The Faculty of Education has, as one of its major responsibilities, the offering of Ontario College of Teachers additional qualifications courses for Ontario elementary and secondary teachers. A selection of courses is offered on-campus in the Fall/Winter, Spring Intersession, and Summer terms. Courses are also offered online and in various sites across eastern Ontario. Information about course offerings may be obtained from the Office of Continuing Teacher Education, Faculty of Education, or on the Continuing Teacher Education website at www.coursesforteachers.ca.
The academic regulations governing these courses are in most cases the same as for courses in the BEd/DipEd program and are found in other sections of this Calendar. It is expected that any candidate registering in these courses will be familiar with both the College of Teachers regulations and those of this Faculty.
Candidates must meet the minimum qualifications for registration in these courses as contained in Regulation 184/97 of the Ontario College of Teachers Act and any additional requirements established by the Faculty. A summary of the current requirements is presented below:
A - ADDITIONAL BASIC QUALIFICATION (ABQ)
One-session ABQ courses in Primary, Junior, Intermediate, and Senior divisions are designed for teachers who wish to qualify in an additional division. In each case, a candidate for an ABQ must:
1. Hold a Certificate of Qualification (COQ);
2. Hold an acceptable university degree.
In addition, candidates for ABQ Intermediate and ABQ Senior must submit original transcripts confirming:
1. Three full-year university courses in the teaching subject; OR
2. For candidates who already have an Intermediate basic qualification, a minimum of two full-year university courses in the subject area.
1. Five full-year university courses in the teaching subject; OR
2. For candidates who already have a Senior basic qualification, a minimum
of two full-year university courses in the subject area is required.
B - THREE-SESSION ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION COURSES (AQ)
Candidates for Part 1 must:
1. Hold a COQ or Interim COQ*
*Applicants who hold an Interim COQ may have different or additional prerequisite criteria for registration as required by the Ontario College of Teachers. These criteria will be outlined on their Interim COQ.
i. To register in Part 1 of Primary Education, Junior Education, or Intermediate Education, the applicant's COQ must show a basic qualification in the corresponding division.
ii. Applicants with a COQ or Interim COQ showing qualifications in Technological Education are eligible to register only in the following Queen's three-session courses: Integration of Information and Computer Technology Instruction, Cooperative Education, English as a Second Language, Guidance and Career Education, and Special Education.
iii. Admission to Part 2 of some three-session AQ courses may be granted to candidates who hold a basic qualification in the same area.
iv. French as a Second Language Part 1 candidates must meet at least one of the following criteria to be admitted to the course:
A. Provide official transcripts showing successful completion of five full-year university French courses (e.g., linguistics, literature, etc.); OR
B. Provide official transcripts showing successful completion of a university degree program in which the official language was French; OR
C. Achieve the following minimum scores on the TESTCan French language competency test:
5.0 on the listening/reading/speaking components; and
4.5 on the writing component
The TESTCan French competency test is offered through the Second Language Institute at the University of Ottawa. For registration details, please visit www.testcan.uottawa.ca/. The results sent directly to the Office of Continuing Teacher Education, Faculty of Education, Queen's University, Duncan McArthur Hall, Room A 113, Kingston, Ontario K7M 5R7.
Candidates for Part 2 must:
1. Hold a COQ or Interim COQ indicating successful completion of Part 1;
2. Submit (by fax or mail) a Confirmation of Teaching Experience form confirming a minimum of one year of successful teaching experience after teacher certification.
PART 3 (SPECIALIST)
Candidates for Part 3 must:
1. Hold a COQ or Interim COQ indicating successful completion of Part 2;
2. Submit (by fax or mail) a Confirmation of Teaching Experience form confirming a minimum of two years of successful teaching experience after teacher certification, with one year in the subject area in Ontario.
C - HONOUR SPECIALIST
Candidates for Honour Specialist courses must:
1. Hold a COQ or Interim COQ;
2. Provide official university transcript(s) confirming:
a) A university degree showing completion of 20 full-year courses; AND
b) A minimum 'B' average in 9 full-year courses in the subject;
3. Submit (by fax or mail) a Confirmation of Teaching Experience form confirming a minimum of two years of successful teaching experience after teacher certification, with one year in the subject area in Ontario.
Preparation for an Honour Specialist qualification in General Science must include a minimum of one full-year university course in each of biology, chemistry, and physics.
D - HONOUR SPECIALIST TECHNOLOGICAL EDUCATION
Honour Specialist Technological Education candidates must:
1. Hold a COQ or Interim COQ
2. Have entries on the COQ or Interim COQ indicating qualifications in at least:
a) Three of the subjects at the Grades 9 and 10 level and one subject at the Grades 11 and 12 level; OR
b) Four of the subjects at the Grades 9 and 10 level and an entry indicating a Part 3 Specialist qualification;
3. Provide official transcript(s) confirming one of the following:
a) OSSD; or
b) OSSHGD; or
c) OSSGD plus one year of post secondary study in addition to teacher training; or
d) One full-year of college
e) Four full-year university courses
4. Submit a completed Confirmation of Teaching Experience form confirming a minimum of two years of successful teaching experience after teacher certification including one year in technological education in Ontario.
A qualification on the COQ in Design and Technology Part 1 or Computer Studies-Computer Technology Part 1 will be considered equivalent to one basic level entry for the sole purpose of meeting the requirements for registration in Honour Specialist in Technological Education.
E - Principals’ Qualifications Program (PQP)
The Faculty of Education offers the Principals' Qualifications Program (PQP) for those candidates who are aspiring vice-principals and principals. Queen's offers the program in a blended online/on-site format each summer.
The program consists of three components:
- Part 1, a 125-hour blended course offered partially online and partially in the classroom;
- a mandatory practicum that consists of observing an educational leader and carrying out a practical project in which the candidate assumes a leadership role in their educational system and then reflects on the experience (totaling about 60 hours); and
- Part 2, another 125-hour blended course.
The Principals' Qualifications Program adheres to the guidelines of, and has been accredited by, the Ontario College of Teachers. The College reviews the program annually.
PQP Part 1
- Certificate of Qualification.
- A university degree (can be confirmed by the Certificate of Qualification).
- Confirmation of 5 years of successful teaching experience.
- Additional Basic Qualifications in three teaching divisions, one of which must be the Intermediate division.
- Two Specialist qualifications or a Master's degree or one specialist and at least half of a Master’s degree completed.
PQP Part 2
- Proof of successful completion of Part 1 and the practicum component if completed somewhere other than Queen's University.
The registration form must be fully completed, either online through the Continuing Teacher Education website or on paper, and submitted along with the appropriate documentation by the relevant deadline date. Candidates for Part 2 and Specialist courses must have the teaching experience form completed and signed by the appropriate supervisory officer.
Candidates are required to notify the Office of Continuing Teacher Education in writing immediately if they decide to withdraw from a course. Failure to do so may result in financial penalty or a failing grade in the course.
The University reserves the right to cancel any course due to insufficient enrolment or if an instructor is not available. Course offerings are subject to Faculty approval pending discussions with the Ontario College of Teachers.