Professional Certification

Teaching Certificate – Becoming a Teacher

Certification Requirement

To work as a teacher in the Manitoba public school system, you must hold a Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate or a Provisional Professional Teaching Certificate (valid for three [3] years). Once certified, a teacher is able to teach all grade levels from Kindergarten to Grade 12, except otherwise indicated on the certificate.

Academic Requirements for Certification

The academic requirements for a teaching certificate are set out in the Teaching Certificates and Qualifications Regulation 115/2015.

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. Below is a list of Manitoba universities offering a Bachelor of Education Program:

Any past teaching experience cannot be used to substitute academic requirements. Professional Certification Unit collect experience so that Manitoba employers may use the accumulated years of teaching experience for salary purposes.


Teaching Certificates

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


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

Valid for three (3) years

Certificate holder is expected to complete specific 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.

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 Unit (PCU). An original current background check will be required at that time before issuing the certificate cited on the SOE: permanent or provisional professional teaching certificate.

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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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Teachable Subjects

One of the academic requirements for teacher certification is that you must have one (1) major and one (1) minor teachable subject. Your major teachable subject must be different from your minor teachable subject.

Teachable Subjects
Major or Minor Minor Only
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Education (Senior Stream)
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • English Literature
  • French
  • General Science
  • Geography
  • Indigenous*, and International (Heritage) Languages**
  • History
  • Human Ecology
  • Industrial Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Native Studies
  • Physical Education (Health)
  • Physics
  • Theatre
  • Vocational Industrial (Senior Stream)
  • Anthropology
  • Classics
  • Dance
  • Developmental Studies
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • Environmental Studies
  • General Science (Senior Stream)
  • Law
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Religious Studies (academic)

*
Indigenous Languages are languages such as Anishinaabe (Ojibwe/Saulteaux), Dakota, Oji-Cree, Dene (Sayisi), Ininiw, Inuktitut, Michif. Please visit Indigenous Languages for more information.
**
Heritage languages are languages such as German and Ukrainian. All other foreign languages are referred to as International languages. Only languages taught in Manitoba schools will be recognized as teachable disciplines. Please visit International and Heritage Languages for more information.
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Teaching Streams

A teaching stream refers to a group of grade levels within the Manitoba public school system. Manitoba groups public school grade levels into two streams for the purpose of certifying teachers:

  1. Early/Middle Years (Kindergarten - Grade 8)
  2. Senior Years (Grades 9 - 12)

Each teaching stream requires a teachable major and teachable minor subject area with the number of credit hours identified below.

Teaching Streams - Responsibility and Requirements
Stream Early/Middle Years Senior Years
Grade Level Kindergarten - Grade 8 Grade 9 - 12
Duties Teach all subjects to a class of students Teach one or more subjects to several classes
Credit Hour Requirements
  • Major teachable subject of 18 credit hours
  • Minor teachable subject of 12 credit hours
  • Two years (60 credit hours) of education coursework, including 24 weeks (30 credit hours) of student teaching
  • 6 credit hours in Mathematics
  • 6 credit hours in a Physical or Biological Science
  • 6 credit hours in English or French
  • 6 credit hours in History or Geography, or a combination of History and Geography
  • Major teachable subject of 30 credit hours
  • Minor teachable subject of 18 credit hours
  • Two years (60 credit hours) of education coursework, including 24 weeks (30 credit hours) of student teaching

The Professional Certification Unit will analyze your credit hours to ensure you meet the requirements for a specific teaching stream.

What is student teaching (practicum)?

Student teaching (practicum) is the experience of observing regular classroom teachers as well as teaching classes under the supervision of a classroom teacher and a university advisor.

All applicants must have completed a practicum to be certified in Manitoba.

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Language Requirements

There are no English or French language requirements for teacher certification in Manitoba. However, to teach or find other work in the Manitoba public school system, you must be proficient in either English or French.


Other Languages

A limited number of schools in Manitoba operate in languages other than English or French; therefore, employment opportunities may exist at these schools.

Please visit the Schools in Manitoba website for a list of schools operating in languages other than English or French.

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Translation of Documents and Notarized Translations

Documents submitted to the Professional Certification Unit (PCU) that are in any language other than English or French must be accompanied by a notarized translation to English or French. The notarization must verify the qualification of the translator and the veracity of the translation.

You may contact the Immigrant Centre regarding translation services. The Immigrant Centre also provides free notary public services for permanent residents in Manitoba.

Immigrant Centre
100 Adelaide Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada)
R3A 0W2
Phone: 204-943-9158
Website: www.icmanitoba.com


Birth Certificates, Official Name Change Documents and Teaching Certificates

A photocopy of Birth Certificates, Official Name Change Documents and Teaching Certificates are to be submitted to PCU by you. If they are in a language other than English or French you must submit an original notarized English or French translation along with a copy in the original language.


Statement of Professional Standing

A Statement of Professional Standing must be sent DIRECTLY by mail to the Professional Certification Unit from a licencing body or education ministry. Statements of Professional Standing in a language other than English or French must include an English or French coversheet indicating your name and date of birth.

exclamation markIMPORTANT INFORMATION

The Professional Certification Unit reserves the right to request further documentation, to assist in the evaluation of your credentials.

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