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Pre K-12

As a world leader in educational reform, Canada has much to be proud of—our primary and secondary students consistently perform well, regardless of socioeconomic standing, mother tongue or newcomer status.

Our continued success depends on our ability to meet the needs of all students and teachers, develop exceptional school leadership practices, and champion educational technology as a source of opportunity. We offer continuing education and professional development for teachers at the top centre for education research in the country. 

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Why choose our programs?

Drawing on leading-edge research and evidence-based practices from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), our Continuing & Professional Learning courses focus on practical strategies and innovative approaches to teaching and learning from pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Guided by leading practitioners and facilitators, you’ll join a vibrant professional learning community and share a wealth of perspectives, ideas and resources. At Canada’s top institution for the study of teaching and learning, you’ll have access to a robust range of options for professional development throughout your entire career.

What you’ll learn

Whether you teach the youngest learners or the university-bound, you’ll advance your skills, build confidence, and become qualified to teach in new divisions and cultural milieus.

You’ll create and implement strategies to enhance teaching and learning across ages and stages, drive systems transformation toward equity and social justice, and integrate educational technology as a core component of the learning ecosystem.

As an institution with a global outlook, Continuing & Professional Learning at OISE welcomes educators from around the world to see Canadian teaching and learning in practice, and inspires Canadian teachers to provide an education fit for a globalized world.

Who Would Benefit From This Program

Qualified teachers at the early childhood, elementary or secondary level looking to pursue more specialized professional development, become qualified for a different division, or learn about Canada’s education system.

Most Commonly Related Occupations

Aspiring TEFL Teachers

Certified Elementary Teachers

Certified High School Teachers

Principals & Vice-Principals

Internationally Educated Teachers

Early Childhood Educators (ECE)

Aspiring IB Educators

Popular Related FAQs

We will be looking to secure a placement as close as possible to your home address, but the priority will be to secure a placement within the division you are qualified to teach. Some boards can confirm placement details as late as 1 week prior to the first observation day. 

Yes. The First Nations Schools Principals’ Course is designed for Principals, Vice Principals and aspiring school leaders working in First Nations Band-operated schools who want to develop educational leadership skills and school improvement strategies. 

We have partnered with Teach Away to deliver the TEFL certificate program, because of their extensive industry knowledge and international network. The curriculum of the program was designed by OISE and upon completion of the TEFL certificate program you will be issued a certificate from OISE Continuing and Professional Learning, University of Toronto.

Yes. The program and courses are designed for working professionals living anywhere in the world. The courses are facilitated asynchronously with the opportunity for some optional synchronous one-hour e-classes that are always recorded and posted to the course site for viewing later.

Once you have successfully completed the OISE Certificate in International Education for IB (DP), OISE CPL will send your confirmed completion report to the IB organization who will then contact you with details for registering for the IB Certificate IN Teaching and Learning. There is no other course work or testing required to receive the IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning after successfully completing the OISE Certificate in International Education for IB (DP). There will be a registration fee of ~$265 USD .

You must complete the IB1: Curriculum Processes course first and the IB4: Professional Learning and Capstone Project course last. You can take the IB2: Approaches to Teaching and Learning and IB3: Assessment and Learning course in any order you wish.

The courses are asynchronous, therefore, there are no specific class times. The course facilitator will schedule a few one-hour e-classes no more than once a week but those are always recorded and posted for viewing for those who cannot attend. Our courses are designed with the working professional in mind and are flexible in this way. However, the courses are not self-directed, the facilitator will pace the modules every week and there will be learning activities, readings, videos, discussion etc that will need to be completed within each week. You can work on these on your own time throughout the weeks but there will be some deadlines to adhere to. It was designed to be about 3-5 hours of work per week.

Yes and Yes. This course is only for teacher candidates and is offered in Faculties of Education during the academic year. Catholic School Boards require this course as a prerequisite for a job interview and as a condition of employment. It is the policy of the Catholic School Boards to only hire Catholic teachers at the present time.

No. This course is required for hiring purposes by the Catholic School Boards. Most boards require teachers to take the Religious Education Part 1 Additional Qualification Course during the first two years of teaching.

Meet Our Facilitators

Heather Friesen

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Julie Wood-Chiasson

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Kelly Longmore

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Meagan Enticknap-Smith

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Michael Staruck

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What Our Learners Think

“I wouldn’t be in this wonderful country with the great job I have right now if it wasn’t for this course, and it was easy, informative, and helpful and there’s no reason not to add it to your resume if you have the time!”


OISE TEFL graduate currently teaching grades 4-6 in a public school in Seoul, South Korea

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