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What are Basic Qualifications?

A: These are the qualifications teachers receive after their initial teacher education program. To be licensed to teach in Ontario, teachers need expertise in two consecutive divisions: primary/junior or junior/intermediate or intermediate/senior.

Division - Grades

  • primary - Junior Kindergarten to 3
  • junior - 4 to 6
  • intermediate - 7 to 10
  • senior - 11 and 12

Since teachers in primary and junior divisions teach all subjects, there are no subject requirements.

Teachers in junior/intermediate must have expertise in one subject specialization in the intermediate division.

Teachers in intermediate/senior division must have expertise in one subject in each division.

There is a list of subjects in the Requirements for Becoming a General Education Teacher in Ontario, which you can download from this site.

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