Additional Qualifications

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
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:



​September - December

registration is now closed 


February - May

registration opens mid-November



registration is now closed

Spring session begins the week of February 3rd and runs until the week of May 11, 2020.  Face-to-face classes run from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 pm.


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

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

DDSB Employees should send completed forms to for verification by Human Resource Services and signature by their Supervisory Officer.  Approved forms are then to be forwarded to to complete your registration.

Course tuition fees
  • DDSB Teachers:  $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% refund after the third class *
  • No refund after the fourth class

*(minus $50 administration fee)

Subsidy available for First Nation, Métis & Inuit Studies course

First Nation, Métis & Inuit Studies Subsidy:

  • $250 subsidy available from DDSB Indigenous Education Department for DDSB teachers only. 


The above subsidy will be paid by the DDSB AQ Department to the candidate upon successful completion of the course. Please allow 6-8 weeks for subsidies to be processed.


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

  • 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.

AQ Course Registration

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 required.)

Late registration is not permitted for the summer session.

Cancellation of course(s)

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.