“Teachers communicate, counsel, model and manage, using a wide array of methods and resources to guide students. They use a mix of traditional and technological approaches to spur student achievement, tracking student progress and refining their practices as they go. “ Teachers listen to and work with other teachers, parents, professionals and community partners to build an atmosphere of respect and collaboration necessary for academic achievement and character development.” From Thinking about Teaching? www.oct.ca
Qualifications you need to teach in Ontario include:
Three different types of programs qualify you for this registered profession (if you are already completing a degree or have completed a degree, only the first two will pertain to you):
When you apply to a teaching program, you will choose one from the following streams:
Teaching programs require a minimum B average in your last 2 years/10 credits or your best 10 credits (refer to each institution for exact requirements). There are often minimum averages for your ‘teachable’ subjects as well. All programs look for experience working with children or youth
Improve your GPA:
Visit the AA&CC and the Centre for Teaching & Learning to improve your academic skills.
Get to know a few professors early so that they can write a strong reference letter for you.
Gain volunteer experiences that demonstrate your skills and ongoing interest in a career in teaching.
There are 13 publicly-funded OCT- accredited institutions in Ontario that offer initial teacher education:
Apply to these schools via OUAC’s Teacher Eduction Application Service or UofT’s SGS (see below).
There are also 4 private OCT-accredited institutions in Ontario that offer initial teacher education:
Applications to these schools will be submitted directly to each school.
You can find all accredited teacher education provider websites on the OCT website.
How much does it cost?
BEd and MT/MA programs are not ‘expensive’ by professional school standards. The website www.universitystudy.ca can give you a rough estimate on the cost of graduate studies at any university in Canada.
Looking for Related Experience?
You can find volunteer and paid opportunities in http://clnx.utoronto.ca. Also watch your email for messages from your department about opportunities to get involved.
Begin the application process one year before your desired autumn start:
Admission decisions are sent to applicants beginning in April.
Is an interview required?
For a few schools, an interview is required. You will be invited in Jan/Feb. Most schools do not require an interview.
Attend the Graduate & Professional Schools Fair, go to a Preparing for Professional & Graduate School workshop, or speak with a Career team member to learn how to get relevant experience!
Please Note: While this page aims to ensure accuracy, requirements do change. Consider it a starting point for your further research. Visit individual program websites for detailed, up-to-date information about admission requirements and application procedures.