Bridge to Teaching

Accreditation program for internationally-trained teachers

Admission Period

February 2021 - May 2021

Program Start

Fall (September) 2021

The Bridge to Teaching (BTT) program is a full-time program offered each year between September and April. It provides participants with 18 semester hour credits in Education at the advanced level and includes a minimum 10 weeks of supervised student teaching in a classroom. The 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 to Teaching 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.

BTT Information Sessions

Please join us for an online information session to help answer all your questions

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 6-7pm

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 6-7pm

What you need to know

  1. Are you an Internationally-trained and experienced teacher with a Bachelor of Education (BEd) or equivalent teaching credential?
  2. Have you sent your qualifications to Alberta Education: Teaching Excellence and Certification? For directions, go to:
  3. Have you received a letter back from an evaluator at Alberta Education indicating the requirements you must complete in order to qualify for Teacher Certification in Alberta?
  4. Do you speak English as a second language?
  5. Are you able to attend a full-time program during the day from September to April?
  6. Have you completed all Alberta Education requirements in addition to the 18 credits/supervised student teaching placement that the Bridge to Teaching program offers
  7. Are you a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident?

If you answered "yes" to all of the questions above the Bridge to Teaching Program can help you become certified to teach in Alberta.

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 which includes a referral to the BTT program. For further information, go to

d) One official transcript from all post-secondary institutions attended as well as a copy of degree certificate(s) for international institutions.

e) A written statement indicating the applicant's 1) reasons for pursuing this graduate program and 2) how completion of this program is related to your desired career path, academic goals, and/or employment objectives. (Suggested length 300 words).

f) Two references – Reference letters 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.

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)

English Proficiency exams must have been taken within the last two years in order to be considered. Note: When requesting that official TOEFL test scores are forwarded to the University of Calgary, please indicate institution code 0813.

NOTE:  ELP requirements for admission may not be the same as those required for Alberta Education: Teaching Excellence and Certification.  Applicants are responsible to ensure they meet requirements for both. 

The online application opens in mid-February.  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.

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

Application fee (non-refundable) to be paid upon submission of online application.  $125 Cdn for Canadian Citizens/Permanent Residents.  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 references.  A reference should be from a person who is in a position of leadership or who has been a direct supervisor.  Letters from friends, family members or peers 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. Some comment on the applicant's 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.

For Graduate Program fees information please visit the Graduate Calendar.

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

In addition, there may be funding available through Windmill Microlending. If you will require additional funding, please contact them directly for more information.  You may also seek Government funding. Please refer to the University of Calgary Finances website Student Loans or visit the Alberta Government Loans and Grants website.   

This is a blended program.  Courses will be delivered at the University of Calgary campus and the practicum will take place at an assigned school.

All applicants to the Bridge to Teaching program 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. The original Police Information Check must be presented in person to the administration in the Graduate Programs Office in the Werklund School of Education at the start of classes and to the partner school administration on the first day of practicum (EDBT 603 in Fall and EDBT 606 in Winter).

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.

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

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

Program Schedule

Term 1 - Fall

EDBT 601 Contemporary Education
EDBT 602 Teaching in Alberta I
EDBT 603 Practicum Support Seminar I

Term 2 - Winter

EDBT 604 Learning with Technology
EDBT 605 Teaching in Alberta II
EDBT 606 Practicum Support Seminar II

Course Descriptions

Outlines are normally available one to two weeks prior to the start of term in D2L.

three units per course

EDBT 601 Contemporary Education

Examination of recent philosophical, historical and curricular constructions of contemporary Canadian and Albertan education.

EDBT 602 Teaching in Alberta I

Exploration of the core beliefs, values, and practices in contemporary educational environments, and how students can bridge from their own understanding to what is aimed for in Alberta learning environments.

EDBT 603 Practicum Support Seminar I

Examination of how to integrate previous teaching expertise, new learning, and practicum experiences in Alberta.

EDBT 604 Learning with Technology

Examination of ways to create authentic and meaningful learning experiences through the implementation of web and computer technologies in classroom settings.

EDBT 605 Teaching in Alberta II

Further examination of teaching, learning, learners and learning environments in Alberta classrooms.

EDBT 606 Practicum Support Seminar II

Examination of the integration and extension of learning and teaching for practicum students to engage in a second practicum experience.

Contact Us



Graduate Program Administrators: Shelley Enderton and Cheryl Ohly

Dr. James Field

Academic Program Coordinator

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

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