Post # 1
My DH is Canadian and while we currently live in the U.S, we are planning on moving to Canada in the next few years. I am considering a career change at the moment to teaching, but I was wondering if I could get a little insight into the Canadian teaching system. I am really only familiar with U.S standards.
What kind of qualifications, education, and certificates are required? Is it difficult to find openings? What’s the pay like compared to other professions?
I currently have a Bachelors degree in Business Management. Would I need to get another 4 year degree or are there shorter programs? If I were to get my teaching qualifications and experience now in the U.S, would I need to do it all over again when I move to Canada?
Thanks for your help!
Post # 3
@HoneysHoney: While I am not a teacher, a boat load of friends are. Honestly, it depends on what province you will be living in because right now in my province there are hardly any teacher jobs and fantastic teachers can’t find stable work (Ontario).
I forget what the pay starts at – something like $50,000 I think
For Ontario, you must have Teachers College which is 1-2years depending, and is a degree on top of your undergraduate. Currently the market is saturated though so I would look to Alberta or Saskatchewan or even out east if you have a choice.
In all provinces you must be registered with the province regulatory body for teachers (the names differ, so just do a google search).
I hope you find something! Good luck!
Post # 4
@HoneysHoney: My sister is a teacher in Ontario. She went to Teacher’s College in Amherst, NY. I think your education is entirely dependent on what grade you want to teach.
Echoing the previous poster, it’s incredibly difficult to find work in Ontario (we live outside of Toronto). I would suggest going to a more rural area and see what the prospects are like there.
Post # 5
Thanks for the responses. We would be relocating to Nova Scotia since that’s where his family is, so I’m hoping that the area would be less saturated. I would hate to invest in furthering my education and then not even be able to find a position…
Post # 6
This popped up on my feed a few days back…alot of comments which will give you insight – I teach in Canada but out west.
Post # 7
Hey, I can really only speak for Newfoundland where I teach, but here goes!
Here you need an education degree before you can apply for your certification. Once you have your degree, its a very easy process. I simply applied and got my paper in the mail shortly after and I could start teaching. I came across your post seaching for Canadian teaching in the US as i’m looking into getting my licence down there, and that process seems 1000 times harder with the exams and stuff you must take!!
Job openings here are the worst they’ve ever been. The univerisy it throwing out teachers a dime a dozen. It is near impossible to find a job unless you have a specialty. I know teachers who’s been in positions for 10 years and didn’t find jobs this year. It’s horrible. I can’t really say for Nova Scotia as I don’t have any teacher friends there.
As a substitute in Newfoundland, you make great money (~$204 a day) – WHEN you can get a call for work!! If you work more than three days for the same teacher, the 4th day you get even more money. The salary is somewhere around $45-50,000.. before taxes of course. I am currently in a replacement (my first job in 3.5 years because I went back to school and got my special education degree) and I pay out half my check in deductions.. you know how it is haha. I don’t know how subbing is in Nova Scotia, I know in PEI they make about half we do here in NL.
If you were to get your teaching degree in the US, you may be fine here. I know NL accepts teachers from all over Canada, and I can’t see them being overly strict about US qualifications, but you definitely need some kind of education degree. Again, I can’t say for NS, but here is the link for NS teaching certification.
Hope that helps a bit!