Additional Qualifications Program

Niagara University has been, and continues to be, committed to ongoing professional development for educators. Niagara University has served Ontario education for over 25 years in various capacities: in its M.S. in Education: Educational Leadership program and its Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree Program: Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS), and the AQ program for Ontario certified teachers.  

Additional Qualifications Courses (AQ) and Additional Basic Qualifications Courses (ABQ)

Niagara's AQs and ABQs are accredited through the Ontario College of Teachers.  The courses are delivered online using Canvas as the learning management system.

Niagara's AQ program includes ABQ courses in the primary, junior and intermediate divisions for teachers seeking to add a teaching qualification to their existing qualifications. These are Schedule A courses.

Niagara offers Schedule D courses for teachers who aspire to be curriculum leaders in their schools, or who want to expand their knowledge of curriculum design and implementation.

Niagara offers Schedule C courses for teachers who may need bridge courses to fulfill conditions of their OCT certification.


For AQ courses (Additional Qualifications), the fee is $695 Canadian.

For ABQ courses (Additional Basic Qualifications), the fee is $650 Canadian.

Please note that for graduates of a degree program from Niagara University, there is a reduced fee:

  • AQ: $625
  • ABQ: $585