101 Bloor Street West
Toronto ON, M5S 0A1
P: 416-961-8800
Toll Free (Canada and U.S.A.): 1-888-534-2222
F: 416-961-8822

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What We Do

We inspire public confidence by protecting the public interest. We do this through licensing, accreditation and discipline. Our mandate includes 11 objects, and we are accountable and transparent to the public.

Licensing qualified teachers

All public school teachers in Ontario must be certified by and be members in good standing with the College. Members can and should use the designation OCT (Ontario Certified Teacher) after their name. The designation shows the public that a teacher has met the high standards required of Ontario’s teaching profession.

Accrediting teacher education

We accredit teacher education programs in Ontario, including more than 50 full- and part-time programs in 18 faculties.

Approving Additional Qualification courses

We review and approve hundreds of Additional Qualification (AQ) courses. These help teachers stay up-to-date with their practice, expand their skills and meet the challenges of today’s classrooms.

Investigating and Resolving Complaints

The College investigates and resolves complaints about members to ensure public confidence that classrooms are safe for students. A three-member panel reviews investigation reports, and a disciplinary panel rules on allegations of misconduct. There are two types of hearings:

  • Disciplinary hearings related to complaints of professional misconduct or incompetence, and their decisions, are public.
  • Hearings related to complaints of a member's fitness to practice are not public.

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101 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M5S 0A1

Client Services:

Telephone: 416.961.8800

Toll-Free (Canada and U.S.A.): 1.888.534.2222


All Other Inquiries:

Telephone: 437.880.3000

Toll-Free (Canada and U.S.A.): 1.833.966.5588


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