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
- have successfully completed a four semester teacher education program
- apply to the College for certification and pay the annual membership and registration
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are applying as a teacher of academic subjects from Kindergarten to Grade
12, please read Requirements for Becoming a General Education Teacher in Ontario.
If you are a First Nations, Inuit or Métis applicant without a university
degree applying to teach the Primary-Junior grades, read Requirements for Becoming a Primary-Junior Teacher if You Are of
If you are applying as a teacher of technological subjects, read Requirements for Becoming a Teacher of Technological Education in
If you are applying as a teacher of a Canadian native language, read Requirements for Becoming a Teacher of a Native Language.
If you are applying as a Deaf or Hard of Hearing teacher of academic subjects, read
Requirements for Becoming a Teacher of Students Who Are Deaf or
Hard of Hearing in Ontario.
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
details of any previous teacher certification or teaching experience (not supervised
practice teaching) that you may have (Step 4, Teacher Certification and Teaching
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
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
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
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