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PEI substitutes need more university education

Teachers will now require a minimum of three years of post-secondary education

Substitute teachers in Prince Edward Island will soon require more university education to enter the classroom.

Beginning in September, teachers will need to have completed at least three years of post-secondary education, up from just one according to previous requirements. The change was motivated by complaints received by the province’s Certification and Standards Board about some substitute teachers who were barely older than their students.

According to Nancy Desrosiers, registrar for certification with the Education Department, some exceptions may be made for schools who formally ask for a specific individual, even if he or she has not completed the new minimum three-year requirement.

Certified teachers in PEI must have substitute teaching experience, as well as an undergraduate degree and a Bachelor of Education.

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