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! Additional resources will be added throughout the year so make sure to be checking regularly. 


Career support

Come join us for a series of Career Coffee Chats to chat about the transition from Student Teacher to Teaching Professional and get all your questions answered! Please ensure to register for each session that you are wanting to attend separately!

  1. Session One - Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

    Recognizing the impact of COVID on your experience, Dr. Amy Burns, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs in Education will be discussing how to talk to employers about remote teaching and your Field Experiences. This session will help prepare you for your transition from Student Teacher to Teaching Professional with advice from Dr. Amy Burns, as well as giving you an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have regarding your experience.

    To register for this session click here!

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  2. Session Two – Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

    Join us for a Coffee Chat to chat about Graduation, Certification and Teacher Qualifications Service (TQS). Intended to supplement information posted on D2L in early January, this session will give you the opportunity to get all your questions answered!

    To register for this session click here!

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  3. Session Three – Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

    Join us for a presentation with Chris W Gonsalvez, ATA Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, will be discussing: Employment as a Teacher; Contracts and Collective Agreements; Accessing advice and assistance from the ATA, and more!

    Registration for this event is not required. Please simply click on the link below at the time of the event to join.

    https://zoom.us/j/98095029385?pwd=VlJsL3BnSlVmZXc3ZHo1TThWWVZzZz09#success

  4. Session Four - February 9, 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

    Join us for a Coffee Chat to chat about your applications to the School Boards and Interviews. Intended to supplement information posted on D2L in early January, this session will give you the opportunity to get all your questions answered!

    To register for this session click here!

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

All resources below and more can be found on the Undergraduate Programs in Education Resources Shell on D2L!

  1. Previous Years Resources

    Fall 2019 workshops: PowerPoint 

    Winter 2020 workshops: PowerPoint; ATA Slides

  2. Resources

    Alberta Education: certification application information

    (Site above includes application overview, information on Interim v. Permanent certification, and re-application)

    Teacher Qualifications Service: Overview

    Resume and Cover Letter: Videos

    Resume: Examples (Scroll down past videos)

  3. Central Resources

    All students should take advantage of the below resources:

    Career Services 

    For appointments, click on the CareerLink Log-in to book!

    You are also encouraged to make use of the great resources provided to you by your Education Students' Association (ESA).

  1. Education Virtual Career Fair

    Virtual Education Career Fair 2021: Tuesday, January 26th from 9am - 4pm

    Interested in working in education? This fair is a great opportunity to explore teaching opportunities both locally and abroad.

    Over 41 employers will be attending. The list of employers is attached – it includes Calgary and Area School Boards (Calgary Board of Education, Calgary Catholic School District, Rocky View Schools and more).  We recommend dressing professionally and preparing a resume.... Employers may interview on the spot! 

    • Career Tip: Over 40 employers are participating. Some employers interview on the spot, so bring a resume and dress professionally!

    Register here: https://www.ucalgary.ca/student-services/careers/students/events-students/ways-meet-employers



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 around mid-May. 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 May.

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 (Ie, 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, around the end of May) – 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
  • 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.