About the teaching profession

Teachers carry out learning activities and participate actively in school life. They accompany students in their learning process and perform a variety of tasks in order to provide the best environment possible.

Main tasks

Preschool and elementary school teachers are usually responsible for a single group of students and teach a range of subjects. If they teach a specific subject, such as physical education, they work with several groups.

In secondary school, adult education and vocational training, teachers specialize in a specific subject or field (e.g. mathematics or social sciences in secondary school, beauty care or machining in vocational training) and usually teach several groups of students.

Teachers perform the following duties on a daily basis:

  • Prepare learning tools.
  • Teach classes.
  • Evaluate student learning and progress.
  • Collaborate with parents and school staff to meet students’ specific needs.
  • Organize educational, cultural, recreational tourism, sports, social and extracurricular activities.

Candidate profile

The main qualities required to become a teacher are interpersonal skills, a sense of organization and mastery of the subject taught.

  • Interpersonal skills
    • Create meaningful and lasting relationships.
    • Exert a positive influence on learning.
    • Be committed to educational success.
    • Demonstrate ethical behaviour in the exercise of the profession.
  • Sense of organization
    • Plan teaching and learning situations.
    • Create an environment conducive to learning for all students.
    • Optimize the use of their time at work.
  • Mastery of the subject taught
    • Learn and be proficient in the subject content.
    • Be proficient in the language of instruction, both spoken and written.
    • Make learning accessible to all students.
    • Render a professional judgment on the progression of learning.

Current salary

Between $42 431 and $82 585 for a regular, full-time teacher. Teachers’ collective agreements expire on March 31, 2020, at which time their salaries will be renegotiated.

For more information, consult the salary scale This hyperlink will open in a new window. published by the Secrétariat du Conseil du trésor.

Working conditions

In addition to working in a stimulating and dynamic environment, full-time teachers have attractive working conditions and benefits:

  • Bank of sick days
  • Special leaves
  • Pension plan, group insurance

For more information, consult the collective agreement (In French) This hyperlink will open in a new window., which expires in April 2020.

Professional development

Each year, teachers are offered training and information sessions to help them develop their competencies throughout their career.

Teachers’ professional development is paid for by the school boards. There are many different types of continuing education and training:

  • Professional learning communities
  • Online courses available to everyone
  • University courses
  • Training offered by university researchers
  • Training offered by associations and learning communities
  • Training offered by the Ministère
  • Training offered by education consultants and in particular by the RÉCIT groups
  • Training for associate teachers
  • Training for mentor teachers
  • Conferences and seminars
  • Action research projects

Professional development on a variety of subjects is available in the classroom or online.

Fairs and other events

Fairs and other events are an excellent way to learn more about the various pathways to becoming a teacher and about the initiatives taken to promote the teaching profession.

Fairs and other events in Québec

  • January 2020
    • January 24: Université du Québec à Rimouski (Rimouski campus) open house
    • January 25: Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières open house
    • January 26: Université de Montréal open house
    • January 29: Université du Québec à Rimouski (Lévis campus) open house
  • February 2020
    • February 1: Université Laval open house
    • February 1: McGill University open house
    • February 6 and 7: Salon sur l’intégration et l’insertion professionnelle (Montréal)
    • February 8: Université de Sherbrooke open house
    • February 11: Université du Québec à Montréal open house
    • February 11: Job and training fair in collaboration with Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue
    • February 15: Concordia University open house
  • March 2020
    • March 21: Bishop’s University open house
    • March 25 and 26: Salon Ma carrière – emploi et formation (Montréal)
    • March 25 to 27: Association québécoise de l’information scolaire et professionnelle conference (Victoriaville)
  • April 2020
    • April 8 and 9: National Career Event (Montréal)
  • June 2020
    • June 3 and 4: Salon de l’immigration et de l’intégration (Montréal)
    • June 17 to 19: Association québécoise de l’information scolaire et professionnelle conference (Côte-de-Beaupré)

International missions

Missions are an opportunity for teachers from outside Canada to obtain information about the Québec school system and begin the process of obtaining a teaching licence.

  • February 2020
    • Mission in Marseille (February 8 and 9, 2020)