In Ontario, preparation for a career in teaching currently involves the successful completion of a three- or four-year bachelor’s degree in Arts, Fine Arts, Science or Commerce, followed by a one-year (two-semester) Bachelor of Education, leading to a teaching certificate known as the Certificate of Qualification. It is also possible to obtain certification through a concurrent program, whereby the four or five years of academic and professional studies are undertaken at the same time.
Teachers of technological subjects follow a somewhat different path. They must have a secondary school diploma, a minimum of five years’ trade experience or equivalent academic training in their field of expertise. They then pursue their teacher education in the form of a Diploma in Technical Education.
In all cases, there is a supervised practice teaching block required as part of the teacher training program. The Certificate of Qualification is issued by the Ontario College of Teachers, upon the successful completion of one of the above programs of study. Teacher education programs are offered in English at 13 publicly funded universities in Ontario. Links to these programs are provided below.
At present, the level of competition for admission to teacher education programs is relatively high and, in general, preference is given to individuals exhibiting high grades within a four-year undergraduate degree program. Nevertheless, considerable weight is also placed on experience with children.
In June 2013, the Ontario Government announced that it would be extending the length of the Bachelor of Education/Diploma of Education program from one year (two semesters) to two years (four semesters). The new program will take effect in September 2015.