To teach in Alberta, you must hold a valid teaching certificate issued by the Province of Alberta.
The School Act requires school boards to only hire teachers that hold a valid Alberta teaching certificate issued by the province of Alberta. Certification is issued in accordance with the Certification of Teachers Regulation.
As a certificated teacher, you must uphold the standards expected of a professional teacher in Alberta and engage in ongoing professional growth, by applying the appropriate knowledge, skills, and attributes as outlined in the Teaching Quality Standard Ministerial Order and Student Learning Ministerial Order.
Under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), teachers who hold a valid teaching certificate from another Canadian jurisdiction are eligible for certification in Alberta without requiring additional training or examination. This does not apply to anyone who holds a certificate that has been suspended, revoked or expired.
Individuals must still apply for Alberta teacher certification and will be eligible for either an Interim Professional Certificate (IPC) or a Letter of Authority (LA) with the same scope of practice as authorized by your valid certificate from the other Canadian jurisdiction.