Nova Scotia Department of Education Teacher Certification
Applying for NS Teacher Certification is the student’s responsibility. The School of Education at Acadia will assist with this process for all full-time students in the program.
Students ready to apply for teacher certification will be given the opportunity to attend a one-time certification information meeting held in the fall term. At this time NS Teacher Certification application forms will be distributed and a review of the entire process for application will be provided.
Mid-year, the School of Education will send to the Nova Scotia Department of Education (Teacher Certification Branch), on your behalf, all completed applications. Upon successful completion of all course work, final transcripts will be submitted to the Nova Scotia Department of Education by the Acadia Registrar. When all documentation has been reviewed and processed by the Nova Scotia Department of Education (Teacher Certification Branch) your teacher certification number will be mailed to you at the address you provide on the application form.
Certification from Other Provinces
Each province has its own requirements for Teacher Certification. To apply for Teacher Certification in another province you will be required to request from the Nova Scotia Department of Education a “Statement of Professional Standing” form. Please note that the NS Department of Education requires a processing fee to complete the request. Statements of Professional Standing can only be sent directly to the certification authority to which the Statement is intended. Students will not be issued Statements directly. Each application for this Statement requires its own fee. Therefore, if you are applying for certification in two provinces you will have to complete two applications and pay two fees or one combined fee.
Substitute Teaching / Long Term Substitute upon completion of Practicum #4 -EDUC 4933
The Nova Scotia Department of Education does not provide advance teacher certification numbers for daily or short-term substitute teaching.
When offered a long-term substitute teaching position, the process is as follows:
- a) The Principal contacts the Regional Center for Education with the request for your services.
- b) The Regional Center for Education contacts the Nova Scotia Department of Education with the request for advance processing of your certification number.
- c) The Regional Center for Education may contact us to request submission of all final course grades to the Acadia Registrar.
- d) The Acadia Registrar submits a letter to the Department of Education indicating successful completion of the B.Ed. program.