The Teacher Education program is a two-year full-time hands-on professional program that prepares candidates to teach in Ontario elementary or secondary schools. During the program, you:

  • Complete two practica (placements) in Ottawa area schools, where you are mentored by experienced associate teachers, for a minimum of 80 days of school-based teaching experience.
  • Experience supportive professional communities  of  learning  that blend theory and practice as you learn to teach.
  • Complete all the requirements for a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) and a recommendation for certification by the Ontario College of Teachers.

Foundation, teachable, elective and professional inquiry courses  that focus on educational theory and inclusive teaching practices including:

  • equity, diversity and inclusion in education
  • current curriculum and culturally responsive and relevant pedagogy
  • theories of learning and student engagement
  • supporting the learning of all
  • socio-emotional learning and well-being
  • professional practice and standards of professional practice

Before applying, choose in which division you want to teach. 


Cohorts and Communities

Once you accept your offer of admission, you must join one of our targeted, passionate cohorts composed of like-minded students and teacher mentors. Cohorts vary by theme and the division you choose when you apply to the program.

You can join these cohorts:

  • Comprehensive School Health Cohort (P/J division)

    Promotes health through teaching and learning, leadership, student engagement, social and physical environments, and home, school and community partnerships.

  • Global Education Cohort (P/J and J/I divisions)

    Explore our world and how we can integrate global education across the school curriculum.

  • Imagination, Creativity, and Innovation Cohort (P/J and I/S)

    Supports teaching and learning as creative and aesthetic experiences - imagination, creativity and innovation - and how individuals perceive life, as it is and as it could be, across all disciplines.

  • Urban Communities Cohort (J/I AND I/S)

    Focuses on approaches to creating a safe environment, increasing student achievement and building sustainable community partnerships while learning strategies for student success and fostering student agency.

  • Second Language Education Cohort (P/J and I/S)

    Prepares teacher candidates to teach in Canada’s culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms. Fosters strong cross-disciplinary links and collaboration across the curriculum.

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Practicum placements take place in Ottawa-area schools, where teacher candidates are mentored by associate teachers. Teacher candidates complete over 80 days of school-based teaching experience. Many students describe practicum as a highlight of their uOttawa Teacher Education experience! For more information on practicum, please refer to the practicum guide.

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