Licensing process in Manitoba
Teaching in Manitoba is regulated by an agency of the Manitoba Government.
To teach in Manitoba you must:
- have an undergraduate degree and a two-year bachelor of education degree OR you must have completed 10 full equivalent education courses
- be certified by Manitoba Education Professional Certification Unit
You must complete the following steps:
STEP 1: Contact the Professional Certification Unit by e-mail or phone (1-204-773-2998) and tell them you are an internationally educated teacher and want to become certified to teach elementary or secondary school in Manitoba.
The certification process for teachers educated outside Canada is detailed online at PCU website.
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STEP 2: Complete the PCU application form. You must submit the following:
- syllabus and transcripts*
- an official confirmation of certification from all countries where you held a teaching certificate and statement of standing*
- completed teaching experience checklist
- completed teaching experience form
- criminal record check
- copy of birth certificate*
- copy of certificate or diploma*
- immigration documents
- assessment fee ($80)
* If documents are not in English or French, notarized translations are required.
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STEP 3: If all requirements have been met and you hold a valid Canadian visa, Manitoba will grant you a permanent certificate. This certificate is valid as long as your visa is valid and allows you to work as a teacher in Manitoba.
If you do not meet all the requirements but hold an education degree equivalent to a one-year education degree granted by a Canadian university and have completed the required course work in two teachable subject areas, you will be granted a provisional certificate valid for three years or until visa expiration.
If you meet the requirements for a permanent certificate or a provisional certificate but are not currently a resident of Manitoba and do not hold a valid work visa, the PCU will issue you a letter of eligibility.
This letter indicates the type of teacher’s certificate you are eligible to obtain as well as the salary classification, but does not grant the right to teach in Manitoba. The letter of eligibility provides a number that can be used when applying for positions in Manitoba.
English or French proficiency: To practise this profession you must have advanced skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing to communicate effectively with a diverse population of learners in the cultural and pedagogical context of the Canadian classroom. You should be able to:
- participate in complex discussions
- express your thoughts clearly
- understand technical documents
- write reports with confidence
To find out more about the specific language requirements for this profession contact the regulatory body.
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Limited opportunities: Faced with growing domestic labour supply and minimal employment expansion, low demand for additional teachers in Manitoba is expected to continue to 2020. To learn about labour market opportunities for internationally educated and experienced professionals visit the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program.
Revised May 2013