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New online web portal for teacher certification

By Caitlin Snow May 2, 2023 | 11:16 AM

Becky Druhan, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development

The province is making it easier for teachers to come work in Nova Scotia with a new online web portal.

Teachers in the system, can now use the Teacher Certification System Online Portal to submit applications for program pre-approvals, changes in classification and certificate renewals.

“Our goal is to make it easier to teach in Nova Scotia and to support the existing teachers in our province,” said Education and Early Childhood Minister Becky Druhan. “By streamlining our processes, we are supporting teachers and becoming a leader in Atlantic Canada.”

All background documents are now able to be submitted electronically when applying for certification, for teachers inside and outside the province.

“The NSTU is supportive of this step to make it easier for teachers to provide certification documentation, both for current teachers and for new teachers who want to work in Nova Scotia. Addressing the teacher shortage needs to be a priority so any steps taken to ease entry into the profession are welcome.”
– Ryan Lutes, President, Nova Scotia Teachers Union

Quick Facts:
— the Office of Teacher Certification processes certification applications, records teaching services and provides administrative services for teachers
— special documents such as university-sealed transcripts will still need to be mailed
— the requirements to become a certified teacher in Nova Scotia have not changed
— other Canadian jurisdictions using an online system for teacher certification are Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and Northwest Territories

It is accessed via the Office of Teacher Certification website: https://certification.ednet.ns.ca


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