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How CANTEACH Got Started

CANTEACH is the Official Canadian agent for Universities in Australia, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales (exclusively).

CANTEACH was created for Canadians who want to do their Teachers College in Australia, New Zealand, Scotland or Wales and obtain their teacher certification. As a Canadian, who has studied and taught abroad, I am aware of the many benefits that this type of experience has to offer. During my time teaching at a teachers college in Buffalo, NY, I was amazed at the length and effort students would go to to obtain their teaching certificate. When I moved to New Zealand, it became apparent that Canadians needed to come down under for Teachers College. The UK was also a destination that I added and has many benefits for Teacher Training abroad in both Scotland and Wales.  Olivia Donnelly also experienced this directly as a CANTEACH student in New Zealand doing the Secondary program at the University of Canterbury (UC) in 2017.  Olivia was also accepted to Cardiff Met but chose to attend UC in New Zealand.


The CANTEACH Advantage for you

Originally, the opportunity to travel while doing a one (1) year Teachers College program abroad, studying in New Zealand, Scotland or Wales, had many benefits to offer: wonderful people, the experience of a different culture, obviously living abroad and the chance to take part in world class training programs for preparing Teachers and Professionals. These benefits continue to be available to CANTEACH students and now, with the additional benefits of: saving a year of study, one (1) year abroad instead of two (2) in Ontario, saving approximately 10K for the second year’s living expense in Ontario and the ‘opportunity cost’ of Teaching for a year instead of being in University in Ontario, the option of going abroad for Teachers College has really solidified itself as the option of choice for CANTEACH students.  Upon completion of the program, Olivia and I assist ALL CANTEACH students in receiving their full certification back in Ontario/Canada through a tried process set up for all Canadian students that attend CANTEACH University Programs.

The combination of our teaching backgrounds, Olivia having done the program, both of us being Canadian, my living abroad and Olivia based in Ottawa and our enthusiasm for the teaching profession, I guarantee that Olivia and I will take care of you. We look forward to working with you.

Mike Johnson

Mike Johnson,
Lives in Christchurch, New Zealand

Olivia Donnelly
Student Advisor/Social Media Coordinator
Lives in Ottawa, ON

Background and Experience

The Director of CANTEACH has been working with Canadians training abroad since 1992.  Olivia started her role with CANTEACH by creating the CANTEACH instagram (can.teach) Dec 1, 2017.

Many Canadians look to broaden their personal and professional horizons by studying for their Teaching Certificate abroad. Mike Johnson has taught and worked with Canadians studying abroad to obtain their teaching certificate for over 26 years. Olivia Donnelly has started working with CANTEACH after completing her program at the University of Canterbury in 2017.

CANTEACH chooses only those Universities that liaise with governing boards like the Ontario College of Teachers, and other governing boards, for certification purposes in Canada. These Governing Boards evaluate the programs promoted by CANTEACH and it’s member University programs meet the requirements to allow students to be able to become certified Teachers in Canada.

Mike’s Profile:

  • Director of CANTEACH for 15 years (since 2003).
  • Former Director of Student Teaching
  • Former Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Assistant Professor
  • Teaching Experience in Canada, New Zealand and USA
  • Mike Johnson is a certified Teacher in Ontario and Alberta.
  • Certification workshops and instructions provided to all CANTEACH Students by Mike Johnson

Olivia’s Profile:

  • Student Advisor/Social Media Coordinator (since Dec 1, 2017)
  • Graduated from Wilfrid Laurier with Kinesiology and French
  • Graduated from the University of Canterbury (UC) – Secondary (2017)
  • Teaching Experience in New Zealand as a student
  • Olivia Donnelly is a certified Teacher in Ontario, PEI and New Zealand
  • Olivia has been there and done it having been a student at UC in New Zealand ie. student visa, certification etc.

Every CANTEACH student that has completed their teacher training program abroad has been certified in Ontario/Canada.

CANTEACH has quality programs for Canadians wanting to become Certified Teachers in Canada.

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