Under the Bridge-to-Teacher Certification funding program, industry professionals are prepared to teach in high-demand career and technology programs like trades, culinary arts and construction. Upon completion of the bridging program, participants work in the classroom while continuing to complete a teacher-preparation program offered by an Alberta post-secondary institution.
First offered in 2010, the program supports journey certificated tradespeople, health care and information technology professionals to complete a one-year program to bridge to teacher certification currently offered by University of Alberta.
To date, the program has helped prepare teachers in 10 trades: auto mechanic, auto body, baker, carpentry, culinary, cosmetology, electrical, welding/fabrication, heavy equipment operation and plumbing and refrigeration.
Alberta Education encourages schools to work in collaboration with their community to identify career and technology opportunities that spark student interest and to tap into local expertise to help bring these opportunities alive in the classroom.
Following successful completion of the pre-service courses, the bridging program participant may enter into an employment agreement with a school authority, and may be authorized to teach while he or she continues to study toward completion of a Bachelor of Education.
Applications from school authorities are currently being accepted for 2017/18. The deadline for applications is October 15, 2017.