What is the mandate of the Ontario College of Teachers?
The College was established in 1997 to allow Ontario teachers to regulate and govern their own profession in the public interest. The College sets ethical standards and standards of practice, issues teaching certificates and may suspend or revoke them. We accredit teacher education programs and courses, and investigate and hear complaints about individual members. We are also mandated to communicate with the public on behalf of the profession, which we do primarily through our website.
The College relies on the involvement and input of its members and
education partners in its work to continuously improve the teaching profession
How does the College fulfill its duty to serve and protect the public interest?
Through the College, Ontario’s teaching profession works to ensure that qualified and committed teachers provide quality teaching to our students. The College is accountable for how it carries out its responsibilities.
For example, on the College website, the public can view a register of all our members that includes their qualifications and credentials. Disciplinary hearings are open to the public, and a summary of hearing decisions is published in the College magazine and on our website.
How are we governed?
The College is governed by a Council of 37 members, 23 of whom are members of the College elected by their peers for three-year terms.
Members are elected from the English public, English Catholic, French public, French Catholic, elementary and secondary school systems in all regions of the province to represent the public interest. Four elected members represent principal/vice-principal, supervisory officer, faculty of education and private school positions.
The other 14 members of Council are appointed by the provincial government for terms of up to three years. The Council meets at least four times a year to develop and approve policies.
Serving on Council brochure (PDF)
Ontario certified teachers are loyal to their profession and to practicing in the province. In a member survey, two-thirds of respondents said they plan to teach in Ontario until they retire.
Who are our members?
Our members work in publicly funded schools, faculties of education, the Ministry of Education, teachers’ federations, the College, independent schools, First Nations schools and many other institutions that provide education opportunities for teachers and their students in Ontario, as well as in other parts of Canada and around the world. The College membership reached 230,000 in 2011.
What services do we offer you?
The College offers its members and the public a wide range of resources on job opportunities, teaching and education on its website, through the Margaret Wilson Library and in our quarterly magazine, Professionally Speaking.
Learn more about the College’s popular Find an AQ online search tool.
Your College is green
The Ontario College of Teachers is greener and smarter. Improving the environmental footprint of our building is a high priority.
Energy efficiency is a key feature and dovetails with our commitment to sustainable development. To demonstrate our dedication to a more eco-friendly workplace, the College is working toward LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
Correspondence you may receive from the College from time to time is printed on 100 per cent, post-consumer recycled paper using vegetable-based inks.