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Quick question about college{canada} teaching

  1. Jul 29, 2010 #1
    what do you have to do to be a college teacher in Canada,meaning what degree do you have to hold. not uni..

    edit: college in Canada does not mean university it means community colleg
     
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  3. Jul 29, 2010 #2

    cristo

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    Surely this is the same everywhere in the world in that you will need to hold a PhD to teach in a university.
     
  4. Jul 29, 2010 #3

    George Jones

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    In Canada, unlike in the U.S. (and possibly the U.K.), "college" always means "community college" and never means "university".

    I don't what is needed. I suspect that some, but certainly not all, college instructors in Canada have Ph.D.s.
     
  5. Jul 29, 2010 #4
    like a masters?
     
  6. Jul 29, 2010 #5

    cristo

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    "College" in the UK normally means something equivalent to the last couple of years of high school. I thought the whole of North American used College and University synonymously. Sorry! :redface:
     
  7. Jul 29, 2010 #6
    Hi there,

    From what I remember (because I left the country 11 years ago), the degree for a college teacher will vary greatly on the discipline tought. For example, you cannot expect a Interior Designer college teacher to have some kind of masters, since it does not exist.

    I also remember having a friend that did a diploma in aero-engineering. I believe some of his teacher were university studied, and others not. It really depends.

    What field are you looking for???

    Cheers
     
  8. Jul 29, 2010 #7
    ok so it depends on what you want to do there. unlike university. do not not play to be a college teacher, but just wondering what would you have to do. i might consider it.
     
  9. Jul 29, 2010 #8
    Well then, I believe that the bigger the background, the more chances you have.

    I can just imagine that for teaching mathematics, they will take someone with a certain background in this field. For bridge construction, they might take someone with a civil engineering background. But for car mechanics, you might need some papers/diploma, and probably a solid experience in the field.

    Cheers
     
  10. Jul 29, 2010 #9
    I think it is more about field experience rather than academics. And no a PhD is not required.
     
  11. Jul 29, 2010 #10

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    Just to clarify about the university/college/community college usage in the US:

    Universities grant bachelor's degrees, usually master's degrees, and often (but not always) doctorate degrees. Universities are usually organized as a collection of Colleges. Colleges are usually comprised of Departments.

    Colleges aren't always part of a bigger university, they can stand alone. Colleges are generally smaller than universities. Some will offer limited master's programs but doctorates are not usually available from small colleges.

    Community colleges are two year schools where you can take the first two years of a bachelor's degree, then transfer to a university or standard college.

    Sorry this is a bit off topic but the confusion between higher education systems comes up a lot.
     
  12. Jul 29, 2010 #11

    Choppy

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    Generally speaking, for academdic subjects like physics and mathematics at a community colleges they will be looking for a minimum of a master's degree in the subject or a closely-related discipline.

    It's worth noting that these positions can be competative, so a master's degree alone will not guarantee you a spot. Usually they will also want to see some evidence of teaching proficiency and will often prefer PhD holders.
     
  13. Jul 30, 2010 #12
    Hi there,

    I don't find this off topic at all. As a matter of fact, when you get to travel in different countries, you find the school system so different from one another. Eventhough the names often stays the same.

    To add to your comment, but for the Canadian system, up to the end of high school is more or less the same as in the US. After high school, options are foreseen: University which offers normally a very strict academic cursus, for which you get a bachelor, masters, and doctorate. For the more technical fields, community colleges can be followed to get a diploma/paper recognizing that you have completed a degree in this field. When I say more technical, I mean anything ranging from plumbing/mechanics to sound engineers, or interior designer. Depending on the college, different classes and diplomas are offered. It is also often at the community college that high school diplomas can be finished, for the ones that had a hard time with it.

    For the moment, I live in Switzerland. This system is again completely different. We don't have high school in that sense. Already at the age of 14-15, the students have to decide what they want for there future. And they will be redirected immediately to the correct schools.

    Anyway, thought it would add some to the discussion.

    Cheers
     
  14. Jul 30, 2010 #13
    I live in Edmonton, AB, Canada. My understanding is that here, depending on the community college, many science instructors hold at least an Masters in science. Although, you should probably browse a few community college websites and find their instructors pages. See what level of education most of them have. Graduate work definitely gives you a competitive edge but it is also a lot of time and commitment. You have to really want it.
     
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