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Newly Admitted Students - Kindergarten/Elementary

English Exam for Teacher Certification

All students are required to register for the English Exam for Teacher Certification (EDEC 215) in the Fall term of their first year (U1 year) in the program. Please refer to the English Language Requirement section of the Student Affairs Office website for details.


Kindergarten and Elementary advising documents:

K Elementary Program Checklist 2014-2015

Registration Plans:

K Elementary Four Year Overview registration planK Elementary Three Year Overview registration plan

Registration plans are provided because of the tight nature of the program - to ensure timely completion of your program, you are advised to follow the sequence of courses as outlined above.

The Four Year Overview is for most students, and it allocates space for completing all of the requirements in your K/Elementary B.Ed. degree.

The Three Year Overview is designed for students who have significant advanced standing, and does not include room in your schedule for completing the subject area and elective course portions of the Kindergarten and Elementary program.

A complete list of courses, course descriptions and prerequisites can be found on the official K/Elementary eCalendar program entry.


Freshman Year U0

Students whose highest level of education is high school (normally out of province) are admitted into Year 0 (U0) to complete the Freshman Program.

Freshman Program Advising

The Freshman Program consists of 30 credits of the students’ choice, verified by an advisor. There are no required courses in the Freshman Program, though the department recommends that students use the opportunity to take 100 or 200 level courses in the subjects taught in Elementary school, as well as to explore areas that are not normally taken as teachable subject area courses within B.Ed. programs (e.g. Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, etc.).

The department also recommends the following courses:

  • EDEM 220 Contemporary Issues in Ed. 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • EDEE 325 Children's Literature 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    or
    EDES 366 Literature for Young Adults 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • A French Language course (FRSL 101, 207, 211). Placement Test Required
  • A Religion course (Example,
    RELG 207 The Study of World Religions 1 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • CEAP 250 Research Essay & Rhetoric 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MATH 111 Math for Education Students 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    (strongly recommended as preparation for EDEE 230 - Elementary School Math. 1
  • For more examples of courses suitable for Freshman Year 0 students, see the course list for the Freshman Program of the Faculty of Arts.

If you are admitted into McGill with advanced standing (International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, etc.), those credits may be used to fulfill some or all of your Freshman requirements.

Freshman Advising

All Freshman students must have their Fall and Winter course selections verified prior to the start of classes. This can be done by email or by attending the group advising session in late August. To verify your course selection by email, send a message to advisedise [dot] education [at] mcgill [dot] ca with the subject “Freshman Course Selection” and your student ID number in the body.


Academic Advisers:

Grace Wong-McAllister
Tel.: (514) 398-4527 - advisedise [dot] education [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Ryan Bouma
Tel.: (514) 398-4527 - advisedise [dot] education [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Tina Schiavone
Tel.: (514) 398-4527 - advisedise [dot] education [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)


Frequently Asked Questions:

Where can I find help on how to use Minerva to register for courses?

Step by step instructions and a tutorial video can be found on this website. In addition, the Education Student Affairs Office is available to help you with registration difficulties.

When do I need to start registering for courses?

Registration for courses for newly admitted students begins in June and ends a couple weeks after classes in the semester begin.  A complete list of registration start and end dates can be found here.

When are my field experiences (dates)?

See the overviews above to find the semesters in which you should complete your field experiences. In addition, the start and end dates for all field experiences each year can be found on the Office of Student Teaching website.

Does my first field experience conflict with my other fall semester courses?

No it does not.  If you are registering for the fall semester courses found on the overview (4 year or 3 year), your Fall semester courses will end early, in November, after which your First Field Experience (EDFE 200) and your First Year Seminar (EDEC 201) will begin and run until mid-December.  Your first Fall semester will be unique in this way.

I'm having trouble registering for EDFE 200 and EDEC 201

EDFE 200 and EDEC 201 must be registered for simultaneously.  To do this, make note of the CRNs of both courses (first column on left when you search for courses) and enter them both into the "Quick Add" feature on Minerva (step 2 on the registration menu).

I've written an English exit exam already, do I need to register for EDEC 215?

Yes, the provincial governement requires that all students in teacher education programs demonstrate their proficiency in the language of instruction.  More information can be found here.

What are the subject area courses that I should register for in my winter semester?

A complete list of subject area courses, descriptions and prerequisites can be found in the "Kindergaten & Elementary Education - Subject Areas" section of the eCalendar. You are advised to take a course from more than one subject area during your first year at McGill.

What should I do if I'm having trouble registering for a course?

If you are getting an error such as 'program restriction' or 'reserve closed' when attempting to register for a course, first ensure that you are selecting the section designated for your program (if applicable: see the notes under the course in class schedule search on Minerva).  If you are still having trouble, contact the department offering the course (Educational and Counselling Psychology for EDPE and EDPI courses, Linguistics for LING courses, English for ENGL courses, etc.).  The calendar entry for the course will indicate the offering department.

If I am interested in taking French courses, where do I go to take the French Placement Test?

Information about French courses and the French Placement Test can be found on the French Language Centre website.

What advanced standing can I expect to receive from my previous university study? When will my advanced standing appear on my transcript?

In the faculty of Education, students are eligible to receive advanced standing only for courses that are applicable to their programs. The admissions office makes decisions on advanced standing for all incoming students over the summer. Your advanced standing may not appear on your transcript immediately.

Until the admissions office has entered your advanced standing on your transcript, you are advised to attempt to get a sense of the transfer credits you might receive by looking at the program requirements on the program checklist (above). Students typically receive advanced standing for subject area courses rather than required education courses (unless their previous university education was in a teacher training program). Additional advice for self-assessing your transfer credits can be found on the Education Student Affairs Office website.

When the admissions office has assessed your advanced standing, you should review it, and if you feel that you might be eligible for additional courses, contact your adviser.


The information on this program is organized for three distinct groups:

Prospective Students     Newly Admitted     Currently Registered Students