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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 & Intermediate-Senior 

Niagara University in Ontario
2904 Hwy 7 West, Unit 113
Vaughan, Ontario, L4K 0K4 

Ontario Campus Contact: 905.294.7260 ext. 1100

Yes, Niagara University in Ontario holds written consent under the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

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.

Semester 1: Fall (August/September - December)

Semester 2: Spring (January - May/June)

Summer Off

Semester 3: Fall (August/September - December)

Semester 4: Spring (January - May/June)


(Practicum placements are not available in the summer; therefore you do not attend in the summer).

Niagara University has a rolling admissions policy.  The program begins once a year in the fall semester. Applications are considered as they are received and evaluated in a holistic fashion in keeping with the mission of the university.  We encourage all applicants to begin the online application process as soon as possible, ensuring time to complete all application requirements. The earlier you apply, the sooner your application will be considered.  Qualified students will continue to be accepted until the program is full.  Please note programs may fill up without advance notice.

  • 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 held 4 – 5 days per week, including field experiences.

60 credit hours

The total cost for the program (60 credits over 4 semesters) is approximately $32,200 CA.

There is a $25 registration fee for each semester and a Chalk and Wire electronic portfolio fee of $46 per year.

More information pertaining to Niagara’s teacher education program can be found online at 

It is highly recommended that you attend an informational session. More informational sessions, both in Ontario and on the NU Campus, will be coming up soon. Times, dates, locations, and registration information can be found at

Niagara University in Ontario’s teacher education application process is self managed.

Application Materials

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 have not completed a bachelor’s degree and are currently “in progress” with a graduation date planned before the start of Niagara University’s program need to indicate this on their application. Also, an official letter from the college / university should be submitted to verify your planned graduation date. The “in progress” letter is provided by the registrar or academic department.

Please submit with your application the “in progress” letter and a current transcript showing classes you are currently enrolled in. A final 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 engaging in experiences with children and adolescents but does not require it. Any time spent working with children and adolescents is valuable and certainly a great way to gain class- room experience. Please note any experience on resume and/or experience profile.

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. Five full-year courses (or 10 half credits) would equate to 30 college/university credit hours.

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. 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. As with all Ontario universities, teacher candidates apply to the Ontario College of Teachers for a Certification of Qualifications.

The first specific teachable area requires 6 full year courses (36 credits / units). The second teachable area requires 3 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
  • Philosophy
  • 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.

**Program information is subject to change**