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

The DDSB is proud to present an AQ syllabus that includes a variety of courses offered in both online and blended (face to face / online) formats.  Noted below, you will find a complete list of all courses currently offered through our program.  While registration is generally open for each of these courses 3 times per year, in order for a course to run during a given session there must be a minimum of 8 registered participants.  Sessions are scheduled three times throughout the year; Fall (September – December), Spring (February – May), and Summer (July). 


During these times of uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, we are currently unable to offer any of our courses in a blended format.  We have successfully transitioned many of our courses previously offered in this style to an online presentation format and will continue to do so for as long as it is required.  

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

For the Fall and Spring sessions, courses will run for approximately 14 weeks (courses do not run over the March Break).  Summer courses are offered in a concentrated format in the month of July only.  Online courses run for the entire month of July, starting the first full week of the month.  Blended courses will run daily for the first two weeks of July (when we are able to offer them).



Course Timeline



September - December

Mid July – Beginning of September


February - May

Mid December – End of January



Mid May – End of June


Summer 2021 session begins the week of July 5, 2021 and runs through until the end of the month – July 30. 
The Summer 2021 session will once again be presented completely online due to the continuing Covid-19 restrictions in place.  
For a full list of courses available, please visit


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)

Current Subsidies Available

First Nation, Métis & Inuit Studies Subsidy:

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

Mathematics/ Autism

  • Math courses must have been completed between September 1, 2020 through until August 31, 2021
  • Autism courses must have been completed between April 1, 2019 through until March 31, 2022
  • Subsidy available:
    • Autism - $525 per course completed, paid on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Mathematics – up to a maximum of $650 (subsidy will not exceed cost of course tuition), paid on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Complete application package must be submitted for each completed course
  • Application package consists of a single PDF file containing the following:
    • Completed application form
    • Proof of course completion (either from OCT or Letter of Recommendation from AQ provider recognized by OCT)
    • Proof of payment
    • All 3 components must be combined into a single PDF file
    • Application packages must be submitted to
    • Autism - $525 per course completed, paid on a first-come, first-served basis


Application form



  • Courses must commence after September 1, 2020 and finish no later than May 15, 2021.
  • Funding is open to both Elementary and Secondary NTIP eligible teachers.  Eligible teachers include:
    • 1st Year Permanent Hires (in either Full-time or Part-time positions)
    • Permanent Hires (who did NOT successfully complete NTIP in their first year)
    • Educators on Long Term Occasional (LTO) assignments, in their first LTO of 97 days or greater
    • Please visit the NTIP Google Site for more details regarding the above
    • **NOTE** - NTIP Teachers who are on leave for the 2020-2021 school year are NOT eligible to apply
  • Applicants are only eligible to receive funding to a maximum of $525.00 for ONE ABQ/AQ course taken during the 2020-2021 academic year.  If you received funding in previous years and are still NTIP eligible, you may apply for the funding again this year
  • This funding may not be applied towards any course for which there is currently funding available through the school board

TO APPLY: please click here and read all of the NTIP Subsidy Application details (application form and required follow-up information is available here as well)

The above subsidies 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.

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. This may be done by submitting a completed Teaching Experience form to  This form may be found under the Documents section on this page.

Please visit the Ontario College of Teachers' website to view Prerequisites for Admission to Additional Qualifications and Programs.

AQ Course Registration

Users must have an active eBase account in order to register for any course(s).  If new to the DDSB AQ program, user must create an account before attempting to register.

With instructor approval, late registrations may be accepted up until the end of the first week of courses for Fall and Spring sessions.  Make-up assignments will be required.

Late registrations are 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.