Admission Requirements

Individuals interested in registering for Niagara University Additional Qualifications (AQ) and Additional Basic Qualifications (ABQ) programs are required to submit a completed application (candidate registration form) and, where applicable, appropriate statement of experience (certificate of teaching experience form).

A teacher seeking Additional Qualifications must be an Ontario certified teacher or have completed a pre-service teacher education program and meet all of the requirements set out in the Teachers’ Qualifications Regulation.


Below are the registration requirements and prerequisites according to regulations listed on the Ontario College of Teachers’ website.

Please note that all applicants for AQ and ABQ courses need to carefully read the eligibility requirements/prerequisites which are posted on the College of Teachers website.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that these requirements/prerequisites are fulfilled prior to applying for any of the offered courses; failure to do so will jeopardize the course being submitted to the Ontario College of Teachers.

Requirements for One-Session AQs from Schedules C (OCT)

Certificate of Qualification and Registration or Certificate of Qualification and Registration (Restricted), Interim Certificate of Qualification and Registration or Interim Certificate of Qualification and Registration (Limited).

Requirements for Specialist Qualification from Schedule D (OCT)

The three-part specialist courses consist of Parts I, II and III (Specialist).

The confirmation of teaching experience form for part 2 and specialist courses in Schedule D must be submitted at the time of application for the course.

Please use the following form: confirmation-of-teaching-experience-blank-form.pdf

  • Certificate of Qualification and Registration or Interim Certificate of Qualification and Registration (ICQR) or ICQR (Limited)
  • Basic Qualifications in Primary or Junior divisions or Intermediate or Senior divisions in general studies
  • Primary Education, Junior Education and Intermediate Education require a basic qualification in the respective division.
  • For admission into Part I in Kindergarten, applicants also must hold a qualification in the Primary division  

  • Part I or evidence of a Schedule A subject associated with the Intermediate or Senior division which the Ontario College of Teachers considers equivalent
  • One year of successful teaching experience, certified by a supervisory officer (Certification of Teaching Experience Form, AQ Part II & III)

  • Part II or equivalent
  • Two years of successful teaching experience, including one in the subject in Ontario, certified by a supervisory officer. Experience outside of Ontario must be certified by an appropriate supervisory official (see Appendix 2 — Certification of Teaching Experience Form, AQ Part II & III).


French Fluency Test      French6

Candidates who are seeking Additional Qualifications in FSL must satisfactorily complete a fluency test. The fluency test is a mandatory component of admission to the FSL Part 1 AQ course.

Results of the French fluency test will be provided to Niagara University for the purposes of admission to the French as a Second Language AQ course only.

Please contact Carmela Vitale at 416.533.7039 to schedule an appointment/make necessary arrangements to take the language proficiency test.

** An additional $50 administration testing fee is added to the course (in addition to the registration). 

Exemption from writing the test may be granted to:

  1. Candidates who have FSL as a teachable
  2. Francophone candidates
  3. Candidates who have a degree from a French language university

Candidates who meet the above criteria are to contact us by phone at 416.533.7039 or by email to to confirm eligibility. Documentation will be required.

Le test de compétence linguistique comprend trois composantes: une composante orale, une composante de compréhension (un passage à trous et un article), une composante d’écriture (des petits paragraphes et une rédaction).

Il faut réussir chacune de ces composantes pour suivre le cours de qualification additionnelle. Une bonne connaissance du Français est importante puisque le cours se donne en Français.