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Language Requirements

Teacher Education Program Completed in English or French

The College must have proof that you are able to communicate effectively in English or French. There are several ways to do this.

  1. You satisfy the English requirement and do not have to send proof of proficiency if you completed a teacher education program in English in one of these countries:

    • Anguilla
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Australia
    • Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • Belize
    • Benin
    • Bermuda
    • Botswana
    • British Virgin Islands
    • Cayman Islands
    • Cameroon
    • Canada
    • Dominica
    • Ghana
    • Grenada
    • Guyana
    • Jamaica
    • Montserrat
    • Nigeria
    • New Zealand
    • Republic of Ireland
    • Saint Kitts-Nevis
    • St. Lucia
    • St. Vincent
    • Seychelles
    • Sierra Leone
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • Turks and Caicos Islands
    • United Kingdom
    • United States
    • Uganda
    • US Virgin Islands
    • Zambia
    • Zimbabwe
  2. You satisfy the French requirement and do not have to send proof of proficiency if you completed a teacher education program in French in one of these countries:

    • Benin
    • Cameroon
    • Canada
    • Congo – Democratic
      Republic and
      Republic
    • France
    • French Guyana
    • Guadeloupe
    • Guinea
    • Haiti
    • Ivory Coast
    • Luxembourg
    • Mali
    • Monaco
    • Seychelles
    • Senegal
    • Togo
  3. If your teacher education program was conducted either entirely in English or entirely in French in a country other than the ones listed, you will need to arrange to have a letter sent directly to the College from the head of the institution that you attended.

    The letter needs to confirm that the language of instruction at the time you took the program was either entirely in English or entirely in French.

  4. If you completed your primary and postsecondary education or your secondary and postsecondary education entirely in English or entirely in French, ask each institution to send a letter to the College confirming the language of instruction for the entire program when you attended.
  5. If you completed your teacher education program in a country not on the list on but you are certified in another Canadian jurisdiction, and at the time of certification you were assessed for language proficiency and met that jurisdiction’s requirements.
  6. If you cannot meet the requirements set out in 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 above, you must provide proof of proficiency in English or French by passing a language proficiency test. Please arrange to have the test provider send the successful results of your language proficiency test directly to the College. The College cannot accept proof from you, even in an unopened, sealed envelope.

If you have special needs because of a disability, please contact the testing agency directly to confirm appropriate arrangements can be made to accommodate you.


Teacher Education Program in a Language Other than English or French – Language Proficiency Tests

The College accepts results from the following tests:

The Ontario College of Teachers has set minimum acceptable scores for TOEFL and IELTS tests to determine proficiency in English.

English

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (academic test only)
International English Language Testing System Indicator (IELTS) (academic test only)

On a single test, you must have an overall score of at least 7 on the IELTS (academic test only), with scores of at least 6.5 in reading and listening and 7 in writing and speaking. Test results are valid for two years.

Test of English as a Foreign Language, Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT)
Test of English as a Foreign Language, Internet-based Test Online (TOEFL iBT) 

On a single test, you must have an overall score of 103 with scores of at least 23 in listening, 24 in reading, 28 in writing and 28 in speaking. Test results are valid for two years.

French

Diplôme approfondi de langue française (DALF)

You will need to achieve an overall classification of C1 (Advanced 1). Test results are valid for life.

Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF)

You will need to achieve an overall classification of B1 (Intermediate 1). Test results are valid for life.

Test de connaissance du français (TCF)

You will need to obtain a score of C1 (Advanced 1 in all four modalities: reading, listening, writing and speaking). Test results are valid for two years.

Test d’évaluation de français (TEF)

You will need to obtain a score of C1 (Advanced 1 in all four modalities: reading, listening, writing and speaking). Test results are valid for two years.


Where You Can Take Language Proficiency Tests

For more information on specific tests, costs and locations in Ontario and internationally, contact:

English Tests

IELTS Test Centre Canada

For locations within Canada, visit ieltscanada.ca or myetc.ca

IELTS International

For information on testing done overseas, visit ielts.org

TOEFL iBT

Includes information on testing done overseas.

PO Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541 USA
609.771.7100 Fax: 610.290.8972
TTY: 609.771.7714
toefl@ets.org; www.toefl.org

The Ontario College of Teachers institution code for TOEFL is 9041.

French Tests

Test results will be accepted from all institutions that are authorized to offer DALF, DELF, TCF, and TEF.

Questions?

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