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Graduate Certificate Bridge to Teaching

University of Calgary

University of Calgary
The Bridge to Teaching program provides professional learning opportunities to support internationally trained and experienced teachers as they transition to becoming certified Alberta teachers. It is an eight- month program offered in the Fall and Winter semesters, from September to April, and has been available since 2011. The Werklund School of Education is proposing to replace the existing university certificate in this program with a post-baccalaureate certificate, which is more appropriate to the admission and program requirements and which will more accurately reflect the students' past education and work experience. The majority of applicants to the program since 2011 present more than one undergraduate degree, and many present masters degrees. More details on the rationale for this change are provided below

Admissions and Recruitment Office
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4, Canada

  • Program Type Graduate
  • Credential Type Certificate
  • Length 1 Year or Less
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission to the Certificate include:

a) A four-year baccalaureate degree in Education or an equivalent degree from a recognized institution, with a grade point average of at least 3.00 or equivalent. See the Faculty of Graduate Studies’ International Admission Requirements webpage at for specific country requirements.

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

c) For applicants required to present proficiency in English, a minimum TOEFL (Internet-based) score of 97, an IELTS overall band score of 7.0 or a CAEL overall score of 70 (with no section less than 70). This requirement can also be met by completing the Academic Communication Certificate with a minimum grade of "A-" in each course.

The test must have been taken within the last two years. When requesting that official TOEFL test scores are forwarded to the University of Calgary, please indicate institution code 0813.

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

e) A written 300-word statement of intent that includes answers to the following questions:

Please identify your reasons for applying to the Bridge to Teaching 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.

g) A successful interview with the Academic Co-ordinator for Bridge to Teaching.

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2023/08/01 to 2024/07/31*.

  • Tuition $9,396.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $4,788.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $2,112.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated August 29, 2022. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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