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Information for High School Students Interested in Teaching
It is never too early to start thinking about career options! 


Why Teaching?

  • Becoming a teacher gives you the chance to make a difference in someone's life and to contribute to your community.
  • As a teacher you will be part of profession which is respected worldwide and you will have an opportunity for lifelong learning and growth.
  • The education and experience gained from teaching is useful in a wide variety of careers for which teaching skills and proficiency in communication skills are required.


Steps to Becoming a Teacher

High school students who want to become elementary or secondary school teachers in Ontario should follow the basic steps:

  1. Complete an appropriate Bachelor's degree (preferably a 4-year degree) with a mid-B in the final year or over senior courses
  2. Accumulate experience while studying for your degree, working with groups of children or adolescents on a regular basis at the age level you wish to teach.

  3. Complete a teacher education program. At OISE we offer two distinct graduate-level teacher education programs that lead to the Ontario Teachers' Certificate of Qualification:
    Master of Teaching
    Master of Arts in Child Study and Education


What High School Background is Required?

  • You do not need any specific high school courses to apply for our teacher education programs since we will be looking at your university record, not your high school record.
  • To meet the minimum university admission requirements you need to have 6 Grade 12 U/M courses including English 4U.

What Experience Background is Helpful?

You should try, as early as possible, to obtain some experience working with groups of children or adolescents and exceptional children in the following ways:

  • Volunteer in an elementary classroom (the credits earned can be used towards your graduation);
  • Participate in mentoring and tutoring youth groups;
  • Join leadership groups such as Outward Bound, Scouts, Beavers, Cubs, Brownies and Girl Guides
  • Work in a Cultural Centre or a Heritage Language Program;
  • Volunteer to coach a sports team;
  • Get involved in student government and other school leadership activities.

These experiences will help you to decide if teaching is a good career choice for you, and will also give you some of the experience you will need when you apply.

Keep a log or a diary of your experience. Record where you worked, the age group you enjoyed the most and what you learned from your experiences.  Suitable experience is an important factor in your admission to OISE and you should keep track of what you have done.


What University Subject Background is Required?

You need to think about the grade levels you might want to teach.  When applying to our teacher education programs you will be asked to select one of the following programs:

  • Primary/Junior (JK - grade 6)
    no specific teaching subjects are required
  • Junior/Intermediate (grades 4-10)
    one teaching subject is required
  • Intermediate/Senior (grades 7-12)
    two teaching subjects are required

Persons entering the teaching profession should have knowledge of computers. As well, taking courses in communication, psychology, sociology, equity and cultural diversity, may help you to understand children or adolescents in today's schools.

Some Courses at the University of Toronto of Interest to Prospective Teachers

  •  ENG 234H - Children's Literature
  •  JLP 315H - Language Acquisition
  •  MAT 329Y - Concepts in Elementary Math
  •  PSY 311H - Social Development*
  •  PSY 312H - Cognitive Development*
  •  SOC 336H - Immigration and Race Relations *

You should discuss your undergraduate program with your College Registrar.

* These are only a few of a number of relevant  Psychology and Sociology courses.


Further Information

Master of Teaching website
Master of Arts in Child Study and Education website


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