Teaching is a profession that can cover a multitude of different areas. Many people may be interested in teaching in a specific field but getting to the point where you are capable of teaching will involve more than finding the area you would want to work it. You must find out if the teaching profession is right for you. Once that is done, you can begin to get the additional qualifications that you will need no matter what kind of career you want in teaching. It is important to make sure you find the option that is best suited to you, because there are streams of education for anything you may be interested in as a teacher.
1. Different streams of certifications
There are going to be different processes undertaken while looking to become certified by the Ontario college of teachers, and they can all lead to different options. Depending on what you are looking to teach, and what grades you want to be certified for, there are going to be different things you need to be aware of. When you are choosing the program you want, you will be able to choose the area you want to spend your time in, based on your interests and expertise.
2. Primary Junior option
The primary junior option will include grades starting from kindergarten, all the way up to grade six. You will be able to teach all subjects, and you will be prepared to teach core and immersion French for those grades. There are also specialties within primary junior education. The options include international education, early childhood education, urban education, French (elementary) education, advanced studies in the psychology of achievement, inclusion and mental health, and a new specialty of mathematics through arts.
3. Junior Intermediate option
If you are less interested in the youngest age groups, you can focus on the junior intermedia option, which will include teaching French, music, or religious education at catholic schools, and the grades will range from 4 to 10. If you choose to go this way, the specialties will include international education, urban education, French (elementary) education, and advanced studies in psychology of achievement, inclusion and mental health.
4. Intermediate senior option
The next level of education ranges from grades 7 to 12 and will require you to choose two subjects from an extensive list to teach. The specialty areas will consist of international education, urban education, French (secondary), STEM education, and advanced studies in psychology of achievement, inclusion and mental health. If you decide to go with this option, the range of what you will be teaching will not be as big, making it a better option for those interested in teaching more particular subjects, while the others will cover more general education.
5. Admission requirements
Before deciding to take this route of education to become a teacher, there are prerequisite requirements that must be taken into consideration. You must be on track to complete your undergraduate degree at an accredited university prior to the beginning of the teaching program. It is required to have completed at least 10 full university credits at the time of application (the rest can be completed after the application is submitted). You must have a minimum of 70% average in 10 undergraduate courses, and that must include the subjects you plan on specializing in.
6. Specific requirements
In addition to the general admission requirements, there are also specific requirements for each of the three options. Each of these requirements will be related to the specialties within each of the options, and will make sure are coming in with the training and experience that is directly related to the kind of education you will be receiving.