Overview

Seneca Part-time Studies' professional development program for Ontario educators is ideal for teachers looking to expand their knowledge and upgrade their skills in the subject areas in which they are qualified. Our Additional Qualification (AQ) courses also provide Ontario educators with the opportunity to further their professional development by helping them acquire knowledge in new subject areas and prepare them for more specific and specialized roles.

Successful candidates will have completed AQ courses listed on their Certificate of Qualification and documented on the Ontario College of Teachers' public register. Seneca's AQ courses are accredited by the Ontario College of Teachers.


 

Additional Qualification (AQ) courses:

  • Schedule C - One Session AQ Courses

    These courses are intended for candidates who wish to expand their knowledge and skills within the divisions and subjects in which they are already qualified, or to acquire knowledge in new subject areas.
  • Schedule D - Three-part Specialist AQ Courses

    The three-part specialist qualification consists of Parts I, II and Specialist (Part III). By completing Part I, II and Specialist (Part III), candidates will receive a Specialist recognition in the specified subject area. Candidates may wish to consult with the Qualifications Evaluation Council of Ontario (QECO) or the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) to have their qualifications re-evaluated for a category change.

Contact us for more information. 

Professional Development for Educators

Seneca's Additional Qualification (AQ) Courses are accredited by the Ontario College of Teachers. Ontario educators embark on professional development opportunities so that they may upgrade and gain qualifications in specific subject areas. Successful candidates will have completed AQ courses listed on their Certificate of Qualification, and documented on the Ontario College of Teachers' public register.

Admission Requirements

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

As per Ontario Regulation 176/10, Teacher's Qualification Regulation, under the Ontario College of Teachers Act, all candidates enrolling in Additional Qualification (AQ) courses must be qualified for admission and meet the following requirements:

  • All candidates must be members in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT).
  • All candidates must hold a "Certificate of Qualification" or an "Interim Certificate of Qualification," showing basic qualifications in two divisions (i.e. Primary, Junior, Intermediate, or Senior).
  • Candidates who hold Technological Education qualifications but do not have any basic qualifications in Primary, Junior, Intermediate, or Senior divisions are only eligible to register in Part I courses, as specified by the OCT.
  • Candidates holding a Transitional Certificate are not eligible to enroll in OCT accredited AQ programs.
  • Ontario Bachelor of Education students may take courses prior to membership with OCT, if they have met all requirements to graduate and if they have applied to the OCT for a Certificate of Qualification. B.Ed candidates must be members in good standing with the OCT upon completion of the AQ. If the course is completed before the candidate becomes a member of the OCT, the candidate will not receive credit for the successful completion of the course. Seneca will not report the completion of the AQ course to the OCT. See Recommendation Waiver Form for New B.Ed. Graduates in the Forms section.
  • The OCT does not permit retroactive recommendations.
  • All AQ courses can be taken by candidates that do not hold OCT membership. However, non-OCT candidates will not receive credit with the Ontario College of Teachers. Candidates that are not members of the OCT are permitted to register and complete an AQ course for professional development. See Recommendation Waiver Form for Non-OCT Applicants in the Forms section.
  • If you are a certified member from another province or country, you must include a copy of your Teaching Certification from the province or country you are certified in, with your registration. Upon completion of the course you will not, however, be reported to the OCT, neither now or in the future.
 

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Schedule C - One Session AQ Courses

  • Certificate of Qualification and Registration (OCT Member in Good Standing), or an Interim Certificate of Qualification
 

Schedule D - Three-part Specialist AQ Courses

Requirements for Part I

  • Certificate of Qualification and Registration (OCT Member in Good Standing), or an Interim Certificate of Qualification

Requirements for Part II

  • Certificate of Qualification and Registration (OCT Member in Good Standing), or an Interim Certificate of Qualification
  • Successful completion of Part I of the specified course, PLUS one year of teaching experience as confirmed by the Supervisory Officer (confirmation of 194 days of teaching experience)
    *See Forms

Requirements for Specialist (Part III)

  • Certificate of Qualification and Registration (OCT Member in Good Standing), or an Interim Certificate of Qualification
  • Successful completion of Part II of the specified course, PLUS two years teaching experience as confirmed by the Supervisory Officer (confirmation of 388 days of teaching experience)
    *See Forms
 

PLEASE NOTE
All AQ course applicants must carefully read the listed eligibility requirements / prerequisites, as well as on the Ontario College of Teachers website. It is the sole responsibility of each applicant to ensure that these requirements / prerequisites are fulfilled prior to applying for any offered AQ courses; failure to do so will result in a delay in submitting an AQ recommendation to the Ontario College of Teachers until all requirements are met.


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Courses

TAQ100
AQ Teaching Students with Communication Needs (Learning Disabilities)
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This course focuses on the process of the identification of students with learning disabilities, and the development, design, and implementation of programs that support teaching and learning for students with learning disabilities. Practical teaching strategies that promote an inclusive and positive environment within the classroom will be explored. The role of assistive technology in the context of supportive teaching and learning will also be examined, as well as the function, creation, and maintenance of Individualized Education Plans for students with learning disabilities. In addition, the importance of continued collaboration between school and home, and the vital connection between school teams and community personnel which serve to support student needs, will be emphasized.

Course Materials:
There will be no required text for this course. Candidates will be provided a reading list at the start of the course.




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TAQ200
AQ - Special Education Part 1
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Special Education, Part I, is an introductory course that explores special education practices in the province of Ontario. Candidates will become familiar with the different exceptionalities, and will explore effective program development, planning and implementation, and instructional strategies. Effective assessment practices will also be explored. The integration of students with special needs in the regular classroom will be an underlying focus. Candidates will also become familiar with the process of the IPRC, as well as the creation, implementation, and maintenance of the IEP.
Topics that will be covered in this course include:

  • Historical perspective of special education in Ontario, with specific consideration of Bill 82 and The Education Act, 1990
  • Inclusionary practices and models
  • Indigenous / Aboriginal experiences and special needs
  • Issues in Special Education
  • Categories of Exceptionalities
  • The referral process and placement options available for special needs
  • The creation, implementation, and maintenance of the IEP
  • Modifications and accommodations
  • Transition planning
  • Understanding the IPRC process
  • Assessment practices in special education
  • Understanding, identifying, and supporting exceptionalities
  • Roles and responsibilities of teachers, support staff, parents, and the community
  • Assistive technology

Course Materials:
Bennett & Dworet. Special Education in Ontario Schools, 7th edition, Highland Press
*Books are available for purchase through Seneca's Bookstore.




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TAQ201
AQ Special Education Part 2
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This course builds upon the policies, concepts, and strategies explored in the introductory course, Special Education, Part 1. Candidates will explore and extend their knowledge in the areas of curriculum design and delivery, programming, and assessment and evaluation, specific to special education practices in Ontario. Candidates will gain a deeper understanding of exceptionalities and the implications for teaching and learning specific to the exceptionalities explored, with emphasis placed upon practical strategies that assist teachers in successfully supporting exceptional students. Candidates will become more familiar with the creation and implementation of the IEP, and will arrive at a deeper understanding of the IPRC process and implications for teaching. Candidates will continue to explore inclusive and holistic practices that support exceptional students in Ontario classrooms.
Topics that will be covered in this course include:

  • Inclusive practices and models for exceptional students
  • The development and implementation of the IEP
  • Analysis of exceptionalities and practical programming and teaching strategies that address such exceptionalities
  • Consideration and analysis of the criteria used to determine / diagnose exceptionalities
  • Analysis of Ontario Ministry of Education policies and memorandums that affect special education
  • Successful assessment practices and academic assessments
  • The importance of social relationships and the exceptional learner
  • Analysis of the IPRC committee and implications for practice
  • Transition Planning
  • Assistive technology

Course Materials:
Hutchinson. Inclusion of Exceptional Learners in Canadian Schools, 5th Edition, 2017, Pearson Education Canada.
*Books are available for purchase through Seneca's Bookstore.




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PLEASE READ BEFORE REGISTERING:

In order to complete your registration, candidates are required to complete the Application Form and attach all applicable forms.

For details, see Admission Requirements, or contact  Frances.Monaco@senecacollege.ca.

New courses are continually added to our AQ course offerings.

PLEASE NOTE
Seneca College reserves the right to cancel any AQ course due to insufficient enrollment or if an instructor is not available.
 

Application Form

To apply, please fill in the form below and forward the following (applicable) documents:

  1. Confirmation of Teaching Experience Form
  2. Recommendation Waiver Form for New B. Ed. Graduates
  3. Recommendation Waiver Form for Non-OCT Applicants

Course Withdrawals or Refunds

Candidates wishing to withdraw from an AQ course must complete a Part-Time Student Withdrawal Form, and must submit it to the Registrar's Office via email ptreg@senecacollege.ca, fax 416-491-9187, or in person at any of our four main campuses (Newnham, Markham, Seneca@York, or King).

For more information regarding course withdrawals and refunds, refer to Seneca's Withdrawal and Fee Refund Policy.

Course Cancellations

Courses that do not meet the minimum enrollment requirements may be cancelled. Courses may also be cancelled in circumstances where an instructor is unavailable to teach the AQ course. Students that have registered in the cancelled course will be contacted by Seneca, at the email address provided on the registration form, and will be issued a refund.

Program Contacts

Contact us via this form or using the phone number(s) below it.





Georgina Ioannou
Program Assistant

416.491.5050 ext.22946


Frances Monaco
Part-time Program Coordinator, Continuing Teacher Education Program

416.491.5050 ext.33292


Dedra Profitt
Academic Program Manager

416.491.5050 ext.22826