Frequently Asked Questions

How do I view or change my Profile?

From your online account profile you can you can view or change your contact information, view your current and past courses, change your password or order an official Academic Record (transcript).

How do I view/print my unofficial Professional Learning Record?

You are able to login to your online account profile and view/print your unofficial professional learning record.  To order an official transcript, submit your request through your online account profile.

Which ABQs are equivalent to Part 1?

  • Intermediate Basic Dramatic Arts = Dramatic Arts Part 1
  • Intermediate Basic FSL = French as a Second Language Part 1
  • Intermediate Basic Health and Physical Education = Health and Physical Education (I/S) Part 1
  • Intermediate Basic Visual Arts = Visual Arts Part 1
  • Senior Basic Dramatic Arts = Dramatic Arts Part 1
  • Senior Basic FSL = French as a Second Language Part 1
  • Senior Basic Health and Physical Education = Health and Physical Education (I/S) Part 1
  • Senior Basic Visual Arts = Visual Arts Part 1
NOTE: The equivalency does not work in reverse. (i.e., teachers who have completed Part 1 of a three-part AQ course are not considered to have the equivalent teachable in the Intermediate or Senior division).

Are Textbooks Required?

  • York AQs do not typically require a textbook
  • Courses utilize a variety of online and hard copy resources
  • If they are required, the instructor will provide notice at the start of the course
  • Teachers have online and in-person access to York University Scott Library at Keele Campus

What are the guidelines used to develop AQ courses?

For guidelines used to develop courses and programs visit the OCT website.

What is the timeline for online courses?

Fall, Winter & Spring sessions
11 weeks to complete; require about 9 hours of participation per week
Summer session
4 weeks to complete; require about 5 hours of participation every day (25 hours/week)

In addition, there is a 25 hour independent project which consists of:

  • Part 1 course candidates develop three lessons
  • Part 2 course candidates develop a unit of study
  • Specialist course candidates plan for a leadership activity such as a workshop or training session

What is the Certification (Recommendation) Process?

Between 2-4 weeks after course end date:

  • Instructor forwards pass/fail standing in the course to the Professional Learning office
  • The office verifies that all eligibility requirements have been met
  • Recommendation reports are sent in a batch (class list) file to the OCT;  individual recommendations are not sent in advance of the batch recommendation

Between 4-6 weeks after the course end date:

  • the updated qualification appears on the Certificate of Qualification accessible on the OCT public registry
  • The course completion date for the earned qualification appearing on the certificate reflects the date all outstanding prerequisites, including admissions documents, and all course requirements were met

What is the difference between an Honour Specialist and a Part 3 Specialist AQ?

Teachers eligible to enroll in an Honour Specialist AQ have completed the following prior to registration:

  • a FOUR-year (20 full courses) academic undergraduate degree, (excluding education courses)
  • NINE full undergraduate courses in the subject area of the AQ with at least a B average
  • Minimum TWO years certified teaching experience by the first day of the course, subsequent to certification including at least ONE year in the subject area of the AQ

Teachers eligible to enroll in a Part 3 Specialist AQ have completed the following prior to registration:

  • Part 2 of the AQ
  • Minimum TWO years certified teaching experience by the first day of the course, subsequent to certification including at least ONE year in the subject area of the AQ
NOTE: A four-year honours specialist undergraduate degree is NOT the equivalent to Part 1 and Part 2 of a three part AQ series. To be eligible to take a Part 3 Specialist AQ course teachers must have completed the Part 2 AQ course previously along with the requisite years of certified teaching experience.

What are the technical requirements for Moodle?

What are the requirements for attendance and participation in online and blended courses?

  • Full attendance and effective participation of 125 hours are mandatory as regulated by the Ontario College of Teachers
  • Vacations should be scheduled outside the timelines for online or blended courses
  • Candidates are required to contact their instructor immediately if, due to exceptional circumstances, course time will be missed. Make-up work will be required.
  • For blended courses: Candidates who miss two or more sessions put their success in the course in jeopardy and may receive written notification that recommendation for an Additional Qualification is not possible
  • For online courses: Candidates who do not participate regularly and actively put their success in the course in jeopardy and may receive written notification that recommendation for an Additional Qualification is not possible
  • We recommend candidates do not try to both teach summer school or work full time and take an online course during the Summer session

How do I obtain my T2202A tax receipt?

T2202A tax receipts are emailed to candidates for tax purposes by the end of February each year. As per CRA regulations, receipts reflect the registration amount paid by the candidate for courses attended during that taxation year regardless of when they were paid for. Back copies of tax receipts are available by contacting the office.

What provisions are in place for academic or religious observance accommodations?

ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATIONS
Candidates pursuing additional teacher qualifications will be treated with the same consideration as students in degree programs. York University shall make reasonable and appropriate accommodations and adaptations in order to promote the ability of candidates with disabilities to fulfill the academic requirements of their programs.

ACCOMMODATIONS FOR RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCES
York University is committed to respecting the religious beliefs and practices of all members of the community, and making accommodations for observances of special significance to adherents. Every effort will be made to avoid scheduling in-class or formal examinations on days of special religious significance throughout the year. A schedule of dates for such days for various faiths will be compiled annually and distributed widely. Candidates requesting accommodations for religious observance are required to make arrangements with course instructors well in advance. At maximum, 2 missed classes (total of 7 hours) are allowed with the requisite submission of additional assignments for the missed class time.

What is the petition and appeal process?

A petition is a formal request for the waiver of the Faculty's regulation or deadline.  Candidates have the right to petition on reasonable grounds for special consideration. Candidates who wish to petition a decision or evaluation apply in writing to raiseyouraq@edu.yorku.ca to indicate their intent and the office will advise them depending on the nature of the petition request.

What are the policies and procedures for the Office of Professional Learning?