Bridge to Teaching

Certificate (Cert)

Course-based program

Note: This program is not currently accepting applications

Program overview

The Bridge to Teaching program provides a route for passionate and experienced foreign-trained teachers to gain the training required to transfer their skills and begin working in Alberta's schools. The program offers intensive and accelerated learning in education: participants learn to teach the Alberta Program of Studies in ways that engage students, and gain insights into assessing student progress in fair, formative and summative ways. The program also explores how expectations of teachers vary between Alberta and other jurisdictions and countries. Offered full time over one year, the program includes two school-based practicums.

Completing this program

  • Courses: Special Topics in Education courses are designed to prepare foreign-prepared teachers to meet Alberta certification requirements.
  • Practicum: Students will participate in a field work practicum.


Alberta Teacher certification, K-12 Teacher.


Course-based program

Six courses with 10 weeks of practicum

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Eight months full-time; max completion time of two years.


No supervisor is required

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

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Admission Requirements


A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

A four year baccalaureate degree, or equivalent from a recognized institution.

Work samples



  • One official transcript from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • A letter from an evaluator at Alberta Education’s Professional Standards Branch

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Statement of intent

A written 300-word statement of intent that includes answers to the following questions:

  • Please identify your reasons for applying to the Bridge to Teaching program.
  • In what way is this program related to your desired career path or employment objectives?

Reference letters


Test scores


Additional requirements

A successful interview with the Program Co-ordinator for Bridge to Teaching is required.

Applicants must also complete a Police Information Check (PIC). More information, here:

English language proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:


Applications not currently being accepted

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Education Tower, Room 114
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, ABT2N 1N4

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Werklund School of Education

University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

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