Job requirements Secondary School Teacher in Canada

Find out what you typically need to work as a secondary school teacher in Canada. These requirements are applicable to all Secondary school teachers (NOC 4031).

Employment requirements

This is what you typically need for the job.

  • Teachers of academic subjects require a bachelor's degree in education which is often preceded by a bachelor's degree in the arts or sciences.
  • Teachers of vocational or technical subjects require a bachelor's degree in education which is usually preceded by specialized training or experience in the subject.
  • Instructors of trades in Quebec require completion of an apprenticeship training program and industry or trade certification.
  • Department heads usually require several years of teaching experience.
  • To specialize in special education or English or French as a second language, additional training is required.
  • A provincial teaching certificate is required.
  • Membership in a provincial or territorial teachers' association or federation may be required.

Source National Occupational Classification

Professional certification and licensing

You might need to get a certification from a regulatory authority before you start working. Find out if this occupation is regulated in your province or territory.

Table listing provincial regulation requirements
Location Job title Regulation Regulatory body
Alberta Secondary School Teacher Regulated Alberta Education, Teaching Excellence and Certification, Government of Alberta
British Columbia Secondary School Teacher Regulated Teacher Regulation Branch, Ministry of Education
Manitoba Teacher Regulated Professional Certification and Student Records Unit, Government of Manitoba
School Clinician Regulated Professional Certification and Student Records Unit, Government of Manitoba
Special Education Coordinator Regulated Professional Certification and Student Records Unit, Government of Manitoba
Vocational Industrial Education Teacher Regulated Professional Certification and Student Records Unit, Government of Manitoba
New Brunswick Secondary School Teacher Regulated Office of Teacher Certification, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Newfoundland and Labrador Secondary School Teacher Regulated Registrar, Teacher Certification, Department of Education
Northwest Territories Secondary School Teacher Regulated Department of Education, Culture and Employment, Government of the Northwest Territories
Nova Scotia Secondary School Teacher Regulated Registrar, Teacher Certification, Education and Early Childhood Development
Nunavut Secondary School Teacher Regulated Registrar, Nunavut Educator’s Certification Service, Department of Education
Ontario Secondary School Teacher Regulated Ontario College of Teachers
Prince Edward Island Secondary School Teacher Regulated Office of the Registrar, Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture, Government of Prince Edward Island
Québec Secondary School Teacher Regulated Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport
Saskatchewan Secondary School Teacher Regulated Saskatchewan Professional Teachers Regulatory Board

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Yukon Secondary School Teacher Regulated Teacher Certification, Department of Education

Source Foreign Credential Recognition Program - ESDC

Do you want to work in another province or territory?

If you are already certified to work in a regulated occupation in your province or territory, it will be easier for you to have your certification recognized in another province or territory. See the Workers Mobility's website to learn more.

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