Internationally Educated Teachers Bridging Program

Have you earned your teaching qualifications in a country other than Canada and are you now looking to complete the requirements for interim teacher certification as outlined in your letter of assessment from Teaching and Leadership Excellence, Alberta Education? Information on the UAlberta Faculty of Education bridging diploma program for 2021/22 is outlined below.

Please note: Information related to the requirements and assessment process for obtaining teacher certification in Alberta can be found at: Relevant contact information can also be found on this page. Faculty of Education advisors can only advise Internationally Educated Teachers on options to complete requirements upon receipt of the letter of assessment.

The Internationally Educated Teachers Bridging Diploma provides the opportunity for Internationally Educated Teachers to:

  • Meet some or all of their academic requirements for interim teacher certification in Alberta, through a cluster of courses and a nine-week field experience.
  • Enhance professional growth in the field.
  • Facilitate a transition, where possible, to teaching and related employment in Alberta. (Please note that we cannot guarantee employment, but provide information related to the transition into teaching.)
  • Be awarded a diploma from the Faculty of Education upon successful completion of the program.

Admission Requirements for Internationally Educated Teachers

  • Successful completion of a teacher preparation program (focused on teaching children and youth in schools) in a country other than Canada.
  • Must have successfully completed own education (e.g. elementary/secondary), as well as 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.
  • A letter of assessment regarding teacher certification from Teaching and Leadership Excellence, Alberta Education requiring a minimum of 12 credits in Education coursework. This may include a supervised teaching placement.
  • Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status.
  • Fulfilment of English Language Proficiency and Spoken English Proficiency requirements for the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta at:
  • Commitment to full-time study at the University of Alberta for two academic terms (Fall and Winter), including a field experience placement in schools that will run through the end of April.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2021

Once prospective applicants have submitted their letter of assessment and documentation to address the English Language Proficiency and Spoken English Proficiency requirements, Bridging Diploma staff will meet with prospective applicants to confirm eligibility and fit and discuss diploma programming on a case by case basis. Those invited to apply will be required to do so in advance of the June 1, 2021 deadline for diploma programs in the Faculty of Education.


Internationally Educated Teachers may also be eligible for limited funding of up to $5,000 (applied directly towards tuition and related fees) for the 2021/22 academic year. To be eligible for this funding, admissible candidates:

  • Will have priority for funding if they will complete all interim teacher certification requirements within the IET Bridging program (*24 diploma credits in Fall/Winter) and up to *6 credits in the Spring Term 2022 following the practicum.
  • Must meet the diploma program admission/eligibility criteria outlined above Candidates must also meet the combined IELTS or TOEFL academic scores for both Alberta Education and the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta at the time of application.
  • Must complete the diploma full-time during the 2021/2022 academic year.
  • Must complete all diploma requirements as outlined on their program sheet at the time of admission.

Other Funding Possibilities

Information on applying for student loans can be found at:

Internationally Educated Teachers can also explore other possibilities outlined in the following Alberta Teachers Association resource:

Find Out More

Once you have a valid letter of assessment from Alberta Education, additional inquiries about eligibility and admissions can be made by contacting Education's Undergraduate Student Services office at Further information is outlined in the Contact Information and First Steps document.

Part-time or Other Completion Options

If you require fewer than 12 credits or would like to complete the requirements for your program part-time and/or outside of the diploma or, please contact