Learn the ABCs of AQs.
The York U AQ Experience
Understand the basics.
Additional Qualifications (AQs) and Additional Basic Qualifications (ABQs) are an element of teacher professional development for certified members of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT).
AQs/ABQs/PQPs @ YORK UNIVERSITY
- Are offered on a “recommended/not recommended” basis
- Are not assigned grades
- Do not carry degree credit weight
- Are offered in fully online and blended formats
The Different Types of AQs
All Additional Qualifications (AQs), Additional Basic Qualifications (ABQs) and Principal Qualification Program (PQP) courses are:
- an element of teacher professional development for certified members of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT).
- open to candidates that meet the entry requirements identified in Teachers’ Qualifications Regulation.
- earned by successfully completing an Additional Qualification course which is listed on your teaching certificate and posted on the public register.
- a 125-hour learning commitment as mandated by OCT
What is the difference between an AQ and an ABQ?
An Additional Qualification (AQ) allows teachers to:
- expand knowledge and skills in the divisions and subjects in which they are already qualified
- acquire knowledge in new subject areas
- extend knowledge and skills in the design and delivery of specific programs
- prepare teachers to assume specific roles such as coordinator or consultant for a particular course or program
An ABQ course allows teachers to:
- prepare to teach students at the primary, junior, intermediate or senior level
- add another division or general studies subject area to what they are already qualified to teach
- provide English or French-speaking teachers with the skills to work in the other language
- extend skills and knowledge in design, delivery and assessment in the division or subject
Additional Qualification courses are assigned to Schedules according to their Professional Learning purpose.
AQ Prerequisites at-a-Glance
This General Prerequisites Chart is for illustrative purposes and provides at-a-glance information only.
Learn more about teaching experience prerequisites.
See individual course descriptions for more detailed information regarding specific subject areas or program prerequisites. OCT certified member teachers are responsible for learning what prerequisites are necessary to enroll in courses or programs.