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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

Once the Professional Certification Unit (PCU) determines that you qualify for a teaching certificate, it will analyze your credit hours to ensure that you meet the requirements to teach 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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