutions: University degree of 180 ECTS credits in a single program, issued by a university (e.g., licence, engineering degree). See the table below to find out what level of study you require for admission.

If in doubt, please contact us


An applicant’s average counts for 50% of the admission decision. Make sure that you have the minimum average required for admission. If it is less than the minimum required, your file can be refused.

  • In Canada: At least 66% in your best 10 full-year or 20 best one-term undergraduate university courses completed before September 1 of the year you enrol. Courses completed after September 1 are not recalculated once available in January or April. If you are refused, you will need to improve your marks before you reapply. 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 fewer than 20 courses, all courses completed to date will be considered. Grades obtained at the college/CEGEP/graduate level are not included in the calculation.
  • Foreign institutions: At least 66% based on the annual grade point average (e.g., 10/20, pass, satisfactory)

Divisions and teaching subjects

To teach a specific subject, such as French, Geography, or Biology, you need to have taken university courses in that subject. Make sure that you have taken the required number of courses in the subject for the teaching division. Note that one full-year course is equivalent to two one-term courses.

If you have not completed the courses required for your teaching subject when you apply, you must take these courses before August of the year you enter the program. Indicate the courses you will be taking in your application or in an email to [email protected] to avoid automatic refusal.

Certain teaching subjects require specific courses. Consult the table of teaching subjects.

  • Primary/Junior (Kindergarten to Grade 6) – campuses: Ottawa, Toronto, Windsor
    No prerequisites required.
  • Junior/Intermediate (Grades 4 to 10) – campus: Ottawa, Toronto, Windsor
    You must choose a teaching subject – consult the table of teaching subjects.
    • Six one-semester university courses (or three full-year courses) in this subject are required (with a maximum of two in a related field).
    • Available subjects (Ottawa Campus): English (first language); dramatic arts; visual arts; French; geography; history; mathematics; music (instrumental); health and physical education; and science (general).
    • Available subjects (Toronto and Windsor campuses): French; mathematics; and science (general).
  • Intermediate/Senior (Grades 7 to 12) – campus: Ottawa
    You must choose two distinct subjects – consult the table of teaching subjects.
    • Ten one-semester university courses (or five full-year courses) in the first subject are required (with a maximum of four courses in a related field).
    • Four one-semester university courses (or two full-year courses) in the second subject are required (no courses in a related field are permitted).
      • Subjects offered: English (first language) French; history; mathematics; health and physical education; science (biology); science (chemistry); science (physics). 


You must have acquired experience and skills relevant to the teaching profession. Experience is an integral part of program admission. However, it cannot replace the teaching subject requirements. You must submit an Experience profile, available through your uoZone account once you apply. This counts for 50% of the admission decision and you must obtain a minimum score of 66%. Note that the experience cannot compensate for a low academic average, and vice versa. If either is lower than the minimum requirement, your application may be rejected.

The following will not be evaluated: letters of recommendation, curriculum vitae, business cards, extenuating circumstances or documents that were not expressly requested. Decisions are solely based on the average, “Profil d’expérience” and the French proficiency test.

French proficiency test

Even if you are Francophone, have studied in French, or have completed a French immersion program, you are required to take the French proficiency test. It cannot be substituted by any other test. Make sure to prepare. For more information, you must contact [email protected].

Language requirements for the English (first language) teaching subject

To teach this subject, you must:

  • have studied in English full time for at least three consecutive years or have passed the English 4U course in Ontario  
  • AND
  • have completed your studies in a country where English is an official language.

If you do not meet these two requirements but receive an offer of admission, you must pass the TOEFL before entering the program.

  • TOEFL: Internet-based test with a minimum of 24 in each of the four skills.
    • NB: Duolingo and TOEFL Essentials are not accepted.

Good to know

  • Access program: Spaces are reserved for the following groups: Aboriginal peoples (2%), persons with disabilities (3%), and members of visible minorities (9%). Please specify the group with which you identify at the end of the online Experience profile.
  • Agreement between La Cité and University of Ottawa: Ten places in the Primary/Junior division are offered to students who have successfully completed or who are enrolled in the éducation en services à l’enfance (formerly garde éducative à l’enfance ) program at La Cité. To be eligible, you must hold a university degree or a four-year honours bachelor at an Ontario College. You must submit a transcript or proof of enrollment from La Cité.

To apply for admission to both the regular, full-time program (two years) and the alternative, part-time program (three years), submit two distinct applications.

  • It is not possible to transfer from the regular, two-year program to the alternative, three-year program.
  • Full-time: Submit your application to the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC). Be sure to complete the TEAS form.
    • Indicate your choices in order of preference, as if you are admitted, you will only receive one offer per program (not more than one in Formation à l’enseignement (full-time), one in Formation à l’enseignement (part-time), and not more than one for the Teacher Education program) 
  • Part-time: Consult the part-time program page before submitting an application.
  • You must disclose all ongoing and completed postsecondary studies. If you have a master’s or doctorate, you are still required to include your undergraduate studies (e.g., university bachelor’s degree, licence, engineering degree), as graduate studies are not considered an admission requirement.

You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application within two weeks of applying. This message sometimes ends up in applicants’ spam folders, so be sure to check yours. If you have not received an email acknowledging receipt two weeks after applying, contact us.

Be sure not to lose the email acknowledging receipt, as it contains instructions on how to log into the uoZone student portal to track your application. It also includes your student number, uoAccess ID, and password. You are responsible for regularly checking your uoZone account for missing documents.

Log in to uoZone and consult the list of required documents in your Admission File. You are responsible for uploading them in uoDoc by the deadline and for regularly checking your uoZone account to see if you are missing documents or if a decision has been posted. We may also add comments or documents to your file if we require additional information from you.

Please note that the result of your language proficiency test will be sent to us by the Faculty. With this exception, if your file remains incomplete after the deadline, your application may be cancelled without notice.

Don’t forget your:

  • Undergraduate diploma: You cannot be admitted based on a master’s, AGD, or doctoral degree.
    • Studies in Canada and USA: You are not required to submit your diploma if your degree transcript indicates that you have been awarded the diploma.
    • Studies abroad: You must submit a copy (or proof of completion) of an undergraduate diploma.
  • Undergraduate degree transcripts: Upload the grades from all your years of study to uoDoc via uoZone in a single PDF file (e.g.: Foreign study: DEUG 1 and 2 + licencelicence 1 + 2 + 3). Please note that this file will not be considered official. If you receive an offer of admission, you will be required to provide an official transcript marked with an official seal and issued by the educational institution, or a copy certified by a notary, lawyer, or commissioner for oaths.
    • You are not required to submit University of Ottawa transcripts or transcripts.
    • Those submitted by OUAC (Ontario Universities) must be sent "immediately". Do not wait for your final marks, as they will not be counted in the admission average.
    • You must submit transcripts from Saint Paul University (Ontario) if you attended that institution.
    • Please note that we do not accept third party transcripts or diplomas (e.g., WES - World Education Services, an Évaluation comparative des études effectuées hors du Québec or any other evaluation).  Third party evaluations are only offered as a non-binding advisory opinion andcan’t replace the University’s assessment for licensing purposes or for practicing the profession in Ontario. Transcripts and diplomas in a language other than French or English must be accompanied by a translation (in French or English) provided by the institution that issued them or by an authorized translator. A copy of the documents in the original language is still required; translation alone is not enough.
    • Transcripts from graduate or postdoctoral studies are not necessary.
  • Protected corridor for theÉducation en services à l’enfance program from La Cité: To participate, submit an official transcript or proof of enrollment in the program. You must meet the minimum admission requirements to be eligible.
  • Experience profile: Complete the profile online. Follow the link in your uoZone account. Only this document will be accepted. 
    • If you applied in a previous year and have already submitted a profile, you must submit a new one including your most recent experiences. For more information, contact the faculty at [email protected].
    • Only ONE profile is required, regardless of the number of options you apply for.
  • French proficiency test: Register and pay the registration fee online at the link in your uoZone account. For more information, contact the faculty at [email protected].
    • This test can only be taken once a year.

The University of Ottawa reserves the right to request any other document it deems necessary to evaluate your application. All documents will become the property of the University of Ottawa and will not be returned. It’s up to you to make sure that the University receives all documents by the deadline.

Although the deadline to submit documents is different from the application,, to increase your chances of admission, you should complete your file before December 15. We begin sending out decisions in early February and will continue until we reach our targets by division and teaching subject. We send you an email once we make a decision, but you are still responsible for checking your uoZone account regularly, in case you do not receive it.

If the faculty extends the deadline, there is no guarantee of admission. Decisions will be made according to the quality of the file and the number of places available in each teaching subject and / or division. Therefore, you could be put on a waiting list.

If you are waiting for a decision from another institution, you can still respond to your offer by the deadline to avoid losing your place. Accepting an offer from another university has no impact on decisions pending elsewhere.

If you are admitted to your first-choice program, you cannot change to your second or third-choice program. Decisions are made considering the number of applications, the ratios, the attrition rate, and the number of places by level and teaching subject. However, you can ask to be placed on the waiting list and go through competition in subsequent rounds.  Admission is not guaranteed.

You must accept or decline your offer of admission by the deadline. If you accept it, a $250 non-refundable deposit is required by the deadline indicated in the last paragraph of your offer. If you are on a waiting list and wish to remain on it, you must also respond before the deadline. Information concerning the waiting list can be found in our FAQ below.

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