Office of Teacher Certification



Please submit all certification inquiries and application forms to certification @

The office is experiencing a significant increase in certification inquiries as well as challenges associated with COVID 19 lockdown protocols that have contributed to extended timelines for all inquiries. The office appreciates the patience of members and educational partners as inquiries are being processed.

Documents required in support of applications can be accepted electronically if sent directly by the issuing body to certification @  The exception is Criminal Record Checks which cannot be authenticated electronically.



The Office of Teacher Certification is committed to modernizing our operations to enable members of the teaching profession and educational partners to electronically submit documentation, inquiries, and applications. This new online Teacher Certification Service will also allow educators access to the status of their own individual certification profiles through the development of a new online Teacher Certification Service portal. This portal is currently in development and is expected to be implemented in Spring 2022. This modernized system will transform the current practices and processes employed by the Office of Teacher Certification.






We are pleased to inform you that the application to obtain a "Special Certificate" is now available and can be found under the "Forms and Fees" section of our webpage.  



On January 1, 2019, the Teacher Certification Regulations were amended to no longer issue Bridging Teacher's Certificates.  Please see the "Information for Bridging Teacher's Certificate (BTC) Holders" tab for more information.



The Office of Teacher Certification with the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is responsible for the following:

  • Processing initial teacher certification applications
  • Processing applications for increases in teacher classification
  • Recording teaching service for certified teachers in Nova Scotia
  • Providing a suite of administrative services for certified teachers
  • Investigating matters of teacher misconduct

Please select one of the options from our menu to access further information regarding our services.

The Office of Teacher Certification strives to ensure people receive appropriate and respectful service when communicating with our office. If you require additional accommodations please let us know how we can assist you.

News & Updates

Deadlines for Applying for an Increase in Classification

Next Deadline - September 30, 2021

Teachers are reminded that no extensions or exceptions can be made to deadlines as they are regulated.

Incomplete applications for increases in classification will not be processed.

Planning in advance of a deadline will allow time to request and submit all relevant documentation.




Do you have a specific question that we may have encountered before?

Check out our list of questions to see if we have your answer.

Online Payment Service

Our online payment service is available for the following fee-based services:

  • Application Packages
  • Changes in Classification
  • Duplicate Teacher's Certificates
  • Renewal of Expired Teacher's Certificates
  • Statement of Professional Standing Forms
  • Nova Scotia Teacher's College Transcripts

(not avail.Sundays 12:00am - 10:00 am AT for scheduled maintenance)