Diploma Program for Internationally Educated Teachers

The Diploma Program for Internationally Educated Teachers is a full-time 24-credit program to be taken over the course of Fall and Winter Terms (September through April). It includes a seminar and other activities specific to the internationally educated teacher cohort, as well as classes alongside Bachelor of Education students in the UAlberta Faculty of Education.

The diploma consists of 15 credits of prescribed coursework and a 9-week (45 days) field experience in schools. Coursework and the field experience are prescribed according to participants’ backgrounds (age levels and subjects taught) and fit with the context of Alberta schools. Internationally educated teachers requiring more than 24 credits for interim certification, or coursework other than that offered through the diploma, can discuss possibilities with our advisor for completing these requirements in addition to the diploma.

To be considered for the Diploma Program for Internationally Educated Teachers, you must present the following:

  • 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 been assessed by Alberta Education and can provide the letter of assessment indicating the requirements you must complete for interim teacher certification.
  • You have met or will be able meet the English Language Proficiency criteria for undergraduate admission to the UAlberta Faculty of Education by the application deadline of June 1, 2022.
  • You are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • You are available for full-time study at the University of Alberta, for the Fall and Winter academic terms.

Funding towards a portion of 2022/2023 tuition and fees will be available to eligible participants. To be eligible, participants must:

  • Have met the English Language Proficiency requirements for the diploma program and Alberta Education Teacher Certification by June 1, 2022.
  • Require a minimum of 15 Education credits for interim certification.
  • Be able to complete the diploma program and any other outstanding requirements for interim certification by August 31, 2023.

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Part-time or Other Completion Options

If you require fewer than 15 credits or would like to complete your certification requirements outside of the diploma or part-time, please contact educ.info@ualberta.ca.