101 Bloor Street West
Toronto ON, M5S 0A1
P: 416-961-8800
Toll Free (Ontario Only): 1-888-534-2222
F: 416-961-8822

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Evaluation of Your Credentials


New certification requirements in effect

On September 1, 2015, Ontario’s teacher education program changed.  The four-semester program with an increased practicum of 80 days includes an enhanced focus in areas such as special education, how to teach using technology, and diversity.  As a result of these changes, new teacher education program requirements for certification also took effect on September 1, 2015. 

Once the College has received your application and all required documents, we will make best efforts to advise you of the outcome within 120 days. Generally, this process takes less time. The College will notify you about one of these three outcomes:

  1. You are eligible for certification. Once you pay the current annual membership fee, the College will register you as a member and issue you a licence to teach in Ontario's publicly funded elementary or secondary schools.

    Your name will appear on the College's public register along with information about your qualifications and the type of certificate you hold. Personal information, such as your address, phone number and email address are not included.

    Your degree(s) and program of teacher education will appear on your Certificate of Qualification and Registration as it is listed on the transcript we receive from your postsecondary institution.

  2. We require more information to complete your evaluation. In a small percentage of applications received, the official documents do not provide all the information that is required to determine if an applicant meets the academic, professional and language proficiency requirements for registration. To obtain the information required for the evaluation, the College sends correspondences to applicants, institutions and other third parties. We will send you information about the request.

  3. You are not eligible for certification.  The College will write to you that we are unable to certify you at this time. The letter will include information about the requirements that you must fulfill and offer a number of resources to help clarify these requirements. You will have two years to complete them.

    You also have the right to appeal the Registrar's decision.

If we are unable to certify you, you will be invited to an information session to answer any further questions you may have about registering with the College.

In addition, you may ask for a meeting in person or by phone to discuss your evaluation and find out how you can meet the requirements.

Mail or fax your request to:

Marianne Tompkins-Carter
Manager of Evaluation Services
Ontario College of Teachers
101 Bloor Street West
Toronto ON M5S 0A1
Fax: 416-961-8822

You may also call the College at 416-961-8800 or 1-888-534-2222, or e-mail info@oct.ca to set up an appointment or to learn more about credential assessment for denied applicants.

101 Bloor Street West, Toronto ON, M5S 0A1, P: 416.961.8800 / Toll Free (Ontario Only): 1.888.534.2222 / F: 416.961.8822 / info@oct.ca

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