In addition to accreditation, upgrading your skills through a bridging program or other courses and workshops is an important part of your journey to become a teacher in Canada.
You may have strong teaching skills, but often that is not enough to get a job or maintain it afterwards. You may need more training or skills upgrading, especially in regards to your soft skills. Employers in Canada expect you to be a good communicator, organized, know how to train a child, listen strategically, how to motivate students, how to praise a student so that they respond, how to give good feedback for others’ work, how to win people’s cooperation, etc. Having strong skills in one or both of Canada’s official languages – English or French –is extremely important for your future in Canada. Whether you choose to focus on learning or improving English or French will depend on which of the two languages most people speak in the area where you live.
You may be eligible for Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program. Otherwise, you can find other free or affordable classes in English as a Second Language (ESL) or French as a Second Language (FSL) classes through the school boards or settlement agencies. There are even language courses to teach you professional terminology, such as job-specific language training and Occupation Specific Language Training (OSLT). And if you already speak one of Canada’s two official languages at a high level, learning the other one is a good option, as it may offer you better employment opportunities.
We have prepared a Pre-Arrival Checklist of valuable information that will make arriving in Canada as smooth a process as possible.
Bridging programs are a good way to transition from your international experience and training to the Canadian workplace. Many colleges, universities and immigrant-serving agencies offer teaching related bridging programs. You may be eligible for one. Do some research to find a program suitable for you.
University of Calgary
Bridge to Teaching
The Bridge to Teaching (Bridge) program is an intensive and accelerated teacher education program that prepares passionate, caring, and experienced foreign-trained teachers to teach in Alberta Schools. During the Bridge Program, participants focus on how to teach the Alberta Program of Studies in ways that engage students and how to assess students’ learning in fair, formative and summative ways. Participants examine various educational policies and pedagogies that affect teaching and learning in Alberta and explore how the expectations for teachers and students compare to those in their previous country.
George Brown College
College Teacher Training (Graduate Certificate)
The College Teacher Training Program is uniquely designed to provide occupation-specific communication and employment skills and training and experience in the Canadian classroom, to help prepare internationally educated teachers to teach in the Canadian college environment. The program offers opportunities to network with college teachers and potential employers and provides mechanisms to gain experience in the Canadian classroom.
Many immigrants take further education after coming to Canada. Some want to change careers or enhance their careers with a Ph.D or MBA. Universities and colleges across Canada offer a number of bridging programs designed to help immigrants get Canadian certification in their field.