Ontario teaching certification

To teach in a publicly funded school, you must be certified by the Ontario College of Teachers.

To be certified, in most cases, you need:

  • an undergraduate degree for general education
  • an acceptable certificate (including certificate of apprenticeship), diploma or advanced diploma and work experience for technological education
  • a completed initial teacher education program

There are some other requirements for certification, such as proof of language proficiency. Learn about the requirements to be certified by the Ontario College of Teachers.

You can become a teacher by attending a university that offers a Bachelor of Education program.

To become a certified teacher, contact the Ontario College of Teachers.

Ontario College of Teachers

The Ontario College of Teachers, governs and enforces the standards of practice for the teaching profession.

The College:

  • issues teaching certificates / licenses teachers
  • sets and enforces the standards of practice and conduct for teachers
  • provides for the ongoing education of teachers
  • investigates and hears complaints against teachers
  • accredits teacher education programs and additional qualifications programs

Teachers in publicly funded schools must be members in good standing with the College. Many private schools also require their teachers to be College members.

Find a teaching job

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.

Find information about jobs in education.

Professional development and additional qualification programs

Teachers who hold an Ontario teaching certificate can 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 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 can 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

If you wish to be certified to teach in Ontario and you completed a teacher education program outside of Canada, the Ontario College of Teachers provides information that will help you with your application.

Language proficiency test

The Ontario College of Teachers has information about the language proficiency test.

Universities that offer a Bachelor of Education program

Review the list of faculties of education that offer a Bachelor of Education program. Programs include four semesters and a minimum of 80 days of practice teaching.

Apply using the Teacher Education Application Service

To apply to a faculty of education, you must use the Teacher Education Application Service (TEAS). This is a non-profit centralized application service.

Faculties of education

Brock University

Faculty of Education
500 Glenridge Avenue
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2S 3A1

Tel: 905-688-5550
Fax: 905-688-0540

Lakehead University

Faculty of Education
955 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay, Ontario
P7B 5E1

Tel: 807-343-8520
Fax: 807-344-6807

Laurentian University

Faculty of Education
935 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, Ontario
P3E 2C6

Tel: 705-675-1151 ext. 5151

Nipissing University

Faculty of Education
100 College Drive
Box 5002
North Bay, Ontario
P1B 8L7

Tel: 705-474-3450
Fax: 705-474-1947

Queen's University

Faculty of Education
Duncan McArthur Hall
Kingston, Ontario
K7L 3N6

Tel: 613-533-6210
Fax: 613-533-6584

Trent University

School of Education and Professional Learning
Consecutive Bachelor of Education
Teacher Education Program
1600 West Bank Drive
Peterborough, Ontario
K9J 7B8

Tel: 705-748-1011 ext. 7564

Ontario Tech University (University of Ontario Institute of Technology)

Faculty of Education
11 Simcoe Street North, P.O. Box 385
Oshawa, Ontario
L1H 7K4

Tel: 905-721-3190
Fax: 905-721-1707

University of Ottawa

Faculty of Education
145 Jean-Jacques Lussier
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 6N5

Tel: 613-562-5804 ext. 4057
Fax: 613-562-5146

University of Toronto

The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
252 Bloor Street West
Toronto Ontario
M5S 1V6

Tel: 416-978-4300
Fax: 416-323-9964

University of Western Ontario

Faculty of Education
1137 Western Road
London, Ontario
N6G 1G7

Tel: 519-661-2080
Fax: 519-661-3833

University of Windsor

Faculty of Education
401 Sunset Avenue
Windsor, Ontario
N9B 3P4

Tel: 519-253-4232 ext. 3800
Fax: 519-971-3612

York University

Faculty of Education
4700 Keele Street
North York, Ontario
M3J 1P3

Tel: 416-736-5002
Fax: 416-736-5613

Wilfrid Laurier University

Faculty of Education
Dean's Office: 3rd Floor, Bricker
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario
N2L 3C5

Tel: 519-884-0710 ext. 3685
Fax: 519-884-8697