TAKE NOTE: The content on this page is only relevant for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Education (B.A.(Education), B.Ed. and B.Sc. Kin). Undergraduate students in other Faculties and graduate students should contact their Faculty for the appropriate information.

Foundation (U0) Students

Students admitted from high school must complete Year 0 (U0), the Foundation Year.

After completing 30 credits of courses in your Foundation (U0) year, you will start following the highly structured Year 1 course plan for your degree B.Ed., B.A. Education, or B.Sc. Kin degree.

Transfer Credits

Even as a U0 student, you may be eligible for some transfer credits, depending on your previous studies. If you are a newly admitted student, you don't actually apply for transfer credit. On your application to McGill, you must indicate any courses you took at a CEGEP, university or other higher education institution. Visit the Transfer Credit & Advanced Standing website for more information. 

Bachelor of Education &  B.A.(Education); Major in Education in Global Contexts Foundation Course Selection

Foundation students entering most B.Ed. programs do not have a defined set of courses that they must take but should always select from courses at the 100 or 200 level. Courses with course numbers between 100 and 199 are 100 level courses (e.g. ATOC 181); courses with course numbers between 200 and 299 are  200 level courses (e.g. HIST 206).

However, students in the B.Ed. Mathematics and B.Ed. Science and Technology degree programs have specific courses to take during their Foundation year. 

For specific departmental course recommendations and requirements depending on your chosen teaching subject area, see "Foundation Program Advising" on the Newly Admitted Students page for your degree: 


Language courses 

The Foundation year is an excellent opportunity to take language courses. Language courses are offered by the Faculty of Arts and usually require a placement test. The French Language Centre organizes the placement tests for French Second Language courses. For other language courses, contact the the language departments in the Faculty of Arts directly to see if a placement test is required.

First Year Seminar Courses 

First year students in a Bachelor of Education program may wish to consider a First Year Seminar course offered by the Faculty of Arts. These can be identified on Minerva by searching on the class schedule by faculty (Arts) and the course number 199.

B.Sc. Kinesiology Foundation Course Selection

Foundation students entering U0 of the B.Sc. Kinesiology must take the basic science courses in the Foundation year as prerequisites for higher level courses. Specific information is available here.



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