Menu Option #2 Teacher's College
Who should go: One year in teacher's college will bestow upon
you the much coveted bachelor of education -which means you
can teach in any accredited elementary or high school (depending
on your qualifications) in Ontario. Teacher's college programs
are divided into grade categories; primary-junior (junior kindergarten
to Grade 6), junior-intermediate (Grade 4 to Grade 10) and
intermediate-senior (Grade 7 to Grade 12).
What you need to do: Most importantly, you need to graduate
from either a three-year program or four-year honors program
at any university, with a minimum 75 per cent average. Schools
take an average of either your 10 best credits or those specifically
relating to the subjects you wish to teach if you apply for
In order to apply to teacher's college you have to fill out
a general application, called the Teacher Education Application,
which outlines the schools and programs to which you are applying
and is available online at the Ontario University Application
Also, each individual teacher's college requires the submission
of Experience Profiles, which includes relevant experience,
references and personal statements. These forms can be obtained
at the Web sites for the individual faculties of education.
Where you can go: In Ontario, the following universities offer
teacher's college programs: Brock University, Lakehead University,
Laurentian University, Nipissing University, the University
of Ottawa, Queen's University, the University of Toronto, Trent
University, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology,
Western, the University of Windsor and York University.
Not all programs are offered at all schools and some schools
offer their programs in French. Be sure to check out the details
on their Web sites.
Cost of applying: The TEAS application costs $85 dollars and
allows you to apply to three different programs and/or schools
-additional choices cost $25 per selection. Also, the individual
faculties of education charge a supplemental fee for processing
the experience profiles, which can run anywhere between $40
and $75 per school. An additional cost to remember is the cost
of sending transcripts to all the schools to which you apply.
Out of province information: Teacher's college programs are
offered across the country and in many cases out of country
as well. Organizations such as Teach Inc. offer teacher's college
programs in England, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia. Upon
graduation you are a qualified teacher, but remember if you
want to return to Ontario you have to write an exam.
Scholarship information: Consult individual faculties for
information on financial assistance.
Deadlines: The TEAS application must be submitted no later
than Dec. 1. The deadlines for experience profiles range between
Dec. 1 and early February.