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. Thank you for your patience. 


IMPORTANT UPDATE - Changes to our services in response to COVID-19

Please note, phone line is now open. 

To support other certification authorities and university registrar's offices through COVID-19, we are accepting digital copies of transcripts and statements of professional standing emailed directly from the issuing institution to certification @



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)