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Graduate Studies Calendar 2023-2024 Program Descriptions Education Graduate Programs Bridge to Teaching
Bridge to Teaching
Contact Information

Location: Education Tower, Room 114
Program number: 403.220.5675
Toll-free in Canada 877.623.0292
Fax: 403.282.3005
Email address:
Web page URL:

1. Credential Offered

Graduate Programs in Education offers a Graduate Certificate: Bridge to Teaching for foreign-trained, experienced teachers who require additional advanced course credits in order to teach in K-12 schools in Alberta. Bridge to Teaching is a full-time program with 18 graduate course credits in education, including practicum. All courses need to be taken in a prescribed sequence, over one school year (September to April). For additional information please consult:

2. Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission to the Certificate include:

a) A four-year baccalaureate degree in Education or an equivalent degree from a recognized institution, with a grade point average of at least 3.00 or equivalent. See the Faculty of Graduate Studies’ International Admission Requirements webpage at for specific country requirements.

b) A letter from an evaluator at Alberta Education’s Teaching Excellence and Certification. For further information, go to

c) For applicants required to present proficiency in English, a minimum TOEFL (Internet-based) score of 97, an IELTS (academic version) overall band score of 7.0 or a CAEL overall score of 70 (with no section less than 70). This requirement can also be met by completing the Academic Communication Certificate with a minimum grade of "A-" in each course.

The test must have been taken within the last two years. When requesting that official TOEFL test scores are forwarded to the University of Calgary, please indicate institution code 0813.

d) One official transcript from all post-secondary institutions attended.

e) A written 300-word statement of intent that includes answers to the following questions:

  • Please identify your reasons for applying to the Bridge to Teaching program.
  • In what way is this program related to your desired career path or employment objectives?

f) Two references – References are submitted directly through the online application system.

g) A successful interview with the Academic Co-ordinator for Bridge to Teaching.

3. Application Deadline

Application deadlines are available on the Future Students webpage at:

4. Program Requirements

A total of 18 course credits including 10 weeks of practicum.

Required Courses:

Semester 1

Education Bridge to Teaching 601
Education Bridge to Teaching 602
Education Bridge to Teaching 603

Semester 2

Education Bridge to Teaching 604
Education Bridge to Teaching 605
Education Bridge to Teaching 606


  • Failure to attend the term to which a student has been admitted will result in the admission being rescinded.
  • Failure to successfully complete any component of the program, including practicum, will result in withdrawal from the program.

General Notes:

  • Completion of the Bridge to Teaching Certificate may not fulfill the requirements for teacher certification in Alberta.
  • The Bridge to Teaching courses are recognized by the Teaching Excellence and Certification Branch of Alberta Education as fulfilling the requirements for 18 credits in Education coursework at the advanced level, and 10 weeks of supervised student teaching placement (practicum) in an Alberta classroom.
Flexible Grade Option (CG Grade)

Graduate Programs in Education in the Werklund School of Education will not permit the Flexible Grade Option (CG Grade) for any course offered by the School.

Students may not choose the CG grade for a course taken extra to load.

The use of the CG grade will affect students' eligibility for internal awards.
5. Additional Requirements

Police Information Check

All successful applicants to the Werklund School of Education are required to provide a current Police Information Check which includes a Criminal Record Check and a Vulnerable Sector Search. Students who are not residents of Calgary must arrange for a Police Information Check through their nearest police service or RCMP detachment in the area where they reside. In order to be considered "current", the Police Information Check must be completed no earlier than June 30, and students will be required to request a new Police Information Check every 12 months. The original Police Information Check must be presented to the administration in the Graduate Programs in Education Office in the Werklund School of Education before the start of classes and to the partner school administration on the first day of Practicum (Education Bridge to Teaching 603, 606).

Students who are concerned about the presence of a criminal record should contact the police department to discuss the process for eliminating or erasing such a record.

Police Information Check is required for all third-party practicum placements. Failure to present a current and clear Police Information Check may result in the student being unable to complete their practica. Successful completion of practica is required for graduation.

Students are obligated to inform the Faculty immediately of any change in status of their criminal record.

6. Time Limit

Expected completion time is eight (8) months to a maximum completion time of two years.