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 regulated by legislation and are accredited through the Ontario College of Teachers. OCT requires that teachers meet certain prerequisites prior to enrolling in any of the courses.
The intended audience for these courses are Ontario certified teachers. The courses focus on the Ontario curriculum and the Ontario experience in education.
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.
Course Delivery Model: The courses are delivered online using Canvas as the learning management system.
For AQ courses (Additional Qualifications), the fee is $695 CAD.
For ABQ courses (Additional Basic Qualifications), the fee is $650 CAD.
Please note that for graduates of a degree program from Niagara University, there is a reduced fee:
- AQ: $625 CAD
- ABQ: $585 CAD
Recommendation of Successful Completion of Course to Ontario College of Teachers (OCT)
Niagara University will send a recommendation to the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) within 2 weeks after the end of the course session, under the following conditions:
- The course has been successfully completed,
- All fees due to the University have been paid,
- Required documents have been received before the course is completed.
Documentation of Course Completion
- Niagara does not provide any documentation following the successful completion of the course (i.e. completion letters or certificate)
- Students can email the University for a transcript at their cost https://www.niagara.edu/records/
- Income tax receipts- contact the Records Office https://www.niagara.edu/canadian-tax-forms/