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Additional Qualification Courses

AQ Logo_1_1.gifThe Durham District School Board is an approved provider of Additional Qualification courses for certified members of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT), in good standing. Additional Qualification courses allow teachers to focus on continuous improvement by expanding their knowledge, practices and instructional leadership skills.  

Courses Offered

  • First Nation, Métis & Inuit Studies, Part 1 (Blended)
  • First Nation, Métis & Inuit Studies, Part 2 (Blended)
  • French as a Second Language, Part 1 (Blended)
  • Inclusive Classroom, Part 1 (Blended)
  • Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction, Part 1 (Online)
  • Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction, Part 2 (Online)
  • Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction, Part 3 Specialist (Online)
  • Mathematics, Primary & Junior, Part 1 (Blended)
  • Mathematics, Primary & Junior, Part 2 (Online)
  • Mathematics, Primary & Junior, Part 3 Specialist (Online)
  • Special Education, Part 1 (Blended)
  • Special Education, Part 2 (Blended)
  • Special Education, Part 3 Specialist (Blended)
  • Teacher Librarian, Part 1 (Online)
  • Visual Arts, Part 1 (Blended)
Subsidies Are Available For First Nation, Métis & Inuit Studies, Inclusive Classroom, Mathematics, Technology
or Kindergarten AQ Courses


First Nation, Métis & Inuit Studies
Subsidy:
$250 subsidy available from DDSB Indigenous Education Department for
DDSB teachers only. 

Inclusive Classroom Subsidy:
$250 subsidy available from DDSB Equity and Inclusive Education Department
for DDSB teachers only. 

The above subsidies will be paid by the DDSB AQ Department to the
candidate upon successful completion of the course. Refunds will be
issued automatically and will take 6-8 weeks to be processed.

Mathematics, Technology or Kindergarten AQ Subsidies:
The Ministry of Education, through the Ontario Teacher's Federation (OTF), is providing a subsidy of up to $450 to OTF or Affiliate members who successfully complete additional qualifications courses in Mathematics, Technology or Kindergarten.
 

Candidates must contact OTF directly for subsidy information.

For more information:  https://www.otffeo.on.ca/en/learning/4594-2/




Course Requirements
Courses require a 125 hour commitment as mandated by OCT. Courses do not carry degree credit and grades are not assigned; final evaluation is offered on a "recommended/not recommended" basis. Courses are offered in both online and blended formats. After successful completion of the course, candidate information will be forwarded to the Ontario College of Teachers to be entered on their Certificate of Qualification.


Course Dates
The Durham District School Board offers courses on the following timelines:

Fall:
​September - December
- ​registration opens mid-July
Spring:
​February - May
- ​registration opens mid-November
Summer:
​July
- ​registration opens mid-April


To view courses offered and to register, click below: 

Spring 2019

Registration Opens
November 2018

Registration Closes
January 31, 2019


Spring session runs the
week of February 4th to
the 
week of May 13th, 2019


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Please Note
  • All users must create a New Account in order to be able to register for any course(s).
  • AQ Registration closes the Friday after courses have commenced for Fall and Spring seasons (maximum of one missed class. Make-up assignment will be reequired.)
  • Late registration is not permitted for the summer session.


Documents

Applicants must submit the completed Registration Form and, if applicable, the approved Teaching Experience form prior to being accepted into the course. Forms are to be emailed to aq@ddsb.ca.

Please Note:

It is the applicant's responsibility to submit and have the Teaching Experience form approved by their Supervisory Officer as outlined on the form. Approved forms should be forwarded by email to aq@ddsb.ca.

DDSB AQ Registration Form.pdf
DDSB AQ Teaching Experience Form.pdf
DDSB AQ Change-Withdrawal Form.pdf

Course Tuition Fees

DDSB Employees:  $550

Non-DDSB Teachers$650. 

All fees include a $50 non-refundable administration fee.


Method of Payment
VISA, Mastercard, or cheque (payable to DDSB)


Withdrawal and Refund Guidelines

  • Full refund prior to commencement of course * 
  • 75% refund after the first class *  
  • 50% refund after the second class *  
  • 25% after the third class * 
  • No refund after the fourth class

    *(minus $50 administration fee)


Registration

For admission into Part 1 of a multi-session course or a one-session course, teachers are required to:

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  • be registered with the Ontario College of Teachers*, in good standing, or hold an interim Certificate of Qualification (*OCT number is required)
  • retain a division certificate where applicable (primary, junior, intermediate, senior)

For admission into a Part 2 course applicants are required to:

  • have successfully completed one year (194) days of teaching experience since becoming a certified teacher
  • have successfully completed Part 1 of the specialist qualification or an equivalent program
  • or a qualification in the Intermediate and Senior division in the same subject

For admission into a Part 3 course applicants are required to:

  • have completed two years (388 days) of teaching experience since becoming a certified teacher, including at least one year teaching the subject
  • have successfully completed Part 2 of the specialist qualification or an equivalent program


Please Note:
Candidates are responsible to ensure that they have successfully completed the required prerequisite course before registering for a Part 2 or Part 3 Specialist AQ course.

Please visit the Ontario College of Teachers' website to view Prerequisites for Admission to Additional Qualifications and Programs.  https://www.oct.ca/members/additional-qualifications/prerequisites


Cancellation of Courses
The Durham District School Board reserves the right to cancel courses in the case of insufficient registration or other extenuating circumstances. Changes to locations and/or dates may also occur. Decisions regarding cancellations will be made following the application deadline. In such cases, registrants will be provided with a full refund including the $50 administration fee and will be notified by email.

Candidates are advised to verify program dates, location, and other details
prior to the start of class.


For more information regarding AQ Courses please contact:

​Kristin Bugelli ​AQ Registrar ​905-666-6023 kristin.bugelli@ddsb.ca
​Gayle Anniss ​AQ Secretary ​905-666-6929 gayle.anniss@ddsb.ca


 

Contact

Durham District School Board
400 Taunton Road East,
Whitby, ON
L1R 2K6 Canada

Phone: 905-666-5500
Fax: 905-666-6474
Toll Free: 1-800-265-3968
TTY 905-666-6943, 877-868-5575
General.Inquiry@ddsb.ca
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