Admission Requirements & Application Details for the Bachelor of Education Professional Program (Consecutive)

Education...It's in our Roots. 

Lakehead University has a strong and rich history in delivering a high quality Teacher Education program. The Two-Year Bachelor of Education program is designed for individuals with a passion for shaping the lives of others. Learn more about why Lakehead is your #1 choice for pursuing your Teacher Education degree.

Our program emphasizes practical, experiential learning to ensure you are fully prepared to enter into the workforce post-graduation. Our programs are continually adapted to encompass a variety of educational settings and training opportunities in two divisions:

  • Primary-Junior (P/J): JK – Grade 6
  • Intermediate-Senior (I/S): Grades 7-12 

The Primary-Junior teaching division is offered at both our campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia. Our Intermediate-Senior teaching division is offered at both our campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Education program, you will be recommended to the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) to become an Ontario Certified Teacher. As a member of the OCT, you will be eligible to teach in an Ontario school or other setting including internationally as countries around the world recognize this certification.

Continue to learn more about the requirements for the program along with application details...

General Admission Requirements

Undergraduate DegreeProof of the completion of a recognized undergraduate degree (and/or in-progress courses). Degrees completed through a College Transfer program must have a minimum of five (5) full year course equivalents completed at the university level to be eligible for admission consideration. 

Preference is given to applicants who have completed or are completing their degree at an accredited university. If you have completed or are completing your degree at an accredited community college, you will be assessed on an individual basis.                   

Admission Average: 
Selection of applicants is based on academic achievement. The admission average will be calculated using the last 10 undergraduate degree level full course equivalents (not including college transfer credits) completed at the time of application. Preference will be given to applicants who present a minimum 70% average or equivalent.

The admission average will be calculated using the grades reported on an official transcript that must be received by Enrolment Services - Undergraduate Admissions by the application deadline. If credits are in-progress at the time of application, they will be considered in order to fulfill teaching subject requirements, but will not be used to calculate an admission average. Graduate courses, college transfer credits, CEGEP and Secondary School courses are not considered as part of the admission average calculation.  

Preference will be given to applicants who present an Honours degree or a degree with 20 full course equivalents.  

Equity: Mature, Aboriginal and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Mature applicants are defined as a person who has been awarded their undergraduate degree five (5) or more years ago. Mature students are identified by Enrolment Services - Undergraduate Admissions by the date their degrees were awarded, as noted on their official transcripts.

  • Aboriginal applicants may identify their Aboriginal ancestry on the OUAC application form in the field provided.
  • Persons with a disability, who feel that they have been academically disadvantaged may outline reasons in a personal statement submitted to Enrolment Services - Undergraduate Admissions at Lakehead University. Persons with a disability must meet the minimum admission requirements and will be required to meet the same standards for progression and graduation as other students.

Teaching Subjects & Prerequisites

Applicants must present a course background that supports the teaching division(s) and teaching subject(s) applied to.

Transfer Credit

Applicants who have completed courses as part of an accredited teacher education program offered at an Ontario university may be considered for transfer credit. For a course to be considered for transfer, a minimum grade of 70% is required. The amount of transfer credit awarded is at the discretion of the Faculty of Education, and will be determined on a case-by-case basis. 

A transfer credit assessment will only occur upon receipt of institutionally-prepared course syllabi, not descriptions. 

How to Apply

To apply to the Two-Year Bachelor of Education program offered at Lakehead University, the application form used is available online through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre.

For full-time studies: 
---> Apply through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre on the TEAS Application Form

Please Note: If you do not complete all application requirements, your application will be marked as Incomplete. It is the responsibility of the applicant  to ensure that they are meeting Lakehead University's admission requirements, prior to all published deadline dates. Please refer to the TEAS Guide on the application website.

Required Documentation

Applicants are to submit the following required documentation as part of the application process. (Please also refer to the Important Deadline Dates to ensure you are meeting all the published deadline dates.)

  1. Application and Application Fees (including the supplementary non-refundable fee of $60 must be submitted to the Ontario Universities' Application Centre)
  2. Official Post-Secondary Transcripts
  3. International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP) from World Education Services for applicants with post-secondary credentials outside of Canada or the United States. A course-by-course evaluation is required. All associated assessment fees are the responsibility of the applicant. Transcripts submitted directly to us will not be accepted. It is your responsibility to release an official copy of your WES evaluation to Lakehead by December 8, 2023. Note: It can take up to 6 weeks for WES to receive official transcripts from a foreign academic institution.
  4. Language Proficiency Requirements
  5. Lakehead University does not require a supplementary application/experience profile

Important Deadline Dates

For Two-Year Bachelor of Education Applicants:

Application Deadline

December 1, 2023

Transcript Deadline

December 8, 2023 

Offer Release Date 

February 1, 2024

Deadline to Accept Offer on OUAC Account

March 1, 2024

Deadline to Receive Confirmation Deposit Payment

June 3, 2024

Deadline to Meet Conditions of Admission & Submit Proof of Degree

July 5, 2024

Safe Practice

Students admitted to the Bachelor of Education program must maintain the high professional standards expected of all teachers during their placements. A Teacher candidate may be excluded or withdrawn from the placement when his/her performance is deemed to be unsafe. Unsafe practice is any situation arising from a Teacher candidate's interaction with students or colleagues which places these students, colleagues, or the candidate himself/herself at risk or harm. 

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