Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

How to Apply - Outdoor and Experiential Education 

For information on this program, please visit the Outdoor and Experiential Education site.

Concurrent Education students submit the following documents to Student Services by 15 December 2017, if their final B.Ed. year is in 2018-19.

Consecutive Education applicants submit official transcripts of all post-secondary studies, a Personal Statement of Experience (PSE), and the following 6 documents, after submitting their application to the Teacher Education Application Service (TEAS) of the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC). All documents must be submitted to Student Services by 15 December 2017. See how to apply to Consecutive Education.

  1. The Applicant Information Sheet.

  2. A letter of introduction, which should be addressed to: OEE Application Committee. Your letter should be a written description emphasizing the reasons you are applying to the OEE program. Include highlights of the way our program specifically fits with your career goals and what you can offer our OEE community.  Letter requirements: your full name at the top of the page; typed on a 8.5x11" page; one page both sides; 1.5"-2" spacing (no single spacing); margins at least 1" on all sides; and font no smaller than 12 points.

  3. Two letters of reference addressing your interest in becoming an outdoor and experiential educator. Letters of reference should be submitted in a sealed envelope accompanying the supplemental documentation, or by the referees directly to Student Services.

  4. Your résumé stating your education, work experience and certification.

  5. Your alternative résumé, telling us the things about yourself that your résumé doesn’t include. You can be as colourful as you wish, but keep the thickness to a regular weight and there should be nothing trailing or raised on the surface of the page. You can also make up the categories. This résumé does not have to be typed, so think "outside the box" of typical résumé limitations. For instance, you could have a category about favorite books, inspiring moments, passions, personal hobbies or quirks. Please note CDs submitted as an alternative résumé will not be considered.

  6. A personal artifact with your name on it - something tangible, not perishable, of a manageable size and light enough to transport easily, that will broaden your self-portrait. This artifact need not be elaborate, but should provide unique insight into its creator and should demonstrate your interest in becoming a professional in the outdoor experiential education field. Artifacts should be self-explanatory or have obvious interpretation woven into them. Tangible articles receive more exposure than a CD or computer program. Please note if you are considering a CD for your artifact ensure that it is a jpeg. Also consider that this type of artifact will only be viewed once in a 5-10 minute timeframe, whereas, a tangible artifact is always available for extra viewings. If you decide to submit a game, please ensure that the game board is small, as we have limited display surfaces. Artifact explanation sheets can be included but the text should be kept to one page, however, if you plan to use the reverse side of the sheet, please indicate at the bottom, to turn the sheet over. If your artifact is small, enclose it in a zip-type plastic bag. If there are a few pieces to your artifact, each piece should also be labeled with the applicant's full name on it and the number of pieces. Do not include any artificially scented products in your package.

    Please ensure that your artifact is accompanied by only OEE required documentation. If you wish to drop off your package, call or e-mail Student Services, Duncan McArthur Hall.

    Please note that artifacts will only be returned if accompanied by sufficient packaging materials, sufficient postage applied to a self-addressed envelope, sufficient postage accompanying 2 self-addressed labels (To & From), Courier Prepaid, Collect Return Slips or Xpresspost Envelope with information completed on return delivery forms. Cash, cheques or money-orders will not be accepted in lieu of postage.

If you have questions or for contact information, including mailing address, please see Student Services.

Equity Admissions for Bachelor of Education/Diploma in Education

Queen’s University attempts each year to admit a student body reflective of the general population of Canada. The Faculty of Education has developed an admission policy regarding equitable representation of groups that are underrepresented in the teaching profession, and has reserved a number of equity admission places in the Bachelor of Education and Diploma in Education Programs. Those who complete the voluntary Equity Admission form will be considered both under the general admission procedure and under the equity admission policy.

Language Proficiency

English is the language of instruction at Queen’s University and in the schools in Ontario where our teacher candidates carry out their required practice teaching. Applicants who are non-native speakers of English are required to provide evidence of oral and written proficiency in English in one of two ways:

  • Candidates must have studied full-time at least three full years (or the equivalent) at a university where the language of instruction and examination was in English in a country where one of the official languages is English. Time spent in ESL courses or in an ESL program is not counted toward this three-year requirement. Applicants who have attended university other than in North America must submit a letter directly from the university verifying that the language of instruction and examination was English.


  • Candidates must have achieved the required level of proficiency on one of the three tests of English language listed below.

Each of the following language tests has a minimum score that must be attained before the applicant will be considered for admission to the Faculty of Education:

  1. The Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based (TOEFL iBT). The TOEFL iBT test code number 8573 must be used to ensure that the results are forwarded directly to the Faculty of Education. Required test scores: Minimum 24 on the Reading component, 23 on the Listening, 28 on each of the Writing and Speaking components, with a minimum 103 overall.
  2. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Request the Academic test. Required test scores: minimum 6.5 on both the Reading and Listening components, and a minimum of 7.0 on the Writing and Speaking components, with a minimum 7.0 overall.
  3. Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL). Select “Test Takers” from the top bar menu to access information, including test locations and dates. Required test score: Minimum 70 in all 4 categories and minimum 70 overall.

Candidates admitted to the program who are found to have an unsatisfactory command of the English language, either spoken or written, where their language skills interferes with their ability to communicate effectively in the classroom, may be required to take remedial work or may be asked to withdraw from the program.

International Transcripts (Bachelor of Education/Diploma of Education Admissions)

For the Bachelor of Education/Diploma in Education, applicants who obtained a degree from a foreign institution (from non-Canadian or American institutions) must have all international official transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES) (ICAP course-by-course assessment).

Note that it can take upwards of six weeks for WES to receive official transcripts from a foreign academic institution, after which point the WES evaluation can take a week or longer to complete. Applicants should begin the evaluation process as early as possible.

Ensure you are on the Canadian page (a maple leaf in the banner). Applicants are responsible for the costs associated with the WES evaluation and any translation required. Applicants must request that WES evaluations be sent directly to Student Services by the official transcript deadline.

If you have questions, please contact Student Services.

Note: the Ontario College of Teachers set their own document and assessment requirements and policies, which may be different from the requirements noted in this policy. Completion of the B.Ed. degree requirements does not guarantee a teaching certificate. All graduates who apply to the Ontario College of Teachers must meet all their requirements. Current licensing requirements may be found on the web at oct.ca.