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Canada Teacher Certification

Get in the Classroom Faster Through Houghton

When you earn your bachelor’s degree in education at Houghton, you will be in a position to seek certification and be in the classroom sooner. As an accredited program, Houghton’s 4-year bachelor’s program fulfills your education requirements for certification by the Ontario College of Teachers.

How It Works


Pass the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations appropriate to your desired teaching certificate(s)


Apply for and receive NY initial teacher certification

Houghton’s education coursework meets the rigorous requirements for certification in both New York State and Ontario. Through deep discussion and preparation in the classroom, practicum experiences in the K-12 schools, and a solid, Christ-centered foundation, you will be prepared to be students’ favorite teacher in the U.S. or Canadian schools. Students seeking additional credentials can also enroll in the fully online master’s in education, which prepares students to pursue professional teacher certification in New York.

Elementary Teachers

  • Certified without conditions

Secondary Teachers

  • Seek certification with conditions and can begin teaching immediately. Major in education and a subject area at Houghton (ex/ math, history, etc.). Upon beginning work as a teacher, you will take coursework in a second subject, which will allow you to seek certification without conditions.

Houghton education student and Canada resident, Ethan McCarthy.

Student Story

Ethan McCarthy ’25 chose Houghton because he wanted a Christ-centered college experience where he could combine his love of history, religion, French, and teaching all while gaining his teaching certifications two years earlier than his peers attending school in Canada. Pursuing a double major in Adolescent Education and History, Ethan has encountered the unique challenges of teaching in both rural and urban environments and is more committed than ever to providing his future students with the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs that are essential for their success inside and outside of the classroom. Ethan’s dream job is to teach at a Catholic French Immersion School in his hometown in Ontario, Canada, as a way to give back to his community and inspire the next generation of Canadian students to value the French language and immersive style of education.

Read more about Ethan's Story

Questions? Connect with Your Admission Counselor

Connect with your admission counselor to learn more about the program and how you can become a teacher in Canada. Once you are in the program, Houghton’s dedicated faculty will walk with you every step through the certification process.