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Prerequisites for Admission to Additional Qualifications and Programs

For detailed information as it appears in legislation, please see the Teachers’ Qualifications Regulation.

Schedules and Guidelines

Ontario’s system of regulated Additional Qualifications (AQs) allows members to expand their knowledge and skills within the divisions and/or subjects in which they are already qualified or to acquire knowledge in new areas.

Additional Basic Qualification (ABQ) courses allow teachers to add another division or subject area to what they are already qualified to teach. ABQ courses can prepare teachers to teach students at the Primary, Junior, Intermediate or Senior level or in Technological Education. They can also provide English or French-speaking teachers with the skills to work in the other language.

Additional Qualification courses allow members to expand their knowledge and skills within the divisions and subjects in which they are already qualified or to acquire knowledge in new subject areas. Specialist and honour specialist courses allow teachers to focus on leadership and curriculum development. 

Members are responsible for learning what prerequisites are necessary to enrol in AQ courses or programs. The admission requirements below are the minimum identified in regulation, and Additional Qualification providers may require additional requirements for entry. Members must hold a Certificate of Qualification and Registration for admission to AQ courses or programs.

Transitional certificate holders are not eligible to enrol in College-accredited AQ programs including ABQs.

You can learn more about the purposes of Additional Qualifications in the College’s professional advisory.

Requirements for Admission
General Education One-Session ABQs in Primary, Junior, Intermediate and Senior Divisions

  • Certificate of Qualification and Registration
  • an acceptable postsecondary degree or qualifications that the Registrar considers equivalent to such a degree

Requirements for Admission
Technological Education One-Session ABQs in Grades 9 and 10, Grades 11 and 12
Subjects from Schedule B

If the applicant holds technological education qualifications:

  • for admission to technological education qualification for Grades 9 and 10, a candidate must have a Certificate of Qualification and Registration
  • for admission to technological education qualification for Grades 11 and 12, a candidate must have a Certificate of Qualification and Registration plus one of:
    • 12 months of work experience, including business or industrial experience, in which the candidate used skills and knowledge related to the technological education subject for entry, or
    • postsecondary education that the Registrar considers to be equivalent to 12 months work experience, including business or industrial experience, in which the candidate used skills and knowledge related to the technological education subject for entry, or
    • a combination of postsecondary education and work experience, including business or industrial experience, in which the candidate used skills and knowledge related to the technological education subject for entry, that the Registrar considers equivalent to 12 months of work experience, and
  • demonstrated competency related to the technological education subject is also required in any work experience described above 

Note: Eligible work experience must use skills and knowledge related to the technological education subject for entry and may include business or industrial experience.

If the applicant’s area of study in the program of professional education was not in a technological education subject, the candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • Certificate of Qualification and Registration
  • five years of work experience or a combination of postsecondary education and work experience that totals five years and includes:
    1. at least two years of work experience, including business or industrial experience, at least four months of which were continuous, and
    2. postsecondary education acceptable to the College consisting of:
      • a program leading to an acceptable postsecondary degree, or a certificate, diploma or advanced diploma granted under the Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology Act, 2002, or a predecessor act, or under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005, or a predecessor act, or by another institution acceptable to the College, or
      • an apprenticeship program acceptable to the College, and
      • in the work experience referred to above, demonstrated competency based on an assessment of advanced skills and knowledge related to a technological education subject listed in Schedule B.
Note: One year of work experience completed as part of a work placement or co-operative work placement can be used towards satisfying the work experience requirement. See the Teachers’ Qualifications Regulation for details. 

Requirements for Admission
One-Session AQs from Schedule C

  • Certificate of Qualification and Registration

Requirements for Admission
Three-Part Specialist AQs from Schedule D

The three-part specialist qualification consists of Parts I, II and Specialist (III).
Prerequisites for Part I

  • Certificate of Qualification and Registration
  • A qualification in one of the following:
    • Primary division
    • Junior division
    • Intermediate division in a general education subject from Schedule A, or
    • Senior division in a general education subject from Schedule A
  • additional prerequisites for some qualifications as noted below
  • applicants with technological education qualifications may enter specific AQs as noted below  

Note:

Prerequisite for Admission for Part I of the specialist qualification in American Sign Language or Langue des signes québécoise (ASL/LSQ) or in Aural and Oral Communication is a Certificate of Qualification and Registration which has an entry for a qualification in The Deaf, listed in Schedule D, or Teaching Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing – ASL/LSQ Communication (specialist), or Teaching Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing – Aural and Oral Communication (specialist), or an equivalent qualification.

For admission into Part I of the specialist qualification in Primary Education, Junior Education or Intermediate Education, applicants also must hold a qualification in the respective division.

For admission into Part I in Kindergarten, applicants also must hold a qualification in the Primary division

Teachers holding qualifications in technological education may take specific three-part specialist courses in the following general education subjects:

Actualisation linguistique en français / Perfectionnement du français
Co-operative Education
English as a Second Language
Guidance and Career Education
Inclusive Classroom
Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction
Media
Music – Instrumental
Music – Vocal, Intermediate and Senior
Music – Vocal, Primary and Junior
Reading
Religious Education
Special Education
Teaching Students Who Are Blind
Teaching Students Who Are Deaf-Blind
Visual Arts
Writing

Prerequisites for Part II

  • one year of successful classroom teacher experience
  • one of the following:
    • Part I of the specialist qualification or an equivalent program
    • a qualification in the Intermediate or Senior division in the same subject from Schedule A

Note:

Applicants with a qualification in Kindergarten from Schedule C may enter Part II of the Schedule D specialist qualification in Kindergarten.

Prerequisites for Part III (Specialist)

  • Part II of the specialist qualification or an equivalent program
  • two years of successful classroom teaching experience, including at least one year teaching the subject

Requirements for Admission
One-Session Honour Specialist AQs from Schedule E

  1. Certificate of Qualification and Registration
  2.  A qualification in one of the following:
    • Primary division
    • Junior division
    • Intermediate division in a general education subject from Schedule A, or
    • Senior division in a general education subject from Schedule A
  • acceptable postsecondary degree (or its equivalent):
    • that required the completion of at least 120 postsecondary credits
    • for which the candidate completed, in the case of two subjects, at least 36 postsecondary credits in each subject and at least 84 credits in total in the two subjects, or in the case of one subject, at least 54 postsecondary credits in the subject, and
    • in which the candidate obtained at least second-class or equivalent standing in the subject or subjects
  • two school years of successful classroom teaching experience, including at least one school year teaching the subject or subjects

Note:
A postsecondary credit that is counted toward meeting the requirements for one honour specialist qualification can not be used to meet the requirements for another honour specialist qualification.

For the purposes of meeting the required number of postsecondary credits in a subject, a postsecondary credit in Anthropology, Psychology or Sociology is a postsecondary credit in Social Sciences.


Requirements for Admission
Honour Specialist AQs in Technological Education

  • Certificate of Qualification and Registration
  • two school years of successful teaching, including at least one school year of experience teaching a technological education subject from Schedule B
  • a secondary school graduation diploma or successful completion of the equivalent of one year of full-time study in a program that requires a Secondary School Graduation Diploma or its equivalent for admission
  • At least one of*:
  • four entries consisting of one qualification in Grades 9 and 10 in a technological education subject from Schedule B, one qualification in Grades 11 and 12 in the same subject, and two other qualifications in either Grades 9 and 10 or Grades 11 and 12 in any other technological education subject from Schedule B,
    For example, all of the following:
    • Grades 9 & 10 Communications Technology
    • Grades 11 & 12 Communications Technology
    • Grades 9 & 10 Computer Technology
    • Grades 9 & 10 Technological Design
  • Or, four entries consisting of two qualifications in Grades 9 and 10 in technological education subjects from Schedule B, and qualifications in Grades 11 and 12 in the same two subjects,

    For example, all of the following:

    • Grades 9 & 10 Hairstyling and Aesthetics
    • Grades 9 & 10 Health Care
    • Grades 11 & 12 Hairstyling and Aesthetics
    • Grades 11 & 12 Health Care
  • Or, four qualifications in Grades 9 and 10 in technological education subjects from Schedule B, and a specialist qualification in a Schedule D subject listed in section 26 of the Teachers’ Qualifications Regulation

    For example, all of the following:
    • Grades 9 & 10 Green Industries
    • Grades 9 & 10 Hospitality and Tourism
    • Grades 9 & 10 Construction Technology
    • Grades 9 & 10 Technological Design
    • Co-operative Education, Parts I and II and Specialist

Note: An entry for Computer Studies - Intermediate Division or Senior Division from Schedule A, or the courses listed below from Schedule C and D, can be deemed equivalent to one entry for a qualification in Grades 9 and 10 in a technological education subject listed in Schedule B:

  • Computer Studies – Computer Technology
  • Leadership en milieu minoritaire
  • Science and Technology, Grades 7 and 8
  • Actualisation linguistique en français / Perfectionnement du français, Part I
  • Co-operative Education, Part I
  • Design and Technology, Part I
  • English as a Second Language, Part I
  • Guidance and Career Education, Part I
  • Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction, Part I
  • Special Education, Part I

Requirements for Admission
One-Session AQs in Technological Education from Schedule F

Schedule F Additional Qualifications are one-session courses available to members with a technological education qualification. These courses permit specialized study within the member’s broad-based technology education qualification. Requirements are:

  • Certificate of Qualification and Registration
  • Basic Qualification or Additional Basic Qualification in the Schedule B technological education subject that is offered in the Schedule F course

Requirements for Admission
Teaching Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Program

  • Certificate of Qualification and Registration
  • completion of two courses in American Sign Language or Langue des signes québécoise (ASL/LSQ) acceptable to the College (or demonstration of equivalent proficiency)

Requirements for Admission
Principal ’s Qualifications

Principal’s Qualifications consist of Parts I and II.

Part I Principal’s Qualification

  • Certificate of Qualification and Registration
  • an acceptable postsecondary degree or qualifications that the Registrar considers to be equivalent to such a degree
  • Intermediate division qualification in a general education subject listed in Schedule A or Grades 9 and 10 technological subject from Schedule B, and entries for any two of the following qualifications:
    • the Primary division
    • the Junior division
    • either Grades 11 and 12 in a technological education subject from Schedule B or the Senior division in a general education subject from Schedule A
  • five school years of successful classroom teaching experience in a school providing elementary or secondary education

And one of:

  • two specialist or honour specialist qualifications, or
  • one specialist or honour specialist qualification, and at least half the number of graduate postsecondary credits required to qualify for a master’s degree, or
  • a master’s degree that required completion of at least 30 graduate postsecondary credits or their equivalent, or a doctorate, or
  • at least 30 graduate postsecondary credits or their equivalent

Notes:

The graduate credits must have been granted by an institution authorized to grant an acceptable postsecondary degree and have been completed in addition to any credits required for initial certification.

Effective September 30, 2011, qualifications in three subjects from Schedule F is deemed to be equivalent to one specialist or honour specialist qualification for the purposes of admission into Principal’s Qualification, Part I.

Part II Principal’s Qualification

  • Certificate of Qualification and Registration
  • Part I Principal’s Qualification or a former Principal’s Certificate identified in regulation

Requirements for Admission
Principal’s Development Additional Qualification

  • Certificate of Qualification and Registration
  • Principal’s Qualifications
  • two years of successful experience as a principal or vice-principal

Requirements for Admission
Supervisory Officer’s Qualification Program

The Supervisory Officer’s Qualification Program consists of four instructional modules and a practicum that must be completed within five years of starting the program.

Prerequisites for Admission

  • Certificate of Qualification and Registration
  • an acceptable postsecondary degree or qualifications that the Registrar considers equivalent
  • Intermediate division qualifications in a general education subject from Schedule A or a qualification in Grades 9 and 10 in a technological education subject from Schedule B, and qualifications in any two of:
    • the Primary division
    • the Junior division
    • either the Senior division in a general education subject from Schedule A or Grades 11 and 12 in a technological education subject from Schedule B, or qualifications that the Registrar considers to be equivalent
  • qualifications that the Registrar considers to be equivalent to the Primary division, Junior division, and either Senior division in a general education subject listed in Schedule A or a Grade 11 and 12 technological education subject listed in Schedule B
  • five years of successful classroom teaching experience in a school providing elementary or secondary education
  • an acceptable master’s degree with 30 graduate postsecondary credits or their equivalent, or a doctorate of which the credits or their equivalent were completed in addition to any credits required for initial certification

And one of:

  • Principal’s Qualifications, or
  • an Elementary School Principal’s Certificate, a Secondary School Principal’s Certificate – Type A, a Secondary School Principal’s Certificate – Type B, or a Secondary School Principal’s Certificate, or
  • qualifications to be a principal from a jurisdiction outside Ontario, verified by the appropriate supervisory official, or
  • experience in the position of principal outside Ontario that the Registrar considers to be equivalent to a position in Ontario for which principal’s qualifications are required under the Education Act, or
  • specialist or honour specialist qualifications in one or more subjects and, in addition to five years of classroom teaching experience, at least two school years of successful experience as a teacher appointed by a school board to supervise or co-ordinate a subject or program or to act as a consultant for teachers of a subject or program, as verified by the appropriate supervisory officer or supervisory official, or
  • specialist or honour specialist qualifications from a jurisdiction outside Ontario, as verified by the appropriate supervisory official, that the Registrar considers to be equivalent to specialist or honour specialist qualifications in one or more subjects and, in addition to five years of classroom teaching experience, at least two years of successful experience in a position that the Registrar considers to be equivalent to a position as a teacher appointed by a school board to supervise or co-ordinate a subject or program or to act as a consultant for teachers of a subject or program, as verified by the appropriate supervisory officer or supervisory official, or
  • in addition to five year of classroom teaching experience, at least two years of experience as:
      • an education officer employed at the Ontario Ministry of Education, as verified by a district manager or branch director of the Ministry, or as an employee outside Ontario in a position that the Registrar considers to be equivalent, or
      • an employee outside Ontario in a position that the Registrar considers to be equivalent to the position of supervisory officer of a school board, as verified by the appropriate supervisory official, or
      • a program consultant seconded to the Ontario Ministry of Education for French-language, English-language or Native-language programs, as verified by a district manager or branch director of the Ministry of Education, or as an employee in a position outside Ontario that the Registrar considers to be equivalent, or
      • at least two years of education-related leadership experience in an educational organization in a position that the Registrar considers comparable to one of these positions.
    • Qualifications in three subjects from Schedule F is deemed to be equivalent to one specialist or honour specialist qualification for the purposes of admission

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