Review of Teacher Training Act and Regulations

Overview

The Provincial Government is seeking input from educators, administrators and other interested parties to help inform a comprehensive review of the Teacher Training Act (the Act) and associated Regulations.

The Department of Education is responsible for administering the Act, which governs the certification of teachers within the province as it relates to training, classification and professional standards. The Act identifies the roles and responsibilities of the Registrar of Teachers and the Teachers’ Certification Committee.

The Act sets out the regulations governing three crucial processes in teacher training:

  • Teacher Certification Regulations: The criteria that must be met for an individual to become certified to teach in the province;
  • Teacher Certification Appeals Regulations: The process that occurs if an individual disputes a decision made by the Registrar of Teachers or Teachers’ Certification Committee; and
  • Discipline: The Act provides for the suspension or cancelation of a certificate or licence where a teacher is guilty of gross misconduct, incompetence or for other just cause.

Since 1990, there have been five amendments to the Act; however, the Department of Education has not undertaken a full review of the Act since it was first enacted in 1970.

This review and any subsequent amendments will update and clarify existing legislation and help ensure the Act reflects current best practices.

Background Information:

Get Involved

To inform amendments to the Teacher Training Act and Regulations, the Department of Education is seeking input from stakeholders. Feedback can be provided by completing the online questionnaire at the link below.

Click here to complete the questionnaire

This questionnaire will be available from January 12, 2021 to February 28, 2022 and should take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

If you have any issues accessing the questionnaire, have any questions, or require an alternate format, please contact the Department of Education by email at TeacherTrainingAct@gov.nl.ca.

You may also provide a written submission through email to TeacherTrainingAct@gov.nl.ca or through regular mail to:

Teacher Training Act Review
Division of Policy and Information Management
Department of Education
3rd Floor, West Block
Confederation Building
P.O. Box 8700
St. John’s, NL  A1B 4J6

We thank you in advance for your participation.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 28, 2022.

How will your input be used?

The information we receive will be reviewed by the Department of Education to help inform a comprehensive review of the Teacher Training Act and Regulations.

Privacy Statement

The collection of information is done under the authority of section 61 (c) of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015, for the purpose of collecting public input as part of a comprehensive review of the Teacher Training Act and Regulations.

Any personal information that may be received will be governed in accordance with the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015 and will only be used for the purpose of informing the comprehensive review of the Act.

If you have any questions about how this information will be collected, used and disclosed, please contact Cory Buck, Manager of Information Services, at 729-7425 or by email at corybuck@gov.nl.ca.