Teacher Education Licensing


Teaching is a regulated profession in Canada. Each province and territory in Canada has its own individual certification board. If you wish to teach in any one of these locations, you must apply to for certification though the specific provincial or territorial certification board. This stands for all students, whether they have completed their teacher education in Canada or abroad. Upon completion of a teacher education program, you must first need to gain teacher certification through the province or territory in which you wish to work.


Provincial Requirements

Graduates of Master of Teaching programs at Australian universities can return to practice in Canada after meeting the requirements of their provincial regulatory board. These requirements vary by province, and you would need to check the website for the regulatory body using the links below for more details.

Presently, New Brunswick indicates that the minimum requirements needed to be granted a Permanent Teaching Certificate in New Brunswick, requires students to complete a 60-hour education program that includes a practicum (45 credit hours in education coursework plus practicum), and a total of 168 credit hours from all university coursework.  In short, New Brunswick will be looking for students to have completed a Bachelor of Education degree to teach.

For Ontario, students will need a minimum of a 4-semester teacher education program and will need to have at least 80 days (400 hours) of teaching experience upon the completion of the degree. Students can begin the application to become registered in Ontario from outside of Canada. Be sure to check the Ontario College of Teachers website for the most up-to-date information.

At present, any of the four-semestered programs in Australia will meet this timeline requirement. In some cases, students may need to arrange additional teaching hours, pending on the university. 

In Quebec, you will need to ensure that the program you complete will meet the Quebec teaching conditions. This will mean a 4-year Bachelor of Education (Primary) or Bachelor of Education (Secondary) with a focus on at least onr subject set. Please be aware this requirement differs in other provinces. You can read more on this in the Terms and Conditions for Obtaining a Quebec Teaching Licence document.

Check below for your province’s requirements.

Alberta Teachers’ Association
British Columbia Teachers’ Federation
Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario
Manitoba Teachers’ Society
New Brunswick Teachers’ Association
Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association
Northwest Territories Teachers’ Association
Nova Scotia Teachers Union
Nunavut Teachers’ Association
Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation
Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association
Prince Edward Island Teachers’ Federation
Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers
Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation
Yukon Teachers’ Association

Staying in Australia

Depending on where you’ve obtained your teaching degree, you will be qualified to teach within that state; however, you must obtain the appropriate work visa to remain in Australia. Review all of the Australian accredited teaching programs.

New South Wales (University of Sydney, Macquarie University)
Western Australia (University of Western Australia)
Victoria (Deakin University, Monash University, and University of Melbourne)
Queensland (Griffith University, James Cook University, and University of Queensland)
South Australia (Flinders University)
Northern Territory


What if I don’t have a completed undergraduate degree?

You may consider Bachelor of Education program options; however, in some provinces this degree alone may not meet the requirement to return to Canada to teach. You’ll want to familiarize yourself with the provincial teaching requirements before committing to an undergraduate-level teaching program.

If I have already completed a teaching program, are there additional education programs I can pursue?

Yes, students who have a completed teaching qualification can look to build upon their education by completing a Master of Education program. Several different streams are available, should you wish to focus on a particular major. Credit is available, pending on your prior academic courses.

You may also complete this course online.

If I want to teach secondary school, how many courses do I need for the teaching areas?

If looking to complete a Master of Teaching at a secondary level, you’ll need to ensure you have the appropriate number of courses to be considered for two teaching areas. Students will need to have completed a bachelor’s degree in a relevant study area to the teaching areas they are wishing to pursue. You will generally need a minimum of 6 courses for your first teaching area, and 4 courses for your second. These will need to come from second year and above in most circumstances.

To ensure you have what you’ll need for the secondary teaching level, feel free to contact OzTREKK for more information!

Can I apply for credit for a teaching program?

To receive credit for a Master of Teaching program, you must have previously completed courses at a master’s level. If you have an undergraduate degree, those courses will not be approved for credit.

If you have a master’s degree, let us know and we’ll send you the steps to apply for credit.

Can I teach in Canada after I graduate?

Teacher certification requirements are specific to the location in which you wish to practice. Each Canadian province and territory has its own teacher certification board and specific requirements that must be met before you can become certified to teach in that region. This is true for all teacher education graduates, whether they have completed their degree in Canada or abroad.

If you have any specific questions about the teacher certification requirements in the province you plan to work in after completing an Australian teacher education degree, you should contact the appropriate regulatory body for more information. List of provincial teacher education regulatory bodies on the Canadian Teachers’ Federation website.

OzTREKK consults its university partners and works with them to make sure we only feature teacher education programs that work for Canadian students.