STUDENTS: Please read ALL the following information about transferring within and into the Faculty of Education before applying! If you have any questions, please contact the isa.education [at] mcgill.ca (Internships & Student Affairs Office).
Steps to Applying to Transfer
- Ensure that you are within the application period
- Determine whether you are an Inter- or Intra-Faculty Transfer
- Confirm whether you are eligible for transfer, based on program-specific requirements and availability
- Confirm whether you are eligible for transfer, based on Faculty requirements
- Apply for Transfer
- Await notification about final decision
Admission Term: Fall (September) *There is no Winter application period for transfers in the Faculty of Education*
Application Period: March 1 – June 1 *All supporting documentation (e.g. transcripts) must be received by the Internships & Student Affairs Office no later than July 1.*
The Faculty of Education welcomes transfer applications from students in other McGill faculties who are currently enrolled in a degree program and will be returning the following fall.
For information on general university policies related to transfers, please visit McGill’s Student Information website.
If you are registered in the School of Continuing Studies (i.e. not an active student of an undergraduate degree program), you are not eligible for an inter-faculty transfer and must apply directly to the University Admissions Office.
Students currently registered in a degree program in the Faculty of Education (who will not be graduating in the current academic year) may apply to transfer to a different program within the Faculty.
Please note, meeting the minimum transfer requirements does not guarantee successful admission to the chosen degree program. Space is subject to availability and may vary from year to year.
B.Ed. Kindergarten/Elementary – Jewish Studies
Students applying to the B.Ed. Kindergarten/Elementary program with a specialization in Jewish Studies must meet with Dr. Eric Caplan, Chair of Jewish Studies and Director of the Jewish Teacher Training Program, before applying on Minerva. Dr. Caplan’s contact information can be found here.
B.Ed. Kindergarten/Elementary - Pédagogie de l’Immersion Française (PIF)
Students applying to the B.Ed. PIF program must write and pass the French Language Proficiency Test (FLPT) prior to gaining entry to the Faculty. Information and registration details can be located here.
B.Ed. Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
Students applying to the B.Ed. TESL program must write and pass the English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) prior to gaining entry to the Faculty. Please be advised that since TESL placements nearly always take place in a French school environment, it is expected that you can speak French proficiently enough to hold conversations with colleagues, parents, students (as needed), etc. Information and registration details can be located here.
Before applying to transfer to the B.Sc. Kinesiology program, students must meet the minimum 3.00 CGPA requirement* (including the most recent Winter term) and must have completed either:
- 8 of 8 basic science requirements with a grade of ‘C’ or better or
- 6 of 8 basic science requirements a grade of ‘B’ or better (students who are accepted without all 8 courses must complete the remaining 2 in their first year of acceptance to the program) or
- the basic science equivalents at high school, CEGEP, or another university
The basic science requirements are: BIOL 111, BIOL 112, CHEM 110, CHEM 120, MATH 139/140, MATH 141, PHYS 101/131, PHYS 102/142
*Intra-transfer applications from students who do not have a 3.00 CGPA may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Inter-Faculty Transfer Applicants
Students who wish to transfer into the Faculty of Education from another McGill Faculty should have a minimum CGPA of at least 3.00 (including the most recent Winter term).
If you do not meet the minimum CGPA requirement, please provide an explanation of any circumstances which may have contributed to your academic standing in the “Comments” section of the Minerva application. Your explanation should also outline any steps that you have taken in order to improve your academic performance (e.g. a study plan, counselling, etc.).
Intra-Faculty Transfer Applicants
Students who wish to move from one Faculty of Education program to another must be in Satisfactory standing, with a CGPA of at least 2.00 (including the most recent Winter term).
EXCEPTION: For an intra-Faculty transfer from the B.Ed. into the B.Sc. Kinesiology, students must have a minimum 3.00 CGPA and must meet the basic science requirements, as outlined above.
Applications must be made on Minerva (“Student Records Menu” -> “Faculty Transfer/Readmission Menu”).
Decisions are reached by the Internships & Student Affairs Office and are made from June until late August, once program transfer capacities are determined. Students will be notified at their McGill e-mail address when their application status changes.
It is each applicant’s responsibility to check their McGill e-mail at regular intervals and take any necessary action. If you have made plans to be away for the summer, please do not neglect to check your McGill e-mail as there may be time sensitive requests. In some cases, you may be asked to provide additional documentation or information. If this happens, an e-mail will be sent to your McGill e-mail address, informing you that the status of your application has been changed to “File Incomplete” or “Under Review.” If you receive this message, you should immediately consult your application on Minerva to check the new requirements and submit the requested information. Incomplete applications cannot be processed and will eventually be cancelled.
Once a final decision has been reached and recorded in Minerva, you will receive a notification of a status change to your McGill e-mail address. If an offer of acceptance has been extended, you will have 3 weeks to accept or decline the offer. After this time, the offer will be cancelled and will not be extended again.
Transfer applicants will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:
- academic record
- personal statement
- The personal statement is to be included in your Minerva application under the ‘Comments’ section and should briefly outline your desire to study the teaching profession or the Kinesiology field and provide information about relevant experience, as well as any pertinent details about your academic record. A copy of the rubric used to evaluate personal statements is available here.
**If you are an International Student and you are accepted into a B.Ed. program (i.e. not Kinesiology), please be advised that you will required to apply for a government-issued internship/co-op work permit, which will allow you to go on your mandatory field experiences. Please review the information on our website, related to the process of applying for your permit or please visit the International Student Services office during their drop-in hours.**
Transfer requests are evaluated on the basis of academic standing, the completion of any necessary pre-requisites and the submission of a personal statement. Students with fewer than 30 McGill credits on their record and/or a CGPA under 3.0 may be asked to attend an interview with the Internships & Student Affairs Director.
Some programs have very limited or no space. Transfers are not guaranteed, even if a student’s record meets the minimum qualifications for transfer. Students should follow the program overview for their current program until a decision about their transfer application is finalized. Students should NOT register for courses in anticipation of a transfer.
If your application is unsuccessful, please review the basis of the refusal and any recommendations indicated on your Minerva transfer application. If you still have questions, please feel free to contact the isa.education [at] mcgill.ca (Internships & Student Affairs Office).
Once you have accepted your offer on Minerva, you must wait 5-8 business days for the system to register the change. Only then will you be able to register for your program courses on Minerva. Please note, during this time, ISA will not issue permit overrides to allow you into “Program Restricted” courses. You must wait for your transfer to be finalized.
Once finalized, you will receive a cumulative record delivered to your McGill e-mail address. This document will outline which courses have been accepted for transfer/equivalency and which courses you will need to take to complete your program. Transfer credits will only be granted for appropriate courses passed with a grade of ‘C’ or better.
You will be assigned a new Academic Adviser. You can view the name of your adviser at the top of your unofficial transcript in Minerva. Prior to contacting your adviser for a meeting or information, please review the advising materials provided on your Department’s website (Department of Integrated Studies in Education here; Physical Education and Kinesiology here).
Students who are admitted to the Faculty are subject to the program and degree requirements in effect at the time of transfer.
Students admitted to any of the B.Ed. teacher education programs (e.g. all programs except B.Sc. Kinesiology) will be required to write and pass the English Exam for Teacher Certification (EETC) during the first term of their transfer to the Faculty of Education. Please click here for more information.