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Quebec Teacher Certification

Information for McGill Students in B.Ed and MA Teaching and Learning programs


Individuals with a Quebec teaching license who wish to teach in another province or in another country must apply directly to the Teacher Certification Agency in the relevant province or country. It is recommended that applicants intending to teach in locations other than the Province of Quebec obtain information beforehand concerning the requirements for certification.

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Information for Non-McGill Students who already hold a teaching license from outside Quebec

Individuals who are required by MELS to take specific courses as requirements for teacher certification may contact the Faculty of Education  for course registration.

For students whose records have been evaluated by MELS: MELS Special Student Course and Registration Information.pdf

For individuals from other provinces who have already contacted MELS re teacher certification: Application for a teaching diploma under the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT). Regulation respecting teaching licences

Online Courses

Certain courses required by MELS are offered online as well as in the classroom.  Online courses are scheduled as follows:

EDPI 309  Exceptional Students: Offered online in the Fall term by the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology

EDPE  304  Measurement and Evaluation: Offered online in the Winter term by the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology

EDEC 247  Policy Studies in Quebec Education: Offered online  in the Spring/Summer term by the Department of Integrated Studies in Education

Note: Online courses are offered only if there is sufficient registration and are available exclusively to teachers from outside Quebec whose records have been assessed by MELS and who are required to take these courses in order to obtain certification in Quebec. Space may be limited.  Students should register in online courses at least 2 weeks before the start date of the course.  

Registration forms

Step 1. Faculty of Education MELS Special Student Request for course registration form.pdf. Complete this form and submit to vanessa [dot] smith2 [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Vanessa Smith, ISA Administrator) to request permission for a specific course. Send a copy of your temporary permit from MELS if you have not done so already, as described here:  MELS Special Student Course and Registration Information.pdf.  

Step 2. School of Continuing Studies Registration Form [.pdf] (Special Student). Complete this form to obtain your McGill ID number and be enrolled in your first course. Contact the School of Continuing Studies at 514-398-6200 to make an appointment and for more information about what legal documents are required for registration. This step is only necessary for your first course, or if you have not taken a course at McGill as part of your MELS requirements for over 3 consecutive semesters.

Language requirement for students in the "Teaching English as a Second Language" subject area

The English Language Proficiency Test is mandatory for MELS students who are planning to take TESL courses (courses with the EDSL prefix). English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) Applicants must have previously submitted their temporary permit to the Student Affairs Office (sao [dot] education [at] mcgill [dot] ca) before registering for the test.

2014 ELPT Testing Dates

  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To register for the test, click here

About the Test

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!

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

MELS 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.