How to Become an Ontario Certified Teacher: A Step-by-Step Guide

Are you ready to take your teaching career to the next level by becoming an Ontario certified teacher? I'm excited to share my journey with you and guide you through the process.

First things first, let's talk about the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT). This is the organization that regulates teaching in Ontario, and they're the ones who'll issue your teaching certificate.
Now, let's dive into the steps you need to take to become an Ontario certified teacher.

Step 1: Check Your Qualifications

Use the International Teacher Assessment Tool on the OCT website to see if your qualifications and experience match Ontario's standards. Head on over to to check yours now.

Step 2: Gather Your Documents

Get your teaching certification, transcripts, a letter confirming English as the medium of instruction (or proof of English proficiency exam results, such as IELTS), a criminal record check, and a Statement of Professional Standing from the regulating body in your home country.
Important: Make arrangements for the issuing authority to send your documents directly to the OCT via courier. Don't send them yourself!

Required Documents:

Teaching Certification: Your original teaching certification or a certified copy from the issuing authority.
Transcripts: Official transcripts from your teacher training institution, including your degree and courses completed. Additionally, your transcript of records during high school is also required.

Letter Confirming English as the Medium of Instruction: A letter from your institution confirming that English was the medium of instruction for your teacher training program as well as in high school.

English Proficiency Exam Results: If your teacher training program was not in English, you may need to provide English proficiency exam results, such as IELTS or TOEFL.
Criminal Record Check: A criminal record check from your local police service.

Statement of Professional Standing: A statement from the regulating body in your home country confirming your teaching status and any disciplinary actions taken against you.

Step 3: Apply and Complete the Sexual Abuse Prevention Program

Create an account on the OCT website, submit your application, and complete the required course.

Step 4: Receive Your Certificate (with Conditions)

You might receive a certificate with conditions, which means you'll need to complete additional requirements, such as:
  • Completing an Additional Basic Qualification course for the Intermediate or Senior Division at an Ontario faculty of education
  • Completing four full courses in complementary education at an Ontario faculty of education or an accredited provider of teacher education in Ontario
Don't worry if you receive a certificate with conditions - you can still teach in Ontario! You'll be given a certain number of years to complete additional courses to fulfill the conditions and convert your certification into a permanent one. This is a common scenario, and many teachers have successfully completed their conditions and gone on to have fulfilling careers in Ontario.
And that's it! You've made it to the end of the journey. Becoming an Ontario certified teacher takes time and effort, but it's worth it. You'll be shaping young minds and making a difference in your community.
So, what are you waiting for? Start your journey today and become the teacher you've always wanted to be! Again, all you have to do to start your application is go to, which is the website for the Ontario College of Teachers.
I wish you good luck! 

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