Standards of Practice
The Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession provide a framework
of principles that describes the knowledge, skills, and values inherent in Ontario's
teaching profession. These standards articulate the goals and aspirations of the
profession. These standards convey a collective vision of professionalism that guides
the daily practices of members of the Ontario College of Teachers.
The Purposes of the Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession are:
- to inspire a shared vision for the teaching profession
- to identify the values, knowledge and skills that are distinctive to the teaching
- to guide the professional judgment and actions of the teaching profession
- to promote a common language that fosters an understanding of what it means to be
a member of the teaching profession.
The Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession are:
Commitment to Students and Student Learning
Members are dedicated in their care and commitment to students. They treat students
equitably and with respect and are sensitive to factors that influence individual
student learning. Members facilitate the development of students as contributing
citizens of Canadian society.
Members strive to be current in their professional knowledge and recognize its relationship
to practice. They understand and reflect on student development, learning theory,
pedagogy, curriculum, ethics, educational research and related policies and legislation
to inform professional judgment in practice.
Members apply professional knowledge and experience to promote student learning.
They use appropriate pedagogy, assessment and evaluation, resources and technology
in planning for and responding to the needs of individual students and learning
communities. Members refine their professional practice through ongoing inquiry,
dialogue and reflection.
Leadership in Learning Communities
Members promote and participate in the creation of collaborative, safe and supportive
learning communities. They recognize their shared responsibilities and their leadership
roles in order to facilitate student success. Members maintain and uphold the principles
of the ethical standards in these learning communities.
Ongoing Professional Learning
Members recognize that a commitment to ongoing professional learning is integral
to effective practice and to student learning. Professional practice and self-directed
learning are informed by experience, research, collaboration and knowledge.