Alternative Careers

What are alternative careers?

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As an internationally educated teacher, you may want to explore employment opportunities besides classroom teaching. “Alternative careers” can provide meaningful work while you pursue your Nova Scotia teachers certificate or may provide a new career direction. Here is a list including a few of alternative careers requiring skills and competencies related to teaching:

  • Professional Tutor
  • Child/Youth Worker
  • Adult Literacy Instructor/Coordinator
  • Community College Instructor
  • Online Learning Instructor
  • Driving Instructor
  • First Aid Instructor
  • Occupational Health & Safety Instructor
  • Library Assistant
  • Settlement Counsellor
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Researcher
  • Recreation or Sports Program Officer
  • Adult Educator

Early Childhood Educator

Early Childhood Education (ECE) is a popular career path for internationally educated teachers. Depending on your experience and the position, you may need to take more training.  Visit here for ECE training opportunities. (Read More 1)  Pre-primary programs in the regional centres (See Section 2) hire ECEs and ECE Assistants.  ECEs and ECE Assistants were listed in the High Opportunity Career Options in Nova Scotia 2016-2017. (Read More 2)


Speak to an employment specialist at ISANS about alternative careers and further education.


Pursuing a Masters in Education can prepare you for teaching related careers but it does not replace the Bachelor of Education required for certification.

  • More Reading

    Read More 1: Early Childhood Education Training

    Education & Early Childhood Development

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    Read More 2: Higher Opportunities Career Options

    Higher Opportunities Career Options PDF