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Academic Requirements for Certification

The academic requirements for a teaching certificate are set out in Manitoba Regulation M.R. 115/2015.

A Bachelor of Education degree (150 credit hours) or a degree approved by Manitoba Education and Training is required to be eligible for certification.

If you do not have a Bachelor of Education degree or equivalent, please contact a Manitoba University to discuss entry into a Bachelor of Education program. Here is a list of Manitoba universities offering a Bachelor of Education Program:

Teaching Certificates

An applicant may qualify for either a Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate or a Provisional Professional Teaching Certificate (valid for three [3] years).

exclamation markIMPORTANT INFORMATION
A Statement of Eligibility (SOE) may be issued to an applicant from outside Canada after an assessment of her/his teaching credentials. An SOE is not a teaching certificate but it is proof of the applicant's eligibility for a Manitoba Teaching Certificate. Once the applicant obtains a Work Visa, becomes a Canadian Citizen or achieves landed immigrant status, she/he presents the SOE to Professional Certification and Student Records Unit (PCSRU). A criminal records check will be required at that time before issuing the certificate cited on the SOE: permanent or provisional professional teaching certificate.

Certificates
Certificate Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate Provisional Professional Teaching Certificate
Type Permanent

Valid for three (3) years

Certificate holder is expected to complete the academic requirements for a Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate.

An extension will only be considered where the applicant can demonstrate extenuating circumstances preventing the completion of the requirements.

Status

Canadian citizen or landed immigrant (permanent resident)

Meet the academic requirements for a Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate

Canadian citizen or landed immigrant (permanent resident) or a valid work visa

Meet the academic requirements for a Provisional Professional Teaching Certificate

Academic Requirements

In Manitoba, a Bachelor of Education degree is offered in a 150 credit hours integrated five (5) year program or in an after degree two (2) year program.

Where the undergraduate university degree is completed prior to entry into the Bachelor of Education Program, the undergraduate university degree must be equivalent to a minimum of 90 credit hours (three year program) in a Bachelor of Arts, Science, Human Ecology, Music, Physical Education or another approved degree.

Your coursework must be equivalent to a minimum of 150 credit hours:

  • Three year (90 credit hours) undergraduate degree from an approved university (Example: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science) including the required number of credit hours in a major and minor teachable subject as per the chosen teaching streams requirements.
    and
  • Two year (60 credit hours) Bachelor of Education university degree, including:
    • 6 credit hours of Special Education coursework
    • 3 credit hours of Aboriginal Issues coursework
    • 24 weeks (30 credit hours) of student teaching (practicum)

Your coursework must be equivalent to a minimum of:

  • four year (120 credit hours) approved teaching degree, diploma or certificate from an approved educational institution in the jurisdiction that qualifies you to be a teacher in the jurisdiction including:
    • the required number of credit hours in a major and minor teachable subject as per the chosen teaching streams requirements plus:
    • One year (30 credit hours) equivalent of education coursework including student teaching

Additional requirement:

A certificate issued by the jurisdiction that authorizes the person to be a teacher, in the case where the person is from a jurisdiction that certifies teachers.

Credit hours

Credit hours means the basic unit used by a Manitoba university or other approved post-secondary institution for recognition of academic work that applies towards a degree, a diploma or a certificate. In Manitoba, university courses are usually three (3) or six (6) credit hours and are based on the course length and classroom hours:

Definition of Credit Hours
Credit Hours Course Length and Classroom Hours
3 Approximately 13 weeks at 3 hours per week
6 Approximately 26 weeks at 3 hours per week

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