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Program Requirements

The International Education Studies (IES) program does not lead to an Ontario teaching certification but it is excellent preparation for you to apply to a Bachelor of Education program due to the courses and placements that have a strong education focus. 

Our partnership with Conestoga College provides an excellent option of earning a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), while earning your Bachelor of Arts degree. 

Total Credits

The IES program will require a total of 20.0 credits, including:

Not more than 6.0 credits may be at the 100 level.

Required Courses

For a list of suggested electives, see the undergraduate academic calendar.

Year 1 (5.0 Credits)

  • GS101: Introduction to Global Studies
  • GS102: Mapping Global Studies: Culture, Conflict, Development
  • INED101: General Teaching Methods
  • INED103: Introduction to Education in International Contexts
  • INED104: Theories of Learning and Development
  • WS100: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
  • Non-English Language study (1.0 credit)
  • Electives (1.0 credit)

Year 2 (5.0 Credits)

  • GS201: Theories in Global Studies
  • GS202: Methods in Global Studies
  • Additional GS 200 level electives (1.0 credit)
  • INED201: Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy
  • INED203: Second Language Literacy Development
  • INED204: Introduction to Mathematics Education OR YC243
  • EM202: The Educational Divide(online)
  • 0.5 senior credit from either Religion and Culture, Women and Gender Studies or Anthropology
  • Elective (0.5 credit)

Year 3 (5.75 Credits)

  • TEFL Certificate Program (Standard 1; 2.5 credits) or at least 1.0 in additional non-English language credits (with 1.5 other electives)
  • Additional GS 300 level electives (1.0 credit)
  • GS391: Global Experience Pre-Placement
  • INED301: Introduction to Adult Education
  • ITC-International Teaching Certificate and international teaching placement (1.5 credits) (taken during spring/summer leading into Year 4)

Year 4 (4.25 Credits)

  • INED401: Educational Leadership in International Contexts
  • INED402: International Integrated Curriculum
  • GS394: Global Experience Post-Placement
  • 1.0 GS 400 level credit; plus 0.5 additional senior GS credit (1.5 credits)
  • Electives (1.5 credits)

Language Requirement

The language requirement ensures that students in the program understand the benefits of learning another language. The minimum is 1.0 credits in a non-English language course.

Optional TEFL Certification

Our partnership with Conestoga College provides an excellent option of earning a certifcae in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), while earning your Bachelor of Arts degree. Students who choose this option complete the TEFL certificate while full-time students at Conestoga in the fall term of year 3 in the program. The TEFL certificate is offered at the Conestoga College campus just two blocks from Laurier's Waterloo campus.

Option for Program Graduates Intending to Apply to a BEd Program

The International Education Studies (IES) program provides you with an excellent preparation to apply to a Bachelor of Education program due to the courses and placements that have a strong education focus. However, it does not lead to an Ontario teaching certification. To be eligible for a teaching certificate in Ontario, you would need to complete a Bachelor of Education program following the IES program, available at Laurier and elsewhere in the province.

BEd programs are available at Primary/Junior (P/J; grades K-6), Junior/Intermediate (J/I; grades 4-10), and Intermediate/Senior (I/S; grades 7-12) levels. Laurier offers P/J and J/I levels. For students planning to apply to a BEd Junior/Intermediate program (teaching grades 4-10), electives in the IES program may be arranged such that they fulfill prerequisites for a teaching specialization.

Most BEd programs require three full credits or six half-credits in the specialization subject in upper year courses.

Laurier offers certification in the following teaching specializations: Math, Science, English, French as a Second Language, History, Health and Physical Education, Music (Vocal or Instrumental) and Geography.