**Program information is subject to change**

Elementary certification: Primary-Junior, Primary: Junior Kindergarten - grade 3 / Junior: grade 4 - grade 6. Upon completion of the program graduates will hold a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in Teacher Education.

Secondary certification: Intermediate-Senior, Intermediate: grade 7 - grade 10 / Senior: grade 11 - grade 12. Upon completion of the program, graduates will hold a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in Teacher Education.

Primary-Junior. Toronto District Catholic School Board, Senhor Santo Cristo Elementary School, 30 Humbert St. Toronto, Ontario, M6J 1M5

Intermediate-Senior. York Catholic District School Board, Jean Vanier Catholic High School, 10475 Bayview Ave., Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 3P2

Ontario Campus Contact: 905.294.7260

Yes, Niagara University in Ontario holds written consent under the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Yes, Niagara University in Ontario is accredited by the Ontario College of Teachers.

Yes, all coursework, field experiences and practica will be completed in Ontario.

Both the elementary and secondary programs will be four semesters long and will take approximately two years to complete.



Applications will be accepted starting in December. We encourage all applicants to begin the online application process as soon as possible, ensuring time to complete all application requirements.

  • Semester 1: Foundations
  • Semester 2: Methods / Pedagogy
  • Semester 3: Practicum
  • Semester 4: Practicum

Field experiences are designed to provide extensive experience in various types of schools, learning environments, grade levels (as they apply to the certificate), and in the diversity of the student population in the classrooms. Field experiences can be accomplished in public or Catholic school boards or a combination of both. Niagara University in Ontario field experiences exceed those that are required by The Ontario Ministry of Education.

The following field experiences are embedded into the program:

  • 1st Semester: Pre-service Field Experiences
  • 2nd Semester: Teaching Assistantship
  • 3rd Semester: Practicum
  • 4th Semester: Practicum

Secondary students will have placements in the content areas of their two teachables. 


Cohort-based programs are programs in which candidates attend courses and field experiences as a specific group earning their degrees together in a professional learning community. A cohort approach takes a diverse group of students and attempts to build them into a community of teacher-learners by structuring their class schedules together and by teaching them in a way that emphasizes collegiality. It is extraordinarily non-competitive, and thus non-traditional. The learning of each individual will assist the learning of others; the accomplishments of one should help all. This adds to the peer support that candidates experience within their group while at Niagara University, in field experiences, student teaching and later as alumni.

The model is based on a set of principles known as constructivism in which the program is built on the sound research base of cooperative learning and is consistent with recent findings on successful professional growth projects. It provides a laboratory of meaningful interaction and offers the opportunity to develop professional dispositions and leadership skills on a daily basis.

Further, the program utilizes team strategies drawn from the business and athletic worlds and fuses them into a collaborative school faculty. Candidates and professors alike find cohort-based programs to be a positive and dynamic learning experience.

Simply put: to get ready to become a teacher in the collaborative, constructivist and reflective schools of tomorrow, the students work as a cohort in their pre-service studies today.

Since the program is cohort-based, your schedule is assigned.

Classes will be 4 days per week, including field experiences.

60 credit hours

The total cost for the program (60 credits over 4 semesters) is $29,500.

There is a $25 registration fee for each semester and a $75 graduation fee.

Niagara University in Ontario’s teacher education application process is self managed. Please submit the application and ALL application materials (including official transcripts) enclosed in one packet. Partial and incomplete packages will not be considered.

  • Niagara University in Ontario Teacher Education Application. (Or apply online at www.niagara.edu/ontario).
  • $30 CA application fee.
  • Official transcripts of all colleges and universities attended in a sealed institution envelope included with your application. (If you have not yet graduated and/or your degree has not been conferred, please also enclose an in-progress letter).
  • Two references (academic or professional) in sealed envelopes with the referee’s signature across the seal included with your application. Please use the Niagara University reference form. (www.niagara.edu/ontario).
  • Statement of Intent. Two-page, double-spaced, typewritten statement discussing your teacher education philosophy, professional goals, objectives, strengths and weaknesses.

For applicants whose native language is not English, scores on the TOEFL are required. For the Internet–based TOEFL iBT we require a total score of 103 with scores of at least 23 in listening, 24 in reading, 28 in writing and 28 in speaking***

A degree evaluation by WES - www.wes.org - is required for applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree outside of the U.S. or Canada. Please select the comprehensive course-by-course report.

Remember to submit your application and ALL application materials in one packet to:                                           

Teacher Education Admissions Office
Academic Complex - Room 225, Box 1930
Niagara University, New York 14109-1930

Yes, a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university is required for admissions. The degree conferred needs to be posted on the official transcript. 

Individuals who are still students and currently “in progress” with a graduation date planned before the start of Niagara University in Ontario's program need to indicate this on their application. Also, an official letter from the college/university will be needed to verify your planned graduation date. The “in progress” letter usually is provided by the registrar or academic department.
Please submit with your application the “in progress” letter and transcript along with a copy of any registrations for classes currently enrolled in if they do not appear on your transcript. A second transcript will be required once your degree is conferred and posted.

You need a minimum overall average of a 70 (B). Individuals applying to the secondary program also need a minimum average of a 70 (B) in both teachable areas.

Niagara University in Ontario highly recommends experiences with children and adolescents but does not require it. Any experiences working with children and adolescents are valuable and certainly a great way to find out if teaching is the right career for you. 

  • English
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies (Canadian History / Geography)
  • Fine Arts

Niagara University in Ontario is on the three-credit-hour system. Three credit hours  equal .5 credit per half-year course. Many Canadian courses are full year, which would equate to six credit hours. Six full-year courses (or 12 half credits) would equate to 36 college/university credit hours.

As with all Ontario universities, teacher candidates apply to the Ontario College of Teachers for a Certification of Qualifications. Upon completion of Niagara University in Ontario's program, official transcripts of coursework will be sent to the Ontario College of Teachers by the Niagara University College of Education. Niagara University in Ontario holds written consent under the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and is accredited by the Ontario College of Teachers.

The first specific teachable area requires six full-year courses (36 credits/units). The second teachable area requires three full-year courses (18 credits/units). Two teachables are required for the Niagara University in Ontario program.

  • Business Studies - Accounting
  • Business Studies - Entrepreneurship
  • Business Studies - General
  • Business Studies - Information and Communication Technology
  • Computer Studies
  • Dramatic Arts
  • Economics
  • English
  • French as a 2nd Language
  • Geography
  • History
  • International Languages- Spanish
  • Mathematics
  • Politics
  • Religious Education
  • Science - Biology
  • Science - Chemistry
  • Science - General
  • Science - Physics
  • Social Sciences – General
  • Visual Arts 

Niagara University's New York campus is located in the Town of Lewiston, New York. It stands atop the picturesque Niagara River Gorge, four miles from the world-famous Niagara Falls and overlooks the Province of Ontario, Canada. The Queenston-Lewiston Bridge is only one mile from Niagara University. Niagara University was founded in 1856.