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Teaching in Canada Qualifications & Teacher Requirements

Teaching in Canada Qualifications & Teacher RequirementsA country actively seeking new people, teaching in Canada could offer you a chance to settle in a new country with the vast amount of opportunities the country has to offer. Choosing teaching jobs in Canada at school provides similarities to other western countries, although may not be for everyone. 

Work visa and permission eligibility to stay permanently are granted fairly easily to teachers through a points system depending on factors including, age, qualifications, language and of teacher job offer in Canada.


Teaching in Canada

Canada’s provinces & territories: The ten provinces making up Canada are Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan, while the three territories are Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon.


Canada opportunities for teachers

State Schools: Teaching in public schools in Canada from cities, towns, and rural areas from nursery, primary, 5-11 years, to sixth form (K12).

Fee Paying School: As like the UK there are an abundance of private schools from nursery level to pupils of school leaving age.

International Schools: Schools have opened for 5-year old’s to sixth form pupils in cities across Canada.

Education departments advertise jobs for teachers in Canada where they employ experienced people at adviser and management level, as well as teacher’s in city and rural locations.


Requirements for teachers in Canada

State schools, universities and education organisations have their own recruitment requirements, in Canada

Police background clearance certificate (Enhanced Disclosure Scotland, DBS) issue date 6 months or less

Certified qualifications, including qualified teacher status for school positions

Very good command of English or French for Quebec

Bachelor degree in the specialist teaching subject

Teaching certificate for school pupils age, 5 to 12 or 11 to 18-year-old

College or university you will require appropriate masters and doctorate degrees. Many employers will ask for relevant industry experience and research work undertaken, especially for university lecturer positions

Work and residence permit to stay and work you will require all documentation and a possible full medical


All foreign teachers and people working in education require to have their qualification check and assessed for the appropriate age of learner.

The following are the assessment boards for Canada, where your employer will be able to help in the process:

World Education Services (WES) – Ontario
International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) – Alberta
The International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) – British Columbia
The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC)
The Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada


Each province recognizes certain qualifications as a certified teacher for state schools for teachers in Canada.

For teaching in Quebec, you should be competent in the French language.


Canada facts

Population: 33.1 million approximately

Area size: 9976140 SQ km (3851809 SQ miles) approximately

Currency: Dollar (Can)

Language: English and French

Time: -6 hours GMT + More

International dialing code: 00 + 1

Climate: October to May cold and snow. June to September warm with some rain fall.


Moving around

You can lease a car or buy and drive a car, with the proper local driving licence.

For many countries driving licenses can be exchanged for a Canadian license, although restrictions apply.

Good idea to check this information out before relocating.


Health care

A few employers provide health care, although you should obtain your own cover before moving abroad to Canada.


Jobs positions advertised for Canada will show on the homepage when listed.


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