To become a teacher in Ontario, you will need to complete a program in education at one of Ontario’s universities. However, education programs are not all the same.
In fact, future teachers are able to choose many aspects of their training, which allows them to specialize in exactly the kind of education they would like to provide. This means better education for children from teachers who have been trained properly.
Education programs are generally split into three streams: primary-junior, junior-intermediate, and intermediate-senior. The primary-junior stream prepares educators to teach students from kindergarten to grade six. The junior-intermediate level is for teaching students from grades four to ten. Finally, the intermediate-senior prepares educators for grades seven to 12. Within each stream, teachers will then have a choice to specialize in a specific area.
Part of training to be a teacher is to complete a practicum. This is the part of your program that you actually get to spend in the field. It’s hands-on, real life teaching. Up to half of the education program is spent doing a practicum, and you will likely have the opportunity to work in both age groups defined by your teaching stream choice. For example, if you chose to teach the intermediate-senior stream, you would spend part of your practicum working in an intermediate classroom (grades seven to 10) and part of your practicum working in a senior classroom (grades 11 and 12).
During the practicum, you are not only teaching the class during the day, but you are expected to spend time doing lesson planning and taking notes about the daily experiences you are having.
3. French and English
Because Canada has two official languages, French and English, teachers can choose to specialize in French, which will allow them to deliver courses in French for core French and French immersion students. Teachers who take their Bachelor of Education in English, specializing in French, would be approved to teach in the English school system, but could teach French classes within that system.
However, if a teacher receives their training in French, they would be eligible to work in the French school system.
4. Recognized internationally
If you received your Bachelor of Education in Ontario, your degree will be recognized across Canada and internationally. This allows for multiple opportunities, and allows you to remain in Ontario, if you so choose, or spread your wings and seek new adventures either within the country, or somewhere else in the world. Taking your Bachelor of Education in Ontario prepares you for international opportunities, and allows you to take advantage of them too.
Students who wish to apply to a Bachelor of Education program must complete an undergraduate degree before applying, or be on track to complete their degree by a date indicated in the application outline of the program. Students must also have kept a good grade standing in their program. Normally, schools set 70% as the lowest grade a student can have to be accepted into an education program.
In addition, each stream has its own set of requirements, and all students applying to a certain stream must meet those requirements before they can be accepted into the program.
6. Go further
It doesn’t have to end at a Bachelor of Education either, there are also graduate level opportunities available in Ontario for those academics who wish to take their education to the next level. Taking a Master in Education can provide the opportunity to advance your career, and many master programs are available online, so that you can still pursue this further education, without having to interrupt your professional life.