Bridge to Teaching

Accreditation program for internationally-trained teachers

Admission Period

February 2022 - May 2022

Program Start

Fall (September) 2022

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.

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 accepted. References are due on the application deadline, so you should complete the online application earlier in order to give your referees sufficient time to submit their reference. Referees will receive notification on how to submit their reference after you submit your application and are due on the application deadline regardless of when they receive the notification. Please ensure that your references are aware of the supporting document submission deadline. Applications without completed reference forms will be considered incomplete after the application deadline has passed.

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

For the 2022 Application, Graduate Programs in Education will not be accepting Duolingo for ELP purposes.

Proficiency in the English language is essential for the pursuit and successful completion of graduate programs in the Werklund School of Education.  Prior to admission to Graduate Programs in Education, an applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement for academic purposes in one of the following ways:

a) By taking the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) and obtaining a score of at least 97. When requesting that official test results are forwarded to the University of Calgary, please indicate institution code 0813. The test must have been taken within the last two years.

b) By taking the Academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and obtaining a minimum score of 7.0  (Academic version). The test must have been taken within the last two years.

Applicants please note that no exemptions will be made to fulfilling the English language proficiency requirement specified in (a) or (b).

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:

  • 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 emailed to directly from issuing institution’s transcript office or received in envelopes that have been sealed by the issuing institution or Alberta Education: Teaching Excellence and Certification, at the following address:

Faculty of Graduate Studies
Earth Sciences, 1010
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada 
T2N 1N4

Copies of the following documents must be emailed to

  • Letter of assessment from Alberta Education: Office of the Registrar
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency
  • Copy of Canadian Passport or Permanent Resident Card (front and back)
  • Pre-approval from Alberta Education: If a referral to the Bridge to Teaching program is not included in your letter of assessment, please provide confirmation in writing (e.g. email directed to you) from your evaluator at Alberta Education that you have approval to pursue the Bridge to Teaching program

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.

Applications, transcripts and all supporting documents must be submitted by 11:59 pm MT on the application deadline date for each program.

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 successful applicants to the Werklund School of Education are required to provide a current clear 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 (EDBT 603 and EDBT 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.

A current clear 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.

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Graduate Program Administrators: Shelley Enderton

Dr. James Field

Academic Program Coordinator

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

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