Your required university courses must include a minimum of 24 semester hour credits, including:
Your university coursework must include:
Degrees are subject to evaluation on a course by course basis; programs are not pre-approved. You must ensure that your teacher preparation program meets the above criteria. If the courses in your degree program, or institution, is not acceptable to the Minister of Education, you may be required to meet additional requirements to qualify for Interim Professional Certification.
The following programs and coursework may not be recognized:
Alberta Education does not recognize school-based or employment-based teacher training programs (e.g. School Centered Initial Teacher Training [SCITT], School Direct, or Graduate Teacher Programs [GTP]).
The results of a credential assessment are valid for five years from the date indicated on your assessment letter. After five years, you may be required to re-apply for Interim Professional Certification. Please note that the credential assessment date is different from the three-year expiry date of the Interim Professional Certification.
You must be eligible to legally work in Alberta. Proof of eligibility can be demonstrated through Canadian citizenship, Canadian permanent residency; or a valid work permit that allows you to teach in elementary or secondary schools.
An unaltered copy of your original document is considered to be acceptable evidence of immigration status.
If you are providing unaltered copies of the following documents, please note that each document-type must include a copy of the:
Note: Passports are not accepted as proof of eligibility of your right to work in Alberta.
When you apply for teacher certification in Alberta, you must submit a criminal record check obtained through local police records, Justice Online Information Network (JOIN), Alberta court records, and the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) national police records. This criminal record check must be:
If you have a record of criminal conviction, you will be required to contact the Clerk of the Court where your cases(s) were heard to arrange for a “Notice of Conviction” to be sent directly to the Office of the Registrar at Alberta Education (see contacts). A Notice of Conviction is required for each conviction, which may mean contacting more than one Office of the Clerk of the Court.
If you have a criminal conviction, you may also be required to provide the Registrar with one or more of the following:
The Registrar is responsible for ensuring that teachers who are certificated are individuals who can be entrusted with the instruction and unsupervised custody of students, while serving as positive role models. Therefore, the Registrar may refuse to issue a certificate to an individual who has been convicted of an indictable offence in Canada or an equivalent conviction in a jurisdiction outside Canada.
You must be proficient in one of Canada’s official languages (English or French).
Once you have successfully completed the TOEFL-iBT or IELTS and achieved the required scores, please arrange for your official results to be sent directly to Teaching & Leadership Excellence. Scores older than one year are not acceptable.
Individuals who wish to demonstrate language proficiency in French must provide evidence in the form of a recorded interview, to Alberta Education. The following conditions for a recorded interview must be met:
You must provide a Statement of Professional Standing. You will need to provide a Statement of Professional Standing from the jurisdictions where you:
Alberta Education requires all Alberta Certification applicants to be current in their teaching practice prior to entering the classroom. If you completed your teacher education over ten years ago, you will need to provide evidence of Currency of Teaching Experience to ensure that your teaching practice is up to date.
Your Currency of Teaching Experience is a written verification from all employers that details the teaching experience you completed within the last ten years. Your employer must be a school authority or provincial/state Department of Education. The written verification must:
Current teaching experience within the past ten years includes:
If none of these scenarios applies to you, you may have to upgrade your qualifications to be considered current by completing nine semester hour credits of education coursework and nine weeks of supervised student teaching.
If you have changed your name in the past, it is necessary to send in documentation that details all names that you have used for legal purposes. The following documents are acceptable forms of evidence:
Please note that any documentation in a language other than English or French must be accompanied by an English or French translation along with the required statutory declaration form. Statutory declarations are not required if your translation was completed by an official translator.
Application fees are determined by the location of the institution of the applicant's teacher preparation program:
If you have valid teaching authority in Canada, then you are able to pursue Alberta certification without additional training. Because of the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), a framework exists that seeks to reduce and eliminate barriers to the inter-provincial movement of goods, services, labour and investment, and to bring about more open and stable domestic trade within Canada. Chapter 7 of this agreement addresses labour mobility for teachers.
Effective April 1, 2009, teachers who hold valid Canadian certification will be able to pursue employment and obtain certification in Alberta without additional training and examination. Teachers who hold a certificate with a limited scope of practice will be issued similar teaching authority.
The Agreement on Internal Trade is only applicable to individuals who hold a current valid teaching certificate in another Canadian jurisdiction; it does not apply to anyone who holds a certificate which has been suspended, revoked or expired.
Individuals who hold a valid teacher certificate from another Canadian jurisdiction must apply for certification to teach in Alberta, and one of two types of Alberta certificates will be issued to teachers with Canadian certification:
Alberta Interim Professional Certificates are valid for three years. If your Interim Professional Certificate expires, it can be extended or re-issued upon recommendation by a school authority. Please note that re-issues of teaching authority may require submission of a current, original criminal record check that includes a vulnerable sector check.
You will have to fill out a self-disclosure for both the extension and re-issue of your Interim Professional Certificate. The self disclosure form is a true declaration of your certification status, background, and criminal records. The form is to be completed online through the Teacher Registry Self-Service site.
Individuals required to provide a Self-Disclosure as part of the process of applying for certification to teach in Alberta must complete an online form hosted through the Teacher Workforce Information System (TWINS) public site. Information provided by the individual must be complete and accurate in all respects.
Alberta Education accepts electronic submissions of the Self-Disclosure. The form includes a statement requiring an electronic signature that consists of clicking an electronic checkbox to accept the declaration. By submitting the online Self-Disclosure, you understand that Self-Disclosures may be completed electronically, which means that Alberta Education will accept consent in electronic form for the purposes of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
If you are unable to submit the electronic form, please contact the Office of the Registrar at Alberta Education at email@example.com.
If you find an error or omission in your Self-Disclosure after the submission, you must contact the Registrar immediately.
Extension or re-issuance of your Interim Professional Certificate must be submitted online by the school authority in which you will be employed.
If your Interim Professional Certificate expires on August 31 of the current year, the recommendation to extend your certificate must be submitted prior to the expiration date of the Interim Professional Certificate.
If your Interim Professional Certificate has expired, the recommendation and re-issuance must be completed before you start teaching.
Before the recommendation for extension or re-issuance can be processed you will be required to submit the fee of $25.00. You have two options:
Once the signed recommendation and the payment is received, the request for extension or re-issue will be processed.
If you are familiar with teacher certification in Alberta, please visit Applying for Teacher Certification: The Guide to familiarize yourself with the application process. If you are ready to apply for Interim Professional Certification, please see the TWINS Teacher Registry Self-Service Guide to set up your access to the online application.
Please remember to review: