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Prospective Students - Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning

The M.A. in Teaching and Learning is a professional program leading to Quebec teacher certification for those already holding an undergraduate degree in a Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS) identified teachable subject area:

Mathematics - see the eCalendar: MATL, Mathematics listing

Science & Technology - see the eCalendar: MATL, Science & Technology listing

Social Sciences - see the eCalendar: MATL, Social Sciences listing

English - see the eCalendar: MATL, English Language Arts listing

TESL - see the eCalendar: MATL, English Second Language listing

N.B. TESL students who are not yet competent in French are advised to take French language courses as early as possible. TESL graduates working in the province of Quebec will be working for French-language school boards who will require that new teachers pass a standardized French competency test so that their ability to professionally communicate with parents, teachers and support staff is assured.

This 60-credit degree program is comprised of 45 credits of coursework, coupled with 15 credits of internship. During the MATL program each student will complete a self-directed capstone research project and a professional portfolio. While support for these requirements will be provided in specific courses throughout the program, students will be expected to manage their own progress towards fulfilling these goals. Throughout the MATL, emphasis will be on the attainment of the QEP professional competencies, and evidence of mastery of these will be demonstrated in order for students to successfully complete the program. Upon completion, students are recommended to the MELS for certification.

The English Language Proficiency Test is mandatory for applicants to the MATL TESL program.

English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT)

Applicants to the MATL TESL program must register for a testing date after the department has confirmed that you are academically admissible to the program. You will receive more details about how to register by email.

2014 ELPT Testing Date:

Wednesday, August 20

The purpose of the test is to determine whether your level of written and oral English meets the standards we require of students taking TESL courses. There is nothing you can do to prepare, so please come to the test well rested and ready to show us how good your English is!

About the Test

The test consists of two parts: a written part and an individual oral interview. The written part includes an English editing task, a cloze task, and an extended writing task. During the written part, you will be allowed only writing utensils and an eraser. You may not use a paper dictionary, nor any electronic aids.

The written part of the test will take place from 9:00 – 11:00 AM. After the written part is graded (by 1:00 PM), a schedule will be posted for the individual oral interviews. Please plan to be available until 4:00 PM on the testing day. NOTE: If you do not pass the written part, you will be informed at the beginning of the oral interview session and will not complete the oral interview.

Payment - $30

MATL TESL applicants are required to pay a $30 fee to take the test. Applicants must bring a certified cheque or money order made out to McGill University with them to the test. This can be obtained at any bank or Canada post office. Our office is not equipped to accept cash, personal cheques, debit or credit cards.

Distance Testing

If you are unable to attend the test at McGill and reside more than five hours round-trip from Montreal, distance testing is an option for you. Please contact advisedise [dot] education [at] mcgill [dot] ca for more information.

Who is eligible?

Applicants should meet the following requirements:

  1. Possess an undergraduate degree.
  2. Have at least 45 credits (university level) in the area of certification. Use the appropriate 'Subject-Area Background Self-Assessment Grid' (see list below) to self-assess whether your background meets the 45 credit minimum requirement in the appropriate subject area (the appropriate completed ‘self-assessment grid’ must be submitted as a supporting document with your application).  Courses listed must be at the 200 level (according to McGill standard) or higher and you must have received a grade of “C” or higher.

Note that applicants missing up to, but not exceeding, 6 discipline-specific credits may be accepted into the MATL program, but will be required to obtain those credits (above and beyond MATL program requirements) as a condition of program completion. These credits should be taken, preferably, prior to registering for the subject-area specific methods course (EDTL xxx).

These areas are: 

    3.    Experience working in formal or informal education or youth sector. This includes, but is not limited to, current employment as a teacher in a school in Quebec or currently registered on a School Board supply teaching list.

How do I apply?

If you are eligible according to the criteria above and are interested in applying into this program, the deadline for applications is December 15, 2014.

Application Instructions:

You will be applying on-line for Admission through McGill University’s Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office. Click on the red "Apply Now" icon to begin the process. You may apply to the MATL as of August 15, 2014.  Follow the application process for graduate studies, Summer 2015, through the Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE). Students should apply into the Masters of Arts in Teaching and Learning. Please make sure to indicate which concentration area you wish to be certified in (select English Language Arts, English Second Language (TESL), Mathematics, Science & Technology, or Social Sciences).






Submit online the following supporting documents to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies:

  • A current CV
  • A 1-2 page Letter of Intent, specifying relevant academic and professional experience, particularly experience related to education or other work with youths of the secondary age, and outlining your reasons for pursuing the teaching profession. In addition to the importance of subject matter expertise, please comment on your commitment to the social, ethical and political responsibility inherent in the teaching profession.
  • A completed Subject-Area Background 'Self-Assessment Grid' (available above)
  • A copy of your unofficial transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate level studies (you only need to have your official transcripts sent if you are admitted to the program). Please note that the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies department stipulates that all students must have at least a 3.0/4.0 GPA in order to be considered for admission.
  • Two letters of recommendation, one from a university-level instructor and the second from a professional who has supervised you in a formal or informal education or youth sector position (if you have experience working in a formal school setting, one letter must be from a school / school board administrator qualified to assess your professional qualities). Applicants will be prompted to provide the names and email addresses of referees in uApply.  An email request will generate prompting your refree to uplaod their letter.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores, if applicable www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/prepare/international/proficiency
    • IELTS with a minimum overall band of 7.0; (writing score no less than 6.5)
    • TOEFL:iBT (Internet-based test) – total score of 92 with a minimum score of 22 each for the Writing and Speaking sections and a minimum of 20 each for the Reading and Listening sections and PBT (paper-based test) – 580
N.B. Applicants are required to submit their scores electronically.

When does the program begin?

Students must begin the program with designated courses in the MATL Summer Institute in July 2015.

How long will it take me to complete this program?

This 60 credit program can be completed on a 5 term or a 7 term basis.

Advising Documents


Students in the MATL program are required to complete two internships. The internship component is organized by the Office of Student Teaching.


FAQ: Issues of Equity and Diversity in DISE

Advisor Contact Info:

Andrea Nguyen – MATL Program Coordinator
matl [dot] education [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Dr. Caroline Riches – MATL Program Director
caroline [dot] riches [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Program information is organized for three distinct groups:

Prospective Students   Newly Admitted   Currently Registered