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.

I want to be a teacher

Ontario Teaching Certification
Information on how to teach in a publicly funded school in Ontario.

Teacher Education Application Service
TEAS is a non-profit centralized application service for applicants to Ontario's faculties of education.

Faculties of Education
Information about teacher education programs in Ontario universities.

Building Futures
Helping teacher candidates make the transition from the faculty to the classroom.

Language Proficiency Test
If you completed a teacher education program outside of Ontario in a language other than English or French, a Language Proficiency Test is required.

I am a teacher

Survive and Thrive
A virtual conference that has been specifically designed for Ontario teachers in their first five years of professional practice, occasional teachers, mentor teachers and teacher candidates.

Teacher Employment Information
Hiring in Ontario is the responsibility of publicly funded school boards, the provincial school authority, demonstration schools or private schools.

Additional Qualification Courses
Professional development programs that lead to additional qualifications recognized by the Ontario College of Teachers.

Ontario College of Teachers
The Ontario College of Teachers certifies, governs and enforces standards of practice for 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 you will normally need an undergraduate degree and one year of teacher 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.

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

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 the responsibility of publicly funded school boards, the provincial school authority, demonstration schools or private schools.

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

International applicants may be eligible to be certified to teach in the English-language school system if they:

  • complete their teacher training in English, or
  • successfully complete an English-language proficiency test.

Applicants may be eligible to be certified to teach in the French-language school system if they:

  • complete their teacher training in French, or
  • successfully complete a French-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.