English Language Proficiency

The following are Senate requirements for the Faculty of Education.

For admission to the Bachelor of Education, all applicants must:

(a.) speak English as a first language;


(b.) provide documentation confirming at least three years of full-time study (or equivalent in part-time studies) in an accredited university where the language of instruction and of examinations was English and which was located in a country where the first language is English. (The equivalent amount of time at an accredited college where the language of instruction and of examination was English and which was located in a country where the first language is English will be accepted upon approval of the Dean.)


(c.) provide an official statement of results on one of the tests of English language proficiency listed below; the statement is required before an offer of admission can be made, and must indicate at least the following levels of proficiency:

  1. Test of Oral Proficiency (TOP) showing a minimum score of 7 and Test of Written English (TOW) with a minimum score of 3; 
  2. TOEFL with a score of 580 paper based; 250 computer-based including a minimum score of 55 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE); and a total score of 103 internet-based including a speaking score of 28 and a writing score of 28;
  3. MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) with a minimum score of 90 and at least 4 on the oral interview; 
  4. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum score of 7 including at least 6.5 in listening and reading and at least 7 in writing and speaking. 

Western's institution code is 0984. Please leave the department code blank. Applicants cannot be considered until their English language proficiency tests have been received.

Candidates who, after admission, show an inadequate command of spoken or written English will be required to improve their proficiency to the Faculty's satisfaction. Candidates may be asked to withdraw from the program if their inadequate command of English interferes with their ability to communicate effectively in a classroom or during practicum.

Contact Information: 

Teacher Education Office
Faculty of Education
The University of Western Ontario
London ON N6G 1G7
Telephone: 519 661-2093