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  • September 01 2015

    New certification requirements in effect

    On September 1, 2015, Ontario’s teacher education program changed. New teacher education program requirements for certification also took effect.

  • July 10 2015

    Who governs your profession?

    College members recently elected the seventh College Council, which will govern the teaching profession in the public interest for the next three years.

  • June 30 2015

    Annual Meeting

    Transparency and communication were the themes of the evening at the 2015 Annual Meeting of Members.

About the College

The Ontario College of Teachers licenses, governs and regulates Ontario's teaching profession in the public interest.

Teachers who work in publicly funded schools in Ontario must be certified to teach in the province and be members of the College. 

The College sets ethical standards of practice, issues teaching certificates and may suspend or revoke them, accredits teacher education programs and courses, and investigates and hears complaints about members.

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Enhancing Teacher Education

Planning New Teacher Education. Find out about the enhanced program

Initial teacher education – what people learn to become teachers – is undergoing significant and exciting change in Ontario.

Beginning on September 1, 2015, the initial teacher education program at Ontario’s faculties of education will expand to four-semesters and include twice the amount of practice teaching time (80 days, up from 40) and greater attention to students’ mental health and well-being, how to teach with technology, and diversity among other core elements.

The Ontario College of Teachers is proud to take a leadership role in developing the program requirements.

We are also proud to work with the faculties to help implement the program and with the province to make necessary legislative changes.

Find out how new certification requirements may affect you


Professionally Speaking

Professionally Speaking

Inside the September Issue

What should you do if you suspect child abuse or neglect? Read the College’s latest professional advisory, Duty to Report.

College Channel

Chris Woodcroft, OCT

Great Teaching Video

Former Olympic wrestler Chris Woodcroft, OCT, celebrates victories big and small as the principal of a Kitchener high school.


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  • GAMES ON Three OCTs taking part in this summer’s Pan Am and Parapan Am Games discuss their experiences leading up to these events and how sports helps inform their professional practice in the classroom.
  • In the June issue of Professionally Speaking: MARKS OF SPEED - A high school math teacher uses a tablet and a versatile note-taking app to cut marking time and provide more feedback to students.

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