Types of Certificates

1. Professional "A" Certificate

A Professional "A" Certificate confers eligibility to teach all subjects to students in all grades in Saskatchewan schools. A degree and four years of post-secondary education above an equivalent Saskatchewan Grade 12 are basic requirements.

Specific Requirements:

Elementary Route
Academic component must include the following:
     •
a minimum of 39 semester hours in at least three teaching fields; and
     •
at least 3 semester hours in English or French (or other acceptable Communications class) which may be included in the
       39 semester hour requirement.

Professional component must include the following:
     • 48 semester hours of teacher education including a practicum;
     • at least 6 semester hours in educational psychology; and
     • methods courses (Curriculum and Instruction) in the following areas:
          * reading and language (6 semester hours)
          * science
          * social studies
          *
mathematics

The practicum must include an 8-week block of teaching at the elementary level in a variety of subject fields.
 

Secondary Route
Academic component
 must include the following:
     •
a major (24 semester hours) in a teaching field;
     • a minor (15 semester hours) in a secondary teaching field; and
     •
at least 3 semester hours in English or French (or other acceptable communications class) which may be included in
       the major or minor.

Professional component
 must include the following:
     •
48 semester hours of teacher education including a practicum;
     • at least 6 semester hours in educational psychology;
     • a methods (curriculum and instruction) course related to the major; and
     •
a methods (curriculum and instruction) course related to the minor.

The practicum must include an 8-week block of teaching in the major and minor fields.

2. Professional "B" Certificate
A Professional "B" Certificate confers eligibility to teach a specified subject (and related subjects) to students in all grades in Saskatchewan schools. A degree in an approved area of specialization (or equivalent), plus 48 semester hours of professional education (including a practicum) above an equivalent Saskatchewan Grade 12 are basic requirements.

3. Vocational Certificate
A Vocational Certificate confers eligibility to teach a specified subject (and related subjects) to students in all grades in Saskatchewan schools. Senior matriculation (Grade 12), journeyperson's certificate or approved training in a trade, plus one year of teacher education including a practicum are basic requirements.

4. Technical Certificate
A Technical Certificate confers eligibility to teach a specified subject (and related subjects) to students in all grades in Saskatchewan schools. Senior matriculation (Grade 12), two years of study in a defined technology at the post-secondary level, two years of work experience, plus one year of teacher education including a practicum are basic requirements.

5. Additional Qualification Certificate (AQC)
An AQC enables teachers to upgrade their classification and helps to ensure we have teachers who specialize in required subject areas throughout the province.

A Professional "A" certificate is required in order to qualify for an AQC.  Teachers must also complete one of the four programs outlined below to receive an AQC:    

       AQC Certificate Programs

       AQC Integrated Programs

       AQC Journeyperson Certificate

       AQC Technical or Vocational Programs

An AQC is issued only upon the formal application of the teacher.   The date when the SPTRB receives the application will determine the effective date of the certificate.   Applications for an AQC must be completed and submitted online to the SPTRB.  To begin an application, sign in to your Educator Portal.  Click Educators Only > Applications to access the online AQC application form.

The teacher is responsible for ensuring that all official documents required for an evaluation of his or her qualifications are forwarded by the educational institution(s) to the SPTRB. A separate transcript is required from each institution attended.

An evaluation of coursework is made in accordance with the SPTRB Regulatory Bylaws Schedule E and is based upon official transcripts.

Assessment Fee: $52.50 ($50.00 + GST non-refundable)