Additional Qualifications - AQ

Additional qualifications are governed in Ontario by Regulation 176/10 and are administered by the Ontario College of Teachers. The additional qualifications offered by the Schulich School of Education include:

  • Additional Basic Qualifications
  • One-Session Qualifications
  • Three-Session Qualifications (Specialist)

To successfully complete a course, all assignments, including the practicum (if applicable), must be completed successfully. Upon successful completion of courses with a minimum grade of 60%, students will be reported to the Ontario College of Teachers for the appropriate additional qualification. To be reported, candidates must have met all pre-requisite requirements, must have submitted all required documentation and must not be in financial arrears to the University. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they submit all required documentation and meet all prerequisite requirements, as well as any requirements that are designated on their Certificate of Qualification. Teachers of Technological Studies should also note that O. Reg. 176/10 limits the courses that can be taken to a specific list of courses.

Additional Qualification (AQ)

Group 3: One-Session Qualifications (Schedule C - OCT)

Courses in Group 3 lead to a degree credit and to Ontario College of Teachers additional qualifications.

To be recommended to the Ontario College of Teachers for an additional qualification, a mark of 60% or over is required in a course.

Applicants must:

Hold or be deemed to hold an Ontario Certificate of Qualification or an Interim Certificate of Qualification.

Group 4: Three-Session Qualifications - Part I, II, III
(Specialist) (Schedule D - OCT)

All courses in Group 4 are degree credit courses.

To be reported to the Ontario College of Teachers for an additional qualification, a mark of 60% or over is required in a course.

First Session, Part 1

Applicants must:

  • hold or be deemed to hold an Ontario Certificate of Qualification.
    In the case of Kindergarten, the candidate's Ontario Certificate of Qualification must have an entry for the area of concentration for the corresponding division.

Second Session, Part II

Applicants must:

  • have successfully completed the first session or the equivalent thereof of the three-part Specialist course in the subject; and
  • submit evidence of at least one year of successful teaching experience certified by the appropriate supervisory officer or at least one year of successful teaching experience outside Ontario certified by the appropriate supervisory official.

Statement of Experience Form
Link to OCT Memorandum regarding successful teaching experience

Third Session, Part III (Specialist)

Applicants must:

  • have successfully completed the second session or the equivalent thereof of the three-part Specialist course in the subject; and
  • submit evidence of at least two years of successful teaching experience, and at least one year experience included in the subject as certified by the appropriate supervisory officer.

Statement of Experience Form
Link to OCT Memorandum regarding successful teaching experience

Teaching English Language Learners

French as a Second Language

Guidance and Career Education

Health Education and Physical Education (Primary and Junior)

International Languages

Kindergarten

Mathematics, Primary and Junior

Native Languages

Reading

Special Education

Email inservice@nipissingu.ca for more specific course information.​

Members are responsible for learning what prerequisites are necessary to enrol in AQ courses or programs. Additional Qualification providers may require additional requirements for entry. Members must hold a General Certificate of Qualification and Registration for admission to AQ courses or programs.

Transitional certificate holders are not eligible to enrol in College-accredited AQ programs including ABQs.

Teachers holding qualifications in technological education may ONLY take specific three-part specialist courses in the following general education subjects:

  • Teaching English Language Learners
  • Guidance and Career Education
  • Reading
  • Special Education

Part II, Part III AQ Courses:

All students must submit evidence of the required successful teaching experience as certified by the appropriate supervisory. For a Part III AQ course, evidence of successful teaching experience is required including experience in the subject area seeking qualification. A Statement of Experience Form must be signed and then faxed, mailed, or scanned and emailed to the Registrar's Office. The required teaching experience must be complete prior to the start of the course. This form can be submitted at a later date but prior to the course start date.

Additional Qualification (AQ) courses:

$675.00 - up to early bird registration deadline
$715.00 - after early bird registration deadline

(with the exception of Native Languages, Part I - $1,350.00)

All registration fees include a $15.00 transcript processing fee. An official university transcript will be mailed to successful candidates at the end of each course, once reports have been sent to the Ontario College of Teachers and after final grades for all courses in that session have been finalized.

Payment Options

Full payment must be made at the time of registration by:

  1. Visa or MasterCard
    Visa debit cards cannot be processed remotely - only through WebAdvisor.
  2. On-line Banking
    On the online banking webpage for your financial institution, choose "Bill payments". Add "Nipissing University" as a payee. Your account number is your student number (without the letter in front).
  3. Cheque or Money Order
    Cheques should be made payable to “Nipissing University”.
  4. Cash or Debit Card
    Cash or Debit payments will be accepted only in-person at the Finance Office during regular business hours.

Receipts for Income Tax

Tuition and Education Credit Certificates (T2202A’s) are available online on WebAdvisor by the end of February for full-time and part-time students.

Academic Withdrawal and Tuition Refunds

To withdraw from a course, students must either withdraw online using WebAdvisor OR submit a letter of withdrawal to the attention of the Office of the Registrar prior to the deadline date. After the Office of the Registrar has processed this request, the student is then officially withdrawn and may be eligible for a credit of a portion of tuition fees to their account. A mark of “W” (Withdrawn) or “F” (Failed) may appear on a student’s academic record, depending on the date that the withdrawal request has been received. All Course Withdrawals are subject to a non-refundable cancellation fee.

Failure to submit payment for a course, discontinuing attendance in classes, failure to login to an on-line course, failure to submit any assignments, notification to the instructor, or stopping payment on a cheque, do not constitute official withdrawal.

Course withdrawals after the course begins:
$200 non-refundable cancellation fee

The University reserves the right to change fees and refund policies without notice. Payment of academic fees does not imply a student's acceptance to the University or approval of his/her registration. Academic requirements must be satisfied before registration is considered complete.

All students are encouraged to register online using WebAdvisor at: webadvisor.nipissingu.ca

Online Registration:

Paper Registration (Mail or Fax):

For registration in In-Service Education (Extension Education) courses from Groups One to Five, applicants must:

  1. register for the course on-line using Nipissing University Web Advisoror complete the course registration form and the payment form;
  2. provide a photocopy of their Ontario Certificate of Qualification, Interim Certificate or equivalent documentation;
  3. Additional Basic Qualification courses (Intermediate or Senior) - provide an original official transcript confirming the completion of an approved undergraduate degree from an accredited university and that the course subject prerequisites are met;
  4. Honour Specialist courses - provide an original official transcript confirming the completion of an approved undergraduate degree from an accredited university in a program that requires four years of university academic study or the equivalent of a minimum 20 full university courses (120 credits). Applicants must also submit evidence of at least two years of successful teaching experience in Ontario certified by the appropriate supervisory official (a principal's signature is not acceptable) and at least one year of experience in the subject in which the Honour Specialist qualification is sought;
  5. Part II courses - provide proof of completion of Part I. This proof must be either an Ontario Certificate of Qualification (or a photocopy), or a letter from the Ontario College of Teachers verifying their eligibility for the course. No other documentation is acceptable for this purpose. In addition, applicants registering in Part II courses must submit evidence of at least one year of successful teaching experience in Ontario certified by the appropriate supervisory officer, or of at least one year of successful teaching experience outside Ontario certified by the appropriate supervisory official (Statement of Experience form);
  6. Part III courses - provide proof of completion of Part II. This proof must be either an Ontario Certificate of Qualification (or a photocopy), or a letter from the Ontario College of Teachers verifying their eligibility for the course. No other documentation is acceptable for this purpose. In addition, applicants registering in Part III (Specialist) courses must submit evidence of at least two years of successful teaching experience, including at least one year of experience in Ontario in the subject area of the course, certified by the appropriate supervisory officer and, if some of the experience was outside Ontario, by the appropriate supervisory official (Statement of Experience form);

Please note: It is the student's responsibility to meet certification requirements as stipulated by the Ontario College of Teachers.