Biology Teacher -High School

High school biology teachers prepare and teach academic, technical, vocational or specialized life science subjects at public and private secondary schools. Biology is one of the most important and interesting subjects to enthusiastic students. A secondary school teacher needs to give lectures to the class routinely, explain and demonstrate complex topics in a way that is easy to understand, and prepare students for their exams.

Average Hourly


Range Hourly

$25.38 – $53.30

Average Yearly


Range Yearly

$49,491 -$103,935

Secondary school teachers (4031)

Biology teacher – secondary school; Science teacher - secondary school

Bachelor Degree in Education or Equivalent
Provincial or territorial teaching certificate

Employment outlook is good to fair in most provinces. More information is available here.

Through advanced training, education or certification, high school teachers can advance in their career to become a principal or vice-principal

0-2 years teaching experience

General learning ability - to prepare subject material for presentation to students according to curriculum, and to evaluate students' progress and determine their individual needs

Verbal ability - to teach students and discuss results with parents and school officials

Numerical ability - to understand and apply mathematical concepts when teaching mathematics and science subjects, and when computing grades

Social interest - in participating in staff meetings, educational conferences and teacher training workshops; may advise students on course selection and on vocational and personal matters

Innovative interest - in coordinating information to prepare materials for academic, technical, vocational and specialized subjects and examinations, and to prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help

Directive interest - in instructing students using a systematic plan of lectures, discussions, audio-visual presentations, and laboratory, shop and field studies; and in assigning and correcting homework, and administering and correcting examinations; may supervise student teachers

Internationally educated teachers can learn about registration requirements, language proficiency tests and the evaluation of credentials. The College holds regular information sessions for internationally educated teachers. Find out more about these sessions and upcoming dates.

If you completed your teacher education program outside of Ontario in a language other than English or French, the College has specific language requirements you must follow.

You need to have documents translated if any of your documents (like a birth or marriage certificate) are in a language other than English or French.

If you’re certified to teach in a Canadian province or territory other than Ontario, you can learn about the requirements for Canadian certified teachers.
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In general, the requirements to become a teacher in the Canadian public school system are:
Earn a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree from an approved university, completing a practicum (i.e., a period of supervised classroom teaching) as part of that process.

Or (that applies for IMGs)
Earn a bachelor's degree in a different major, then complete an approved post-degree teacher education program that awards a B.Ed. and includes a practicum.
Obtain teacher certification through the governing body for education in your province or territory