Requirements for a Cert 6 Teacher Who Already Holds a Masters Degree:
A relatively small number of teachers completed a MEd immediately after their BEd, thus giving them the higher level degree with only a certificate 5.
Following changes to the Certification Regulations in 2004, these teachers are permitted to qualify for a Cert 6 by completing the undergrad requirements which they could have done for their Cert 5.
Here is a summary of what you need to move from a Cert 5 to a Cert 6:
- 30 credit hours (10 courses) of approved coursework (approved means the registrar of Teacher Certification at the Department of Education, has given you written approval before you take the course)
- 15 of these credit hours (5 courses) must be university courses at the 3000 level or higher
- the other 15 credit hours (5 courses) may be a combination of 1000 level university courses, AICE courses, NBTA courses or District courses that have been approved by the Minister's Advisory Committee on Teacher Licensing and Certification (of course you may choose to do more 3000+ level university courses if you wish).
- Of these lower level 15 credit hours, you may have no more than 4 of any of the listed types. For example, you may have 3 AICE courses and 2 NBTA, or perhaps 2 AICE, 2 NBTA and 1 1000-level university course. You could not have 5 NBTA courses because exceeds the limit of 4 of any one category.
- Courses you acquired in an earlier program that were not credited toward your B.Ed. may be applied, even if you took them a number of years ago (for example, you began a forestry degree then switched to Education. If there are Science or Math courses, that were not counted toward your B.Ed, they may be considered for your Cert 6). The OTC will determine this.
- You may take as long as you need to complete the Cert 6 and you may choose your university courses from any universities. Your courses must be either Education courses or 'teachables', i.e., Mathematics, History, etc. Click here for a list of "Teachables" as determined by the NB Department of Education.
- Adult Ed courses are not accepted.
How do I get started?
- Contact the Office of Teacher Certification (firstname.lastname@example.org) and tell them you want to begin the work on your Cert 5. They will open your file.
- Ask if you have any credits already accrued toward the certificate and, if so, to determine how many credits you need. You may have additional courses from your undergrad or Masters degrees that may be applied to the Cert 6. If not, you will need all 10 courses.
- Each time you choose a course, you MUST get approval in writing for the Office of Teacher certification (using the appropriate form. Click here for the Application for Course Approval cert 6).
- Keep a copy of ALL correspondence.
- Each time you get approval for a course, this is entered into your file. Once you have all 12 courses, you must apply for the certificate upgrade and arrange for transcripts to be sent to verify your completion of the courses.
- Note: Transcripts for NBTA courses are automatically forwarded to the OTC upon completion. Transcripts from universities must be requested. (see links under Who Can Help You section.)
- The Application for Upgrading Certificate Level is available on this website.
What are NBTA and AICE courses?
These are courses that are offered by two non university institutions that have been approved as per Department of Education Policy 611 for credit toward a certificate 5 or in this case, Cert 6. Each course is considered the equivalent of 3 credit hours.
The New Brunswick Teachers Association (NBTA) offers an array of 6 different courses in locations throughout the province. The emphasis is on current theory and practical classroom applications, as well as reflection, professional dialogue and action research. The courses are instructed by qualified experienced classroom teachers who have been prepared to instruct a specific course.
Each course is 36 hours of face to face instruction with assignments practice in your classroom. The NBTA has the status of an Educational Institution for income tax purposes. Receipts and transcripts are provided upon successful completion of each course requirements.
AICE is the American Institute of Creative Education, an organization which offers practical content based courses throughout the province and the state of Maine. Instructors are also qualified experienced teachers and the courses are considered relevant and practical. Full tax receipts and transcripts are provided.
For information on AICE courses and availability go to http://www.aiceonline.com/canada/index.htm
What do I do When I have Completed the Requirements for a Certificate Upgrade?
As you complete each course, make sure that the Office of Teacher certification as a copy of the mark or transcript.
Once you have all the requirements, complete the Application for Upgrading certification Level form. Send it with the appropriate fee to the Office of Teacher Certification.
Deadlines for Application for Certificate Upgrades:
You application to upgrade a certificate has two deadlines. If the coursework has been completed by the end of August, you may apply any time up to October 31 for retroactivity to July 2 (with real pay increase showing only in September since summer cheques are not subject to raises). If the course work is completed before December 31, you have until March 31 for retroactivity to January 2.
More Info on Teacher Scenarios:
For examples of some of the combinations of coursework that could work for you, click here to go to Teacher Scenarios for Teachers Moving from a cert 4 to a cert 5. These same scenarios apply to your situation although you only require 10 courses in total, not 12.