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 our 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. Preference may be given to those who have met both Faculty of Education and Alberta Education requirements.
  • 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.

Find Out More

We anticipate being able to confirm details regarding programming for Fall 2023/Winter 2024 in the coming months. Please visit this webpage for updates. If you would like us to contact you when details are available and provide advising regarding your circumstances, please click on and submit the following form. (Please note: If you are interested in programming that is part-time or outside of the diploma, please do not submit this form. Relevant details are below.)

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.