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Accreditation Program for Internationally-Trained Teachers

The Bridge to Teaching (Bridge) program is an intensive and accelerated teacher education program that prepares passionate, caring, and experienced foreign-trained teachers to teach in Alberta Schools. The program is offered through Graduate Programs in Education, at the University of Calgary. During the Bridge Program, participants focus on how to teach the Alberta Program of Studies in ways that engage students and how to assess students' learning in fair, formative and summative ways. Participants examine various educational policies  and pedagogies that affect teaching and learning in Alberta and explore how the expectations for teachers and students compare to those in their previous country.

Academic Program Coordinator
Program start date:
Fall (September) 2017

Application period:
mid-February - May 1, 2017

Please email or contact the Graduate Program Administrators (GPA's) for this program:

Shelley Enderton: 403/210-7821


Cheryl Ohly: 403/220-2050

Dr. Jim Field
Associate Professor, Curriculum & Learning
Graduate Program Director

Am I eligible for The Bridge to Teaching Program?

  • Are you an Internationally-trained teacher with a Bachelor of Education (BEd) or equivalent degree?
  • Have you sent your qualifications to the evaluators at the Alberta Education: Teaching Excellence and Certification? For directions, go to:
  • Have you received a letter back from an evaluator at Alberta Education: Teaching Excellence and Certification? The evaluators in Teaching Excellence and Certification will let you know how many university courses and/or weeks of supervised practicum you need to take in order to have the same amount as a student teacher in an Albertan Teacher Preparation Program.
  • Did you take your teacher preparation courses in a Language other than English?
  • Are you able to attend a full-time program during the day?

If you answered "yes" to all five questions, the Bridge to Teaching Program can help you become authorized to teach in Alberta Schools.

Admission Requirements

The minimum admission requirements for the course-based Graduate Certificate, Bridge to Teaching program in Education include:

a) A four-year baccalaureate degree or an equivalent degree from a recognized institution. Degrees and grades from foreign institutions are evaluated for their equivalency to those of the University of Calgary.  Please visit the International Admission Requirements page for specific country requirements.

b) A minimum GPA of 3.00 (on the University of Calgary four-point system). This is based on the last two years of the undergraduate degree consisting of a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents.

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

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

e) A written statement indicating the applicant's reasons for pursuing a graduate program in Graduate Programs in Education.  The statement of intent should include answers to the questions below: (Suggested length 300 words).

    • Please identify your reasons for applying to this graduate 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.  No hard copy documents are required.

g) A successful interview with the Program Coordinator for Bridge to Teaching.

Language Requirements

Before applying, applicants need to have received one of the following:

  • An overall score of 98 with a minimum score of 27 in the Speaking component on TOEFL (the Internet-Based Test of English as a Foreign Language or
  • A minimum overall band average of 7.0 on the International English Language Test System (IELTS—Academic Module), or
  • Graduation from Tier 3 of the International Foundations Program (formerly English for Academic Purposes) at the University of Calgary with a 3.00 GPA.

English Proficiency exams must have been taken within the last two years in order to be considered.

*Note:  The University of Calgary is an authorized testing centre for both TOEFL and IELTS.  Please go to for more information. 

How do I apply to the Bridge to Teaching Program?

The online application opens February 9, 2016.  If you meet the requirements as listed above you may create your online application at Faculty of Graduate Studies Admission Forms page.

Application Deadline May 1, 2016

In the Program Information page, please select: Education - Graduate Certificate - Bridge to Teaching

Application fee (non-refundable) to be paid upon submission of online application.  $125 Cdn for Canadian Citizens/Permanent Residents, $145 Cdn for International applicants.  Applications will not be processed until application fee is paid.

In addition all applicants must submit the following supporting documents to the Graduate Programs in Education office:

  • One set of official transcripts from each post-secondary Institution attended.  If transcripts are in a language other than English applicants must submit official documents in their original language as well as certified English translations. Documents must indicate the subjects studied and the grades obtained.  Applicants must also submit copies of parchments for each degree obtained.  To be considered official, transcripts must be received in envelopes that have been sealed and endorsed by the issuing institution.
  • Letter of evaluation from Alberta Education: Teaching Excellence and Certification.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

Please send the above documentation in one package to:

Graduate Programs in Education 
Bridge to Teaching 
Werklund School of Education
Education Tower, Room 114 
2500 University Dr NW 
Calgary, AB       T2N 1N4 
  • Two reference letters.  A reference letter should be from a person who is in a position of leadership or who has been a direct supervisor.  Letters from friends or family members are not acceptable. Letters may include the following information:
    • Academic ability  – applicant's general knowledge of the field
    • Teaching and language ability – applicant's teaching ability as revealed in any instructional role such as the presentation of reports or seminars, and speaking ability. If English is not the applicant's first language, some comment on his/her proficiency in English would be appreciated.
    • Professional experience and skill – pertinent strengths and weaknesses

References are submitted directly through the online application system. No hard copy documents are required.

What will I learn in the Bridge to Teaching Program?

The Bridge to Teaching program is a full-time program offered each year between September and April. It provides participants with 18 advanced education course credits including 10 weeks of supervised practicum.

There are three courses in the Fall semester:

  1. EDER 696.01 Innovation in Education
  2. EDER 696.02 Teaching in Alberta I
  3. EDER 696.03 Practicum Support Seminar and 5 weeks of supervised Practicum in Calgary area schools.

There are three courses in the Winter Semester:

  1. EDER 696.04 Learning with Technology
  2. EDER 696.05 Teaching in Alberta II
  3. EDER 696.06 Practicum Support Seminar and 5 weeks of supervised Practicum in Calgary area schools.

How much does the Bridge to Teaching Program cost?

The total cost for the Fall 2016/ Winter 2017 program is approximately $7500 for tuition plus full-time annual general fees of approximately $170.00. 

Is financial assistance available?

Students who are admitted to the Bridge to Teaching program and maintain good standing throughout are eligible to receive a minimum of $5000, up to a maximum of $10,000, in the form of a student bursary.

In addition, there may be funding available through the Immigrant Access Fund (IAF). If you will require additional funding, please contact them directly (Toll Free: 1.855.423.2262) for more information.  You may also seek additional Government funding (Student Loan).  Please refer to the Enrolment Services website: Enrolment Services: Loans and Other Funding and the  2015-2016 Calendar and visit the Alberta Government: Loans and Grants website.   

Where will the program be delivered?

This is a blended program.  Courses will be delivered both at the University of Calgary campus and off-site at a Calgary School, location to be determined.

Police information check

All 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 30th and students will be required to request a new Police Information Check every 12 months. The original Police Information Check must be presented in person to the administration in the Undergraduate Program Office in the Werklund School of Education before the start of classes and to the partner school administration on the first day of Field Experience (Educational Research 696.03, 696.06).

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.

Field Experience Practicum is required for all 3rd party practicum placements. Failure to present a clear Police Information Check may result in the student being unable to complete their Field Experience Practicum. Successful completion of Field Experience Practicum is required for graduation.

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