Frequently Asked Questions
When is the program offered?
How is the scheduling of classes done?
What is the cost of tuition?
Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required?
Is Financial Aid available?
Is there a tuition payment plan?Is housing available?
Can I take the CLEP tests to meet the prerequisite requirements?
Will I be able to teach in Ontario after completing the certification program?
What are the Immigration requirements to attend?
How do US college/university credit hours equate to credits in Canada?
Will OAC courses count towards the prerequisite course requirements?
Can Canadian students take online courses at Canisius for teacher certification?
There is no set deadline to apply. We operate on a rolling admissions basis. We recommend submitting all materials required for admission at least 30 days prior to the start date for the term you wish to begin. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible to allow for the best scheduling options, since some course sections may close.
There are three terms per year: fall (late August), spring (January) and summer (May/June). You select your start date when you file your application.
The summer term is divided into two five week sessions offered from the middle of May to the beginning of August. Most courses meet two times per week to complete ten classroom sessions during a five week period.
All scheduling/registration of classes is done on-line.
Tuition for the program during School Year 2013-2014 is $750 per credit hour. Rates for the school year are effective May 2013. This rate applies to all programs except College Student Personnel (CSP). The CSP program tuition is $862 per credit hour and includes full cost of attendance at the national conference of the National Administrators of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).
The GRE is not an admission requirement in education programs for applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or higher. Applications for candidates with less than a 2.7 cumulative GPA will be reviewed by the appropriate program director for an admissions decision and may include additional requirements (e.g., personal interview, GRE/GMAT, etc.).
For more information about the GRE and test scheduling in Buffalo, call the Thomson Prometric Center at 716-565-0570. They are located at 4927 Main St. (Snyder Place Plaza), Amherst, NY 14226.
For general inquiries, call 866-473-4373,
In Canada, for information and test scheduling call 1-800-967-1100.
You may contact the Financial Aid Office for assistance in financing your education at Canisius by calling 716-888-2300 or 800-541-6348 (toll-free).
The source of financial aid available for Canadian students is the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).
Yes, the college has payment plans. For more information, contact the Student Accounts Office at (716) 888-2801 or toll free at (800) 238-8160.
Campus housing for graduate students is available but limited. Once accepted, contact the Office of Residence Life at 716-888-8300 for more information and/or to reserve your space.
During the summer, campus housing is available a nightly basis. During the fall and spring, many Canadian students and other commuters stay overnight in local hotels. Contact the Office of Residence Life for more information.
Yes, students can take examinations sponsored by the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) or by the New York State College Proficiency Examination Program (CPE). Students must consult with the appropriate dean for permission to use any credit by examination toward their graduate degree or certificate requirements.
Yes, we have been preparing teachers for certification in Canada for 15 years. Once requirements are complete, Canadian students will apply to the New York State Department of Education for certification . New York State will then pass certification information to the Ontario College of Teachers to issue the appropriate certification in Ontario.
- Fill out the International Student Certification of Finances (COF) form and submit to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
- Upon receipt and verification of the COF form, admissions will mail you a Certificate of Visa Eligibility (Form I-20). Click here for more information about I-20 procedures for Canadians.
3 credit hours=1 half year course
6 credit hours=1 full year course
Yes, OAC and grade 13 can be used as prerequisite course requirements for Canadian students.
Yes, the Ontario College of Teachers now allows online courses in teacher certification programs.