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Interested in becoming a German teacher in Ontario?

Teaching German is much more than just grammar and Goethe: it is a truly rewarding and dynamic career!


To qualify as a high school German teacher, you will need:

  • A four-year degree from a recognized university, including a minimum of five full-year courses (or the equivalent) in German language, literature, film studies and/or culture, with a minimum “B” (70%) average, and
  • sufficient undergraduate courses to teach a second subject area (i.e. History, Music, French, English, Family Studies, Social Studies, Chemistry, etc.).


Following completion of your undergraduate degree, or during your final year of your undergraduate studies, you apply for entry into the Faculty of Education, for the one-year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) program. As of 2014, fourteen universities in Ontario have Faculties of Education.


While the minimum entry criteria vary for each institution, in addition to your academic achievement, related experience working with children and youth is required to admission to Ontario’s Faculties of Education. You will need to outline at least two experiences relating to teaching that you have achieved. These experiences can be as varied as coaching sports, teaching ESL or International Languages overseas, volunteering as a leader or mentor with youth or paid employment in the education sector.


Currently, three Faculties of Education in Ontario offer programs for future German teachers. They are:


Applications for these institutions are processed through the Ontario Universities Application Center (OUAC). Full details for all four of the above Faculties of Education, their entry requirements and fees are available at


Remember: as a high school teacher, you will need a second teaching subject in addition to German. Generally, two to five full-year courses (or the equivalent) will be required for your second subject. You will be unable to choose a second International Language for this requirement. Visit the above web sites for full entry details.


Once accepted to the Faculty of Education, you will write a placement test to ensure that your level of language knowledge is sufficient for Ontario classrooms, and once successful, your program will begin in September. Upon successful completion of your degree in June of the following year, you will be certified to teach in Ontario schools. Herzlichen Glückwunsch!



Are you already qualified as a German teacher?

If you completed your education as a German teacher overseas, the Ontario College of Teachers, the regulatory body for Ontario educators, will assist you step-by-step in obtaining a license to teach in Ontario. Visit and click on “Internationally Educated Teachers”.



Already a German teacher?

Additional Qualifications (AQ) courses are available for German teachers. The Honour Specialist program for German teachers is offered every second year in July through OISE/UT. The course will be offered in July 2015 and takes only four weeks (sixteen instructional days). To register, the following is needed:

  • nine university courses in German,
  • successful completion of the placement test,
  • two years of teaching experience, including one year of experience teaching German.

You can also qualify for the course with six university courses in German, by completing a Combined Honour Specialist course. For full details on Honour Specialist courses, visit


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