Frequently Asked Questions
What is the mandate of the Ontario College of Teachers?
The Ontario College of Teachers licenses, governs and regulates
Ontario's teaching profession in the public interest. It sets standards of
practice and ethical standards, conducts disciplinary hearing and accredits
teacher education programs affecting its 235,000
members in publicly funded schools and institutions across Ontario. The College
is the only self-regulatory body for teachers in Canada.
The College's authority is contained in the Ontario College of Teachers
Act. The College:
- regulates the profession of teaching and governs its members
- determines membership criteria and issues, renews, amends suspends, cancels,
revokes and reinstates Certificate of Qualification and Registration
- accredits pre-service and in-service teacher education programs that lead
to certification for additional qualifications
- establishes and enforces professional and ethical standards
- investigates complaints against members of the College and deals with discipline
and fitness-to-practise issues
- communicates with the public on behalf of the members of the College
- performs other functions as laid out in the Act.