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Toronto ON, M5S 0A1
P: 416-961-8800
Toll Free (Ontario Only): 1-888-534-2222
F: 416-961-8822
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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:

    • Canada
    • Anguilla
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Australia
    • Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • Belize
    • Benin
    • Bermuda
    • Botswana
    • British Virgin Islands
    • Cayman Islands
    • Cameroon
    • 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
    • Canada
    • Cameroon
    • Congo - Democratic Republic and Republic
    • France
    • French Guyana
    • Guadeloupe
    • Guinea
    • Haiti
    • Ivory Coast
    • Luxembourg
    • Mali
    • Monaco
    • Seychelles
    • Senegal
  3. If your teacher education program was conducted in either English or French in another country other than the ones listed, you need to arrange to have a letter sent directly to the College from the head of the university that you attended.

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

  4. If your primary or secondary and postsecondary education were conducted in English or French, but your teacher education program was not conducted in English or French, you must arrange to have letters sent to the College from your postsecondary institution and your primary or secondary school.

    The letter must confirm that the language of instruction at the time you attended the institution(s) was in English or French.

    We may need to arrange an interview with you to discuss the issue.

  5. If you cannot meet the requirements set out in 1,2,3 or 4 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 test results older than two years.


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

The College accepts results from the following tests:

English

The acceptable test scores for the new TOEFL test establish acceptable standards for the reading, listening, writing and speaking skills of College applicants whose teacher education program was not conducted in English.

For more information about fulfilling the language proficiency requirement, contact Client Services at 416-961-8800 or info@oct.ca.

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

The College requires proof of 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 scores of at least 7 in writing and speaking.

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

The Education Testing Service has introduced a new test to measure four communications skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) on one integrated Internet-only test.

The College requires an overall score of 103 with scores of at least 23 in listening, 24 in reading, 28 in writing and 28 in speaking.

French

  • Test pour étudiants et stagiaires au Canada (TEStCan)

The College requires proof of a minimum score of 5 in each of the following skills: writing, reading and listening, and evidence of a minimum score of 4.5 on speaking. You must achieve minimum scores on each component.

You are responsible for the cost of the language proficiency test. Test costs may vary.


Where You Can Take Language Proficiency Tests

For more information on language proficiency tests, costs and test locations in Ontario and internationally, contact IELTS.

101 Bloor Street West, Toronto ON, M5S 0A1, P: 416-961-8800 / Toll Free (Ontario Only): 1-888-534-2222 /
F: 416-961-8822 / info@oct.ca

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