Becoming A Teacher In Canada- All You Need To Know

As you may already know, a Teacher is a person who helps students to acquire knowledge, competence or virtue (From Wikipedia).

After reading this post, you will learn how to apply to be a teacher in Canada. You will also discover the requirements and process of applying for Teaching profession(s) in Canada.

Teaching in Canada is a very decent and reputable profession that many has taken up.

In this post we talk about everything you should know as regards to teaching in Canada. We will focus on:
1. A brief overview of the educational in Canada.
2. Requirements needed to to qualify as a teacher in Canada.
3. Average income of a Teacher in Canada.
Given so, let’s get started.

Overview of the Canadian educational system

Canada is a county that values literacy and educational so greatly.

Education is mandatory till the age of 16 for all Canadian citizens, except for some provinces where the compulsory age is 18. One can however quit education at an earlier age, on the condition that he/she has achieved a high school diploma.

Unlike many other countries, the primary, intermediate and secondary education in Canada are combined, and usually called “K-12”.

The system has 12 grades, after which a student recieves a high school diploma and progresses to an higher institution on the completion of the 12th grade.

However, it is important to note that Canada’s educational system is provincially controlled, which means there might be slight differences in the educational system of each province.

Requirements needed to qualify as a Teacher in Canada

To become a Teacher in Canada, you first have to earn a Bachelor of Education (BEd) in an accredited university.

After this, you apply for a practicum. A practicum is a period of “supervised classroom teaching” whose result is accessed and determined by accredited personnel.

With all these completed, you are almost qualified. The last thing you need is to get a Teacher’s certification from the government body controlling the educational system in the province in which you want to teach.

After obtaining certification, you are qualified to teach in Canada. Just decide the province you want to teach in, look for vacancies, apply and wait for an interview.

Payment- How much does a Teacher earn per year in Canada?

Just like in every other country, Teachers don’t have a universal fixed income. What each Teacher earns is determined by the qualifications he/she possesses.

However, there is still a range of income and that is determined by the factors below:
1. The grade level you are to teach.
2. Number of years of teaching experience.
3. Other special qualifications, such as being able to teach multiple courses and being able to communicate in French.
4. The province in which you want to teach.

With all these determinants clearly made known, you should have an idea of what you can earn as a Canadian Teacher.

The salary for Canadian Teachers has a range or scale. If you have a teaching experience less than 2 years, you might be paid at the lower end of the range. If you however have an experience of more than 10 years coupled with other special qualifications, you will certainly be paid at the highest point of the range.

In Canada, kindergarten and primary school teachers recieves an average median salary of $78,000 per year, while secondary school teachers earn a median salary of $85,717 per annum.