Graduation and Career

Moving into your profession

The transition from post-secondary student to professional teacher can be daunting: that's why we have developed a number of resources and workshops to support you during your journey.

Current Students, please ensure to check out the Career and Certification support and resources available on the Undergraduate Programs in Education Resources Shell on D2L.


Career support

Join us for a series of Career Coffee Chats to chat about the transition from Student to Teaching Professional and get all your questions answered. For more information, contact the UPE Field Experience & Career team, upefield@ucalgary.ca 

Resources, workshops and career supports are posted on our Undergraduate Programs in Education Resources Shell on D2L!

Additional resources & supports

Graduation and certification

Once in your final year, you must ensure to submit an application for graduation through your MyUofC.

For more information about applying to graduate, the convocation ceremony, and picking up your degree, visit the Convocation Office’s site.

Please Note: You cannot be awarded your degree if you don't apply to graduate!

Students must ensure to submit their application to Alberta Education for certification. For more information, visit: Application Process.

Dean's Recommendation

Once final 500-level grades have come in, the Undergraduate Programs in Education office will audit student transcripts to ensure that all necessary certification requirements have been met, and will then electronically recommend students for certification directly to Alberta Education. The list of recommended students will also be submitted to the Alberta Teachers' Association Teacher Qualifications Service for salary assessment purposes. This generally occurs in June. Students will be notified once these recommendations have been uploaded.

Dean’s Recommendation Letter

The Dean’s Recommendation Letter is an ‘interim’ document that the Undergraduate Programs in Education office can issue, should a student have a job offer that begins before Alberta Education has fully processed their certification. Generally, this covers students who have an offer of employment with a start date prior to the end of August.

We offer the Letter as an interim measure for the hiring body to confirm that a student is eligible for certification. These letters are only issued when the student has met all mandated certification requirements, including successful completion of their final Field Experience (IV).

The Letter is not required for certification. Once certification has been processed, students will not need this Letter to begin employment (I.e. Students with jobs starting in September do not require the Letter, as they will have long since received their certification).

Please Note: You cannot begin an offer of employment before you have finished all of your Bachelor of Education degree requirements.

As soon as final grades and indication of credit have been submitted for the winter semester, we will begin the process of reviewing files and issuing Recommendations for Certification.

A Second Note: All students who meet certification requirements will be recommended to Alberta Education electronically, as soon as final grades are submitted (usually in late May or early June) – students do not require a Dean's Recommendation Letter to be certified!

Again, we are unable to issue a Dean’s Recommendation Letter before confirming receipt of credit for EDUC 560.

If you require a Dean’s Recommendation Letter, you must submit the following items:

  • An offer of employment, including a start date (note: the start date should be before September)
  • A letter of confirmation from Alberta Education that your application for teacher certification is now complete,
  • Your UCID number.

These documents must be submitted electronically, via email.

Dean’s Recommendation Letters are not issued for hiring meetings, information sessions, or other informal employment information reasons.

Please Note: Alberta Education neither requires, nor wants, the Dean’s Recommendation Letter. They only require the official Recommendation itself, which comes directly from the Undergraduate Programs in Education office.

Teaching in Other Provinces

If you complete your degree at the University of Calgary, you must first apply to Alberta Education for teacher certification in Alberta. You may then apply for certification in your desired province. It may be necessary for you to take additional coursework to meet another province's requirements: please check with individual provincial bodies.