College Teachers Training for Internationally Educated Professionals - Postgraduate Program (R403)

College Teachers Training for Internationally Educated Professionals
School of Immigrant and Transitional Education
St. James Campus
2 semesters
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
This program is designed to provide the communication skills, training and critical Canadian experience to help prepare internationally educated teachers for teaching in a Canadian community college or other adult education settings. This program features both blended (in-person and online) and fully-online instruction, and runs Monday to Friday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. downtown at 341 King St. E. All online instruction features both synchronous and asynchronous activities. This means that there will be lectures or group discussions in which all students take part at the same time each week (synchronous), while other activities may be completed individually at any time through email, wikis or other online interactive systems (asynchronous).

Full Program Descriptions


The College Teachers Training for Internationally Educated Professionals program is designed to provide the intercultural communication skills, training and critical Canadian experience to help prepare internationally educated teachers for teaching in a Canadian community college environment.

The program includes:

  • Training in instructional strategies and classroom management
  • Lesson planning, authentic assessment and practice teaching
  • Instruction on intercultural communication skills focusing on the educational sector
  • Development of employment skills related to the academic teaching context
  • Opportunity to observe and participate in the teaching and/or planning of a course in a college classroom
  • Opportunity to attend in-house teacher development workshops with college faculty

This program features blended (in-person and online) instruction. An online only option is also available. For more information on the online option, please visit

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Each George Brown College certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate program is expected to deliver specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study. Programs are designed to deliver both vocation or discipline-specific learning outcomes and more generic essential employability skills (including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills).

In addition to the aforementioned learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory General Education courses in the program curriculum.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit

Course Outline

Required Courses 

BOTH Semesters

Professional Communication Skills I and II: These blended (in-person classes and online instruction) courses use a context of educational theory and pedagogical practice to help students acquire the sector-specific language and intercultural communication skills necessary to be successful as a teacher in a post-secondary Canadian classroom. The language component will help students refine their linguistic skills for more complex communication within the academic context, making them more competitive candidates in the job market.

Employment Skills I and II: These online courses develop academic employment skills for internationally trained teachers in researching, networking, applying and interviewing for college teaching positions in Canada. In the second semester, students will create a professional electronic portfolio to best showcase their academic expertise and experience.

Teaching Toolbox I and II: These blended (in-person classes and online instruction) courses include a set of mandatory workshops related to teaching and learning to be completed in the first and second semesters as well as a series of optional workshops that students can choose from and enroll in throughout the program. These workshops provide students with professional development and networking opportunities to connect with college faculty and develop their understanding of teaching and learning in the college setting. In the second semester of the program, students will develop and present their own workshop at a one-day conference/networking event hosted by the program.

Semester ONE:

Practical Teaching Skills: This blended (in-person classes and online instruction) course is the companion course to Teacher Development in Higher Education. This course prepares students for teaching in the Canadian college setting. Topics include establishing a positive learning environment, effective teaching strategies for a diverse and student-centred classroom, lesson planning and practice teaching, classroom management techniques, and preparing and delivering teaching segments to the class. Students will also learn and practice strategies for giving effective feedback and receiving feedback in a professionally appropriate manner. Teaching segments will be videotaped in order for students to observe and critique their abilities.


Teacher Development in Higher Education: This is the companion course to Practical Teaching Skills. It introduces students to principles and theories of teaching and learning in the Canadian college context. This course helps students to more clearly understand their role as teachers in the Canadian college classroom and to become familiar with good pedagogical practice such as student-centred and active learning concepts, as well as the principles of outcomes-based learning.

Semester TWO:

Curriculum Development in Higher Education: In this online course, students will use curriculum development theory and practices to design a course or training session of at least 20 hours. Students will survey pedagogical practices and use them to anchor the process of curriculum development while taking into consideration the needs of a diverse student population. Students will also develop evaluation/assessment strategies and tools for their course or training session.

Practicum and Reflective Teaching Strategies: In the Practicum, students will have the opportunity to integrate theory and practice by taking part in a teaching placement in a college classroom with a mentor teacher. The Practicum is an opportunity to observe and participate in the teaching and/or planning of a course in the college classroom under the guidance of the mentor teacher. Students will be observed and receive feedback from their mentor teacher and College Teachers Training for Internationally Educated Professionals faculty.

The companion Reflective Teaching Strategies blended (in-person classes and online instruction) course supports students with their classroom experiences, with a focus on exploring a variety of reflective tools, developing critical self-reflection skills, and identifying teaching strengths and areas for improvement. In addition, students will refine their feedback skills, develop collaborative skills essential to working with fellow professionals, and increase critical thinking skills.

This is a 28-week program that carries over two semesters.


semester courses
Code Course name
TETR4031 Teaching Toolbox I (blended)
TETR4032 Employment Skills I (online)
TETR4033 Professional Communication Skills I (blended)
TETR4034 Teacher Development in Higher Education (TDHE)
TETR4035 Practical Teaching Skills (blended)


semester courses
Code Course name
TETR4041 Teaching Toolbox II (blended)
TETR4042 Employment Skills II (online)
TETR4043 Professional Communication Skills II (blended)
TETR4044 Curriculum Development in Higher Education (CDHE)
TETR4045 Practicum and Reflective Teaching Strategies (blended)

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Graduates with the specialized education offered in this program, in combination with their previous international training and experience, are prepared for teaching careers in:

  • Canadian community colleges (teaching daytime or evening continuing education classes)
  • Private schools
  • Corporate training
  • Tutoring adults
  • And more

Through a combination of our unique courses (both blended and/or online), workshops, observation and supervised teaching segments, students gain skills and experience required to teach in community college classes using current instructional strategies. Graduates will be sensitive to the diverse student needs of the Ontario workplace and skilled in responding to cultural differences and learning styles.

Tuition and Fees


$7,619.00 *

Additional Cost 

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2015. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2016 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

  • Graduate-level degree (masters or doctorate) from abroad or professional designation/equivalent credential in apprenticeship/skill required to teach in a college setting. Degree assessment by an official credential assessment organization is required
  • One year of full-time teaching experience at a secondary or post-secondary level or similar experience
  • Resumé
  • Successful completion of interview
  • English language proficiency required*:
    •  Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 8 (or higher) in speaking, listening and CLB 7 (or higher) in reading and writing  OR
    •  ELTPA Level 8 (or higher) in speaking and listening AND Level 7 (or higher) in reading and writing

* English Proficiency results must be not be older than two years, as of January 1. (i.e. January 1, 2014 for Fall 2016)

Course Exemptions: College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

How Do I Apply to the Program  

Application information is available at information sessions about the program, where questions will be answered and eligibility for admission will be assessed. Call the Program Facilitator at 416-415-5000, ext. 3268 or Entry Advising Services, ext. 2949 for the dates and times of future information sessions.

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Student Success

Success Stories  

"I particularly liked the fact that the content was focused on the practical aspect of teaching. The program was designed to recognize our previous studies and experiences, so there were only four months of valuable classroom learning, followed by an internship opportunity. It was a great pleasure to start teaching again, and I felt prepared to continue. After the internship in August, I began teaching part-time here at George Brown College, and it’s been a wonderful experience. The school is great, the environment is very diversified and I feel supported each step of the way."

Joyce Manu (Graduate, College Teachers Training)

Contact Us

Contact Us  

Call us at 416-415-5000, ext. 3268 or Entry Advising Services, ext. 2949.


For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

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