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 Internships & Student Affairs website for details.
Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Teaching Greek Language and Culture Option/Concentration advising documents
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 TESL-Teaching Greek Language and Culture Option/Concentration B.Ed. degree.
A complete list of courses, course descriptions, and prerequisites can be found below.
Departmental Advising & Orientation
All newly admitted students must attend the orientation session specific to their program(s) of study.
|Date||Session||Time & Location|
|Monday, August 27, 2018||Advising Session for Advanced Standing Students||9:30 AM - 11:30 AM in EDUC 216|
|Monday, August 27, 2018||Advising Session for B.Ed. TESL||1:30 PM - 3:30 PM in EDUC 216|
|Tuesday, August 28, 2018||Discover McGill||9:00 AM at Molson Stadium|
|Tuesday, August 28, 2018||Faculty Orientation||2:30 PM - 4:30 PM in STBIO 1/4|
|Wednesday, August 29, 2018||Advising Session for B.Ed. Kindergarten/Elementary||9:30 AM - 11:30 AM in EDUC 216|
|Wednesday, August 29, 2018||Advising Session for Freshmen (U0) Students||1:30 PM - 3:30 PM in EDUC 216|
|Thursday, August 30, 2018||French Language Proficiency Test for PIF Program (K/Elem. only)||9:00 AM, registration is required|
|Thursday, August 30, 2018||Advising Session for B.Ed. Secondary||9:30 AM - 11:30 AM in EDUC 216|
|Friday, August 31, 2018||Advising Session for B.Ed. Music & Concurrent B.Ed/B.Mus||10:00 AM - 11:30 AM in Tanna Schulich Hall|
|Thursday, September 6, 2018||Welcome BBQ||11:30 AM - 1:00 PM in Education Bldg. Lobby|
Complementary Academic Courses
Students in TESL/Greek Language and Culture Option must take 18 credits of Complementary Academic Courses.
Any questions pertaining to the complementary academic courses please contact:
Professor Anastassios Anastassiadis, McGill Department of History and Classical Studies Email:tassos.anastassiadis [at] mcgill.ca
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 or Secondary school, as well as to explore areas that are not normally taken as academic complementary courses within B.Ed. programs (e.g. Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, etc.).
The department also recommends the following courses:
EDEC 203 Communication in Education 3 CreditsIf appropriate, may be included in the academic concentration.
Offered in the:
EDEM 220 Contemporary Issues in Ed. 3 Credits
Offered in the:
EDEE 325 Children's Literature 3 CreditsIf appropriate, may be included in the academic concentration.
Offered in the:EDES 366 Literature for Young Adults 3 CreditsIf appropriate, may be included in the academic concentration.
Offered in the:
- A French Language course (FRSL 101, 207, 211). Placement Test Required. Note that in Quebec ESL is taught within the French school system and
EDSL 215 Eff Fr Com for ESL Tchrs in QC 3 Credits
Offered in the:
- Other language courses, such as Arabic, Chinese, German, Greek, Japanese, Spanish, etc.
LING 200 Intro to the Study of Language 3 Credits
Offered in the:LING 201 Introduction to Linguistics 3 Credits
Offered in the:
ENGL 199 FYS: Literature and Democracy 3 Credits
Offered in the:
ENGL 229 Canadian Literature 2 3 Credits
Offered in the:
- For more examples of courses suitable for Freshman Year 0 students, see the course list for the Freshman Program of the Faculty of Arts.
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.education [at] mcgill.ca with the subject “Freshman Course Selection” and your student ID number in the body.
Student Advising Support Team:
Kelly Cassidy, Academic Advisor
Tina Schiavone, Academic Advisor
Grace Wong- McAllister, Academic Advisor
Tel.: (514) 398-4527, Ext. 094692 - Email
Where can I find help on how to use Minerva to register for courses?
What is the difference between a U0 and a U1 student?
“U0” or “Freshman Program Student” is the term used to define students who have been admitted without advanced standing. Generally, this refers to students who are admitted to McGill from outside Quebec. Admitted students who have completed CEGEP are considered U1 students. Refer to the section titled “Freshman Program Advising” for further information.
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 Internships & Student Affairs 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 (above), your Fall semester courses will end early, in November, after which your First Field Experience (EDFE 209) and your First Year Seminar (EDSL 210) will begin and run until mid-December. Your first Fall semester will be unique in this way.
I'm having trouble registering for EDFE 209 and EDSL 210
EDFE 209 and EDSL 210 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 on the Internships & Student Affairs website..
I speak fluent French, do I need to take EDSL 215 Effective Communication in French?
For EDSL 215, depending on your level of French you may not need to take this course and can take a Complementary Academics course instead (this is the meaning of the note). There are two ways to be exempted from EDSL 215:
- If you attended a French language Secondary School or CEGEP (not French immersion)
- If you take the diagnostic test during the first EDSL 215 class and are assessed to be exempt.
If you attended a Frensh language Secondary School or CEGEP, you must send an email to advisedise.education [at] mcgill.ca with the name and address of your Secondary School or CEGEP in order to receive exemption. If you did not attend a French Secondary School or CEGEP, you must register for EDSL 215 and take the diagnostic test. Note that most students who take the diagnostic test will not be exempt from EDSL 215.
If you are exempt from EDSL 215, you will need to take an additional complementary academics course in its place.
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.
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 (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 Internships & Student Affairs 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 advisor.
Program information is organized into three distinct groups:
Prospective Students Newly Admitted