Frequently Asked Questions

 

Teacher Certification

•  Completed grade 12 or equivalent; 
•  Completed 4 years of post-secondary education and hold a bachelor's degree; 
•  Completed a teacher education program comprised of at least 48 semester hours of teacher education that includes an extended practicum;
•  Hold a teaching certificate from the jurisdiction where teacher education was completed (if applicable).


For more details on academic requirements, please see Schedule F of the SPTRB Regulatory Bylaws. 

If you hold a teaching certificate from another Canadian jurisdiction, you will qualify for a Saskatchewan Teacher's Certificate.  In some instances the certificate may be issued as a Provisional Certificate.  See below for more information about Provisional Certificates.

Temporary Teaching Permit

A Temporary Teaching Permit is an emergency license that is issued when an employer is unable to fill a teaching position with a person who holds or qualifies for a teaching certificate.  The application for a Temporary Teaching Permit is made by the employer on behalf of the person they wish to employ as a teacher.  A Temporary Teaching Permit is valid for only the specific classes, school and school year in which it is applied for.  

Provisional 
When Provisional is placed in front of the name of one of the Saskatchewan Teacher's Certificates, it indicates that the certificate is an interim certificate that has certain provisions or conditions associated with it.  Certificates with conditions are issued to teachers who completed their teacher education outside of Canada or who have practice limitations or restrictions associated with a certificate they hold from another Canadian jurisdiction.  The conditions under which Provisional Certificates are issued typically involve the completion of further coursework, in order to fully meet Saskatchewan's Teacher Certification Requirements, or for the successful completion of one year (190 days) of teaching and recommendation of the director of education for permanent certification. 


The most common teaching certificate issued is the Professional "A" Saskatchewan Teacher's Certificate.  This certificate is the one that is earned by the graduates of the Saskatchewan Bachelor of Education programs.  Holders of Professional "A" certificates are permitted to teach all subjects to students in pre-kindergarten through grade twelve.  Information about our other certificates can be found 
here


Under the Labour Mobility Chapter (Chapter 7) of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), most teachers who hold a permanent teaching certificate from another Canadian jurisdiction will, upon application, receive a permanent Saskatchewan Teacher's Certificate.  The exception is when an applicant holds a certificate upon which there is scope of practice restriction or limitation.  Since Saskatchewan does not have an equivalent certificate to offer these applicants, they are granted a Provisional certificate and are required to complete sufficient coursework to ensure they meet 
Saskatchewan Teacher Certification Requirements. 

Teacher education coursework is undergraduate level coursework similar to that which is taught in the Saskatchewan Bachelor of Education programs through a Faculty of Education.  For example: a mathematics course taught through the College of Arts and Science is not considered teacher education coursework, but a Teaching Mathematics Methodology class taught by the Faculty of Education is a teacher education course.  In most instances, graduate level coursework is not considered to be equivalent to the undergraduate teacher education required for initial teacher certification.  University courses offered through the Ontario College of Teachers' Additional Qualification Program are considered teacher education courses and are equivalent to 6 credit hours of study. 

An approved program or course is granted by a recognized degree-granting institution.  Only coursework completed at a recognized post-secondary institution is acceptable for certification purposes.  In Canada to be recognized, universities must be a member of Universities Canada or have coursework recognized by provincial legislation, such as the Saskatchewan Higher Education Quality Assurance Board In the United States, universities must be accredited by one of the nationally recognized accrediting agencies: MSA (Middle States Commission on Higher Education), NWCCU (The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities), HLC (Higher Learning Commission), NEASC-CIHE (New England Association of Schools and Colleges - Commission on Institutions of Higher Education), SACS-COC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Commission on Colleges), ACS-WASC (Accrediting Commission for Schools - Western Association of Schools and Colleges).  Visit the U.S. Department of Education website to determine whether an American school is accredited by one of the accrediting agencies mentioned above: Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs in the US

Coursework completed at an institution that is not recognized as a degree-granting institution and accepted for transfer credit at a recognized degree-granting institution is recognized for certification purposes.  If transfer courses appear on the transcript from a recognized institution, the courses are recognized for certification purposes.  

WES assessment results are used to determine institutions outside of North America as recognized degree-granting institutions.

World Education Services (WES) is a member of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC).  The SPTRB requires international credentials to be evaluated by WES.  The WES course-by-course evaluation provides the SPTRB with the following information:
•  a verification of authenticity, 
•  a general statement of Canadian equivalency, 
•  a translation of course names into English, 
•  a semester hour conversion for the length of each course,
•  a copy of the transcripts submitted to WES by applicant, 
•  an email notice upon receipt of a request for an evaluation, and 
•  an email version of the completed evaluation.


NOTE:  The WES evaluation is a tool the SPTRB uses when determining an applicant's suitability to hold a Saskatchewan Teacher's Certificate.  WES does not assess whether or not an applicant meets Saskatchewan's Teacher Certification Requirements.  The assessment of whether or not an applicant meets Saskatchewan Teacher's Certification Requirements is conducted by the SPTRB. 

The WES assessment provides a course-by-course evaluation that includes a semester credit hour equivalency calculation.  In Saskatchewan, a teacher's salary classification is determined by the total number of semester hours of post-secondary education the teacher has completed as well as a combination of the degrees and certificates they hold.  The information provided in the WES evaluation will help to assist employers when determining the appropriate salary classification for teachers who have completed post-secondary study outside of Canada.

No, a master's degree is not recognized as an AQC.  Please click here for more information on AQC applications or contact the SPTRB office by phone or email.