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Overview

Welcome to Seneca College's professional development program for Ontario 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.

What are Additional Qualification (AQ) courses?

  • Additional Qualification (AQ) – One Session – Schedule C
    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.
  • Additional Qualification (AQ) – Three Session – Schedule D
    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.

Why take an Additional Qualification (AQ) course?

  • AQ courses allow teachers to expand their knowledge and skills in divisions and subject areas that they are qualified in and familiar with.
  • AQ courses enable educators to acquire knowledge in new subject areas.
  • AQ courses help prepare teachers to assume specific and specialized roles.

What can educators expect from Seneca's AQ Courses?

  • At Seneca, all AQ's are offered as "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory". Candidates with a "satisfactory" standing will be recommended for OCT qualification.
  • AQ courses require a 125-hour commitment, as per the Ontario College of Teachers guidelines. This includes the time allotted for course readings, completion of required tasks or assignments, and the participation in online class discussions.
  • Courses are designed and delivered by experienced instructors.
  • Courses are offered in fully online formats that blend theory and practice in order to further prepare educators for the realities of the classroom.
  • AQ Courses are organized by module or topic. Candidates will be provided with specified due dates for modules and assignments at the start of each AQ course.
  • Candidates will engage in self-directed professional dialogue, in connection with course content. Candidates will have opportunities to share thoughts, experiences and best practices with colleagues.
  • Candidates will receive ongoing communication and feedback from highly qualified and knowledgeable course instructors.

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 courses must be qualified for admission.

  • Candidates must be members in good standing with the OCT and 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 1 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 Ontario College of Teachers 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 Ontario College of Teachers 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 Ontario College of Teachers, neither now or in the future.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Admission Requirements for One Session Additional Qualifications (SCHEDULE C)

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

Admission Requirements for Three-Part Specialist Additional Qualifications (SCHEDULE D)

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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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

Important Dates

When registering for Seneca's AQ courses, pay close attention to the registration and course dates.

Session Registration Begins Registration Closes Course Start Date Course End Date
Fall 2017 Jul 24, 2017 Sep 18, 2017 Sep 25, 2017 Dec 15, 2017
Winter 2018 Nov 20, 2017 Jan 22, 2018 Jan 29, 2018 Apr 20, 2018

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.





Sejal Ahir
Program Assistant

416-491-5050 ext.22921


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

416-491-5050 ext.33292


Robin Richardson
Program Coordinator

416-491-5050 ext.77273