Formation à l’enseignement - Full Time (French Only)
This page is for students who hold an undergraduate degree or who will be awarded an undergraduate degree before entering the program, and who wish to obtain the professional designation of Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT).
1 - Make sure that you are eligible before applying
If you hold a university degree, 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.
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 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).
We do not accept the following foreign degrees:
Diplôme d’État issued by an institution that is not authorized to grant a university degree
Non-university degree leading to professional insertion
BAC + 3 (or more) degree from a higher educational institution that is not accredited by the MESRS or the national ministry of education in your country
University type court degree, even if it comprises 180 ECTS credits (e.g. Hautes Écoles)
30-, 60- or 120-ECTS degree (e.g. master 1, master 2, DESS, 120-ECTS master’s)
Combined degrees (e.g. 120-ECTS DEUG + 60-ECTS master)
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.
- In Canada: At least 66% in your 20 best undergraduate university courses of one full semester (or less, if applicable) before September 1 of the year preceding registration in the program. 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.
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 admissions@uOttawa.ca to avoid automatic refusal.
Certain teaching subjects require specific courses. Consult the table of teaching subjects (PDF- available in French only).
- 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 (PDF- available in French only).
- Six one-semester university 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 (PDF- available in French only).
- Ten one-semester university courses in the first subject are required (with a maximum of four courses in a related field).
- Four one-semester university courses in the second subject are required (no courses in a related field are permitted).
- Available subjects: English (first language)*; French; history; mathematics; health and physical education; science (biology); science (chemistry); science (physics)*. You cannot combine two subjects marked with an asterisk as first and second teaching subjects.
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, which counts for 50% of the admission decision, and obtain a minimum score of 66%. Note that the Experience profile cannot compensate for a low academic average, and vice versa. If either your Experience profile score or your academic average fails to meet the minimum requirement, your application may be denied.
The following will not be evaluated: letters of recommendation, curriculum vitae, business cards, or documents that were not expressly requested.
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.
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 CanTEST before entering the program.
- A score of 5.0 is required in each of the Listening, Reading, and Writing components.
- A score of 4.5 is required in the Speaking component.
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.
- Second Language Teaching (SLT) at the University of Ottawa: Ten places in the Primary/Junior divisions and ten places in the Junior/Intermediate/Senior divisions are reserved for graduates and registered students in the SLT (FLS) program. There is no need to indicate this.
- 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. You must submit a transcript or proof of enrollment from La Cité.
2 - Submit your application online
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.
- 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).
3 - Track your application
- 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.
4 - Submit the required documents
Log in to uoZone and consult the list of required documents. You are responsible for uploading them in uoZone by the deadline. 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. You must submit a copy (or proof of completion) of an undergraduate diploma.
- You are not required to submit your diploma if your degree transcript indicates that you have been awarded the diploma.
- Evaluations by World Education Services (WES) or the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (for degrees outside Quebec), or by any other organization, cannot replace an official diploma, a transcript, or the evaluation done by the University of Ottawa for the purposes of obtaining professional certification.
- 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 + licence, licence 1 + 2 + 3). Please note that this file will not be considered official.
- You are not required to submit University of Ottawa transcripts or transcripts sent by OUAC if you checked the box marked “immediately.”
- 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.
- Transcripts from graduate or postdoctoral studies are not necessary.
- La Cité éducation en services à l’enfance program protected corridor: To participate, submit an official transcript or proof of enrollment in the program.
- 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 experience.
- 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.
- This test can only be taken once a year.
5 - Admissions decisions
We begin sending out decisions in early February for files completed by mid-December. For files completed after this date, decisions will go out as of mid-February until we reach our targets by division and teaching subject. We send you an email once we make a decision.
Respond to your offer of admission by the deadline and submit the non-refundable deposit of $250 by the date indicated in your offer.
Please consult our Frequently asked questions for any other information you may require.