Professional Certification

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What teaching certificate do I require in Manitoba?

The basic teaching certificate in Manitoba is the Professional Teaching Certificate, which entitles the holder to teach any subject, at any grade level (K-12).

Can I apply from outside of Canada?

If you are living outside of Manitoba at the time you apply, you may be issued a Statement of Eligibility if you meet the minimum requirements for teacher certification. This letter states the type of teaching certificate, as well as the salary classification, for which you qualify. This letter allows you to negotiate a contract with a school division or district in Manitoba but is NOT a teaching certificate. Once we receive notification that you are a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant (permanent resident) or hold a valid work visa, a teaching certificate can be issued.

What are the minimum academic requirements for a Permanent Professional Teaching certificate?

The minimum requirements for Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate are set out in Manitoba Regulation M.R. 115/2015.

A Bachelor of Education degree or a degree deemed by Manitoba Education and Training to be equivalent to a Bachelor of Education is required to be eligible for certification.

To be eligible for teacher certification within the Early/Middle Years stream an applicant must have completed a major teachable area of 18 credit hours and a minor teachable area of 12 credit hours and 60 credit hours of education course work. An applicant also requires 6 credit hours in Mathematics, 6 credit hours in a Physical or Biological Science and 6 credit hours of History and/or Geography and 6 credit hours of English or French within the 5 years of post-secondary education.

To be eligible for teacher certification within the Secondary stream an applicant must have completed a major teachable area of 30 credit hours and a minor teachable area of 18 credit hours and 60 credit hours of education course work within the 5 years of post-secondary education.

What are the teachable areas?

Major teachable areas include Art, Biology, Business Education, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Literature, French, Geography, a Heritage, Aboriginal, or World Language, History, Human Ecology, Industrial Arts, Mathematics, Music, Native Studies, Physical Education (Health), Physics, Theatre and Vocational Industrial.

The following can only be considered as teachable minors: Anthropology, Classics, Dance, Developmental Studies, Earth Science, Economics, Environmental Studies, Law, Philosophy, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology and Religious Studies (academic).

Is my teaching certificate permanent or provisional?

If you are a Canadian citizen, or a permanent resident as defined in the Immigration Act ( Canada), and you meet all of the minimum requirements for teacher certification in Manitoba, you would be eligible to receive a Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate.

If you do not meet the requirements for the Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate and receive a Provisional Professional Teaching Certificate, you are required to complete additional course work within a specified period of time in order to be eligible for the Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate.

If you hold a work visa, and you meet all of the minimum requirements for teacher certification in Manitoba, you are eligible to receive a Provisional Professional Teaching Certificate valid until your work visa expires. You would be required to present another valid work visa in order to apply for an extension to your Provisional Professional Teaching Certificate. You must meet the requirements for Canadian Citizenship or Landed Immigrant Status in order to be eligible for a Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate.

A Provisional Professional Teaching Certificate may be issued where a person holds:

  • a degree, diploma or certificate recognized by the jurisdiction in which it was completed and
  • has at least 120 credit hours of recognized coursework in a degree program that includes all of the teachable areas, and
  • a minimum of 30 credit hours of professional course work,
  • including student teaching.
What is a Provisional Professional Teaching Certificate?

A Provisional Professional Teaching Certificate is issued for a period of three years. An individual must complete the requirements for the Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate as outlined at the time that the Provisional Professional Teaching Certificate is issued. Applications for an extension to a Provisional Professional Teaching Certificate may be made at the end of the three year period. Only one three-year extension can be granted. No salary penalties result from Provisional Professional Teaching certification.

How is my salary determined?

In Manitoba, there are seven levels of salary classification. In general, each classification represents a year of university studies beyond Manitoba Grade 12 or its equivalent. However, there are some restrictions on the type of studies accepted for classification. For example, to be considered for salary classification, courses must be taken within a degree program and the degree must be conferred. In other words, 5 courses taken at various universities, and in different programs, would not be credited towards your salary classification. For more information, please contact the Professional Certification and Student Records Unit.

Is my teaching experience outside Manitoba recognized?

In general, experience gained in a public school system while holding a valid teaching certificate in that jurisdiction is recognized in Manitoba.

To have experience recognized, the employing authority where you taught must complete the form entitled, Verification of Teaching Experience. A letter stating the start and termination date, the number of full days taught in each school year, as well as a statement as to whether you were full or part time, would also be acceptable.

Note: Experience reported on the claim form but not supported by an employer verification containing all the required information will NOT be credited or considered in the evaluation.

Where can I get employment?

There is no central employment agency in Manitoba for teachers. You must negotiate directly with the school division or district, independent school or other employing authority. View the list of employing authorities, as well as maps of their locations within the province.

Questions not answered?

If you have other questions about certification as a teacher in Manitoba, please contact the Professional Certification and Student Records Unit

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