Office of Teacher Certification

Certificate Types

The teacher certification system in Nova Scotia provides for three types of teachers certificate — regular, special and vocational.

  • a Regular Certificate is the type of certificate awarded to a graduate of a pre-service teacher education program designed to prepare the participant as a classroom teacher;
  • a Special Certificate is the type of certificate awarded to an applicant who is not trained as a teacher but has been trained to provide important educational support services - Human Communication Disorders, School Library Services, Social Work and Testing Services;
  • a Vocational Certificate is awarded to an applicant who has completed occupational training and experience in the trades and has completed an approved pre-service teacher education program.