Teaching

Teaching

Types of Programs

  • Consecutive Program: Complete an undergraduate university degree, and then apply to a Teacher Education Program
  • Concurrent Program: Complete Education courses concurrently with Arts & Science courses. You usually receive a B.A./B.Ed. or B.Sc./B.Ed. at the same convocation

Choosing a Level to Teach

Primary/Junior Level (Junior Kindergarten - Grade 6)

  • Applicants do not choose teaching subjects; subjects taught are determined by the curriculum (i.e. you do not need a “teachable”)
  • Applicants can be at an advantage if they have taken a variety of courses in English, Math, Science, Fine Arts, Social Science/Humanities (Canadian history/geography)*

Junior/Intermediate Level (Grades 4 - 10)

  • Applicants choose ONE teaching subject*

Intermediate/Senior Level (Grades 7 - 12)

  • Applicants choose TWO teaching subjects*

* Each Faculty of Education may have different admissions requirements, and some subjects may have more prerequisites than others, even at the primary/junior level. Refer to the admissions information for each Faculty you are interested in.

How to Apply

Apply online for programs in Ontario via www.ouac.on.ca/teas in the fall.

  • Please refer to TEAS for supplementary info you are required to submit.
  • The online application service fee is currently $155, allowing you to apply to three choices of faculties of education (additional choices are possible for an extra fee of $50 each). Each Faculty also charges an additional fee, between $50-$100*
  • Order transcripts by completing the “transcript request section” on TEAS

* Refer to the admissions information for the university you are interested in applying to for supplementary fees and forms.

Recommended Experience

  • Gain classroom experience with groups of learners in the grade which you intend to teach, and the subject areas which you intend to teach.
  • Obtain experience in a diversity of settings that relate to teaching (e.g., teacher’s aid, coaching sports/athletics, literacy program instruction, special needs work in schools, instructor of a second language program).
  • In your second last year of university, try to arrange a year long volunteer experience. Keep a log or diary of your teaching related experiences, which will help you to reflect on your insights regarding teaching and learning. The reflection logs will help you to complete the experience profile forms required when submitting your application.

Teacher Training Outside Canada

Resources

Applying to Teaching Tip Sheet

Alternatives to Teaching

Teaching Without a Bachelor of Education

Teacher Education Application Service (TEAS)

Become a Teacher/Ontario College of Teachers

Graduate & Professional Schools Fair

Is Teaching In Your Future Information Sessions

Extern Job Shadowing Program - shadow a Teacher, Principal, etc.

Individual Appointments - get assistance with exploring career options in teaching and preparing your applications