Placing students’ interests and well-being first by regulating and promoting excellence in teaching.
Trusted to regulate the teaching profession.
The Ontario College of Teachers commits to:
- protect the public interest;
- quality, excellence and professionalism;
- honesty and integrity;
- accountability and transparency;
- efficiency, effectiveness and fiscal responsibility;
- inclusivity and respect for diversity; and
- respectfulness and teamwork between the College Council, staff and stakeholder community, each respecting the other’s role.
- STRENGTHEN TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY:
- develop objective and subjective key performance indicators for the College that are measurable, observable and perceivable;
- make improvements to the discipline process to better reflect public expectations; and
- use plain language internally and externally in all communications to better connect the public and College members to the work of the College.
- MANAGE RISK MORE STRATEGICALLY:
- focus more on managing risk and less on operational issues in Council meetings;
- increase public awareness of the ongoing professional development activities of all College members;
- annually conduct an environmental risk scan;
- analyze College data and trends as a basis for creating additional guidance and member resources; and
- utilize the recommendations of the 2018 Governance Review to ensure improved governance and oversight.
- IMPROVE STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT:
- clarify and better communicate the privilege and benefits of self-regulation; and
- enhance the effectiveness of collaboration with government constituent organizations and other regulators.
The College has a duty to serve and protect the public interest by carrying out the following objects in the Ontario College of Teachers Act:
- regulate and govern Ontario teachers;
- determine requirements for College membership;
- accredit professional teacher education and development programs, and provide for members’ ongoing education;
- develop, provide and accredit programs leading to
additional Certificates of Qualification;
- issue, renew, amend, suspend, cancel, revoke and reinstate Certificates of Qualification and Registration;
- set and enforce professional and ethical standards for College members;
- investigate and resolve complaints against College members regarding allegations of professional misconduct, incompetence and fitness to practice; and
- communicate with the public on behalf of College members.