The Teaching Profession
Whether you are currently an Ontario certified teacher or are thinking about becoming a teacher, here is some information important to the teaching profession.
Ontario Teaching Certification
To teach in a publicly-funded school in Ontario, you need an Ontario teaching certificate from the Ontario College of Teachers.
To get a teaching certificate, in most cases, you would need an undergraduate degree and a degree in education, such as a Bachelor of Education. Teacher education is available at Ontario universities offering the Bachelor of Education program.
To obtain an Ontario teaching certificate, please contact the Ontario College of Teachers.
Other requirements for certification, such as proof of language proficiency, are explained in the Language Requirements on the Ontario College of Teachers website.
Ontario College of Teachers
The Ontario College of Teachers was established by legislation to serve and protect the public interest through certifying, governing and enforcing the standards of practice for the teaching profession.
The college's functions include:
- licensing teachers
- setting standards of practice and conduct for teachers
- providing for the ongoing education of teachers
- investigating and hearing complaints against teachers
- accrediting teacher education programs.
Teachers in publicly funded schools in the province must be members in good standing with the college. Many private schools also require their teachers to be college members.
Building Futures, was started in 2004 to help teacher candidates make the transition from the faculty to the classroom.
Building Futures provides teacher candidates with information about key education priorities and effective teaching strategies through workshops presented by experienced and dynamic educators with classroom, as well as education policy, expertise. Workshops offered include Literacy and Numeracy (Elementary and Secondary), Student Success/Learning to 18, Special Education, and English Language Learners (ELL). Practical and essential resources are also provided to each teacher candidate on the day of the program.
Teacher Employment Information
In Ontario, all hiring is done by publicly funded school boards, the provincial school authority, demonstration schools or private schools. There are 72 school boards in Ontario, including 60 English-language school boards and 12 French-language school boards.
The Ontario College of Teachers' website includes a link to a number of Jobs in Education websites.
Additional Qualification Courses
Teachers who hold an Ontario teaching certificate may complete in-service professional development programs that lead to additional qualifications recognized by the Ontario College of Teachers.
These in-service programs are offered by Ontario's faculties of education, and other organizations, in a number of formats:
- one-session programs
- three-session specialist programs
- one-session honour specialist programs
The Ontario College of Teachers may grant equivalent standing for some qualifications if a teacher has completed comparable course work at a faculty of education outside Ontario or as part of a graduate program in education.
Internationally Educated Teachers (IETs)
If you wish to become certified to teach in Ontario and you completed a teacher education program outside of Canada, the Ontario College of Teachers provides useful information that will assist you with your application.
Language Proficiency Test
Visit the Ontario College of Teachers page to find out how to get more information about the Language Proficiency Test and how internationally educated teachers can access the profession in Ontario.