Becoming a Teacher
Becoming a teacher is a multi-step process that starts with your Interim Professional Certification (IPC). If you’re unsure about what certification entails, please have a look at Teacher Certification. Once you have completed two years of full-time teaching with an IPC, you may be eligible for your Permanent Professional Certification (PPC).
Getting your certification is only the first step of your career as a teacher. The teaching profession is wide and varied in Alberta. For more information about teaching careers and support roles, check out ALIS - Alberta Occupational Profiles.
- Elementary School Teacher
- Secondary School Teacher
- Early Childhood Educator
- Teacher Assistant
- ESL Teacher
- Special Needs Teacher
- Career and Technology Studies Teacher
- Educational Counsellor
Salary and Teacher Qualifications
The Teacher Qualifications Service is the agency responsible for evaluating a teacher's years of education for salary purposes. The Teacher Qualifications Service is an arms length agency operated by the Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA). All public, separate, francophone school boards and some private school boards accept evaluations issued by Teacher Qualifications Service.
Beginning teachers, new teachers to Alberta and teachers who have upgraded their education qualifications must have their education qualifications evaluated for salary purposes.
After you have received your certification to teach, submit your salary assessment request by visiting the ATA’s Teacher Qualification Services (TQS) and follow the instructions they have listed on their web page and in supporting documents.
- If you have original, irreplaceable documents, you should first submit them to the Office of the Registrar at Alberta Education first as part of your application for teacher certification, and then to Teacher Qualification Service.
- The Teacher Qualification Service (TQS) of the Alberta Teacher's Association or the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) do not determine eligibility for Alberta teacher certification.
- Teacher Qualifications Service does not issue salary assessments until teaching authority (certification) has been issued by Alberta Education.
- Any inquiries regarding salary assessments should be directed to the Teacher Qualifications Service at 780-447-9400 or 1-800-232-7208 or visit their website.
Tips for Finding a Teaching Job in Alberta
The best way to find a teaching job is to apply! But before you apply, you should make sure you meet the requirements of teaching in Alberta.
Individual school authorities are responsible for the recruitment of teachers in Alberta. Here are a few suggestions for how you can find current teacher job postings:
- You can browse school authority websites to locate their job posting section. You may also want to contact the Human Resources department of the school authority to ask what training and experience they are looking for in their new hires. You can usually find phone numbers, question submission forms and e-mail contact information on school authority websites in addition to job postings.
- Job postings on Education Canada advertise positions from across Canada. The link provided will take you straight to the job postings for Alberta.
- Over 30 school authorities in Alberta use Apply to Education, to post ads and gather resumes.
- Visit It's Academic for thousands of academic jobs in Canada and abroad.