AQ/ABQ

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).

York AQs/ABQs

  • Are offered for on a “recommended/not recommended” basis
  • Grades are not assigned
  • Do not carry degree credit
  • Require a 125 hour commitment as mandated by OCT
  • Are offered in fully online, partially online and face-to-face formats

What is an Additional Basic Qualification (ABQ)?

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

What is an Additional Qualification (AQ)?

An AQ course allow teachers to:

  • expand knowledge and skills in the divisions and subjects in which they are already qualified
  • to acquire knowledge in new subject areas
  • extend knowledge and skills in the design and delivery of specific programs
  • to prepare teachers to assume specific roles such as coordinator or consultant for a particular course or program

What are the prerequisites?

This General Prerequisites chart is for illustrative purposes and provides at-a-glance information only. 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.

Course Formats

Face-to-Face

Our courses blend theory and practice to prepare teachers for the practical realities of the classroom.

Features:

  • Offered at convenient locations at schools across the GTA and beyond;
  • Includes mix of evening and Saturday classes during the school year; full days over two weeks in July
  • an online repository of readings and curriculum resources for viewing or printing
  • a uniquely relevant 25 hour independent study that involves:
    • Part 1 AQs & one session AQs/ABQs: the development of three lesson plans
    • Part 2 AQs: the development of a mini unit or student assessment instruments
    • Part 3 Specialist or Honours Specialist AQs: the development of a workshop or a mentoring plan for new teachers

Online

Our courses blend theory and practice to prepare teachers for the practical realities of the classroom.

  • Course Work – 75 hours
  • Self-directed Professional Learning – 25 hours
  • Independent Study – 25 hours

Self-directed Professional Learning

  • respectful of you as a learner and York’s adult learning model
  • an opportunity to explore, reflect and share areas of professional interest connected to the course content and expectations

A uniquely relevant 25 hour independent study that involves:

  • Part 1 AQs & one session AQs/ABQs: the development of three lesson plans
  • Part 2 AQs: the development of a mini unit with student assessment instruments
  • Part 3 Specialist or Honours Specialist AQs: the development of a workshop or a mentoring plan for new teachers

Flexible Schedule

  • Times of participation are set by the learner
  • There are scheduled deadlines for assignments
  • Courses run over 11 weeks in Fall, Winter & Spring sessions requiring about 9 hours of participation per week
  • In Summer session, courses run over 4 weeks requiring about 5 hours of participation every day (25 hours/week)

York’s online additional qualification courses are presented on Moodle, a fully featured and easy to use learning space that allows students to browse information, tasks and activities or engage in instructor-led or student-led discussions, or share resources.

Learn more about Moodle at the Faculty of Education.