General admission criteria
1. Can members with transitional certificates take AQ courses?
No. Under Regulation 176/10, Additional Qualifications are added
to Certificates of Qualification and Registration. A transitional certificate is
not a Certificate of Qualification and Registration and, therefore, cannot have
an AQ added. Applicants must hold a Certificate of Qualification and Registration
to be eligible for admission to an AQ course.
2. If a member has a condition to complete a particular Additional
Qualification course, are they able to complete other courses prior to completion
of their condition?
3. When considering admission of recent grads to intersession courses
(or to AQ programs from accredited Ontario programs that finish at other times of
the year), what is acceptable as evidence of “have been reported to the College”
for completion of pre-service?
When considering admission of recent grads to intersession courses
(or to AQ programs from accredited Ontario programs that finish at other times of
the year), what is acceptable as evidence of “have been reported to the College”
for completion of pre-service?
Ontario providers determine and describe what constitutes acceptable
assurance as part of their program governance. Frequently, a dean’s letter
documenting successful completion and reporting to the College of the candidate
has provided that assurance.
Candidates must also have completed the application process for a
Certificate of Qualification and Registration to be registered in an AQ, and they
must be members of the College prior to the provider reporting them to the College
for the additional qualification.
4. May a candidate who has failed the language proficiency test audit
an FSL AQ?
If members do not have the requisite level of language proficiency
to enter the program, is this the best professional learning experience for them
at this time? Might they profit more from a language class, rather than one presuming
a level of proficiency and focused on pedagogy? As well, what impact will their
presence have on the candidates who are actually taking the course to be reported,
and who are engaged in learning with peers who have a similar proficiency level?
Having said that, members in these circumstances may audit the course
under the following conditions: There needs to be a clear understanding that they
did not have the language proficiency to begin the course; that they are auditing
it; that they will not be reported to the College for the qualification at the end
of the course; and that they will not be reported for this qualification at any
future time unless they successfully complete the course (with you, or another provider)
again. The audited course cannot be retroactively reported at some future date if
the member gains the required proficiency. Providers may wish to have this understanding
in writing, signed by the candidate, so that there is no misunderstanding at a future
If providers choose to admit auditors, it is suggested that they
have a very clear understanding about the level of participation that is expected
of the members. As they are auditing, are they expected to complete assignments,
participate in group work or make presentations? If not, are they able to actually
benefit from the experience?
5. May a bilingual candidate submit assignments in French for an
English-language AQ program?
No. If the provider is approved to offer
qualifications in the English language, and it is an English-language AQ, English
is the language in which the College will award the qualification. Candidates will
need to fully participate in English, including submitting all assignments in English.
If the candidate’s basic qualifications and schooling are in
the French language, providers may also wish to assess the candidate’s English-language
competency prior to admission and/or early in the course as part of their quality
assurance measures — and to establish a baseline.
6. May members retake an AQ course if they already have the AQ?
Yes. Members sometimes choose to retake AQs to update or refresh
their knowledge and skills. When you report it to the College, use the new date.
We will add the AQ and date to the record. The former AQ will remain on the record.
7. May people who are not members of the College take AQ courses?
Yes, You can admit applicants who are not members. However, they
are not applicants to an AQ course but to a professional learning course. You should
make this clear. We recommend you have them sign a waiver acknowledging they will
not be reported to the College upon successful completion of the course, and they
cannot be reported in the future if they become a member of the College.
In cases where applicants have been denied certification by the College
and have been informed of the requirement to take an Additional Qualification course,
you may admit these candidates to the program. When you report completion of the
course, use the date of completion for the date of the report.
Please see the March 2013 AIMS announcement for additional information
regarding provisions for new graduates pursuing intersession AQs.
8. If members are suspended from the College for any reason, including
non-payment of fees, can they still take AQ courses?
Yes, they can take the course and at the completion of the course,
they may be reported to the College. The qualification will only be awarded by the
College once the member is in good standing. Once they are reinstated, they must
ask you to report the AQ.
General provider information
9. Who may be a provider of AQ courses?
Eligible providers for Schedule A, B and E Additional Qualifications
and Primary and Junior Additional Basic Qualifications are faculties of education
operating in Ontario that meet the permitted institution criteria listed in Regulation
The regulation defines permitted institution as:
(a) a college, faculty or school of education in Ontario
that is part of or affiliated with a university that is authorized to offer degrees
under an Act of the Assembly, or
(b) an entity authorized under the Postsecondary Education
Choice and Excellence Act:
(i) to offer
a program of professional education leading to a degree or
(ii) to operate
or maintain a university.
Eligible providers for Schedule C, D and F Additional Qualifications
· Ontario faculties of education
· Ontario Teachers’
Federation and its affiliates
· Ontario professional education
associations and organizations whose members
hold a Certificate of Qualification and Registration issued by the Ontario College
· Ontario district school boards
· established non-profit
Ontario educational consortia whose members hold a Certificate of Qualification
and Registration issued by the Ontario College of Teachers
· Ontario Ministry of Education
· Ontario Ministry of Training,
Colleges and Universities
· Colleges of Applied Arts
and Technology (CAAT) in appropriate areas such as technological education, art
and design, and business
· Faculties or schools
of Ontario universities without a college, faculty or school of education in appropriate
areas of expertise
· A comparable First
Nation, Métis or Inuit education institution acceptable to the Registrar with established
capacity providing education services.
10. Will the College accredit pre-existing courses not contained
in the TQR?
No. The Ontario College of Teachers accredits specific professional
development courses that lead to additional teaching qualifications for Ontario
certified teachers. All accredited Additional Qualification (AQ) courses consist
of 125 hours of approved coursework based on specific regulatory requirements for
an additional qualification. All courses follow AQ course guidelines developed by
The AQ courses that the College may accredit are identified within
the schedules of the Teachers’ Qualifications Regulation.
11. Methods of delivery — Are synchronous video, Skype and
Adobe Connect acceptable as face-to-face formats?
Yes. Technologies such as Skype and Adobe
Connect that engage candidates synchronously (in real time, present with one another
and the instructor) are viable face-to-face modes of instruction from the College’s
perspective. Including the use of one of these technologies to serve candidates
in the North would not be considered a change to distance delivery of a course accredited
for face-to-face format.
12. Is there a duty for providers to accommodate candidates (pre-service
and AQ) with physical disabilities in terms of practicum, assignments, etc.? Who
bears the obligation for any costs associated with accommodation?
Any candidates reported to the College must have a practicum experience
that complies with the Accreditation Regulation. This includes ensuring that the
following criteria are satisfied:
- observation and practice teaching in an instructional setting in
schools or other situations that use the Ontario curriculum or in situations approved
by the College
- minimum of 40 days of practical experience in schools or in other
- enables every student to participate in settings related to each
division and at least one of the subject areas of the program that are relevant
to the student
- an experienced teacher supervises the students and assesses their
- a faculty member is appointed as an adviser for each student.
From time to time, faculties may need to make accommodations for
teacher candidates in their program for various reasons. If the placement meets
the minimum criteria highlighted above for a practicum, it would satisfy accreditation
requirements. For example, a candidate may complete 80 half days of practicum experience.
13. Do we have a duty to accommodate members with physical disabilities
in terms of practicum and assignments? Who pays?
The Ontario Human Rights Code applies to providers and the Ontario
College of Teachers. We recommend you consult your legal advisor about your duty
to accommodate and the documents you need to arrange for the accommodation.
14. May providers advertise AQ courses prior to their being accredited
by the College?
Yes, if providers clearly identify that the course is not yet accredited
— for example “Pending accreditation by the Ontario College of Teachers.”
The onus is on providers to ensure that candidates do not begin courses that have
not been accredited.
15. If an AQ course does not meet the standard that should be expected,
what can a member do?
The College is responsible for accrediting the AQ programs offered
by approved providers in Ontario. All accredited programs satisfy various quality
assurance criteria set out in the Accreditation Regulation (Regulation 347/02, Accreditation
of Teacher Education Programs), including standards for the course format and instructors.
All approved providers have quality assurance processes that support
the continuous improvement of their accredited AQ programs. The first step is to
communicate your concerns in writing to the AQ program co-ordinator. It is suggested
that the member provide a copy as well to the course instructor. Providers should
also have provided an opportunity for candidates to complete a course evaluation.
If after communicating with the course provider members have not
received a satisfactory response, they may write to the Manager of Accreditation
identifying concerns in as much detail as possible. This will enable the College
to confirm whether the concerns are ongoing and related to an accreditation requirement
within our authority.
Providers can find additional information at
16. Prerequisites for Schedule A: What are the College expectations
for a faculty offering Schedule A courses regarding prerequisites?
While some schedules have very specific prerequisites set out in
the Teachers’ Qualifications Regulation (TQR), this is not the case for Schedule
A. The TQR simply states “holds an acceptable post-secondary degree or qualifications
the Registrar considers to be equivalent to such a degree.”
Setting prerequisites for Schedule A courses is the purview of faculties
of education as they are the only providers enabled to offer Schedule A courses.
However, admission policies must reflect the providers’ commitment to quality
assurance for accredited courses in their AQ programs.
Schedule A courses do presume background in the subject area as they
focus on preparing candidates to teach in a particular division and deal with pedagogical
approaches specific to the subject.
Generally, faculties require similar prerequisites for Schedule A
as those that are necessary for entrance into a comparable pre-service program.
For example, if five undergraduate courses in English are necessary for entrance
into pre-service I/S English, this is often the prerequisite for Schedule A Intermediate
or Senior English.
Prerequisites for entrance to Schedule A qualification courses vary
from faculty to faculty, and from subject to subject. Faculty websites identify
17. What does the College expect should be prerequisites for Schedule
An acceptable postsecondary degree or equivalent is what the Regulation
sets out. Faculties, the only providers of Schedule A courses, set any additional
prerequisites, which are usually similar to those needed to enter a comparable initial
18. Can a member who holds qualifications only in Technological Education
be awarded additional qualifications?
Yes. If members have qualifications in
Technological Education subjects, their Certificate of Qualification and Registration
permits them to complete a number of Additional Qualification courses, including
any in Schedule C.
If they hold a degree, they could complete an Additional Qualification
in the Primary, Junior, Intermediate or Senior divisions with subjects from Schedule
Technology teachers with any background could complete courses from
Schedule B in any broad-based technology with certain provisions:
- If the program is for a Grade 9 and 10 AQ, they do not require any
specific prerequisites beyond the technological qualifications they already hold.
- If the AQ is for a Grade 11 and 12 technology, they require one year
of work experience and competence in that technology.
They could also complete selected three-session Additional Qualifications
from Schedule D.
They are also able to complete additional courses in their technology
area from Schedule F.
In addition, teachers with technological qualifications who hold
a degree can complete:
- Principal’s Qualifications providing they meet all the other
prerequisites identified in the Regulation
- Supervisory Officer’s Qualifications providing they meet all
the other prerequisites identified in the Regulation.
19. Can more than one Schedule C or D course identified in Section
28 (2) of Regulation 176/10 count as a prerequisite for an Honours Technology Specialist
No, only one Schedule C/D course can be used as an equivalent to
a Schedule B qualification for entrance to Honours Technology Specialist.
If they are using a Schedule C or D course that appears on the list below
in (2) 2. & 3 they can only use one, even if they have more than one of those
20. Can work experience prior to obtaining a Certificate of Qualification
count toward the five years needed for taking a Technological Education ABQ?
21. If a candidate holds a Schedule A qualification in Computer Studies,
can it be recognized as an entry toward the prerequisite for the Honours Specialist
in Technological Education?
Yes. Currently section 28 (2) in the
Teachers’ Qualifications Regulation identifies a number of courses that can
be treated as equivalent to a Grades 9 and 10 entry in Technological Education for
admission purposes. This list includes the qualification for the Intermediate division
or Senior division in the Schedule A subject Computer Studies. This course may be
used as an equivalent entry under subsection 28 (2).
22. What are the entrance requirements for Schedule B courses?
Additional Qualifications prerequisites for Schedule B are outlined
We recommend you verify members have the prerequisites even if they have taken a
Schedule B course previously.
23. To take Kindergarten, Part 2, do members need Kindergarten, Part
1 (or Kindergarten) and primary basic qualifications?
Holders of the now discontinued Schedule C qualification, Kindergarten,
can enter Part 2 of the new three-part Kindergarten AQ (Schedule D).
Ideally, candidates entering into Part 2 of the Schedule D qualification
will hold teaching experience and/or primary basic qualifications, however, as the
Schedule C qualification is deemed to be equivalent to Kindergarten, Part 1, you
are not prevented from admitting those who hold the Schedule C qualification to
Kindergarten, Part 2.
24. If members have an ECE Diploma and B.Ed. would they have their
Part 1 in Kindergarten or Part 2?
Check the public register to determine whether the candidate holds
25. May a member with Schedule C Kindergarten take ABQ Primary and
Schedule D Kindergarten, Part 1 simultaneously?
No. Members admitted to Part I of Schedule D Kindergarten must now
hold a Primary division qualification as a prerequisite to take Schedule D Kindergarten,
26. Does the degree of Juris Doctor (JD) meet the requirement
for acceptance into the Principal’s Qualification program?
No. Neither the Juris Doctor (JD) nor its equivalent, the Bachelor
of Laws (LL.B.), meets the requirement of a Master's degree as they are considered
professional undergraduate degrees.
27. Can applicants for the Principal’s Qualification program
who have a two-year Master’s degree that they used for their initial certification
use the same degree for this program?
The Master’s degree has to be above and beyond the credits
used initially. One year of studies in the degree meet the initial requirements.
The remaining studies can be used for entry into the Principal’s Qualification
28. How do we decide if an applicant’s degree meets the requirements
for admission to a Principal’s or Supervisory Officer’s Qualification
The College does not evaluate credentials for admission to programs
or AQ courses. We can, however, help you when your research is inconclusive.
Send us an email at ProviderFAQ@oct.ca
saying what research you have done. For example:
- For a Master’s level degree, was the institution authorized
to grant graduate degrees when members earned their credential or credits?
- According to the awarding institution, what type or level is the
credential (i.e., Bachelor’s, Master’s)?
- What was the official duration of the degree program?
- Was the Master’s degree needed to meet initial certification
29. We have an official transcript showing completion of 24 credits
toward a Master’s degree in economics. The degree has not been conferred as
there are outstanding courses. How do we determine whether the individual has enough
credits to meet the half Master’s requirement for PQP?
In order to determine the type/level of the credential, we would
encourage you to refer to credential evaluation resources (see below) for general
information about a country's education system and credentials. This will enable
you to determine if a credential is a graduate degree in the country's education
system and what the recognized duration of the credential is.
If the type and level of the program are determined to be acceptable,
the next step would be to determine the degree completed was also the teacher education
program. If it is determined that the degree was also the teacher education program,
the next step would be to determine the number of credits completed within the program
(duration) and whether they represent half the number of credits required for a
Master’s degree program (or a minimum of 15 credits).
If the assumptions above are correct — that it meets the necessary
type and level, and that it is not the initial teacher education program, we can
count all credits completed within this program (24 credits) toward the requirement
of half the credits required for a Master’s degree. Based on this, the applicant
would meet the requirements for PQP admission having one specialist + half the credits
required for a Master’s degree.
30. Can a member who does not have a degree earn the Principal’s
No. Please refer to Section 32 (1) (a) of Regulation 176/10.
31. If a member holds a Master’s degree and meets all other
admission requirements for the Principal’s Qualification, why is the College
unable to award the qualification?
The most common reason is that since the Master’s degree is
part of their teacher education program, there may not be enough credits beyond
the 30 credits used for initial certification.
32. Can someone in the Principal’s Qualification program who
is short three graduate credits complete the credits at any institution?
Yes, provided they are acceptable graduate postsecondary degree credits
33. May a PQP candidate complete a practicum at an international
Membership services has indicated that it is the College’s
position that the provider may determine whether a proposed leadership practicum
in a foreign setting would be similar to expectations for a PQP leadership practicum
conducted in an Ontario setting.
Schedule D, E
34. Can we use teaching experience a member gained while holding
a Transitional Certificate for entry into an AQ for Part 2 or Specialist?
Yes, however only holders of a Certificate of Qualification and Registration
are eligible to enroll in AQ courses.
35. If members have a basic qualification in a subject area for which
there is a Schedule D qualification, can they enter Part 2 of that Schedule D qualification?
Yes. Please refer to Section 26 (1) (iv) of Regulation 176/10.
36. May an AQ provider offer only the Specialist course of a Schedule
is nothing in the accreditation regulation that prevents a provider from submitting
only one part of a Schedule D for accreditation. That being said, providers may
find it difficult to solicit participation in a Schedule D Specialist without the
candidate base that Parts I and II provide.
37. Is teaching experience a prerequisite for entering Part II and
Specialist courses or for reporting them to the College?
Teaching experience should be completed prior to entry to the course.
38. May an instructor of an AQ (say Schedule D Dance) who does not
hold the qualification, but who had other relevant background that led to being
hired as an instructor, be reported to the College for the qualification as a result
of teaching the course? Does the College grant AQ equivalency for individuals who
have taught but did not take the course?
Teaching a course does not lead to obtaining
the qualification. Candidates need to take the actual course and do the coursework.
The College determines whether education courses are equivalent to
Part 1 or Part 2 of an Additional Qualification course offered by Ontario faculties
of education. To qualify for equivalent standing a course must:
- be beyond the teacher education program required for initial certification
have been completed at an accredited teacher training institution or in an approved
graduate program in teacher education
- match the content of the Additional Qualification course for which
equivalent standing is being requested
- represent at least 125 hours of study
- contain a concentrated study of teaching methodology appropriate
for curriculum in Ontario elementary and/or secondary schools.
There is a non-refundable fee of $49 for each equivalency assessment.
Equivalency is not granted for academic (non-pedagogical) courses or experience
of any kind. There is no equivalent standing granted for an Additional Basic Qualification,
Part 3 of a three-part Specialist Qualification, an Honour Specialist Qualification,
Principal’s Qualification or Supervisory Officer’s Qualification.
39. What is considered appropriate teaching experience for entrance
into Schedule D Special Education Specialist?
The College intends for candidates to
enter the Specialist program with at least one year of successful experience teaching
in the specialist area. This ensures that those identified as “specialists”
have had some experience connecting theory and practice as a foundation to their
coursework and future assignments as teacher leaders in the area.
However, the College recognizes that it is not always possible for
some members to obtain a year of “discrete” teaching experience in a
specialist area. For example, some school boards may not have any self-contained
Special Education classroom assignments or provide opportunities to be assigned
as resource teachers. For some subject areas, such as Special Education, supervisory
officers (SOs) may consider experience teaching the specialist subject area in an
integrated format, if the following criteria are met:
- there are limited opportunities to accumulate a year of “specific”
experience teaching the subject, as the subject area is taught in an integrated
- the member can demonstrate that significant program and instructional
modifications were explicitly planned, implemented and reviewed in the teacher’s
For example, SOs might look for evidence that the teacher was responsible
for developing plans, assessing students and reporting in the specialist area. For
Special Education, the SO might consider whether there are resource teachers in
the school who take lead responsibility for planning the IEP, or whether this is
the classroom teacher’s responsibility. The SO might consider whether the
teacher has modified programs for Special Education students vs. more generally
accommodating or differentiating instruction to meet student needs.
This is outlined in detail in a Registrar’s memo at
40. Can we resend a report through Faculty Plus with a revised date?
Please DO NOT send amendments through Faculty Plus. Instead, email
us a PDF of a letter on your letterhead with a signature setting out the changes
41. Can we submit a report containing a blank former surname field?
42. How long does it take to process an uploaded file?
Ten to 15 business days, but it may take longer during peak times.
If the report does not appear after this time frame, please do not resubmit the
report. To check the status of your report, call Maria Nushis at 416-961-8800 (toll-free
in Ontario 1-888-534-2222, ext. 690), or Lillian White at 416-961-8800, ext. 329
or email ProviderFAQ@oct.ca.
43. I am trying to send a report via Faculty Plus for a qualification
completed a couple of years ago. I get “Invalid option code.”
Faculty Plus only accepts codes for current courses. If you are sending
in a late report, please send us a letter signed by the registrar, dean or department
head with the qualification you want to add. You can scan the letter and email us
a PDF or JPEG.
44. I need to add one more record to the file I just submitted. Do
I add the record and upload the whole file again?
No, please do not send a record more than once as it may create duplicate
entries in a member’s file. Please upload the new record only.
45. I have tried several times to upload a report. Help?
There may be several reasons a report is not uploading. Please call
Maria Nushis at 416-961-8800 (toll-free in Ontario at 1-888-534-2222, ext. 690),
or Lillian White at 416-961-8800, ext. 329 or e-mail
46. I just noticed a mistake with the report I sent you a few minutes
ago. How can I fix it?
Please email us and we will advise you accordingly. Please do not
send the report again as it may create duplicate entries in a member’s file.
47. I want to report a Combined Honour Specialist AQ but I can’t
find a code in the Reporting Schedule. How do I obtain the appropriate code?
Please contact one of our assistants: Maria Nushis at 416-961-8800
(toll-free in Ontario at 1-888-534-2222, ext. 690) or by email at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lillian White at 416-961-8800, ext. 329 or by email at
email@example.com for further assistance.
48. Will the system let me submit the AQ file without the general
49. Could you look at the file I have prepared to let me know if
I am doing things correctly before I upload it through Faculty Plus?
Absolutely. Contact Maria Nushis at 416-961-8800 (toll-free in Ontario
at 1-888-534-2222, ext. 690) or firstname.lastname@example.org,
or Lillian White at 416-961-8800, ext. 329 or email@example.com.
50. When does a qualification I have reported not appear on a file?
It can take up to 15 days for a qualification to appear on a member`s
file. If the qualification does not appear after that time frame, it is likely there’s
a discrepancy between the information the member submitted and the information in
your report, or the individual is not eligible for the qualification.
51. We have a student from the US who is in the process of getting
a social insurance number. Can we use just the date of birth? I do not have a College
No. Faculty Plus only accepts a record if it has a social insurance
number or the College registration number. Please advise your candidate to apply
online in order to obtain a registration number.
52. Do you require the official letter to amend the file be sent
by mail, fax or email? Who may sign the letter?
We accept all three submissions. The letter must be signed by the
registrar, dean or the head of the department.
53. If I have reported a member for an incorrect qualification, how
do I inform you of the error? Do we have to send the letter that tells you of a
change in a member’s qualifications by mail, fax or email? Who can sign the
Please advise the College in writing either by fax, mail or email.
The letter must be on your letterhead and the registrar, dean or department head
must sign it. If it’s an email, scan the letter and send us a PDF or JPEG.
54. In the past, we have sent a letter signed by the dean reporting
the completion of AQ courses for internationally educated teachers; is this still
the preferred practice?
Yes. Please note: admission to AQ courses is limited to members of
the College or to individuals who have been reported to the College by an Ontario
faculty of education for basic certification. These
are reported to the College through Faculty Plus. For those who are admitted prior
to certification, they are not eligible for the AQ unless they become members before
the AQ course is completed. If they become members after the qualification is completed,
they will not be eligible for the AQ. The only exception to this is denied applicants
who are taking a course to meet basic certification requirements. Reporting completion
of AQ or ABQ courses for denied applicants may be done through Faculty Plus or by
submitting a letter to the College advising us of the completion of the course.
Denied applicants may also request a transcript to be sent to the College.
55. Does the order in which we report qualifications affect the order
in which they appear on the certificate?
Qualifications are listed in date order. The date used is the date
of completion of the course (reporting date). If two qualifications are reported
for the same date, they will appear in alphabetical order on the certificate.
56. A member completed one part of her Combined Honour Specialist
with us but the first half with another provider. How do we go about sending in
You, as the current provider, send the report. Ask the member to
ask the former provider to release the information about the first part to you.
57. I recently reported a candidate for a Specialist Schedule D qualification
and realized that I forgot to send the Part 2 qualification last year.
Do I need to resend the specialist when I submit the Part 2?
No, we will have the specialist qualification on file. Please only
submit a report for the Part 2 qualification. Naturally, the “specialist”
will not appear on the Certificate of Qualification and Registration until the Part
2 is reported and recorded.
58. What date do I use for the completion of the course to insert
in the “issue date” field?
You pick the date based on the date of course completion according
to your course calendar.
59. If you notify us that you are not able to add a qualification
we have reported because the person is not yet a member of the College, do you also
notify the individual?
No. In many cases, we do not have contact information for non-members,
so we can only notify you. Please note: admission to AQ courses is limited to members
of the College or to individuals who have been reported to the College by an Ontario
faculty of education for basic certification. These are reported to the College
through Faculty Plus. For those who are admitted prior to certification, they are
not eligible for the AQ unless they become members before the AQ course is completed.
If they become members after the qualification is completed, they will not be eligible
for the AQ.
60. How can I be sure that a candidate applying to take an AQ does
not have a transitional certificate, and is ineligible to register?
Providers who use the public register to determine eligibility for
entry to AQs should scroll to the bottom of the public register status history section
to determine if the individual holds a transitional certificate or Certificate of
Qualification and Registration.
61. A teacher who has 20+ years in the private school system, but
none in the public/Catholic system, is inquiring if she meets the requirements for
the PQP. Is there a general ruling on this or is it dependent on the school teaching
Here's what the Teachers' Qualifications Regulation says about the
teaching experience prerequisite for PQP:
“the candidate had at least five school years of successful
classroom teaching experience in a school providing elementary or secondary education,
verified by the appropriate supervisory officer or the appropriate supervisory official…”
The definition section of the Regulation defines the appropriate
supervisory officer and appropriate supervisory official as:
“appropriate supervisory officer” means, in respect of
a teacher, the supervisory officer assigned by a school board in accordance with
the Education Act or by the Minister to provide supervisory services in respect
of the performance by the teacher of his or her duties under the Education Act and
the regulations under it (“agent de supervision compétent”)
“appropriate supervisory official” means a person who,
in the opinion of the Registrar,
(a) has a role comparable to an appropriate supervisory officer with
(i) a school operated by a band or an education authority in Ontario
that is authorized to provide education for Indians within the meaning of the Indian
Act (Canada), or
(ii) a school in a jurisdiction outside Ontario, and
(b) is able to confirm whether a person has successful classroom
teaching experience (“responsable de supervision competence”)
Assuming the individuals’ teaching experience is in a private
school in Ontario, they would have to get their attestation of successful classroom
teaching experience through the Ministry of Education. The candidates who are interested
should contact their Ministry of Education District Office to determine how to obtain