Diploma and Certificate Programs

Internationally Educated Teachers Bridging Program

Have you earned your teaching qualifications in a country other than Canada? If you are interested in teaching in Alberta, but can’t because you have not met the qualifications for certification, the Internationally Educated Teachers Bridging Program may be for you.

Bridging Program Objectives

Through this pilot program, the Faculty of Education aims to assist participants who obtained their teaching qualifications in other countries to:

  • Meet the requirements for teacher certification in Alberta
  • Enhance their professional growth as teachers
  • Make a transition, where possible, to teaching and related employment in Alberta schools (Please note that we cannot guarantee employment)
  • Enrol in an appropriate cluster of courses, including a bridging and professional growth seminar, and a nine-week field experience in the regular Bachelor of Education program
  • Be awarded a Diploma from the Faculty of Education upon completion of the program


Tuition and fees for program participants will be covered (to a pre-determined maximum amount) through program funds from the Teaching and Leadership Excellence, Alberta Education.

Admission Requirements

To see if you are eligible to participate in this program, please consult the following checklist:

  • You have successfully completed a teacher preparation program (focused on teaching children and youth in schools) in a country other than Canada where the cultural, professional and organizational dimensions of teaching differ significantly from the Canadian context.
  • You have a letter of assessment regarding teacher certification from the Teaching and Leadership Excellence, Alberta Education.
  • You have met the University of Alberta/ Faculty of Education Internationally Educated Teachers Bridging Program criteria for English Language Proficiency PDF Icon.
  • You are available for full-time study (3–5 courses per term) at the University of Alberta, for two academic terms.

Find Out More

For more details – including forms and information related to English Language Proficiency and to possible funding sources for living expenses – please see the BP Steps PDF Icon document.

For additional inquiries about eligibility and admissions, please contact Education’s Undergraduate Student Services office at educ.info@ualberta.ca.

For other questions regarding this Bridging Program please email IETbridge@ualberta.ca.