Office of Teacher Certification

Regular Certificates

The teacher certification system in Nova Scotia features a number of classifications of teacher certification with each classification requiring different academic and professional teacher education.

 

Certificate Classifications from the post July 31, 2000 Teacher Certification System

 

 

Certificate Classifications from the pre August 1, 2000 Teacher Certification System

 

 

Do I select a classification from the pre August 1, 2000 Teacher Certification System or the post July 31, 2000 Teacher Certification System?

 

For most applicants, this question is the most difficult question to answer. Listed above are the various classifications of teacher certification.

The answer to the question above is governed by the provisions of the following regulations:

 

Please click on each of the above to familiarize yourself with the specifics of each regulation. In general, these provisions provide as follows:

 

Date of Commencement of Undergraduate Studies Component and Date of Closure of Seven Year Window

 

Commencement         Closure

September 1, 1993     August 31, 2000

September 1, 1994     August 31, 2001

September 1, 1995     August 31, 2002

September 1, 1996     August 31, 2003

September 1, 1997     August 31, 2004

September 1, 1998     August 31, 2005

September 1, 1999     August 31, 2006

 

 

  1. A person who, before August 1, 2000, held a teacher’s certificate granted by the teacher certification authorities in a jurisdiction outside of Nova Scotia, may be assessed and granted teacher certification in accordance with the regulations and standards in effect in Nova Scotia, as of July 31, 2000 (See Section 30A(2)).
  2. Pursuant to the above, the common entry level certificate is a Teacher’s Certificate Class 5 (TC5) (See Section 25). In that regard, an approved Bachelor’s degree must be from a recognized university and one-half of the credit hours completed for the degree must be in a subject(s) taught in the Nova Scotia public schools. An approved program of teacher education must include a minimum of 30 credit hours of professional study including practicum from a recognized university and result in teacher certification in the jurisdiction where it was completed.
  3. Under transition provisions contained within the regulations [Section 30N(2)], students commencing university between September 1, 1993 and August 31, 2000 have 7 years from the date of commencement of university study within which to complete all requirements for certification under the regulations and standards in effect in Nova Scotia as of July 31, 2000.
  4. In general, a person who, after August 1, 2000 held a valid teacher’s certificate granted by the teacher certification authorities in a jurisdiction outside of Nova Scotia or commenced their undergraduate education after August 1, 2000, or did not complete all requirements for certification within the seven year window described above, must satisfy the requirements for an Initial Teacher’s Certificate (ITC) (Section 30D) of the post July 31, 2000 Teacher Certification System which requires a minimum of 5 years of undergraduate education including:
    • a minimum of 90 credit hours of approved undergraduate studies;
    • a minimum of 60 credit hours of an approved program of professional studies including a practicum of at least 15 weeks.
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  5. With respect to the undergraduate studies requirements for an Initial Teacher’s Certificate referenced above, there are different content requirements depending on whether the applicant has completed an elementary education or secondary education, pre-service teacher education program. In that regard, please refer to the document — Standards - Undergraduate Studies Requirements February 10, 2006.

 

With regards to 60 credit hours of an approved program of professional studies, please refer to the document “Approved Program of Professional Studies”.

Many jurisdictions, particularly Ontario, provide professional pre-service teacher education in a one year program following a bachelor’s degree. If an applicant does not qualify for consideration under one of the grandparenting provisions (see Sections 30A, 30N(2) and 30N A) and does not have the qualifications required for an Initial Teacher’s Certificate (Section 30D), the applicant may qualify for a Bridging Teacher’s Certificate (BTC) (Section 30S) which provides as follows:

 

The Minister may grant a Bridging Teacher’s Certificate to a person who:

 

  1. has not previously been granted a teacher’s certificate by the Minister;
  2. does not satisfy the requirements for an Initial Teacher’s Certificate;
  3. holds a valid teacher’s certificate granted by an authority in another jurisdiction on the condition that the person has satisfied the academic and professional studies requirements prescribed by that jurisdiction, and
  4. has completed a minimum of 4 years of undergraduate education including
    • an approved Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university, and
    • an approved program of professional studies, completed in another jurisdiction, consisting of a minimum of 30 semester hours of course work and a practicum.

Please refer to Section 30S for other important provisions regarding the period of validity, etc. of a BTC.

The salary for a teacher holding a Bridging Teacher’s Certificate shall be one salary level lower than the salary level applicable to the class of certificate that shall be granted to the teacher upon completion of the pre-service content and professional requirements for an Initial Teacher’s Certificate (see Teacher’s Professional Agreement Article 43.06)

For greater clarity, the salary referred to would be reflected in the following salary list:

 

Teacher's Certificate Held, Certificate to be awarded upon completion of identified Pre-Service Content and Professional Requirements, Appropriate Salary Scale for BTC (respectively:)

 

  • Bridging Teacher's Certificate (BTC), Initial Teacher's Certificate, TC4
  • Bridging Teacher's Certificate (BTC), Advanced Teacher's Certificate 1, ITC/TC5
  • Bridging Teacher's Certificate (BTC), Advanced Teacher's Certificate 2, ATC1/TC6
  • Bridging Teacher's Certificate (BTC), Advanced Teacher's Certificate 3, ATC2/TC7