Know Your College
Welcome to the Ontario College of Teachers – home to a community of professionals who combine specialized knowledge and skills with a love for learning and teaching.
You’ve chosen a profession that will give you many opportunities to make a difference in the lives of your students.
We encourage you to take the time to browse through this information. You’ll learn about the benefits of self regulation and the services we offer you.
Your College membership allows you to access up-to-date information about College affairs and to track important information about your membership. You can print tax receipts. You’ll receive the award-winning College magazine, Professionally Speaking. You’ll also get great discounts on hotels, cars, trips, computers, books and schools supplies. Find out how you can participate in College activities.
The College was established in 1997 to allow Ontario teachers to govern their own profession. Learn about your College, the 37 members of Council who represent you and the services we offer you.
Learn about our commitment to operate in an open manner to build public trust in the teaching profession. We provide transparency through Find a Teacher, our information-packed annual reports and open discipline hearings. Read about the 11 responsibilities in the College’s mandate.
Your professional and ethical standards describe what it means to be a teacher in Ontario. They are the goals and aspirations of a teaching profession dedicated to student learning. Embrace the ethical standards of care, trust, respect and integrity. Learn more about the Standards of Practice for the teaching profession.
The teaching licence issued to you every year by the College is an acknowledgement to employers and the public of your qualifications and credentials. Interested in expanding your knowledge and skills? Get details about basic or additional qualifications.
Teachers have a professional designation for the first time in the history of Ontario education.
Learn about your Ontario Certified Teacher designation and how to use it properly.
Looking for expert information specific to your subject area or just a bit of friendly collegial support? View Your Connections for a list of subject associations and other relevant educational organizations.
The College receives and investigates complaints about professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity against members. Find out more about the complaints and discipline process.