Your B.Ed (French) supplementary application requires five components:

  • An experience summary and profile
  • A personal statement
  • Two online letters of reference
  • An online French language assessment
  • A $50 processing fee

Below are some tips to help you with this process. Remember – to view instructions and complete your application, you’ll need to log in to your MyFile account.

General Tips

Follow deadlines and directions carefully.

We need to see that you have a distinct passion for teaching and languages.

The Personal Statement should be reflective and show depth of thought. It should not be repeating what you outlined in your experience profile; instead you should be connecting the dots about how those experiences have shaped your understanding of teaching and your decision to become a teacher.

For the Experience Profile/Summary, remember that we value experience working in the context of a group as well as experience with children/youth in the same age group you want to teach.

Give yourself time to prepare, write, and edit your personal statement and experience profile. Draft it in Microsoft Word, and paste it into the online form once you’re confident that you’re finished.

French language assessment: English-speaking applicants are encouraged to immerse themselves now to prepare and strengthen their French language skills. While practice is important, make sure you do not leave the French online test to the last minute.

Still have questions? Send them to our B.Ed recruitment specialist, Vanessa Paquette at

Access Initiative

The Faculty of Education Access Initiative is designed to recruit individuals who will make excellent teachers and reflect the diversity of our society. In keeping with York’s commitment to equal access to teacher education, our admissions policies are designed to assess the potential of all candidates, in particular those who have faced systemic barriers in educational settings and in their lives.

We invite students from the following underrepresented groups to apply through the Access Initiative:

  • Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Status, Non-Status, Aboriginal Ancestry)
  • People with Disabilities (as defined by the Ontario Human Rights Code)
  • Racialized Person (A racialized group is a group of people who may experience social inequities on the basis of their perceived common racial background, colour and/or ethnicity, faith and who may be subjected to differential treatment in the society and its institutions. Examples may include: people of African descent, people of Asian descent, Latinos)
  • Other Minoritized Person (Please specify other identity categories that apply to you and have affected your educational experience. For example: people living in poverty; sexual orientation; English Language Learner, refugee or impacted by the refugee experience)

We encourage students who apply through the Access Initiative to also include in your personal statement reference to the individual and/or systemic barriers you have encountered. Explain how your learning through these experiences might be valuable when building relationships and working with diverse groups of students. For more information, email