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How to Apply

We welcome your application to become an Ontario Certified Teacher.

You must be a member in good standing of the Ontario College of Teachers - an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT) - to teach in Ontario's publicly funded schools.

You may begin and complete the online application process even if you are residing outside of Canada.

Before you begin your online application, you should watch the video Registering with the Ontario College of Teachers. You should also select and print the registration guide below that applies to you, and make sure you read it carefully.

To teach in Ontario’s publicly funded schools, a teacher must be certified by the Ontario College of Teachers. Certified teachers pay an annual membership fee to maintain their membership and certification.

To be certified, teachers must:

  • have completed a minimum three-year postsecondary degree from an acceptable postsecondary institution
  • have successfully completed a four semester teacher education program
  • pass a Mathematics Proficiency Test
  • apply to the College for certification and pay the annual membership and registration fees.

Before you begin your online application, you should select and print one of the registration guides listed here. Pick the one that applies to you and make sure you read it carefully. There are five different registration guides. Each one tells you what you need to know to get certified.

New certification requirements in effect

On September 1, 2015, Ontario's teacher education program changed. The four-semester program with an increased practicum of 80 days includes an enhanced focus in areas such as special education, how to teach using technology, and diversity. As a result of these changes, new teacher education program requirements for certification also took effect on September 1, 2015. Learn more.

Should you require additional information about teaching requirements or registration, please contact Client Services at 416-961-8800 or toll-free in Ontario at 1-888-534-2222 or email us at info@oct.ca.

Registration requirements may change without notice.

Internationally educated teachers can learn about registration requirements, language proficiency tests and the evaluation of credentials.  The College holds regular information sessions for internationally educated teachers. Find out more about these sessions and upcoming dates.

If you completed your teacher education program outside of Ontario in a language other than English or French, the College has specific language requirements you must follow.

You need to have documents translated if any of your documents (like a birth or marriage certificate) are in a language other than English or French.

If you’re certified to teach in a Canadian province or territory other than Ontario you can learn about the requirements for Canadian certified teachers.

These guides contain the current requirements for certification. Requirements may change without notice. Remember, if any of these documents are in a language other than English or French, you must follow the translation requirements set out in your registration guide.

In the online application, you will be asked for:

  • personal information - full name (current and all previous names), address and other information to establish your identity

  • general information about your teacher education program - what it has prepared you to teach, and where you completed it or are enrolled (Step 1, Teacher Education)

  • details of your teacher education program, including supervised practice teaching (Step 2, Teacher Education Program)

  • details of your academic or technological qualifications (Step 3, Academic or Technological Qualifications)

  • details of any previous teacher certification or teaching experience (not supervised practice teaching) that you may have (Step 4, Teacher Certification and Teaching Experience).

We require complete information to determine whether or not you meet the requirements for certification in Ontario. The College does not accept assessments of your qualifications made by other organizations, for example, World Education Services evaluations or Évaluation comparative des études effectuées hors du Québec.

You must provide complete information in all of the sections above. For example, if you are already certified to teach in another jurisdiction, you must click on Add Another Teacher Certification and a new box will open so you can fill in the additional information.

It is very important that you provide accurate, full information in your application. Providing false information to the College is professional misconduct and could be punishable by penalties as serious as revocation of a teaching licence.

In Step 5, you will be required to complete a declaration about your suitability to be certified. If you answer Yes to any of the questions, a text box will open so you can provide full details.

Step 6 will display a summary of the information you have provided, and at Step 7 you pay the fees that are required to process your application. When the College determines you are eligible, you will be required to pay the Annual Membership Fee.

As you will see in your registration guide, documents that provide proof of your identity, qualifications and fitness to teach are also required to complete your application.

Some of these documents must be received by the College directly from the granting or issuing institutions, while we can accept other documents directly from applicants.

When submitting documents to the College, it is important to follow requirements set out in the registration guides to avoid delays. For example, if a transcript is not received directly from the institution or does not contain all of the required information it will not be accepted.

Please review the registration guide carefully to ensure the documents required for your application are submitted correctly.

If you completed your postsecondary degree and/or teacher education in Ontario, you may be able to order transcripts from the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) by clicking on the OUAC Transcripts link here or in the relevant sections of your online College application.

Documents that you must send us yourself, like a copy of your birth certificate or criminal record check, should be sent to:

Ontario College of Teachers
101 Bloor Street West
Toronto ON  M5S 0A1

Remember, if any of these documents are in a language other than English or French, you must follow the translation requirements set out in your registration guide.

You may incur additional costs associated with the College application process, including expenses related to translations, language proficiency tests, criminal record checks or obtaining transcripts or other documents. You are responsible for payment of these fees. Current College fees are listed on the fees page.

Creating a Password

During the application process, you will be asked to create a password. We will generate an application number for you that will become your College registration number when you are certified.

You will need your application number and your password to access your application information in the online account that will be created for you in the Applicants' Area of the College web site.

About 10 to 15 business days after you submit your application and the College receives your fees, you will be able to return to this site and log into your private Applicants' Area. There you will be able to see a complete list of all the documents required to complete your certification that we have received, the ones that are still outstanding, and any additional information that may be required.

Tips for Completing the Application

  • Did you read your registration guide? You will find the application much easier to complete if you have.

  • Your session will time out after 30 minutes of inactivity. If your session has timed out, you will lose any unsaved information entered during that session, so please click the Save button often.

  • As you move through the application system, the Save button will save all the information you have provided on a particular page, allowing you to leave the application and return at a later date. Save often.

  • The Save and Continue button saves the information on the page and takes you to the next section.

  • The Previous button allows you to return to the preceding page.

  • Do not use the Back Button at the top of your browser to navigate through the site.
    You will lose the data you have entered on your page.

  • Instead, use the Quick Navigation menu on the right side of the page to move back and forth through your application.

  • Before you submit your application, be sure to check that everything is correct. Once you submit it, you will only be able to make online changes to your e-mail address, mailing address, telephone number and password.

  • Sections marked with an asterisk are mandatory. At the end of the registration process, an error summary page will appear if any of these sections are incomplete. You must complete all mandatory sections before submitting your application.

  • Once you have added the requested information and saved the page, you can return to any part of the application by clicking on the navigation buttons on the right-hand side of the page.

  • You don't have to complete the sections of your application in the order they appear, but you need to complete them all before you submit your application.

Info Buttons

The image on the right-hand side of the page provides detailed information about the sections of the site you are completing.

We Can Help

You can find FAQs for applicants on the College web site.

If you need help, please call Client Services at 416-961-8800 or toll-free in Ontario at 1-888-534-2222, or e-mail us at info@oct.ca. If you call, please have your six-digit application number handy; if you e-mail, please include your application number in the subject line.

Our fax number is 416-961-8822.

The College holds regular information sessions for Internationally Educated Teachers. Find out more about these session and upcoming dates here.

When you are ready, click on Apply

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