Teaching is indeed a noble profession because the focus of education is to help the next generation of leaders learn and grow. Teachers help their students to acquire the skills they need to take on new challenges and contribute to the world in meaningful ways. A good teacher can instill a passion for learning that young people can carry with them for the rest of their lives. This passion, if nurtured, will grow into creating great things in our world,
1. Teaching in Ontario
In order to teach in a public school in the province of Ontario, you need an Ontario teaching certificate from the Ontario College of Teachers. To get that you need an undergraduate degree and a degree in education, like as a Bachelor of Education. This initial degree can be obtained from any university in Ontario that offers a Bachelor of Education program. There are some other requirements like language proficiency and more information about this is explained in the language requirements on the Ontario College of Teachers website.
All hiring for teachers for the publicly funded school boards in Ontario is done by the provincial school authority, demonstration schools or private schools. There are currently 72 school boards in the province of Ontario. That includes 60 English-language school boards and 12 French-language school boards.
2. The Ontario College of Teachers
The Ontario College of Teachers was established to serve and protect the public interest through certifying, governing and enforcing the standards of practice for the teaching profession. The functions of the Ontario College of Teachers include licensing teachers, setting standards of practice and conduct for teachers, providing for the ongoing education of teachers, investigating and hearing complaints against teachers, and accrediting teacher education programs. All teachers who work at publicly funded schools in the province of Ontario are required by law to be members in good standing with the college. In addition, many Ontario private schools also require their teachers to be members of he Ontario College of Teachers.
3. Building Futures program
One program that helps people who want to get into the teaching profession is called the Building Futures program. The Building Futures program was started in 2004 and is sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Education and is designed to support teacher candidates by providing them with relevant tools, enriched conversations and practical ministry resources. This program is part of the first step in a continuum of professional learning and growth for teacher candidates as educators.
The Building Futures program provides new teachers with the opportunity to and collaborate with other teachers across the province. Some elements of this program include interactive learning with online tools and resources to support professional growth, webinars, e-books, tip sheets, videos, and e-modules to support learning, and practical workshops with face-to-face learning and facilitated discussions.
4. Additional learning for teachers in Ontario
Many teachers decide to continue their learning after they have received their Ontario teaching certificate and actually start working as a teacher in the province. To assist with that there are a number of professional development programs that can lead to additional qualifications that are recognized by the Ontario College of Teachers. These are offered to teachers who hold an Ontario teaching certificate and are offered through universities that have a faculty of education, and by some other organizations.
They are available in a number of formats including single session training programs, programs consisting of three specialized training, and one-session honour specialist programs. I addition, the Ontario College of Teachers may grant equivalent standing for some additional qualifications if a teacher completes comparable course work at a faculty of education outside Ontario or as part of their graduate program in education.