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Application Guide

To teach in Ontario's publicly funded schools, a teacher must be certified by the Ontario College of Teachers. Certified teachers are members of the College and pay an annual membership fee to maintain their membership and certification.

For certification teachers must:

  • have completed a minimum three-year postsecondary degree from an acceptable postsecondary institution
  • have completed an acceptable program of teacher education, which is at least four semesters of postsecondary study
  • Provide proof of proficiency in either English or French
  • Meet the College's Professional suitability requirements
  • Be certified or authorized to teach in the jurisdiction where the teacher education program was completed
  • apply to the College for certification and pay the annual membership and registration fees. Application process includes providing proof of identity and a Canadian Criminal Record Check Report.

Teachers of Technological Studies do not require a postsecondary degree for certification. They must, however, provide the following in addition to the rest of the items listed above:

  • a secondary school diploma
  • evidence of five years of experience
  • proof of competence in their field of specialization (for example, a trade certificate).

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