What is the fee for an AQ course?
The course fee for all ETFO AQs is $650 per course. $50 of this is a non-refundable registration fee. The $650 course fee is tax deductible.
How do I pay for my course?
Registration for ETFO AQ courses is online. Courses are payable by credit card. Please click on the register button for further information. If you need assistance with registering please contact ETFO at:
Phone: 416-355-6752 x 3803 or toll-free 1-888-838-3836 x 3803
How do I register for an ETFO AQ?
To register for an ETFO AQ, click on the register button on the main page of our AQ website. It will take you to the online registration area. Please ensure that you include all necessary documentation including Ontario College of Teachers registration number, and signed Teaching Experience Form (for all Part 2 and Specialist courses).
If this is your first time taking an ETFO AQ course, please start by creating an account (Click on “New users click here to create an account” on the left side of the registration page).
Do I need an official transcript?
We will accept copies of transcripts for proof of French Proficiency for FSL Part 1.
Does ETFO cancel courses?
In rare situations, ETFO does cancel courses if the enrollment is not sufficient to provide for a viable learning opportunity. Should this happen, candidates will have the option to obtain a full refund, or an opportunity to defer the course until the next term it is offered, or the choice of registering for another ETFO AQ course.
Where do I get an ‘experience form’?
The Teaching Experience Form (necessary for registration for ALL Part 2 and Specialist AQ courses) is available for you to download and print when you register. These forms are also available on the AQ website under the ‘Forms’ tab above.
You will need to get your Supervisory Officer (SO) to sign the form.
Who is my Supervisory Officer?
Your Supervisory Officer is the administrator (not principal) assigned to your school or area by your school board. You will need a Supervisory Officer’s signature on your experience forms for Part 2, and Specialist courses. Without this form, ETFO is unable to submit your results to the Ontario College of Teachers.
Teachers working in private schools or First Nations Education Authority have a Supervisory Officer assigned to the school by the Ministry of Education. This individual is the one who would be required to sign the Teaching Experience Form.
What is accreditation?
Accreditation is the process undertaken by the Ontario College of Teachers to ensure that all AQ courses in Ontario meet their standards. The College sets the guidelines for all AQ courses. Once providers have developed a course using these guidelines, they must submit this course to the College for review. Providers may only offer courses that have been accredited.
How do I know if a course will raise my salary?
Elementary teachers need to contact the Qualifications Evaluation Council of Ontario (QECO) to find out the requirements for an increase in salary. Secondary teachers must contact the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation Certification branch for the necessary information.
Each individual’s situation is different. Some individuals require university credits to move up the salary grids while most others require AQ credits.
ETFO’s courses count as AQ credits (recognized by QECO) for grid movement purposes. ETFO courses do NOT count as university credits as we are not a university. Individuals are advised to contact QECO to find out what their exact needs are for salary grid movement.
More information can be found at etfo.ca
What is QECO/OSSTF certification?
Changes to the QECO application process:
As of February 1, 2018, QECO no longer accepts paper applications. The application process for a QECO evaluation is now fully electronic. QECO’s electronic application can be found at: https://applications.qeco.on.ca/
As of May 1, 2018, QECO will no longer be providing documents (e.g., Statements of Evaluation, Acknowledgement of Correspondence cards, etc.) by Canada Post. Teachers are now able to log into their QECO accounts at https://applications.qeco.on.ca/ and can print documents to provide them to their employer.
Teachers are paid based upon their placement on grids by the QECO or OSSTF certification systems. One of the ways that teachers may move up the salary grids is by taking an AQ course. QECO strongly urges all who have not yet reached Category A4 to formally apply for upgrading advice or for re-evaluation on a yearly basis to ensure they are following the most expedient route to a higher category. This advice is particularly important to teachers whose academic qualifications were obtained outside of Ontario.
Please be advised that while ETFO’s courses count as AQ credits for grid movement purposes, our courses do NOT count as university credits. If you require a university credit in order to move up the grid you should take a course offered by a university.
- Be mindful of any school board deadlines and apply early since a QECO evaluation may take several weeks to complete, especially during the fall and spring.
- ETFO will not be responsible in the event that a candidate completes an AQ course that does not result in the participant’s desired grid improvement.
I am not an ETFO member, can I take an AQ?
Yes, all educators who are members of the Ontario College of Teachers are welcome to enrol in our AQs. Prospective candidates should ensure they meet the prerequisites prior to enrolling in a course.
What if a teacher is teaching in another province?
If you are a teacher currently teaching or consider teaching in another province, you should check with the accrediting association that ETFO’s AQs are recognized for certification and/or salary grid movement. Please notify ETFO-AQ at firstname.lastname@example.org if you require documentation to be sent to another province. Some provincial accrediting authorities require university transcripts and/or grades for courses to be recognized for salary grid movement and/or authorization to teach in the province. Many provinces do accept ETFO-AQs but it’s always best to check.
What is the difference between AQ and ABQ courses?
An AQ course refers to an Additional Qualification course. These courses are designed to provide ongoing professional learning in a subject or topic. ETFO is accredited to offer one part AQ courses and three part AQ courses.
An ABQ course refers to an Additional Basic Qualification course. These courses are designed to give teachers certification to teach in another division. ETFO does not provide ABQ courses – only an Ontario faculty of education may provide these courses.
Please refer to the Ontario College of Teachers’ website for more information on AQ and ABQ courses: www.oct.ca
Can I take an AQ course if I am currently completing my B.Ed?
Students from faculties both inside and outside of Ontario MUST be a member of the Ontario College of Teachers prior to the course start date. You may register for the course if you have completed the application to the OCT and finished your Bachelor of Education. You will be refunded the course fee of $650 if you are not an active member of the OCT when the course starts.
What is the difference between a face-to-face, online, and onsite AQ course?
All AQ courses in Ontario represent 125 hours of instruction as required by legislation.
A face-to-face course is one where you must meet in a particular spot with your instructor and other classmates to receive formal instruction, work on activities, engage in discussion, or to present your work in person. You are required to attend regularly and can be removed from the program for failing to do so.
An online course is a course that is available over the internet. Generally there is no requirement that a candidate be online at a particular time. Candidates work through the course content at their pace. Each course has a trained facilitator who works with the candidates as they complete the assigned course content. ETFO online AQ courses do require some group work but the completion of these activities is not dependent upon all candidates being online at the same time.
An onsite AQ course is one that combines aspects of a face-to-face and an online AQ course. There are specific face-to-face sessions which will require candidates to meet and work together in person. These face- to- face sessions are supplemented by online activities that connect to the content being explored during the face- to- face time or as an introduction to new content that will be discussed in class. You will need to do both the face- to- face and online components when you are in an onsite course.
What is ETFO’s attendance policy?
All candidates are required to participate fully in all aspects of the Additional Qualification course in order to be recommended to the Ontario College of Teachers for an Additional Qualification at the completion of the course. This includes, but is not limited to, full participation in “in-class” sessions for an onsite course. If, due to exceptional circumstances, a candidate misses any class time, the candidate is required to contact the Instructional Leader before the class is to be missed, or as soon after as possible. Make-up work is required and will be assigned by your Instructional Leader in consultation with the Lead Instructor and/or AQ Manager. Please note that missing classes, persistent lateness and/or leaving class early will jeopardize a candidate’s recommendation for the Additional Qualification.
I am interested in instructing AQ courses. How do I go about doing this?
We do not accept unsolicited applications for AQ instructors. Check the ETFO website www.etfo.ca for any current calls for instructors which are posted there when we identify a need for instructors.
If you are contemplating applying to be an ETFO AQ instructor at some time in the future, please be advised that you will be required to meet all the following criteria in order to be considered:
- Experience/expertise in the subject area(s) for which you are applying (e.g., special education, math, Kindergarten). Candidates should have two or more subject areas of expertise and/or related Masters work.
- Experience/expertise facilitating adult learning.
- Experience/expertise with online learning, particularly the Desire to Learn (D2L) platform.
- Involvement with ETFO (at the Local and/or Provincial level).
Do I need a textbook?
Only a few ETFO AQ courses require a textbook. The information about textbooks is on the registration site.
For the Combined Grades AQ course, you will require the ETFO Combined Grades book.
For Visual Arts, you will be required to purchase a resource from the publisher.
I took my Early Childhood or Kindergarten one-part AQ a number of years ago. I know they are no longer a course. Do I need to take Kindergarten Part 1?
No. Prior to the introduction of the Kindergarten Specialist program there were two one-part AQ courses which dealt with a similar content: the Early Childhood Education AQ and the Kindergarten AQ. Neither of these courses are in existence any longer. If you have either of these courses on your Certificate of Registration from the Ontario College of Teachers, you are deemed to have the equivalent of Kindergarten Part 1 and may now enroll in the Kindergarten Part 2 course. The course credit will not be able to count on your OCT certification the way Kindergarten Part 1 currently shows. The OCT requires the teaching experience to be verified by a board superintendent in order to count toward your certification.
What devices or software do I need to take an online course?
Candidates must have a device (e.g., tablet, computer) with the following minimum requirements:
- PC with up-to-date versions of Adobe Acrobat Reader, and Adobe Flash Player (available free from www.adobe.com);
- MAC with up-to-date versions of Adobe Acrobat Reader, and Adobe Flash Player (available free from www.adobe.com);
- Have access to the internet, daily for summer session courses, and no less than three times a week for fall/winter/spring courses;
- Have an email address and be able to send and receive emails with attachments
What is the attendance policy for online courses?
All AQ courses are 125 hours. In a summer online course, it is necessary to work on your course for 25-30 hours per week over the 4 week course. The exact time online varies from course to course but you should anticipate at least 60% of the course work will require you to be online. In a fall, winter or spring 12 week course, a minimum of 10 hours per week and being online no less than every 3 days is the general expectation.
What is the difference between online and onsite AQ courses?
- Online AQ courses are delivered completely online.
- Onsite AQ courses have a combination of face-to-face sessions and online sessions.
- Onsite and online courses use Desire2Learn as the online platform for learning.