How to Become a Teacher

Are you interested in becoming an elementary or high school teacher? Carleton University’s comprehensive list of programs provide aspiring students with the necessary “Teaching Subjects” to be eligible to apply to a school’s Faculty of Education (teacher’s college). Many universities also require personal statements of experience and letters of reference from students wanting to enter their teaching programs. Thus, it’s important for students to build strong relationships with their professors and to gain both volunteer and paid work experience. Carleton’s highly approachable professors and the school’s wealth of volunteer and co-op opportunities enable students to obtain all necessary documents and improve their resumes.

Teaching is a highly competitive field so it’s never too early to start reviewing the academic requirements and important application dates and deadlines! Get ahead start by exploring the facts below about applying to one of Ontario’s Faculties of Education.

Applying to Teacher's College in Ontario:

Teaching programs in Ontario are available at the following universities: Brock University, Lakehead University, Laurentian University, Nipissing University, University of Ottawa, Queen’s University, University of Toronto, Trent University, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Western Ontario, University of Windsor, Wilfrid Laurier University and York University. Students apply to these teaching programs through the Teaching Education Application Service (TEAS) – a non-profit centralized application service operated by the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC) for applicants to the Faculties of Education for the institutions listed above.

Teaching programs are divided into categories based on grade-level: primary-junior (junior kindergarten to grade 6), junior-intermediate (grade 4 to grade 10) and intermediate-senior (grade 7 to grade 12)

Application Process:

Students interested in applying to a school’s Faculty of Education need to start preparing early! Teacher Education Applications through the TEAS on-line application service are generally made available in the Fall of the year before you wish to attend. Since teaching is a highly competitive field, it is important for serious candidates to be aware of all important dates and deadlines! Check out the TEAS website for the most up to date information regarding deadlines.

Admission Requirements:

In order to be eligible to apply for admission to a school’s Faculty of Education you must be close to graduating with at least a 70% (B -) average. Most universities also require that students have completed a number of courses in a certain area of study, referred to as “Teaching Subjects” or “Teachables.” Refer to the TEAS website for more details about admission requirements and to review specific information from the 13 Ontario institutions.

In order to be considered for admission to a school’s Faculty of Education, it is extremely important for applicants to have a significant amount of volunteer and work experience. Other documentation such as personal statements of experience and letters of reference that are requested should be prepared well in advance! To learn more about the application process visit the TEAS website.

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