Becoming a certified teacher (getting a license to teach) in Alberta can be a long and difficult process. Many internationally educated teachers (IETs) face many challenges such as meeting all the requirements for certification, making contacts with potential employers, understanding the Canadian schooling system and others. Many IETs choose to pursue the certification process despite these challenges.
Whether you plan to focus on becoming a certified teacher or pursue it while you work, or explore other career pathways, it is critical to have all the relevant information to make this important decision. In this section, you will be able to familiarize yourself with the licensing process and associated costs and what other alternative careers are available to you here in Alberta.
To teach in Alberta, you are required to hold an Alberta teaching certificate which is granted following a successful assessment of professional educational and professional qualifications. The Government of Alberta is responsible for issuing teacher certifications in the province of Alberta. A step-by-step guide and a list of related fees can be found on their website HERE.
You should review the "Check your credentials" (for International applicants) and "Supporting Documents" sections (for out of country graduates) sections before you begin the application process.
Internationally Educated Teachers should begin the application process before they arrive in Alberta.
Requests for a PPC must be initiated by a designated officer. Alberta Education does not accept requests for a PPC from individual teachers until the designated officer has made a recommendation. Your employing school authority can provide information about their PPC recommendation process.
Costs associated with having credentials assessed and applying for certification may include some or all of the following:
Clients of the BredinWorks for Internationally Educated Professionals program in Edmonton may be eligible for support in paying some of these expenses. Another option may be to seek financial assistance with a Servus-Bredin Microloan.
Upon arriving in Alberta, IETs often take on a “survival” job while they pursue their teacher certification. Understandably, those are the common employment outcomes as settlement in a new country can be incredibly challenging and overwhelming. However, there are fulfilling career pathways available for IETs who want to pursue certification and work or pursue a new career altogether, especially if they are able to transfer and use their skills, knowledge, education and/or work experience.
To choose a temporary or permanent job or know when it is the right time to pursue a new career can be a challenging task. It is critical to consider a career that matches well with your needs and interests and/or is a viable option based on your current situation and priorities.
Once you have arrived in Alberta, a Career & Employment Coach can support you through this decision process.
Connect with Bredin Centre for Career Advancement.
This site includes 12 career pathway Fact Sheets specifically created for IETs exploring employment opportunities in Alberta. Those are as follows:
These career options were selected and developed by a group of experts comprised of educators, teachers, government representatives, career counsellors and IETs. The career options were chosen based on a number of criteria including:
To assist you with finding a career pathway that is right for you, try the Career Navigator in our Career Pathways tab.