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					           Ontario
           Certified
           Teacher’s
           Handbook
           2011
InspIre
TO Learn
Inspire to learn.
Every day across Ontario, teachers
experience the joy of seeing students’ faces
brighten with the thrill of learning. To be a
teacher means to be a role model who meets
the expectations of parents and the public.
Teachers inspire our children inside and
outside the classroom. This year, the Ontario
College of Teachers is sharing the advice and
wisdom of exemplary teachers we’ve featured
in our magazine, Professionally Speaking.
We’ve woven their inspiring words throughout
this handbook to dovetail with our theme.
Table	of	Contents
1	 	 Welcome	from	the	Chair	and	Registrar	

5	 	 Your	Membership	at	a	Glance	

6	 	 Your	College	at	a	Glance	

9	 	 Our	Commitment	
	 	 Who	We	Are	and	What	We	Do	
	 		 College	Bylaws	

17		 Your	College	is	Green	

21		 Professional	Standards	
	 	 Foundations	of	Professional	Practice	

31		 Teacher	Education	
	 	 Professional	Requirements	
	 	 Certificates
    P
	 	 	 rofessional	Advisory	on		
    Additional	Qualifications:	Extending		
    Professional	Knowledge	

49		 College	Membership	

63		 Professional	Designation

66	 Investigations	and	Hearings	
	 	 Complaints,	Investigations	and	Hearings	
    P
	 	 	 rofessional	Advisory	on	Sexual	Abuse		
    and	Professional	Misconduct	

    2
83	 	 011	Council	Members	and		
    Senior	Leadership	

85	 Contact	the	College
 Y
“	 ou	chose	a	profession	
 that	will	give	you	many	
 opportunities	to	make	a	
 difference	in	the	lives	
 of	your	students.”
Welcome	from	the	Chair
Welcome	to	teaching	in	Ontario	and		
to	the	Ontario	College	of	Teachers.		
If	you	just	graduated,	you	probably	can’t		
wait	to	greet	your	first	class,	help	your	
students	achieve	and	invite	them	to	think		
big	as	they	embark	on	a	new	project.	


If you have taught outside Ontario, I am sure          Professionally Speaking over the years. Their
that you are ready and eager to contribute your        comments are woven through this handbook.
skills, knowledge and expertise to Ontario
schools and ignite your students’ learning.            I believe the unique professional knowledge and
                                                       skills of teachers are founded on mastering
That’s why Inspire to Learn is the theme for           theory and applying it effectively in the class-
this handbook. You chose a profession that             room to benefit our students. That mastery is
will give you many opportunities to make a             what being an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT)
difference in the lives of your students.              is all about.
Whether by awakening the mind of a child
who is writing his name for the very first time        I am pleased that Ontario teachers like us have a
or attending to the unique talent of a teenage         professional designation we can use. The OCT
artist, a teacher helps students navigate              designation – our designation – tells our students,
through everyday challenges.                           their parents and the public that we are guided
                                                       by ethical standards and standards of practice.
As teachers, we bring to our classrooms the care,
respect, trust and integrity to inspire our students   Your first year of teaching in Ontario will be a
to learn and help them realize their full potential.   challenging and rewarding one, and I wish you
We guide them with insight and compassion.             much success.

It is common to feel somewhat uneasy as you
enter your new profession. Don’t be. If you
remain true to yourself, you will enjoy great
success. And to help smooth the way, we’ve
                                                       Liz Papadopoulos, OCT
provided advice and wisdom from exemplary
                                                       Council Chair
teachers we’ve featured in our magazine




                                                                         W E LC O M E 	 F R O M 	 T H E 	 C H A I R 	 	 	 	 1
 Y
“	 ou	demonstrate	care	
 and	compassion.	You	
 act	with	integrity	and	
 establish	relationships	
 with	students	based		
 on	mutual	respect.		
 You	are	a	role	model.”
Welcome	from	the	Registrar
Welcome	to	the	Ontario	College	of	
Teachers,	home	to	a	community	of	
professionals	who	combine	specialized	
knowledge	and	skills	with	a	love	for	
learning	and	teaching.
I am delighted that such highly educated and             During my 20 years as an educator, I’ve learned
talented people like you, with your gift for inspiring   that teaching, more than anything else, is about
children, are joining our teaching profession. It is     establishing and maintaining relationships.
teachers like you who inspire public confidence          These relationships are primarily with students
in our profession. How do you do this?                   but also with colleagues, parents and the school
                                                         community. The key is to have relationships
You demonstrate care and compassion. You                 based on care, trust, respect and integrity.
act with integrity and establish relationships
with students based on mutual respect.                   We believe the concept of relationships extends
You are a role model.                                    to the College. We look forward to building that
                                                         relationship with you and welcome your feedback
We need you to help students set goals and               and participation in College initiatives.
then to watch with pride as they surpass them.
                                                         I encourage you to take the time to browse
Our theme for this handbook is Inspire to Learn,         through this comprehensive handbook. You’ll
because teachers inspire our children inside and         find it contains helpful and practical information
outside the classroom. They open minds in the            about the College and the benefits and services
classroom and extend student learning by                 we offer. If you read just one College publication,
supporting students on the playing field, on the         this would be an excellent choice.
basketball court, on the stage of the school
drama production or on an excursion into the             Congratulations on joining the ranks of the
local community.                                         dedicated and talented group of teachers in
                                                         Ontario. It’s good to have you with us.
They are committed to helping students develop
their minds, their capacity for self-expression and      We are proud of you and your commitment to
their desire to be the best they can be. Our             students. Your capacity to motivate students and
members invite children into a world of exciting         inspire them is … well, inspiring!
learning experiences, encourage independent
thought, and help develop their students’ skills
and ability to apply knowledge and learning that
will help shape their lives and communities.
                                                         Michael Salvatori, OCT
                                                         Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

                                                                       W E LC O M E 	 F R O M 	 T H E 	 R E G I ST R A R 	 	 	 3
 Inspire to Learn




 Build	lives
 I
“	n	my	interview	with	the	Toronto	DSB,	
 they	asked	me	why	I	wanted	to	make	
 the	career	change	(from	engineer	to	
 teacher).	I	said,	‘I	don’t	want	to	build	
 car	parts,	I	want	to	build	lives.’	And		
 as	cheesy	as	it	sounds,	it	is	true.”
 Vernon	Kee,	OCT
Your	Membership	at	a	Glance

Member discounts                                     You can also receive the College’s electronic
Show your Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT) card       newsletter, Your College and You. It gives you
and get great discounts on hotels, cars, trips,      early access to new developments in the
computers, books, school supplies and even real      activities of the College and the profession.
estate agents’ fees! You can receive discounts
at sporting events, like Toronto Maple Leafs         Update your e-mail address
hockey games, attractions and stores                 Have you updated your e-mail address on the
throughout Ontario by showing your OCT card          College web site? An up-to-date address allows
or by asking when you order over the phone.          us to send you the latest College and professional
                                                     news that may affect you as a teacher in Ontario.
Be sure to carry your card with you and ask          And if you keep your e-mail address current, we
wherever you go – even at venues around the          can also send you an e-mail every time your
world – if they will give you an Ontario Certified   Certificate of Qualification and Registration is
Teacher discount. For a complete list of             updated with additional qualifications. See
discounts, go to www.oct.ca and click on OCT         page 51 for step-by-step instructions.
Discounts on the right side of the home page.
                                                     Tell us about changes
Register in the Members’ Area                        For the College to maintain accurate and current
You can find up-to-date information about            records, it is essential that you inform us about
College affairs on our web site at www.oct.ca,       changes to your personal information or
where you can also open a personal password-         qualifications. College bylaws require that you
protected account in the Members’ Area.              notify the College – within 30 days – of any
Instructions begin on page 50.                       change of information, such as an address or
                                                     name change. The name you are practising under
When you activate or establish your account in       must be the same name that appears on the
the Members’ Area, you gain secure access to a       College’s register Find a Teacher. Step-by-step
range of growing services that will help you         instructions are available on page 53.
maintain and track information important to your
membership in the College. You can print your        Need-to-know news
updated Certificate of Qualification and             To participate in the College’s activities and to
Registration, see your member profile page,          learn more about interesting initiatives in our
print a tax receipt or inform the College of any     profession, turn to the College’s award-winning
change to your home address and other                quarterly magazine, Professionally Speaking,
personal information.                                where you will find inspiring stories from your
                                                     colleagues across the province, useful articles
                                                     and resources, and news about changes to
                                                     education policy.


                                                                 Y O u R 	 M E M B E R S H I P 	 AT 	 A 	 G L A n C E 	 	 	 	 5
Your	College	at	a	Glance


What is the mandate of the                         How does the College fulfill its
Ontario College of Teachers?                       duty to serve and protect the
The College was established in 1997                public interest?
to allow Ontario teachers to regulate              Through the College, Ontario’s teaching
and govern their own profession in the             profession works to ensure that qualified
public interest. The College sets ethical          and committed teachers provide quality
standards and standards of practice,               teaching to our students. The College is
issues teaching certificates and may               accountable for how it carries out its
suspend or revoke them. We accredit                responsibilities.
teacher education programs and courses,
and investigate and hear complaints                For example, on the College web site, the
about individual members. We are also              public can view a register of all our mem-
mandated to communicate with the                   bers that includes their qualifications and
public on behalf of the profession, which          credentials. Disciplinary hearings are
we do primarily through our web site               open to the public, and a summary of
at www.oct.ca.                                     hearing decisions is published in the
                                                   College magazine and on our web site.

                                                   How are we governed?
                                                   The College is governed by a Council of
                   Need more info?
            To	learn	more	go	to	www.oct.ca.        37 members, 23 of whom are members
                                                   of the College elected by their peers for
                                                   three-year terms.




                                                                                                 The	College	relies	on	the	
                                                                                                 involvement	and	input	of		
                                                                                                 its	members	and	education		
                                                                                                 partners	in	its	work	to		
                                                                                                 continuously	improve	the		
6 				M E M B E R ’ S 	 H A n D B O O K 	 2 0 10                                                 teaching	profession.
                                                                                                               Your	College	at	a	Glance




                                  Elected members represent the English                           Our members work in publicly funded
                                  public, English Catholic, French public,                        schools, faculties of education, the Ministry
                                  French Catholic, elementary and second-                         of Education, teachers’ federations, the
                                  ary school systems in all regions of the                        College, independent schools, First Nations
                                  province. Four elected members repre-                           schools and many other institutions that
                                  sent principal/vice-principal, supervisory                      provide education opportunities for teach-
                                  officer, faculty of education and private                       ers and their students in Ontario, as well as
                                  school positions.                                               in other parts of Canada and around the
                                                                                                  world. The College membership reached
                                  The other 14 members of Council are                             229,000 in 2010.
In	a	survey	of	members	on		       appointed by the provincial government
their	attitudes	to	teaching,		
our	members	reported	that		
                                  for terms of up to three years. The Council                     What services do we offer you?
they	remain	motivated	and		       meets at least four times a year to develop                     The College offers its members and the
committed	to	mentoring		
                                  and approve policies.                                           public a wide range of resources on job
and	inspiring	young	people	
despite	the	challenges	facing		                                                                   opportunities, teaching and education on
the	teaching	profession	today.	   Who are our members?                                            its web site, through the Margaret Wilson
                                  The majority of College members are                             Library and in our quarterly magazine,
                                  classroom teachers, but vice-principals,                        Professionally Speaking.
                                  principals, supervisory officers and direc-
                                  tors of education must also be certified                        Learn more about the College’s popular
                                  teachers to hold the positions they do.                         Find an AQ online search tool. You will
                                                                                                  find various services we offer throughout
                                                                                                  this publication.




                                  The	majority	of	College	members	are	classroom	teachers,		
                                  but	vice-principals,	principals,	supervisory	officers	and		
                                  directors	of	education	are	also	certified	teachers	who	begin	
                                  their	careers	in	the	classroom.


                                                                                                                 Y O u R 	 C O L L E G E 	 AT 	 A 	 G L A n C E 	 	 	 	 7
 Inspire to Learn




Lifelong	process
 L
“	 earning	is	a	lifelong	process	that	
 sometimes	requires	several	attempts	
 before	success	is	met.	What’s	
 important	is	to	make	every	victory		
 a	special	and	unique	moment!”
Chantal	Bertrand,	OCT
	
Our	Commitment	
Teachers	share	with	the	public	a	strong	
commitment	to	providing	the	best	
education	possible	for	Ontario	children.	
The	College	was	established	to	act	on	
behalf	of	the	teaching	profession	in	
fulfilling	that	commitment.	The	College	
operates	in	an	open	and	accountable	
manner	to	promote	public	trust	and	
confidence	in	the	teaching	profession.		




                                  P u B L I C 	 A C C O u n TA B I L I T Y 	 	 	 	 9
Who	We	Are	and	What	We	Do


During the course of your career, you               Public accountability                          Our goal is
will often hear and read that the College           An important element of self-regulation        to help ensure
regulates the teaching profession in the            for the profession is public accountability.   that students
public interest.                                    The College operates in an open and            in Ontario
                                                    accountable manner in order to build and       schools are
Self-regulation means that the government           maintain public confidence in the work         taught by
has delegated its regulatory functions to           that it does. Accountability means that        highly skilled,
those who have the specialized knowledge            College activities are transparent to the      certified
necessary to do the job.                            public and information is easily accessible.   teachers
                                                                                                   practising to
The granting of self-regulation is an               Students, parents, teachers and the            the highest
acknowledgement by the legislature that             public all benefit from a publicly             standards.
teaching is a profession whose members              accountable profession.
are capable of governing themselves.
                                                    Find a Teacher section
Our goal is to help ensure that students            of the web site
in Ontario schools are taught by highly             An Ontario teaching certificate is, in
skilled, certified teachers practising to the       effect, a licence to teach in Ontario.
highest standards. The profession must              The College issues teaching certificates
also be prepared to uphold its standards            under powers delegated to it by the
and deal with issues of member incompe-             Ontario legislature, so your qualifications
tence, incapacity or misconduct.                    and the fact that you hold a teaching
                                                    certificate are matters of public record.
The teaching profession, through its
College, sets the requirements for entering         The Ontario College of Teachers Act
teaching, develops and maintains ethical            requires that the College maintain a
standards and standards of practice, and            public register of its members.
accredits teacher education programs and                                                            Need	more	info?
courses to ensure consistent high quality           Find a Teacher, available online,               To	learn	more	go	to	
in the preparation of teachers.                     provides information on your status             www.oct.ca.
                                                    and qualifications as a teacher, and
We operate in an open and accountable               is an important part of the teaching
manner, which means that we communi-                profession’s commitment to openness
cate with the public about what we do and           and public accountability.
how our work supports public education.
This approach builds public trust in the
profession and the important role it plays
in the education of Ontario students.




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                                                                                                Our	Commitment




                           The accessibility of the Find a Teacher      A member may request of the College’s
                           link benefits our members in a number of     Registrar that a different name appear on
                           ways. If you need to show proof of your      the register or that a former name be
                           qualifications for employment purposes,      deleted under exceptional circumstances,
                           for example, you can refer potential         such as personal safety. The Registrar may
                           employers to the Find a Teacher section      require supporting documentation with
                           on the College web site.                     the request.
The	College’s	annual	
report	is	one	of	the		
ways	in	which	we		         Find a Teacher does not include personal     Annual report
fulfill	our	commitment		   information, such as address or phone        Legislation requires the College to report
to	be	accountable	to		
the	public.                number. It provides the following            annually to the legislature about its activi-
                           information about each College member:       ties. The College uses this opportunity to
                           • name and registration number               produce an annual report that provides a
                           • type of certificate held                   wealth of statistical information about the
                           • date certificate was issued and expiry     Ontario teaching profession. A wide variety
                              date, if applicable                       of policy-makers, media, academics, schools
                           • notification of completion of the          and other education organizations look to
                              New Teacher Induction Program             the College for key information about
                           • Basic and Additional Qualifications        Ontario certified teachers.
                           • where and when degrees and teacher
                              education programs were completed         We have published the annual report
                           • whether a member is in good standing,      online since 2008 to reduce our environ-
                              whether a member has retired or           mental impact and enhance accessibility
                              resigned, whether a certificate has       to a fuller range of statistical information
                              been revoked or suspended                 about the Ontario teaching profession.
                           • whether a member is subject to an
                              order of the Discipline or Fitness to     Annual reports dating from 1997
                              Practise committees or appealing an       are available online at www.oct.ca g
                              order of either committee                 Publications.
                           • any terms, conditions or limitations
                              placed on a certificate.

                           The public register has been available to
                           members of the profession and the public
                           since the College was established in 1997.




                                                                                                O u R 	 C O M M I T M E n T 	 	 	 	 11
Our	Commitment




Discipline decisions                                     •   develop, establish and maintain
For the public, one of the College’s most                    qualifications for membership in
important functions is its responsibility                    the College
to address complaints about individual                   •   accredit professional teacher education
members. The College is committed to                         programs offered by postsecondary
providing fair and impartial treatment for                   educational institutions in Ontario
its members while carrying out its duty to               •   accredit ongoing education programs
protect Ontario students and the integrity                   for teachers offered by postsecondary
of the profession.                                           educational institutions and other
                                                             bodies in Ontario
It is very important to the public’s trust               •   issue, renew, amend, suspend, cancel,
in our profession that information about                     revoke and reinstate Certificates of
this process is easily available.                            Qualification and Registration
                                                         •   provide for the ongoing education of
Disciplinary hearings are open to the                        members of the College
public and their outcome is published in                 •   establish and enforce ethical standards    A self-regulatory
Professionally Speaking and on our web                       and professional standards applicable      body carries
site. Any disciplinary action taken against                  to members of the College                  out its mandate
a member is posted to the member’s                       •   receive and investigate complaints         in a transparent
record in the Find a Teacher section of the                  against members of the College and         and accountable
web site. Copies of discipline decisions                     deal with discipline and fitness to        manner to
from hearings that are held in public are                    practise issues                            maintain public
available from the College’s Margaret                    •   develop, provide and accredit              confidence.
Wilson Library at library@oct.ca.                            educational programs leading to
                                                             certificates of qualification additional
College mandate                                              to the certificate required for
A self-regulatory body carries out its                       membership, including but not limited
mandate in a transparent and accountable                     to certificates of qualification for
manner to maintain public confidence in                      supervisory officers, and issue, renew,
the regulation of the profession in the                      amend, suspend, cancel, revoke and
public interest.                                             reinstate such additional certificates
                                                         •   communicate with the public on behalf
The College’s authority is contained in the                  of the members of the College
Ontario College of Teachers Act, which was               •   perform such additional functions as
approved by the Ontario Legislature in                       are prescribed by the regulations.
1996. The College is mandated to:
• regulate the profession of teaching
   and govern its members




The College Council develops and approves policies for
12 				M E M B E Rof 	the n D B O O Kprofession.
the regulation ’ S H A teaching 	 2 0 1 1
                                                                                          Our	Commitment




Council and committee                                     You can read summaries of Council meet-
responsibilities                                          ings in the Governing Ourselves pages of
The College Council develops and                          Professionally Speaking.
approves policies for the regulation
of the teaching profession through its                    Organizational structure
committee work (see page 14).                             The College Registrar, as chief executive
                                                          officer, manages the business of the College.
The Council is made up of Ontario certi-                  The Registrar is responsible for issuing
fied teachers elected by College members                  certificates and maintaining the register of
from among the membership and public                      members, and may also suspend members
members appointed by the provincial                       for non-payment of fees and appoint
government, some of whom have wide                        investigators to look into complaints against
experience in the education sector.                       members. The Finance Unit, headed by the
                                                          College Controller, is part of the office of
The Council meets at least four times a                   the Registrar.
year, and meetings are open to the public.
Council minutes, once approved, are posted                Four departments provide services to
on the College web site.                                  members and support the work of the
                                                          Council committees under the leadership
                                                          of the Registrar’s office.


                                                    Council


                                             Office	of	the	Registrar




   Corporate	and	Council		   Membership	Services	                 Investigations	and			       Standards	of	Practice	and	
    Services	Department         Department                       Hearings	Department          Accreditation	Department




                                                                                                  Standards	of	Practice		
        Administration	      Membership	Records                    Intake	and	Hearings
                                                                                                     and	Education	




       Communications         Evaluation	Services                      Investigations                  Accreditation




      External	Relations        Client	Services




     Policy	and	Research




         Information		
         Technology




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Our	Commitment




     Council Committees                                      Responsibilities

     Executive	                    	                 	   	   Conducts	College	business	between
     	 	            	              	                 	   	   Council	meetings

     Investigation	                	                 	   	   Investigates	complaints	regarding	members

     Discipline	                   	                 	   	   Conducts	hearings	and	deals	with	allegations	
     	 	 	          	              	                 	   	   of	professional	misconduct	and	incompetence

     Fitness to Practise	                            	   	   Conducts	hearings	and	deals	
     	 	 	          	              	                 	   	   with	issues	of	incapacity

     Registration Appeals 	                          	   	   Reviews	appeals	from	applicants	
     	 	 	          	              	                 	   	   denied	membership

     Standards of Practice and Education		                   Develops	standards	of	practice	and	ethical	
     	 	 	          	              	                 	   	   standards	for	the	teaching	profession

     Accreditation	                	                 	   	   Reviews	and	accredits	programs	of
     	 	 	          	              	                 	   	   professional	education	recorded	on	
     	 	 	          	              	                 	   	   Certificates	of	Qualification	and	Registration

     Accreditation Appeals	                          	   	   Reviews	appeals	to	accreditation	decisions		
     	 	 	          	              	                 	   	   from	teacher	education	providers

     Finance	 	                    	                 	   	   Oversees	the	financial	affairs	of	
     	 	 	          	              	                 	   	   the	College	and	acts	as	the	audit	committee

     Election	 	                   	                 	   	   Supervises	the	election	of	the	Council

     Nomination	                   	                 	   	   Prepares	a	slate	of	candidates	
     	 	 	          	              	                 	   	   for	membership	on	the	various		
     	 	 	          	              	                 	   	   Council	committees

     Quality Assurance	                              	   	   Assesses	the	performance	of	the	College	
     	 	 	          	              	                 	   	   in	relation	to	its	mandate

     Editorial Board	              	                 	   	   Oversees	the	publication	of
                                                             Professionally Speaking

     Human Resources	                                	   	   Develops	human	resources	policies

     Steering                      	                 	   	   Facilitates	the	movement	of	materials	and	motions	
                                                             	
                                                             from	the	Executive	Committee	to	Council




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                                College	Bylaws	


                                The College bylaws set out the adminis-      •   describe the contents of the College
                                trative procedures of the College and            register, determine what information
                                provide direction for implementing policy.       members must provide, what informa-
                                                                                 tion must be retained and what can
                                Responsibilities                                 be removed.
 Need	more	info?                The bylaws include a number of sections
 www.oct.ca g	
 About the College	g
                                that affect members directly. The bylaws:    Current bylaws are on the College web
 College Bylaws                 • set out ethical standards and              site at www.oct.ca g About the College g
                                   standards of practice for members         College Bylaws. The bylaws are updated
                                   of the profession                         on the College web site whenever they are
                                • require written notification within        amended by Council.
                                   30 days from a member of any change
                                   of information, such as address or        Public Interest Committee
                                   name change                               A three-person Public Interest Committee
                                • set out the annual membership              is appointed by the provincial government
                                   and other fees                            to advise Council regarding its duty to
                                • require that the College publication,      serve and protect the public interest in
                                   Professionally Speaking, be distributed   carrying out the College’s objectives.
                                   to all members




Teachers	challenge	their		
students’	minds	and	
encourage	independent	
thought.	We	teach	the		
joy	of	overcoming	a		
challenge	rather	than	being		
overwhelmed	by	it.                                                                                O u R 	 C O M M I T M E n T 	 	 	 	 15
 Inspire to Learn




 Welcome	and		
 connected
 I
“	n	my	class,	these	young	people	
 become	part	of	a	group,	and	they	feel	
 welcome	and	connected.	That	makes	
 a	big	difference,	and	it	doesn’t	take	
 long	for	them	to	fully	engage	in	school	
 and	learning	a	new	language.	It’s	a	
 fabulous	transformation	for	most	of	
 these	teenagers.”
 Muriel	Sawyer,	OCT
Your	College	is	Green	
The	College	is	committed	to	the	
environment	and	sustainable	development.	
Energy	efficiency	is	a	major	feature	of		
our	building,	and	even	our	membership	
cards	are	biodegradable.	We	are	seeking	
Leadership	in	Energy	and	Environmental		
Design	certification.




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Your	College	is	Green


Welcome to a greener and smarter                                                         The College moved to a new, permanent
Ontario College of Teachers. Improving                                                   home in November 2010 and members now
the environmental footprint of our                                                       have equity in a prime Toronto property.
building is a high priority.                                                             Council unanimously approved the
                                                                                         purchase of majority interest – eight floors
Energy efficiency is a key feature and                                                   – in a building at 101 Bloor Street West –
dovetails with our commitment to                                                         one block west of Bay – in the heart of
sustainable development. To demonstrate                                                  Toronto’s downtown core.
our dedication to a more eco-friendly
workplace, the College is working toward                                                 The location is central to Queen’s Park,
LEED (Leadership in Energy and                                                           education stakeholder organizations and
Environmental Design) certification.                                                     to staff, College members, applicants
                                                                                         and members of the public. The College
                                                                                         receives more than 1,700 walk-in visitors
                                                                                         each month.




                                                                                                                                                                The College’s
                                                                              Scollard	Street
                                                                                                                                                                new home is
                                                                                                                                                                within easy
                                                                                                                                                                walking
                                                                              Yorkville	Avenu
                                                                                              e                                                                 distance of
                                                                                                                                                    Park	Road


                                                                                                                                                                three subway
                                                                                                                                                                stops.
          Avenue	Road




                                                                                                     treet
                                                                              Cumberland	S
                                                                                                                         Bloor/Yonge
                                                                               Bay

                                                                                                                                               st
                                                                                                                             Bloor	Street	Ea
                                                                                              est
                                                                                Bloor	Street	W
                                                                                                              Yonge	Street
                                                                                        Bay	Street
                                                          St.	Thomas	Stre




                                                                                                                              Hayden	Street
                Queens	Park




                                                et	West
                                  101	Bloor	Stre
                                            	new	Home)
                              (The	College’s
                                                                         et




                                                                                  Charles	Street                               Charles	Street
  Museum




18 				M E M B E R ’ S 	 H A n D B O O K 	 2 0 1 1
                                                                                                                             Green	Initiatives




                                     Energy efficient and eco-friendly              The College’s electricity will come from
                                     The College focused on reducing energy         renewable energy sources only. Wireless
                                     and water consumption, as well as operat-      solutions have been used to reduce desk
Energy efficiency
                                     ing costs, during significant renovations      and computer cabling.
is a key feature
                                     after the College took possession last year.
of the new
                                                                                    Your new biodegradable card
building and
                                     The windows in the entire building have        Even your Ontario Certified Teacher card
dovetails with
                                     been replaced with energy-efficient double-    is eco-friendly. Your biodegradable card is
the College’s
                                     pane glass, and the exterior has been          made from plants like alfalfa, beets,
commitment
                                     repainted. The new facility provides bicycle   potatoes, switch grass and wheat using
to sustainable
                                     storage and change rooms. Water usage has      renewable energy. You just cut up this
development.
                                     been reduced by 20 per cent by replacing all   card when it expires and put it in the
                                     washroom fixtures, and new plumbing will       green bin or compost. It will biodegrade
                                     require the use of low-flow fixtures.          in 180 days.

                                     All work spaces, meeting rooms and             You don’t need to worry – the card will
                                     major corridors have adequate space            be fine in your wallet. It only biodegrades
                                     for recycling bins. Most of our existing       when it is in contact with other composta-
                                     furniture has been reused and most             bles. The membership card supports the
                                     College equipment that was relocated           College’s green mandate while maintaining
                                     or bought new is Energy Star compliant.        a high-quality look and feel.

                                     At least 50 per cent of the construction       Printing
                                     waste from the College project will be         This handbook, along with other
                                     diverted from landfills. Greening              correspondence you may receive from
                                     standards have been met for air quality        the College from time to time, is printed
Your	new	biodegradable		
membership	card	is	made		
                                     and ventilation, energy use and cooling        on 100 per cent, post-consumer recycled
from	plants	like	alfalfa,	beets,		   systems. No smoking is permitted within        paper using vegetable-based inks.
potatoes,	switch	grass	and		
wheat	using	renewable	energy.
                                     7.6 metres of all entrances.




                                                                                           G R E E n 	 I n I T I A T I V E S 	 A T 	 T H E 	 C O L L E G E 	 	 	 	 19
 Inspire to Learn




 Present	challenges
 W
“	 hen	you	work	with	young	people,	
 the	important	thing	is	to	arouse	their	
 curiosity,	stimulate	their	mental	
 capacity	and	present	challenges.	If	
 you	ask	them	to	stretch	beyond	their	
 limits,	they	will	discover	themselves	
 and	develop	self-confidence	that,	in	
 the	long	run,	will	yield	positive	results.”
 Denis	Sauvé,	OCT	
Professional	Standards	
Ethical	standards,	standards	of	practice	and		
the	professional	learning	framework	describe	
what	it	means	to	be	a	member	of	the	teaching	
profession	in	Ontario.	They	articulate	the	goals	
and	aspirations	of	a	teaching	profession	
dedicated	to	fostering	student	learning	and	
preparing	Ontario	students	to	participate	in		
a	democratic	society.	




                                    P u B L I C 	 A C C O u n T A B I L I T Y 	 	 	 	 21
Foundations	of	Professional	Practice


Foundations of Professional Practice                 The Ethical Standards for the Teaching
articulates the high standards that the              Profession, Standards of Practice for the
teaching profession sets for educators in            Teaching Profession and Professional
Ontario, bringing together three docu-               Learning Framework for the Teaching
ments that form the foundation for the               Profession outline the principles of
self-regulation of the teaching profession           ethical behaviour, professional practice
in Ontario:                                          and ongoing learning for the teaching
                                                     profession in Ontario.
The Ethical Standards for the Teaching                                                            Foundations of
                                                                                                  Professional Practice
Profession describe the professional                 College members use the standards to         articulates	the	standards	
beliefs and values that guide the decision-          reflect on their own development as          that	Ontario	teachers	
                                                                                                  embrace	as	their		
making and professional actions of                   teaching professionals and inform their      professional	foundation.
College members in their professional                practice and ongoing learning choices.
roles and relationships.
                                                     The complete Foundations of Professional
The five interdependent domains of the               Practice can be found on the College
Standards of Practice for the Teaching               web site at www.oct.ca g Publications
Profession describe the continuum                    g College Documents.
of knowledge, skills and professional                                                              Need	more	info?
practices of College members.                        Ethical Standards for the                     www.oct.ca	g
                                                                                                   Publications g
                                                     Teaching Profession                           College Documents
The Professional Learning Framework                  The Ethical Standards for the Teaching        g Foundations of
for the Teaching Profession presents a               Profession represent a vision of profes-      Professional Practice
variety of ways College members may                  sional practice. At the heart of a strong
pursue opportunities for ongoing                     and effective teaching profession is a
professional learning.                               commitment to students and their learning.

Professional standards that guide and                Members of the Ontario College of
reflect exemplary teaching practice and              Teachers, in their position of trust,
continuous professional improvement are              demonstrate responsibility in their
essential to effective teaching and learning.        relationships with students, parents,
The College has fostered the development             guardians, colleagues, education
of these professional standards to support           partners, other professionals, the
exemplary teaching in Ontario.                       environment and the public.




22 				M E M B E R ’ S 	 H A n D B O O K 	 2 0 1 1
                                                                                      Professional	Standards




                     Care                                             Standards of Practice for the
                     The ethical standard of Care includes            Teaching Profession
Intrinsic to the     compassion, acceptance, interest and             The Standards of Practice for the Teaching
ethical standard
                     insight for developing students’ potential.      Profession provide a framework of princi-
of Respect are
trust and fair-      Members express their commitment to              ples that describes the knowledge, skills and
mindedness.          students’ well-being and learning through        values inherent in Ontario’s teaching pro-
Members honour       positive influence, professional judgment        fession. These standards articulate the goals
human dignity,       and empathy in practice.                         and aspirations of the profession. They
emotional wellness                                                    convey a collective vision of professionalism
and cognitive
                     Trust                                            that guides the daily practices of members
development.
                     The ethical standard of Trust embodies           of the Ontario College of Teachers.
                     fairness, openness and honesty. Members’
                     professional relationships with students,        The standards of practice include five
                     colleagues, parents, guardians and the           statements about students and student
                     public are based on trust.                       learning, professional knowledge,
                                                                      professional practice, leadership in
                     Respect                                          learning communities and ongoing
                     Intrinsic to the ethical standard of Respect     professional learning.
                     are trust and fair-mindedness. Members
                     honour human dignity, emotional wellness         Commitment to students
                     and cognitive development. In their pro-         and student learning
                     fessional practice, they model respect for       Members are dedicated in their care
                     spiritual and cultural values, social justice,   and commitment to students. They treat
                     confidentiality, freedom, democracy and          students equitably and with respect and
                     the environment.                                 are sensitive to factors that influence
                                                                      individual student learning. Members
                     Integrity                                        facilitate the development of students as
                     Honesty, reliability and moral action            contributing citizens of Canadian society.
                     are embodied in the ethical standard of
                     Integrity. Continual reflection assists          Leadership in learning communities
                     members in exercising integrity in               Members promote and participate in
                     their professional commitments and               the creation of collaborative, safe and
                     responsibilities.                                supportive learning communities. They
                                                                      recognize their shared responsibilities and
                                                                      their leadership roles in order to facilitate
                                                                      student success. Members maintain and
                                                                      uphold the principles of the ethical
                                                                      standards in these learning communities.




                                                                                     P R O F E S S I O n A L 	 S T A n D A R D S 	 	 	 	 23
Professional	Standards




Ongoing professional learning                        Professional learning may take a variety
Members recognize that a commitment to               of forms. Following their pre-service
ongoing professional learning is integral to         training, members of the College may
effective practice and to student learning.          complete courses or programs that are
Professional practice and self-directed              identified in the Teachers’ Qualifications
learning are informed by experience,                 Regulation, made under the Ontario
research, collaboration and knowledge.               College of Teachers Act. These courses or
                                                     programs are accredited by the College
Professional knowledge                               and offered by registered providers. When
Members strive to be current in their                a member successfully completes one of
professional knowledge and recognize its             these courses or programs, it is recorded
relationship to practice. They understand            on the member’s Certificate of
and reflect on student development,                  Qualification and Registration.
learning theory, pedagogy, curriculum,
                                                                                                   Professional
ethics, educational research and related             Members of the College stay current
                                                                                                   learning is at the
policies and legislation to inform                   and up to date in many ways beyond
                                                                                                   heart of teacher
professional judgment in practice.                   completing Additional Qualification
                                                                                                   professionalism.
                                                     courses and programs. Examples of
Professional practice                                professional learning opportunities are
Members apply professional knowledge                 identified in this document. Educators can
and experience to promote student                    participate in or facilitate professional
learning. They use appropriate pedagogy              development activities, mentor colleagues,
assessment and evaluation, resources and             join professional networks, engage in
technology in planning for and responding            research activities, and read books and
to the needs of individual students and              articles about educational issues.
learning communities. Members refine
their professional practice through ongoing          Professional learning is at the heart of
inquiry, dialogue and reflection.                    teacher professionalism. In addition to the
                                                     accredited in-service programs, Ontario
Professional Learning Framework                      certified teachers engage in a wide variety
The Professional Learning Framework                  of professional learning to improve their
for the Teaching Profession outlines                 practice and enhance student learning.
opportunities for ongoing professional               All of these opportunities are an integral
learning for members. The framework                  part of the professional learning frame-
provides for this growth and development             work. Educators participate in learning
through the identification of accredited             opportunities offered by their employers,
pre-service and in-service programs of               the Ministry of Education, faculties of
professional teacher education and a wide            education, professional organizations,
range of other learning opportunities.               federations and subject associations.
                                                     Through this professional learning,
                                                     College members demonstrate a commit-
                                                     ment to continued professional growth.


24 				M E M B E R ’ S 	 H A n D B O O K 	 2 0 1 1
                                                                Professional	Standards




By developing the Professional Learning        •   Standards-based professional learning
Framework for the Teaching Profession,             provides for an integrated approach to
the Ontario College of Teachers meets its          teacher education. All programs and
legislated mandate to “provide for the             professional learning activities accred-
ongoing education of members of the                ited by the College must be designed
College.” It also informs the public of            to support the Ethical Standards for the
the many ways educators remain                     Teaching Profession and the Standards
knowledgeable and current.                         of Practice for the Teaching Profession.

The professional learning framework:           •   Exemplary professional learning oppor-
•   acknowledges the commitment                    tunities are based on the principles of
    members of the teaching profession             effective learning. The framework takes
    make to professional learning                  into account individual career and per-
•   highlights a range of options to improve       sonal priorities. It outlines professional
    practice and enhance student learning          learning activities that are varied, flexible
•   identifies programs and professional           and accessible to members of the College.
    learning activities accredited by
    the College                                •   Teachers plan for and reflect on their
•   assists members of the College to              professional learning. Responsible
    identify, collect, reflect upon and            lifelong learning is continuous learning
    celebrate their learning experiences           that is initiated by members of the
    and accomplishments                            College and directed and reviewed
•   assures the profession and the public          by them on an ongoing basis.
    that members of the College have
    the opportunity through professional       •   Learning communities enhance
    learning to remain current throughout          professional learning. The professional
    their careers.                                 learning framework encourages
                                                   collaboration. It supports ongoing
The professional learning framework                commitment to the improvement and
supports the following principles:                 currency of teaching practice as an
•   The goal of professional learning is           individual and collective responsibility.
    the ongoing improvement of practice.
    Teacher learning is directly correlated
    to student learning. The professional
    learning framework encourages
    learning activities based on provincial
    legislation and policy, system needs,
    personal-growth needs and student
    learning needs. The framework also
    encourages members of the College
    to identify and pursue their strengths
    and personal interests to further their
    professional learning.
                                                               P R O F E S S I O n A L 	 S T A n D A R D S 	 	 	 	 25
Professional	Standards




Professional learning outlined
in legislation
The Teachers’ Qualifications Regulation                               Recommendations emerged from our
defines the teacher education programs                                consultations about preparing teachers
that are currently recognized by the                                  for the classrooms and the continuing
Ontario College of Teachers. The                                      education programs that were needed to
regulation is made under the Ontario                                  enhance teachers’ professional skills and
College of Teachers Act.                                              knowledge. This includes the introduction
                                                                      of a new group of 64 courses in techno-
The College Council approved important                                logical education and a new three-part
changes to the Teachers’ Qualifications                               Kindergarten course.
Regulation that came into effect in May 2010.
The revised regulation is the culmination
of four years of extensive review, consulta-
tions and work with our education partners
and flows from the recommendations of
the College’s 2006 study Preparing
Teachers for Tomorrow.



 Additional	Basic                                    Teachers’                             Principal’s	Qualifications	
 Qualification	Courses                               Qualifications                        Courses
                                                     Regulation
 Pre-service	Ontario	
 Teacher	Education	                                                                       Supervisory	Officer’s	
 Programs	                                                                                Qualification	Program
 (Basic	Qualifications)

                                                     These	professional	learning		
 Honour	Specialist	
                                                     programs	are	accredited	by	the	       Additional	
 Courses
                                                     Ontario	College	of	Teachers.          Qualification	Courses



Other opportunities
for professional growth
and development
The challenge for members of the College                              Educators engage in many forms of
today is to maintain and extend their                                 professional learning. The range of
professional knowledge and skills in a                                opportunities reflects the complexity of the
rapidly changing educational environment.                             teaching profession and identifies ways that
                                                                      educators remain current in their practice.




26 				M E M B E R ’ S 	 H A n D B O O K 	 2 0 1 1
                                                                                           Professional	Standards




                   Professional Growth Opportunities
The challenge
                    These opportunities might include but are not limited to:
for members
of the College      Academic Programs                                       Research Activities
today is to         Currently,	the	Certificate	of	Qualification	and	        Members	of	the	College	may	choose	to:
maintain and        Registration	includes	only	completed	degree	               i
                                                                            •	 	nquire	into	teaching	practice
extend their        programs.	Members	of	the	College	may	choose	to:            p
                                                                            •	 	 lan	and	conduct	research	activities	to	
professional           p
                    •	 	 articipate	in	programs	or	courses	offered	            enhance	teaching	and	learning
knowledge              through	universities,	colleges	or	other	                w
                                                                            •	 	 ork	collaboratively	with	others	to		
and skills in a        institutions	or	organizations	that	do	not	always	       contribute	to	the	knowledge	base	of		
rapidly changing       lead	to	academic	degrees.                               teaching	and	learning
educational         These	programs	may	be	prerequisites	to	                    e
                                                                            •	 	 xplore	ways	to	access	and	use		
environment.        enrolment	in	the	certification	programs	listed	in	         education	research.
                    the Teachers’	Qualifications	Regulation.
                                                                            Professional Activities
                    Professional Networks                                   Members	of	the	College	may	choose	to:
                    Members	of	the	College	may	choose	to:                      m
                                                                            •	 	 aintain	a	professional	portfolio
                       p
                    •	 	 artner	with	business,	industry,	colleges		            a
                                                                            •	 	 rrange	opportunities	to	observe		
                       and	universities                                        exemplary	practice
                       c
                    •	 	 ontribute	to	subject	councils,	the	work	of	the	       s
                                                                            •	 	 tay	current	by	reading	educational		
                       federations	or	other	professional	organizations         books	and	journals
                       p
                    •	 	 articipate	on	school-based	committees                 s
                                                                            •	 	 hare	ideas	and	resources	with	colleagues
                       s
                    •	 	 erve	on	a	local	school	community	committee	           p
                                                                            •	 	 articipate	in	curriculum	writing	and/or	
                       or	school	council.                                      assessment	projects.

                    Mentoring and Networking                                Professional Contributions
                    Members	of	the	College	may	choose	to:                   Members	of	the	College	may	choose	to:
                       s
                    •	 	 erve	as	associate	teachers                            p
                                                                            •	 	 articipate	in,	present	at,	or	organize	
                       b
                    •	 	 ecome	involved	in	a	mentoring	partnership             conferences,	workshops	and	institutes
                       l
                    •	 	earn	with	colleagues	through	co-operative	             c
                                                                            •	 	 ontribute	to	a	professional	publication.
                       planning	and	problem	solving
                       f
                    •	 	orm	study	groups.                                   Technology and Learning
                                                                            Members	of	the	College	may	choose	to:
                    Learning through Practice                                  i
                                                                            •	 	ncrease	their	competency	in		
                    Members	of	the	College	may	choose	to:                      computer,	telecommunication	and	
                       d
                    •	 	 evelop	and	implement	curriculum	materials             videoconferencing	technology
                       p
                    •	 	 articipate	in	school-based	collaborative	inquiry      j
                                                                            •	 	oin	a	listserv
                       i
                    •	 	mplement	a	new	instructional	or		                      i
                                                                            •	 	ntegrate	technology	into	teaching	practice
                       assessment	strategy                                     e
                                                                            •	 	 nrol	in	a	distance	education	program.
                       c
                    •	 	 onduct	and	publish	action	research	projects
                       p
                    •	 	 ilot	new	initiatives	individually	or		
                       with	colleagues.

                      Members	of	the	College	may	also	choose	other	options	for	learning	beyond	these	examples.




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Professional	Standards




Accreditation
Teacher education programs in Ontario                Courses offered for Additional Basic
are accredited by the Ontario College                Qualifications, Additional Qualifications,
of Teachers.                                         Principal’s Qualifications and the             Need	more	info?
                                                     Supervisory Officer’s Qualification            www.oct.ca	➔
Accreditation is a status granted by the             Program are among those now reviewed           Additional
                                                                                                    Qualifications
College to a teacher education program               and accredited by the College. Teachers
or Additional Qualification course that              can find course guidelines on the College
has met or exceeded quality assurance                web site at www.oct.ca g Additional
criteria established by the College.                 Qualifications g Schedules and Guidelines.
These programs lead to a qualification on
a member’s Certificate of Qualification              The accreditation process
and Registration.                                    Accrediting teacher education programs
                                                     maintains the public’s confidence in
Teacher education candidates are assured             Ontario’s certified teachers and ensures
that pre-service and in-service teacher              that the public’s interest is protected. The
education programs meet provincial                   accreditation process provides quality
regulatory requirements. They support                assurance for Ontario’s teacher education
and reflect the ethical standards and                programs and ensures that the programs
standards of practice.                               reflect a culture of continuous quality
                                                     enhancement.
Accredited pre-service programs must
meet all regulatory requirements in such             Accreditation panels review pre-service
areas as methods and foundations courses,            programs in a transparent and fair
divisional studies and the practicum.                manner. Each accreditation panel
Accreditation ensures that Ontario’s                 includes College members with broad
teacher education programs are current               knowledge and experience in education.
and apply theory in practice.

The Accreditation Regulation also gives
the College responsibility for accrediting
in-service Additional Qualification courses
named in the regulation to address the
ongoing professional needs of members.




28 				M E M B E R ’ S 	 H A n D B O O K 	 2 0 1 1
                                                                                       Professional	Standards




Accrediting teacher         You can bring your expertise to the         After reviewing all documents submitted
education programs          accreditation process in two ways. You      by the faculty, the panel members visit the
maintains the public’s      can be part of an accreditation panel.      campus to interview program administra-
confidence in Ontario’s
                            Look for ads seeking panelists in           tors, faculty members, teacher candidates,
certified teachers and
ensures that the public’s   Professionally Speaking.                    associate teachers and others linked to the
interest is protected.                                                  program. The panel considers various
                            You, and members of the public, are also    sources of evidence to develop recommen-
                            invited to make submissions about the       dations and a report for the College’s
                            quality of initial teacher education pro-   Accreditation Committee. The committee
                            grams. You can find details about this      decides about the program’s accreditation.
                            on the College web site at www.oct.ca
                            g Teacher Education g How Programs          You can find Accreditation Committee
                            are Accredited.                             decisions at www.oct.ca g Teacher
                                                                        Education g How Programs Are
                            A College accreditation panel examines      Accredited. Decisions are also reported
                            applications made by a faculty to offer     in Professionally Speaking.
                            a teacher education program in Ontario.
                            The application details how the program
                            meets the requirements outlined in
                            regulation.




                                                                                      P R O F E S S I O n A L 	 S T A n D A R D S 	 	 	 	 29
 Inspire to Learn




 Think	critically
 B
“	 y	using	media	familiar	to	today’s	
 youth,	I	teach	my	students	to	think	
 critically	and	analytically	about	the	
 information	they	see.	These	are	skills	
 they	will	use	long	after	they	leave		
 my	history	classroom.”
 Lindsay	Hall,	OCT
                                                      Professional	Standards




Teacher	Education	
Whether	in	the	classroom,	the	principal’s	
office	or	the	district	school	board,	all		
members	of	the	College	begin	their	careers	
with	formal	training	in	a	teacher	education	
program	that	meets	the	requirements	set		
out	in	regulation.	The	teaching	licence	
issued	to	you	annually	by	the	College	is	an	
acknowledgement	to	employers	and	the	
public	of	your	qualifications	and	credentials.	




                          F O u n D A T I O n S 	 O F 	 P R O F E S S I O n A L 	 P R A C T I C E 	 	 	 	 31
Professional	Requirements

                                                                                                    Teacher
The Education Act defines a teacher as a             Teachers who completed their teacher
                                                                                                    certification
member of the College. Clearly defining              education program outside Ontario are          is one way
academic, professional and language                  granted basic qualifications that reflect      in which the
proficiency requirements for teacher                 their areas of study.                          College assures
certification is one way in which the                                                               its membership
                                                                                                    and the public
College assures its membership and the               Your Basic Qualifications are listed on
                                                                                                    that all teaching
public that all teaching professionals               your Certificate of Qualification and          professionals
are qualified to work in publicly funded             Registration. They identify the divisions      are qualified
schools in Ontario.                                  or areas of study that were a focus in         to work in publicly
                                                     your teacher education program.                funded schools
The information in this section provides                                                            in Ontario.
detailed information about Basic                     In Ontario, teachers must be qualified
Qualifications, Additional Qualifications            in at least two consecutive divisions. The
and the Ministry of Education’s New                  divisions are: Primary (Grades K–3),
Teacher Induction Program. All members               Junior (Grades 4–6), Intermediate
of the College must meet the following               (Grades 7–10) and Senior (Grades 11–12).
requirements.
                                                     Junior/Intermediate teachers must be
Teacher education programs                           qualified in at least one general education
Basic Qualifications                                 subject appropriate for Grades 7 and 8
Teachers who complete their teacher                  from the list on page 34. Teachers who
education program in Ontario have the                hold Intermediate/Senior qualifications
required areas of study – commonly                   must be qualified in two general educa-
known as Basic Qualifications – to                   tion subjects from that list.
teach in two consecutive divisions –
Primary/Junior, Junior/ Intermediate,                Technological education teachers must be
Intermediate/Senior or Grades 9–10/                  qualified in subjects from the technological
Grades 11–12 in technological education.             education list on page 34. A teacher may
It is the Basic Qualification that deter-            add qualifications by taking Additional
mines if you are qualified as a general              Basic Qualification courses in different
education or a technological education               divisions and/or subjects.
teacher, and in what language, grades and                                                           Need	more	info?
                                                                                                    www.oct.ca	➔
subjects you may teach.                              The current list of teaching subjects can
                                                                                                    Become a Teacher ➔
                                                     also be found on the College web site at       Teaching Subjects
Teachers in technological education                  www.oct.ca g Become a Teacher                  for	a	full	list	of		
subjects have also provided work                     g Teaching Subjects.                           current	subjects

experience and proof of competence
in the areas selected as options in their
teacher education program.




32 				M E M B E R ’ S 	 H A n D B O O K 	 2 0 1 1
                                                                                         Teacher	Education




                   If you completed your teacher education          Access Find an AQ directly from the
                   program at an English-language faculty, your     College’s main page at www.oct.ca or
                   Basic Qualifications are listed in English,      under Additional Qualifications.
                   indicating that you are qualified to teach in
                   the English-language system. If you com-         Transitional certificate holders are
                   pleted your program at a French-language         not eligible to enrol in College-accredited
                   faculty, your qualifications are listed in       AQ programs.
                   French, indicating that you are qualified
                   to teach in the French-language system.          Temporary Letter of Approval
                                                                    School boards apply for a Temporary
                   Since 2000, applicants to the College have       Letter of Approval (TLA) when they
                   been required to provide proof of language       cannot find teaching professionals with
                   proficiency in English or French in order        the qualifications they need to fill
                   to be certified to teach in Ontario.             certain subject areas or teaching needs.

                   The College records the names of teacher         The responsibility for granting TLAs
                   education degrees, Basic and Additional          was transferred from the Ontario College
                   Basic Qualification courses and Additional       of Teachers to the Ministry of Education
                   Qualification courses on your certificate.       in May 2010.

                   Additional Qualifications                        TLA applications must be sent to the
                   Professional advisory                            regional offices of the Ministry and not
                   The College issued a professional advisory,      to the Ontario College of Teachers.
                   Additional Qualifications: Extending             Only district school boards and other
                   Professional Knowledge, to help members          authorized employers can apply for
                   understand teaching qualifications in            a TLA.
                   Ontario. The advisory is available on page
                   40 of this handbook or visit the College         New Teacher Induction Program
                   web site at www.oct.ca g Additional              The Minister of Education introduced a
                   Qualifications g Professional Advisory.          New Teacher Induction Program (NTIP)
                                                                    in the 2006–07 school year. The program
Need	more	info?    Find an AQ                                       provides support, including mentoring,
www.oct.ca	➔
                   The College has made searching for               for newly certified teachers in permanent
Additional
Qualifications ➔   Additional Qualification (AQ) courses            positions in publicly funded schools.
Find an AQ         easier and more convenient for you. The
                   College’s online search tool, Find an AQ,        Teachers have up to two years to complete
                   will help you find the AQ and the provider       the program. Boards notify the College
                   to suit your specific needs.                     when teachers have successfully completed
                                                                    the program so that the NTIP notation can
                   You can enter a subject area, course name,       be added to their teaching certificate.
                   Additional Qualification schedule, keyword
                   or provider to find a list of related courses.


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Technological Education – Teaching Subjects

Communications	Technology,	Grades	9	and	10               Health	Care,	Grades	9	and	10
Communications	Technology,	Grades	11	and	12              Health	Care,	Grades	11	and	12
Computer	Technology,	Grades	9	and	10                     Hospitality	and	Tourism,	Grades	9	and	10
Computer	Technology,	Grades	11	and	12                    Hospitality	and	Tourism,	Grades	11	and	12
Construction	Technology,	Grades	9	and	10                 Manufacturing	Technology,	Grades	9	and	10
Construction	Technology,	Grades	11	and	12                Manufacturing	Technology,	Grades	11	and	12
Green	Industries,	Grades	9	and	10                        Technological	Design,	Grades	9	and	10
Green	Industries,	Grades	11	and	12                       Technological	Design,	Grades	11	and	12
Hairstyling	and	Aesthetics,	Grades	9	and	10              Transportation	Technology,	Grades	9	and	10
Hairstyling	and	Aesthetics,	Grades	11	and	12             Transportation	Technology,	Grades	11	and	12

General Education – Teaching Subjects

Anglais                                                  History
Business	Studies	–	Accounting                            International	Languages
Business	Studies	–	Entrepreneurship                      Law
Business	Studies	–	General                               Mathematics
Business	Studies	–	Information	and		 	               	   Media	Arts	(effective	March	31,	2011)	
	 Communication	Technology                               Music	–	Instrumental
Classical	Studies	–	Greek                                Music	–	Vocal
Classical	Studies	–	Latin                                native	Languages
Computer	Studies                                         native	Studies
Dance                                                    Philosophy
Dramatic	Arts                                            Politics
Economics                                                Religious	Education
English                                                  Science	–	Biology
Environmental	Science/Environmental	Studies              Science	–	Chemistry
Family	Studies                                           Science	–	General
Français                                                 Science	–	Physics
French	as	a	Second	Language                              Social	Sciences	–	General
Geography                                                Visual	Arts
Health	and	Physical	Education




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Go	online	to	find		
Additional	Qualifications.




Searching for Additional Qualification courses
is now easier and more convenient for you.




The College’s online search tool, Find an AQ, will help you
find the course and the provider to suit your specific needs.
Access Find an AQ directly from the College’s main page at
www.oct.ca or under Additional Qualifications.
Teacher	Education




Equivalencies                                        To qualify for equivalent standing,
The College’s Evaluation Services Unit               a course must:
has extensive information about teacher              •   be beyond the teacher education pro-
education in other parts of Canada and                   gram required for initial certification
the world. The College relies on this infor-         •   have been completed as part of an
mation to evaluate the qualifications and                accredited teacher education program
credentials of individuals who have been                 that is acceptable to the College
educated and/or certified outside Ontario.           •   match the curriculum content of the
                                                         Additional Qualification guideline
If you have taken a course in teaching                   for which you seek equivalency
methodology outside Ontario and                          (the guidelines are posted on the
would like to add it as an Additional                    College web site at www.oct.ca g
Qualification (AQ) to your certificate,                  Additional Qualifications g Schedules                  The College’s
you can do so by filling out an Application              and Guidelines)                                        Evaluation
for Equivalent Standing, available on the            •   consist of at least 125 hours                          Services Unit
College web site at www.oct.ca g Forms.                  of coursework                                          has extensive
Send the completed form and a fee of                 •   contain a concentrated study of teaching               information
$49* per qualification to the College. AQ                methodology appropriate for curriculum                 about teacher
equivalency may be granted only for                      or school settings in Ontario.                         education in
coursework, not for teaching experience.                                                                        other parts of
                                                     If equivalency is granted, the College will                Canada and
You must also arrange for official documen-          add the Additional Qualification to your                   the world.
tation of your successful completion of the          record, including your record on the Find
course to be sent directly to the College            a Teacher section of the web site, and
with the seal and signature of the granting          send you an acknowledgement letter.
institution’s registrar. The institution must        You can use this letter, along with your
include a covering letter in English or              current Certificate of Qualification and
French that carries your name and your               Registration, as official confirmation for
College registration number.                         employers and faculties of education, as
                                                     well as Qualifications Evaluation Council
                                                     of Ontario (QECO) and Ontario
                                                     Secondary School Teachers’ Federation
                                                     (OSSTF) certification. QECO and
                                                     OSSTF evaluate teachers’ qualifications
                                                     for salary purposes.

                                                     *All	fees	in	this	handbook	include	all	applicable	taxes.




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The Additional Qualification will appear        Additionally, provisions exist for
on your Certificate of Qualification and        a candidate’s prior learning and
Registration on the College web site            experience to be considered in lieu
within a few days. You can print the            of an SOQP module.
updated certificate yourself for free or,
if you prefer, you can request that the         The SOQP Prior Learning Assessment
College reprint your certificate for $24.       and Recognition Application Guide is
                                                available on the College web site at
Supervisory Officer’s Qualification             www.oct.ca g Additional Qualifications
Program (SOQP)                                  g Schedules and Guidelines g Supervisory
There are provisions for a person to be         Officer’s Qualification Program.
appointed to a supervisory officer’s position
without having completed the SOQP.




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Certificates


Your Certificate of Qualification                    The transitional certificate is provided to:   When you
and Registration                                     • people of Native ancestry preparing to       are accepted
When you are accepted as a member, the                 teach in the Primary and Junior divisions    as a member,
College sends you either a Certificate of            • teacher candidates preparing to teach        the College
Qualification and Registration or a                    technological education, a Native            sends you
Transitional Certificate of Qualification              language or in the French-language           a Certificate
and Registration.                                      school system                                of Qualification
                                                     • teacher candidates who are enrolled          and Registration
The College issues and may suspend,                    in a multi-session program that will         to prove that
cancel, revoke and reinstate Certificates              prepare them to teach students who           you have
of Qualification and Registration.                     are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.                 registered.

Certificate of Qualification                         The transitional certificate is converted
and Registration                                     to a Certificate of Qualification and
A Certificate of Qualification and                   Registration when the teacher education
Registration is for College members                  program has been completed.
who completed their teacher education
program and other registration require-
ments. Some Certificate of Qualification
and Registration holders may have
terms, conditions and limitations on
their certificate.

Transitional Certificate of
Qualification and Registration
A Transitional Certificate of Qualification
and Registration is for College members
who are still completing their professional
education and are enrolled in a College-
accredited, multi-session program or an
equivalent in another Canadian province
or territory. For example, they have
completed only the first session of their
multi-session teacher education program.




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                     Your certificate                                       Additional Qualifications identify
                     Your annual certificate is issued when                 that you have successfully completed
                     you renew your licence to teach in Ontario.            courses in education methodology,
                     To maintain your licence, you must pay an              school administration or school board
                     annual membership fee. The fee is due on               administration. Additional Qualifications
                     January 1, and you must pay it no later than           apply to all divisions.
                     April 15 to avoid suspension and the rein-
                     statement fee (currently $130). To see or              The certificate also notes any conditions
                     print a copy of your certificate, please go to         you must fulfill and the time allotted to
                     the Members’ Area of the College web site.             complete them.

Your certificate     Your certificate outlines your teaching                If you complete an Ontario-accredited
outlines your        qualifications, degrees earned, your program           Additional Qualification course during the
teaching             of teacher education, Basic Qualifications             year, the faculty of education or other
qualifications,
                     and Additional Qualifications. Any terms,              provider automatically sends electronic
degrees earned,
your program of      conditions or limitations on your certificate          confirmation to the College that you have
teacher education,   are also recorded.                                     successfully completed the course. If you
Basic                                                                       included your e-mail address when you
Qualifications       Basic Qualifications identify the divisions            opened a personal account in the Members’
and Additional
                     or areas for which you have successfully               Area of the College web site, we will notify
Qualifications.
                     completed studies in teaching method-                  you when the AQ is added to your record.
                     ology: Primary (Grades K–3), Junior
                     (Grades 4–6), Intermediate (Grades 7–10)               Your Additional Qualifications appear on
                     and Senior (Grades 11–12) or Technological             your record on Find a Teacher and on your
                     Education (Grades 9–10 and Grades 11–12).              printable teaching certificate in the
                                                                            Members’ Area of the College web site.


                     Teaching by Non-Members

                     Two	provisions	in	the	Education Act	and	its	regulations	allow	a	board,	under	special	circumstances,	
                     to	hire	a	non-member	of	the	College	to	teach.

                     Letter of Permission
                     The	Minister	of	Education	may,	by	granting	a	Letter	of	Permission	to	a	board,	authorize	the	board	to	
                     employ	a	person	to	teach	who	is	not	a	member	of	the	College.
                     A	Letter	of	Permission	is	issued	only	after	a	school	board	has	pursued	all	recruitment	requirements		
                     as	laid	out	in	regulation	and	found	that	no	member	of	the	College	is	available	to	fill	the	position.
                     A	Letter	of	Permission	is	effective	only	for	a	specified	time	and	a	specified	position	and	may	not		
                     exceed	one	year.

                     Emergency Provision
                     under	an	emergency	provision,	a	school	board	may	appoint	a	person	who	is	not	a	teacher	in	the	event	
                     that	no	member	of	the	College	is	available.	In	this	circumstance,	a	board	may	employ	a	person	for	up	to	
                     10	school	days	who	is	18	years	or	older	and	who	holds	an	Ontario	Secondary	School	Diploma.


                                                                                                    T E A C H E R 	 E D u C A T I O n 	 	 	 	 39
Professional	Advisory	on		
Additional	Qualifications:		
Extending	Professional	Knowledge

The Council of the College approved       Extending Professional Knowledge
a professional advisory on extending      Ongoing professional learning is an integral
professional knowledge through            part of teaching. The College mandate
additional qualifications on March 28,    includes a requirement to provide for the
2008. The intent of this advisory is to   ongoing education of members. The pro-
clarify for members the purpose of the    fession’s standards reflect the expectation
regulated system of qualifications in a   that all members will participate in ongoing
division or subject, commonly referred    learning. Adding to professional knowledge
to as Additional Basic Qualifications     enhances teaching practice, which improves
(ABQs) and Additional Qualifications      student learning.
(AQs). They play an important role
in a teacher’s ongoing professional       Ongoing learning, as expressed in the
learning. This advisory is the outcome    College’s Professional Learning Framework,
of an intensive review of teachers’       covers a wide range of activities that help
qualifications by the College, its        members expand their knowledge, increase
members and its education partners.       their skills and prepare for career changes.

                                          Many valuable courses and opportunities
                                          are offered by universities, colleges, teacher
                                          federations, principals’ organizations,
                                          school boards, subject organizations and
                                          community organizations.

                                          The regulated system of Additional Basic
                                          Qualifications (ABQs) and Additional
                                          Qualifications (AQs) is one form of
                                          professional learning. ABQs/AQs are
                                          recognized in legislation, accredited by the
                                          College, offered by providers approved
                                          by the College and, when successfully com-
                                          pleted, recorded on the member’s Certificate
                                          of Qualification and Registration.



                                          Adding to professional
                                          knowledge enhances
                                          teaching practice, which
                                          improves student learning.
                                                                                       Teacher	Education




                    The College works with experts to             Additional Qualifications courses allow
                    develop guidelines that providers must        members to expand their knowledge and
                    use in creating ABQs and AQs.                 skills within the divisions and subjects in
                    Guidelines establish content, learning        which they are already qualified or to
This advisory       expectations, instructional strategies and    acquire knowledge in new subject areas.
presents            forms of assessment. The College itself       Specialist and honour specialist courses
members with        does not conduct courses or programs.         allow teachers to focus on leadership and
an excellent                                                      curriculum development.
opportunity to      Each year, thousands of members enrol
assess their        in and complete additional qualification      The College’s review of teachers’ qualifi-
plans for ongoing   courses. The College is committed to          cations in 2006 resulted in the creation or
professional        increasing accessibility to these courses     revision of more than 150 ABQs and AQs.
learning.           because of the unique educational value       Out-of-date courses have been dropped
                    they offer to College members. Some           and some courses modified to respond to
                    additional qualifications are recognized      changes to the Ontario curriculum.
                    for salary purposes.
                                                                  The new courses reflect the evolution of the
                    This advisory presents members with an        education environment and requests from
                    excellent opportunity to assess their plans   College members. Some examples are:
                    for ongoing professional learning.            • Aboriginal Peoples: Understanding
                                                                     Traditional Teachings, Histories,
                    Additional Qualifications                        Current Issues and Cultures
                    Additional Basic Qualifications courses       • Enseignement en milieu minoritaire
                    allow teachers to add another division        • Philosophy
                    or subject area to what they are already      • Special Education for Administrators
                    qualified to teach. ABQ courses can           • Teaching in the Catholic School System
                    prepare teachers to teach students at the     • Teaching and Learning through
                    Primary, Junior, Intermediate or Senior          E-learning.
                    level or in Technological Education. They
                    can also provide English or French-           Members can access a complete list of
                    speaking teachers with the skills to work     additional qualifications on the College
                    in the other language.                        web site at www.oct.ca.




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Qualifications in regulation                             leadership in teaching practice for the
Most additional qualifications are                       design and delivery of particular subject
organized into six schedules – A, B, C, D,               areas. They may allow a teacher to
E and F – that are part of the Teachers’                 assume leadership roles for particular
Qualifications Regulation:                               courses or programs.
• Schedule A: One-session Additional                 •   Schedule F: One-session courses
   Basic Qualifications courses prepare                  to provide technological education
                                                                                                     Members of
   members to teach in another division                  teachers with the opportunity to gain
                                                                                                     the College
   or general education subject area. They               a greater depth of knowledge in their
                                                                                                     look for
   also support a teacher’s professional                 broad-based technology area. This
                                                                                                     professional
   practice by extending skills and                      new schedule will be effective in
                                                                                                     learning
   knowledge in design, delivery and                     September 2011.
                                                                                                     opportunities
   assessment in the division or subject.
                                                                                                     that will
• Schedule B: One-session Additional                 Principal’s Qualifications, Parts 1 and 2,
                                                                                                     continually
   Basic Qualifications courses prepare              qualify teachers for positions as vice-
                                                                                                     enhance their
   members to teach additional technolog-            principals or principals. In addition, the
                                                                                                     teaching.
   ical education courses. They support a            Principal’s Development Course provides
   teacher’s professional practice by                opportunities for practising principals
   adding to technical proficiency and               and vice-principals to explore their roles
   pedagogical knowledge and skill.                  in greater depth. The Supervisory Officer’s
• Schedule C: One-session Additional                 Qualification Program qualifies members
   Qualifications courses extend teachers’           to serve as supervisory officers.
   knowledge and skills in design and
   delivery of specific programs. They               Expectations of members
   also support professional practice by             Throughout their careers, teachers acquire
   preparing teachers for specific roles.            additional skills and knowledge to take on
• Schedule D: Three-part specialist                  new assignments and responsibilities.
   courses develop professional knowledge
   and teaching practice in a particular sub-        A change in interests or employment
   ject or in cross or integrated curriculum         prospects may prompt teachers to add
   areas. They enable teachers to explore            another subject area or division to their
   pedagogy related to a subject area                qualifications. Changes in technology or
   without taking more subject-specific              in their students’ needs may lead teachers
   university courses. They also prepare             to search out courses that add to their
   a teacher to assume leadership roles              knowledge and support their professional
   such as co-ordinator or consultant for            practice. A teacher’s long-term career
   a particular course or program.                   plan may include acquiring qualifications
• Schedule E: One-session honour                     to become a consultant, subject area or
   specialist courses in general education           program co-ordinator, principal or super-
   and one-session honour technological              visory officer.
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Members are responsible for learning what        Scenarios
prerequisites are necessary to enrol in          Members of the College look for
courses or programs and to apply for some        professional learning opportunities that
jobs. Prerequisites are set out in regulation,   will continually enhance their teaching.
but faculties of education or providers may      For example, a teacher qualified to teach
impose additional requirements for entry,        primary grades might take the three-part
such as a stronger subject background or         Primary Education to build on what they
proficiency in the language of study. For        learned in initial teacher education.
example, faculties of education or providers
offering ABQs from Schedule A set their          Here are some examples of the learning
own prerequisites for enrolment. Most            opportunities members of the College
require at least three full courses in the       might choose.
subject in a postsecondary degree.
                                                 To increase understanding of the
Teachers interested in working for a             unique aspects of the teaching and
district school board as a subject or            learning environment
program co-ordinator or consultant               Whether you work in the Catholic system,
will find that Regulation 298, Operation         in a school in a First Nations community,
of Schools requires the position to be           in a French-language milieu, or in another
filled by a teacher with a specialist or         unique learning environment, courses in
honour specialist qualification in the           Schedule C can provide an orientation to
relevant field.                                  teaching in that environment.

The scenarios included as part of this           Such courses include Adapting Curriculum
advisory give examples of what additional        for the Catholic School System, Leadership
qualifications members may acquire               en milieu minoritaire, Teaching Cayuga (or
in response to particular teaching               one of six other Native languages), Teaching
assignments or in pursuit of a particular        Combined Grades or Alternative Education.
professional interest.



                                                 A teacher’s long-term
                                                 career plan may include
                                                 acquiring qualifications
                                                 to become a consultant,
                                                 subject area or program
                                                 co-ordinator, principal or
                                                 supervisory officer.




                                                                     T E A C H E R 	 E D u C A T I O n 	 	 	 	 43
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To expand the range of subjects                 To extend knowledge of teaching in the
one can teach at Intermediate/                  French-language system
Senior Division level                           Teachers who want to extend their knowl-
Teachers with general education qualifica-      edge of the unique aspects of teaching in
tions who want to add to the subjects they      the French-language system could:
are qualified to teach can take an Additional   • complete an AQ in Schedule C such as
Basic Qualification (ABQ) from Schedule A.         Leadership en milieu minoritaire or
                                                   Enseignement en milieu minoritaire
A teacher with technological qualifications     • complete a Qualification de
wanting to add another technological               base additionnelle
education qualification can take any            • complete the three-part AQ
other ABQ from Schedule B for teaching             Actualisation linguistique en français /
Grades 9 and 10, provided the teacher can          Perfectionnement du français (ALF/
demonstrate competency in the subject as           PDF) in Schedule D.
defined by the faculty of education. To
teach Grade 11 and 12 students, a teacher       To supervise or co-ordinate a subject
with technological education qualifications     or department
must have one year of work experience           A teacher wanting to apply to supervise
or one year of academic study in the            or co-ordinate programs at the board level
subject or an equivalent combination,           must hold a specialist or honour specialist
and must demonstrate competency in              qualification in the subject or program
the area of study.                              area. Specialist or honour specialist AQs
                                                are listed in Schedule D and E.




                                                Additional Qualification
                                                courses are designed by
                                                teachers for teachers.
                                                                     Teacher	Education




To become a principal                           Successfully completed AQs
A member of the College wanting to              Once a teacher has successfully
become a principal must successfully            completed an AQ or ABQ, the course
complete Principal’s Qualifications,            provider notifies the College, which adds
Parts 1 and 2 and a leadership practicum.       the qualification to the member’s record.
Prerequisites for Part 1 Principal’s            The completed additional qualification
Qualifications are:                             appears on the member’s certificate and
• five years of teaching experience in          on the public register.
   an elementary or secondary school
• qualifications in three divisions,            The additional qualifications listed on a
   including the Intermediate Division,         member’s certificate are an acknowledge-
   or Grades 9 and 10 in a technological        ment by the profession and to the public
   education subject                            that the member is qualified to teach
• additional academic learning that             in the divisions, subject areas and roles
   ranges from a combination of                 indicated. The listed AQs also provide
   specialist or honour specialist              information to course providers that a
   courses and master’s level credits.          teacher has the prerequisites that may
                                                be required to enrol in some courses.
Once all parts of the program are success-
fully completed, the member is eligible to      Additional qualification courses are
be assigned to a position as a vice-principal   designed by teachers for teachers. The
or principal.                                   courses and programs that make up the
                                                system of additional qualifications reflect
To acquire knowledge of students                the experience and pedagogy of the
with special needs                              teaching profession in Ontario.
College members who have students with
special needs in their classroom or who         The acquisition of AQs may result in an
want to accommodate students with special       improvement in the member’s salary.
needs can take Special Education, Part I        The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’
of a three-session AQ in Schedule D. This       Federation (OSSTF) or the Qualifications
provides a background for teaching all          Evaluation Council of Ontario (QECO)
exceptionalities.                               evaluate qualifications for salary catego-
                                                ries. For more information about which
Teachers who want to study a particular         additional qualifications courses are
area of special needs can take one or           related to salary scales, members should
more AQs in Schedule C, such as Teaching        contact QECO or OSSTF Certification.
Students with Behavioural Needs, Teaching
Students with Communication Needs
(Autism Spectrum Disorders) or Teaching
Students with Intellectual Needs
(Giftedness).



                                                                    T E A C H E R 	 E D u C A T I O n 	 	 	 	 45
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Commitment to learning                               The legislative context
A commitment to student learning, one of             The College’s mandate, set out in
teaching’s key professional values, presup-          the Ontario College of Teachers Act,
poses a commitment to teacher learning.              emphasizes the importance of supporting
                                                     and promoting teacher education. The
The Ethical Standards for the Teaching               College’s mandate is to:
Profession describe the beliefs and values           • develop and maintain qualifications
that guide the professional judgment and                for College membership
actions of College members. The four                 • provide for the ongoing education
ethical standards – care, respect, trust and            of members of the College
integrity – establish the core ethics of             • accredit professional teacher
teaching. Care includes insight for devel-              education and ongoing education
oping students’ potential. Respect includes             programs for teachers
honouring cognitive development. Trust               • establish and enforce professional
includes inspiring confidence in students               standards and ethical standards
and their parents. Integrity includes con-              applicable to members of the College.
tinual reflection. Ongoing professional
learning enhances these attributes.
                                                        Members	should	consult	their	employers’
The Standards of Practice for the                       policies	to	ensure	they	are	familiar	with
Teaching Profession provide a framework                 any	requirements	in	their	workplace	that
of principles that describes the knowledge,             relate	to	additional	qualifications	and
skills and values inherent in the profession.           teaching	assignments.
Ongoing professional learning, one of
the five standards, is integral to effective
practice and to student learning.                    Ontario College of Teachers Act
                                                     Two regulations under the Act work
The College has developed the                        together to govern teaching qualifications.
Professional Learning Framework for
the Teaching Profession to place ongoing             The Teachers’ Qualifications Regulation
professional learning in a career-long context.      addresses initial and ongoing teachers’
This framework identifies accredited initial         qualifications.
and ongoing courses and programs
designed to reflect the ethical standards            The Accreditation Regulation sets
and standards of practice. It also describes         the parameters of the College’s
the many other ways in which members                 responsibility to accredit teacher
engage in professional learning to improve           education programs in Ontario.
their practice and enhance student learning.




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The Ethical     Education Act                                    Regulation 98/02, Teacher Learning Plans
Standards for   Several regulations under the Education          – the importance of defining professional
the Teaching    Act govern qualifications for teaching           growth objectives
Profession      and supervisory roles and highlight the
describe the    benefits of additional qualifications:           Regulation 99/02, Teacher Performance
beliefs and                                                      Appraisal – the importance of adapting
values that     Regulation 298, Operations of Schools –          and refining teaching practice through
guide the       qualifications for principals, vice-principals   continuous learning
professional    and teachers
judgment                                                         Education-related legislation and
and actions     Regulation 296, Ontario Schools for the          regulations are available at
of College      Blind and the Deaf – qualifications for          www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/index.html.
members.        teachers of students who are deaf, blind
                or deaf-blind                                    Resources
                                                                 www.oct.ca g Additional Qualifications
                Regulation 309, Supervisory Officers –
                qualifications for supervisory officers          www.oct.ca g Additional Qualifications g
                                                                 Course Providers

                                                                 www.oct.ca g About the College g
                                                                 Education Legislation g Regulation 176/10,
                                                                 Teachers’ Qualifications Regulation

                                                                 www.qeco.on.ca

                                                                 www.osstf.on.ca g Services




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      Teacher	Education
 Inspire to Learn




 Relevance	and		
 importance
 W
“	 hen	I	teach	a	topic	–	atomic	theory,	
 electricity	or	astronomy	–	I	try	to	
 ensure	that	my	students	appreciate		
 its	relevance	and	importance	to	their	
 own	lives	and	to	society	as	a	whole.	
 When	they	see	the	significance,	they	
 are	more	willing	to	engage	fully.”
 Doug	Fraser,	OCT




      48 				x x x x x x x x x
                                                          Teacher	Education
                                                     Professional	Standards




College	Membership	
Rights	and	responsibilities	go	hand	in		
hand	for	every	one	of	our	229,000		
members.	We	encourage	our	members		
to	participate	in	College	activities.	The	
College	communicates	regularly	through	
print	and	electronic	means	to	keep	you		
up	to	date	on	the	benefits	and	obligations		
of	being	a	teaching	professional.




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Your	Membership	in	the	College


Everyone teaching in Ontario’s publicly              Register in the Members’ Area
funded schools or whose work requires an             You can find up-to-date information
Ontario teaching certificate must be an              about College affairs on our web site at
Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT). This                www.oct.ca, where you can also open a
requirement applies to principals, vice-             personal password-protected account in
principals, consultants, academic supervi-           the Members’ Area.
sory officers, directors of education and
                                                                                                    If you register
teachers, whether they are full-time, part-          If you register in the Members’ Area you
                                                                                                    in the Members’
time or long-term occasional employees.              gain secure access to a growing range of
                                                                                                    Area you gain
                                                     services that will help you maintain and
                                                                                                    secure access
Teachers working in private schools or               track information important to your
                                                                                                    to a growing range
in universities or community colleges                membership in the College. You can:
                                                                                                    of services that
where a licence to teach is not a condition          • print your updated Certificate of
                                                                                                    will help you.
of employment may join the College for                   Qualification and Registration
the benefit of holding a current licence             • see your member profile page
and belonging to their professional body.            • inform the College of any change
Many independent schools require the                     to your home address and other
teachers they hire to be members of                      personal information
the College.                                         • print a tax receipt for your annual
                                                         membership fee
                                                     • give us your e-mail address to receive
                                                         the College’s electronic newsletter
                                                         for members
                                                     • contact Membership Services
                                                     • vote in College elections
                                                     • request books and videos online
                                                         from the College library
                                                     • access databases of full-text
                                                         journal articles.


                                                                Need more info?
                                                                www.oct.ca	➔ Members
                                                       to	access	and	make	changes	to	your	profile




Teachers	know	that	a	caring	environment	
helps	students	feel	capable.




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You must keep        Update your e-mail address                       By the end of January, school boards have
your College         Have you updated your e-mail address             deducted and forwarded to the College
membership in        on the College web site? An up-to-date           the membership fee for their full-time and
good standing        address allows us to send you the latest         long-term occasional teachers, principals,
to receive your      College and professional news that may           vice-principals, academic supervisory offi-
annual Certificate   affect you as a teacher in Ontario.              cers and consultants. Some private schools
of Qualification                                                      and the Provincial Schools Authority also
and Registration,    Changing your e-mail address is simple.          deduct the annual fee for their employees.
which is your        Here’s how:
licence to teach.    1. Go to www.oct.ca and choose English.          In mid-February all members of the
                     2. Choose Members in the top navigation          College who have not yet paid their
                        bar. Log in, or create an account if you      annual membership fee are sent a
                        don’t have one.                               reminder that their fee is due. You
                     3. Click on Profile in the right-hand            are responsible for keeping your
                        navigation bar.                               membership in good standing, so check
                     4. Change your e-mail address.                   that the payroll deduction is made.
                     5. Click Save at the bottom of the page.
                        You’re done.                                  If you are not eligible for payroll
                                                                      deduction, you must make sure to pay
                     Keep informed on                                 your own fee by April 15.
                     professional matters
                     Read the Governing Ourselves pages in            After April 15, the College will change
                     Professionally Speaking to keep up to            the status of members who have not paid
                     date on Council decisions that may affect        their annual fee to Suspended – Non-
                     your membership. Read any professional           Payment of Fees. Members suspended for
                     advisories that the College may issue to         non-payment of fees will not be eligible
                     its members. Professional advisories are         to work in publicly funded schools.
                     available on the College web site and are        Suspended members must pay the annual
                     distributed via Professionally Speaking.         fee and a $130 reinstatement fee to rein-
                                                                      state their membership and return
                     Maintain your membership                         to good standing.
                     You must keep your College membership
                     in good standing to receive your annual
                     Certificate of Qualification and Registration,
                     which is your licence to teach.

                     Annual fees are due on January 1 of each
                     year, and you must pay the fee by April 15.
                     The December issue of Professionally
                     Speaking carries a reminder that the
                     College’s annual licensing fee is coming due.



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A Crucial Date for Teachers – April 15                                                                         April	15!
                                                                                                               Don’t	forget this	
Your annual fee is due on January 1.	                  your	employer	does	not	automatically	deduct	your	       important	date.
You	can	pay	your	annual	membership	fee	from	           fee	from	your	paycheque,	you	must	pay	it	by		
november	of	the	previous	year	to	April	15.	There	      April	15.	If	you	do	not	do	so,	your	certificate	will	
are	many	convenient	ways	you	can	do	this:	by	          be	suspended	and	you	will	not	be	able	to	teach		
credit	card	online	at	www.oct.ca,	by	phone	via		       in	a	publicly	funded	school	in	Ontario	until	you	
our	automated	payment	system,	in	person	or	by	         pay	your	fee	and	a	reinstatement	fee	of	$130.
mailing	in	a	cheque.
                                                       If	you	are	going	to	be	on	leave	during	the	period	
Most	employers	use	payroll	deduction	to	collect	       your	annual	membership	fee	is	due,	remember	to	
the	fee,	which	they	then	forward	to	the	College.	If	   check	if	you	will	have	to	arrange	to	pay	it	yourself.


                                                       •   Or you may visit the College’s Client
Methods of payment
                                                           Services Welcome Counter on the 14th
•     Quickest and easiest for you is Visa,
                                                           floor at 101 Bloor Street West in
      Mastercard or AMEX via the College
                                                           Toronto to pay in person by cheque,
      web site at www.oct.ca, available 24/7.
                                                           credit card, cash or direct debit. The
      Our online payment system meets
                                                           College is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00
      banking-industry standards for secu-
                                                           p.m., Monday to Friday.
      rity and privacy, and you will get a
      receipt immediately.
                                                       Tax receipts
                                                       The annual membership fee is tax-
•     You can also pay over the phone 24/7
                                                       deductible. The tax deduction covers
      using the College’s automated voice
                                                       the membership fee for the calendar
      system. Just call the College (416-961-
                                                       year – January 1 to December 31. You
      8800 or 1-888-534-2222 in Ontario)
                                                       receive your Certificate of Qualification
      and follow the voice prompts to the
                                                       and Registration and annual Ontario
      payment system, where you will be
                                                       Certified Teacher card in the mail.
      guided through the payment process
                                                       You can print an income tax receipt by
      automatically. Our new automated
                                                       accessing your record in the Members’
      voice system ensures that the College
                                                       Area of the College web site.
      protects the security and privacy of
      your financial information.
                                                       Tell us about changes
                                                       For the College to maintain accurate
•     You can also pay by cheque, payable
                                                       and current records, it is essential that
      to the Ontario College of Teachers.
                                                       our members inform us about changes
      You must write your registration
                                                       to their personal information or
      number on the cheque and mail it to:
                                                       qualifications.
      Ontario College of Teachers, 101 Bloor
      Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 0A1.




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As a member      College bylaws require that you notify        Get involved in the work
of the Ontario   the College – within 30 days – of any         of your College
College of       change of information, such as address or     As a member of the Ontario College
Teachers, you    name change. The name you are practis-        of Teachers, you have a voice in how it
have a voice     ing under must be the same name that          regulates the practice of teaching.
in how it        appears on the College’s register under
regulates the    Find a Teacher.                               Your participation can range from
practice of                                                    running for a place on Council to writing
teaching.        You may make changes to your personal         an article for Professionally Speaking.
                 information online once you register in
                 the Members’ Area of the College web          The College occasionally asks members
                 site. Here’s how:                             to contribute to the work of a committee
                 1. Go to www.oct.ca and choose English.       or panel. Look for invitations to apply for
                 2. Choose Members in the top navigation       these positions in the College magazine
                    bar. Log in, or create an account if you   or on our web site at www.oct.ca. We may
                    don’t have one.                            also invite members to join feedback
                 3. Click on Update Your Profile in the        sessions, participate in surveys or provide
                    right-hand navigation bar.                 written comments on drafts of policy
                 4. Make your changes.                         documents.
                 5. Click Save at the bottom of the page.
                    You’re done.                               All members are invited to attend the
                                                               College’s annual meeting of members,
                 If, however, you notify the College of        which is announced in Professionally
                 changes in writing, please be sure to sign    Speaking and on the College web site.
                 your request. This protects your private      Council meetings are open to members
                 information. Unsigned requests for            and the public.
                 changes to personal information and
                 qualifications cannot be processed and
                 will be returned to you.

                 In the event of a member’s death, we
                 require official notification from the
                 executor of the member’s estate to
                 change our records.




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College	Membership




Elections                                            requisite qualifications and are employed in
The College Council has 37 members, 23               one of the specified positions. All other mem-
of whom are elected by College members               bers are eligible to vote for each of the seven
every three years. The current Council was           system and panel positions.
elected on April 14, 2009 and began its
term on July 1, 2009.                                A College member interested in running
                                                     for election must be in good standing with
The Notice of the Election and Call                  the College, reside in Ontario and meet the       The College
for Nominations, as well as information              specific requirements for the position. No        encourages all
on all the candidates, are published in              member may stand for election for more            its members
Professionally Speaking and on our                   than one position.                                to consider
web site.                                                                                              nominating
                                                     Voting is conducted online through the            someone or
The elected Council positions are divided            College’s highly secure web site. The             to run for a
into separate electoral categories. Each             College web site uses the same level of           place on the
position has its own nomination criteria to          encryption used by banks and credit card          Council. It is
ensure adequate geographic, elementary,              companies and keeps your member infor-            your right to
secondary and system representation.                 mation and your vote secure and secret. To        participate in the
                                                     vote, you need only log in to your private,       business of your
There are two positions each – one for full-         password-protected account in the                 self-governing
time members and the other for full-time             Members’ Area of the College web site.            professional
or part-time members – for Northwest,                                                                  body.
Northeast, Southcentral, Southeast,                  The College encourages all its members to
Southwest and Central Ontario. There are             consider nominating someone or to run for
a total of seven representatives for the var-        a place on the Council. It is your right to
ious English- and French-language public             participate in the business of your self-
and Catholic elementary and secondary                governing professional body.
school systems. There is one position each
to represent principals/vice-principals,             Services for members
supervisory officers, and members who                All the information the College shares
teach in private schools and faculties of            with its members is posted on the College
education.                                           web site at www.oct.ca. If you are looking
                                                     for information about the College or your
College members are eligible to cast two             membership in the College, www.oct.ca
votes for their regional representatives.            should be your first stop.
Members may also vote for one of the four
additional category positions if they hold the




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                     Besides the information available           Updating member records
                     online – including full-text issues of      To protect your private information, we
                     Professionally Speaking – information       require that some requests for changes
                     about the Council and committee             be made in writing and be supported by
                     members, the accreditation process          official documents. Without a signature
                     and the Find a Teacher section of the       we must return your request to you.
                     web site, as well as a range of services,   However, you can update personal
                     is available through the password-          information such as your name,
                     protected Members’ Area.                    residential and e-mail addresses and
                                                                 phone number online through your
                     Once you activate or establish your         Members’ Area account.
                     account in the Members’ Area, you can
                     access your member information, update      Your certificate
                     your address and phone number and           The definitive version of your teaching
                     print updated copies of your Certificate    certificate appears on the College’s
                     of Qualification and Registration. You      web site.
                     can also give us an e-mail address, which
                     the College will use to send you informa-   As with other professional licences, your
                     tion, such as news releases, or to issue    teaching certificate must be renewed
                     updates in our electronic newsletter,       annually. To maintain your good-standing
                     Your College and You.                       status with the College, your membership
                                                                 fee is due each year on January 1.
                     The College treats your e-mail and postal   Most employers (school boards, school
                     addresses as confidential information and   authorities, private schools, and so on)
                     does not make them available to anyone.     automatically deduct the fee from your
                                                                 pay if you are employed full-time. You
Show your OCT        Member discounts                            should consult your employer to find out
card and get         Show your OCT card and get great            if your fee will be deducted automatically.
great discounts on   discounts on accommodations, cars,          If not, look for reminders in our magazine,
accommodations,      computers, books, school supplies and       Professionally Speaking, and via e-mail.
cars, computers,     even on real estate agents’ fees! You can
books, school        receive discounts at attractions and        Once we receive your annual fee payment,
supplies and even    stores throughout Ontario by showing        we will mail you a new OCT card and a
on real estate       your College membership card or by          copy of your teaching certificate. You can
agents’ fees!        asking when you order over the phone.       print additional copies of your certificate
                     Be sure to carry your card with you and     or an income tax receipt from your
                     ask wherever you go – even at venues        account in the secure Members’ Area
                     around the world – whether you can          of the College web site.
                     have an OCT discount. For a complete
                     list of discounts, go to www.oct.ca and
                     click on OCT Discounts on the right side
                     of the main menu.


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You may use the Request to Update                    If your marriage certificate is issued in a
Registry Information form available on               language other than English or French,
our web site to let us know that informa-            you must submit an original acceptable
tion on your certificate requires updating,          translation. For translation requirements,
such as qualifications earned in Ontario, a          please call the College.
degree or a program of teacher education.
                                                     If you apply in person, you may bring         Need	more	info?
Qualifications and degree names appear               the original document to the College’s        www.oct.ca	➔ Forms
on the public register and on your certifi-          Client Services Welcome Counter, where        provides	frequently	
cate as they were reported by the provider           a copy will be made and submitted with        used	documents		
                                                                                                   available	for	download.
or granting institution. For $24 you can             a Request to Update Registry Information
ask the College to print and mail you an             form. If you apply by mail, you will
updated copy of your certificate. Printing           need to include a copy of the document,
your own updated certificate from the                with the Request to Update Registry
Members’ Area at www.oct.ca is free and              Information form, available at
can be done 24/7.                                    www.oct.ca g Forms.

Changing your name                                   Reinstatement procedure
The name you are practising under should             Members who have not paid their
be the same name that appears on your                annual fee by April 15 will have their
certificate. College bylaws require that             status with the College changed to
you inform the College of any name                   Suspended – Non-Payment of Fees.
change. If you wish to register a legal
change of name with the College, we will             Once suspended for non-payment of fees,
need a copy of one of these documents:               a member can be reinstated by filling in a
• Change of Name Certificate                         Membership Reinstatement form, found
• court order made under change                      on the College web site, and paying a
   of name legislation                               reinstatement fee along with the annual
• birth certificate                                  membership fee.
• certificate of baptism if born in
   Québec, Newfoundland or Labrador                  Members may pay the reinstatement fee
   (prior to January 1994).                          by credit card online on the College web
                                                     site or by phone via the College’s auto-
If you have married and chosen to take               mated payment system. You may also pay
your spouse’s surname and want to change             in person or mail in a cheque.
your name on the College’s records, we
will need a photocopy of your marriage               Suspended members do not receive their
certificate. If you wish to revert to a former       annual Certificate of Qualification and
name, you may ask for a change of name               Registration and are not licensed to teach
on the College’s records by supplying a              in publicly funded schools in Ontario.
photocopy of a Change of Name Certificate
or one of the other documents listed above.


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   Fees*                        They are not permitted to use the                To request a Statement of Professional
                                professional designation OCT –                   Standing, you can fill out the form on the
   Professional		
                                Ontario Certified Teacher.                       College web site at www.oct.ca g Forms.
   designation	document
   $24                                                                           You can also write to the College to
                                Members who were certified by the                request a Statement of Professional
   Registration	appeal          Ministry of Education but never registered       Standing and include a $24 fee. Please
   $99
                                with the College may also be reinstated. For     state your address, your College registra-
   Reinstatement                further information, please call the College.    tion number and the name and address
   $130                                                                          of the person or institution to whom you
                                This reinstatement procedure does not            want the statement mailed.
   Statement	of		               apply to a former member whose certifi-
   Professional	Standing
   $24                          cate may have been revoked as a result           A quick, no-cost alternative is to direct
                                of a finding of professional misconduct,         prospective employers to the College
   Release	of	Personal	         incompetence or incapacity after a hearing       web site so they can check your creden-
   Information                  before the Discipline or Fitness to Practise     tials immediately on the Find a Teacher
   $24	per	document		
   –	maximum	$72
                                committees. For information on this              section of the web site. This section
                                process, please call the College.                confirms your status with the College
   Duplicate                                                                     and your professional qualifications.
   Documents Fees*              Replacing a certificate
   Certificate	of	
                                You can print your own duplicate from            Release of Personal Information
   Qualification	and	           the Members’ Area for free, 24/7.                The College’s privacy code allows you to
   Registration                                                                  gain access to copies of documents we
   (The	fee	is	waived	if	you	   Statement of                                     have as part of your file. You can print
   changed	your	name	or	if		
   it	was	misspelled.)          Professional Standing                            a Request for Release of Personal
   $24                          If you want to provide information to            Information form at www.oct.ca g Forms.
                                another jurisdiction about your status as a      The fee is $24 per document to a maxi-
   Membership	card
                                teacher in Ontario, you can get a Statement      mum of $72 for multiple documents.
   $9
                                of Professional Standing from the College.
   Other	documents              The statement includes information about         Forms you may need
   $24                          your academic and professional qualifica-        College forms are available online at
                                tions. It indicates your professional standing   www.oct.ca g Forms. You can also
  A
*		 ll	fees	quoted	in	the		
  handbook	include	all		        with the College and whether your certifi-       request any forms by calling Client
  applicable	taxes.             cate has ever been cancelled, revoked or         Services at 416-961-8800 or toll-free in
                                suspended for cause.                             Ontario at 1-888-534-2222, or sending an
                                                                                 e-mail to info@oct.ca. Please see the list
                                                                                 of fees on this page.




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Methods of payment                                   Looking for a job?
•     Quickest and easiest for you – and             A click of the mouse on the Become a
      our preferred payment option – is              Teacher link on the College’s web site will
      Visa, MasterCard or AMEX via the               give you access to Jobs in Education, a
      College web site at www.oct.ca, avail-         collection of web sites that post teaching
      able 24/7. Our online payment system           jobs in Ontario. These four sites –
      meets banking-industry standards for           Education Canada, Jobs in Education,
      security and privacy, and you will get a       Apply To Education and Workopolis –
      receipt immediately.                           also offer other useful services like resumé
•     You can also pay over the phone 24/7           posting, custom-tailored job searches and
      using the College’s new automated              information on certification, salary ranges
      voice system. Just call the College            and jobs by geographical location.
      (416-961-8800 or 1-888-534-2222 in
      Ontario) and follow the voice prompts          School boards from every province are
      to the payment system, where you will          now posting jobs on all these sites, which
      be guided through the payment pro-             are also officially recognized by the
      cess automatically. Our new auto-              Ministry of Education as fulfilling the
      mated voice system ensures that the            requirements for advertising vacant
      College meets the highest standards of         teaching positions.
      the international credit card payment
      system, and protects the security and          Margaret Wilson Library
      privacy of your financial information.         The Margaret Wilson Library collection of
•     You can also pay by cheque, payable            English and French publications covers a
      to the Ontario College of Teachers.            broad range of education subjects, includ-
      You must write your registration               ing classroom management, leadership,
      number on the cheque and mail it to:           ethical standards and standards of practice,
      Ontario College of Teachers, 101 Bloor         teaching strategies, mentoring and learning
      Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 0A1.              disabilities. They are available for borrow-
•     Or you may visit the College’s Client          ing free of charge by mail or in person.
      Services Welcome Counter on the
      14th floor at 101 Bloor Street West in         The library supports the professional
      Toronto to pay in person by cheque,            learning of College members and the work
      credit card, cash or direct debit.             of the College Council, committees and
      The College is open from 8:30 a.m.             staff. Besides more than 8,000 education-
      to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.                related books and videos, you will find:
                                                     • 200 professional journals and general
                                                         periodicals
                                                     • more than 700 French-language books,
                                                         videos and journals
                                                     • a searchable online catalogue




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                           •   full-text databases through EBSCO           access to over 8,000 full-text journals, 700
                               Information Services                        full-text newspapers and 317,000 full-text
                           •   Council records                             education documents. If you’re keen to
                           •   a provincial legislation collection         read the latest issues of magazines or
                           •   government documents including              journals, you can create an account with
                               Statistics Canada publications              EBSCO and receive alerts for new issues.
                           •   newspapers, both in print and online
                           •   several work stations with Internet         Using the library in Toronto
                               access                                      The library is located at the Ontario
                           •   WiFi for your own laptop.                   College of Teachers, 12th floor, 101 Bloor
                                                                           Street West in Toronto. Hours are from
                           You can browse our full catalogue online at     8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.
                           www.oct.ca g Members g Your Library and
                           request, renew and track materials online.      You do not have to make an appointment
                                                                           to use the library. However, calling ahead
                           New premium research service                    will let the staff prepare for your visit and
                           You can now electronically access up-to-        set aside time to orient you.
                           date, premium content in any subject
                           area. The library now provides direct           For members who are unable to return
                           access for you to EBSCO, the world’s            materials during library hours, there is a
                           foremost research database service.             drop box behind the building, off St.
                           Full-text articles are at your fingertips any   Thomas Street. The drop box is accessible
                           time of the day or night, free for College      24 hours a day, seven days a week.
                           members. Previously, you had to e-mail a
                           request to the College. Now, you can log in
                           to the Members’ Area and get immediate




 Positive	
 emotion
 I
“		try	to	teach	through	
 positive	emotion.	
 Everything	I	do:	the	
 committee	work,	the	
 technology	training,	
 collaborating	with	
 colleagues	–	it’s	all		
 about	finding	ways	to	
 benefit	our	students,		
 to	help	them	learn	
 better	and	have	fun		
 as	they	learn.”

 Andrew	Schmitt,	OCT
College	Membership




If you can’t get to the College                      •   Fees for copier and printer use are
The library provides many services on the                20 cents a page. Please bring your
Internet and is continually adding more.                 College membership card with you
The library catalogue, conference listings,              when you visit the library.
a monthly listing of new acquisitions,
links to web-based journals and video                Communicating with you
holdings are examples.                               Professionally Speaking
                                                     Professionally Speaking is the definitive
The library also sends items by mail or              source of need-to-know information for
will fax to members who do not have                  teachers in Ontario. This award-winning,       Professionally Speaking is	a	
Internet access or for services not avail-           full-colour magazine is published quar-        rich	source	of	book	reviews,	
                                                                                                    articles,	web	references	and	
able through the Internet.                           terly in English and French. The French        other	teaching	aids.
                                                     edition is Pour parler profession. The
We’ll mail books and videos postage-free             magazine provides a forum for the discus-
to your home or school address. Use the              sion of issues relevant to the future of
special return-mailing label and you can             teaching and learning, teachers’ profes-
mail books back to the library, again at             sional learning and standards of practice.
no charge.                                           Every issue contains many suggestions
                                                     for teachers on where to find useful
                                                                                                    Professionally
Some of the library’s services are:                  books, articles, conferences or seminars
                                                                                                    Speaking /
• results of searches done by staff                  and web sites.
                                                                                                    Pour parler
• updates on the status of legislation and
                                                                                                    profession
  regulations                                        Professionally Speaking/Pour parler pro-
                                                                                                    has one of
• conference calendars                               fession has one of the largest readerships
                                                                                                    the largest
• contact information for education                  of education magazines in North
                                                                                                    readerships
  associations and stakeholders                      America. Current and past issues are
                                                                                                    of education
• loans of books and videos by mail.                 available online in full text at www.oct.ca.
                                                                                                    magazines
                                                                                                    in North
Your Library page                                    Currently, advertising revenues pay more
                                                                                                    America.
If you have opened a Members’ Area                   than half the cost of producing and mail-
account, log in and choose Your Library              ing the magazine to members. The per
to access your customized library page.              member annual cost for four issues –
                                                     including postage – is $2.95.
Policies on service
•     Library materials are available on loan        The College is required by law to for-
      to members only. A loan is for three           mally notify each member of Council
      weeks and is limited to eight items.           meetings and keep you up to date on
•     Faculty of education students may use          decisions made by the College Council
      the library on site for reference but          and committees. This information is con-
      have no lending privileges.                    tained in the magazine’s Governing
•     Magazines do not go out on loan.               Ourselves pages. They carry information
•     Your College membership number is              about College activities, including accred-
      also your library access number.               itation reviews of teacher education pro-
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                                                                                                               College	Membership




                           Title Block   viders, results of disciplinary hearings,         Other publications
                                         notification of Council resolutions, finan-       The College produces a number of other
                                         cial reports, professional advisories and         publications, each with a specific focus –
                                         changes in College policy that affect you         annual reports, this handbook for new
                                         as a teacher.                                     members, Thinking About Teaching? to
                      Ontario
                                                                                           guide those who want to enter the profes-
                                         Contributing to the magazine
                      College of
                      Teachers
                      Thinking                                                             sion, news releases, registration guides for
                      About
                      Teaching?
                                         Professionally Speaking welcomes                  applicants for College membership, bro-
                                         contributions from College members                chures on the investigations and hearings
All	of	these	publications		              but normally receives many more articles          processes, professional advisories, and
are	placed	in	full	text	on	the	          than can be used. An editorial board              research documents and reports.
College	web	site	for	you		
to	read	online	or	download.	
                                         appointed by the College Council reviews
They	can	be	found	at		                   all contributions and selects the articles        All of these publications are placed in
www.oct.ca	g	Publications.	
                                         to be published.                                  full text on the College web site for you
                                                                                           to read online or download. They can be
                                         Contributions should be approximately             found at www.oct.ca g Publications.
                                         1,500 words in length. They must be sub-
                                         mitted in electronic format, either on disk       Conferences and other events
                                         or sent by e-mail to ps@oct.ca. Articles          Listings of conferences are found at the
                                         may be in French or English.                      back of each issue of Professionally
                                                                                           Speaking. To list your conference, send
                                         Your College and You                              the information to library@oct.ca as far
                                         The College’s electronic newsletter, Your         in advance of the event as you can, but at
                                         College and You, keeps our members up to          least four months ahead. The College will
                                         date on changes to policies and procedures        also post your event in the conference list
                                         governing the profession, and provides            on the College web site. You can send us
                                         information on issues relevant to teachers.       the notice closer to the event if you only
                                         The newsletter is sent out periodically to        want it listed on the web site, but fewer
                                         members who have provided their e-mail            educators will see it there than would in
                                         address through the Members’ Area and             the College magazine.
                                         who opt to receive this e-news service.



                                         Two College Members in Your Household?

                                         If	there	are	two	College	members	in	your	house-    Retired	teachers	and	others	who	want	to	keep	in	
                                         hold,	you	can	ask	to	receive	only	one	copy	of	     touch	can	subscribe	to	Professionally Speaking
                                         Professionally Speaking.	E-mail	the	College	       for	$10	a	year,	or	$20	if	outside	Canada.
                                         at	outreach@oct.ca	or	call	us	at	416-961-8800	
                                         or	toll-free	in	Ontario	at	1-888-534-2222.




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 Inspire to Learn




 Driven	to	motivate
 I
“	f	I	can	save	one	young	person	per	
 year	from	dropping	out,	that’s	what’s	
 really	fulfilling.	Thirty	students	in	30	
 years	would	be	fantastic.”
 Marc	Lalonde,	OCT	
                                                            Teacher	Education
                                                       Professional	Standards




Professional	Designation	
For	the	first	time	in	the	history	of	Ontario	
education,	teachers	in	this	province	have		
a	professional	designation.	In	fact,	this		
was	a	first	for	Canadian	educators.




                           F O u n D A T I O n S 	 O F 	 P R O F E S S I O n A L 	 P R A C T I C E 	 	 	 	 63
Professional	Designation


Your mark of professionalism                         This guide is intended to help      Symbol of respect                                                                                                        Frequently Asked
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Questions
                                                     you, as a member of the Ontario
                                                      College
For the first time in the history of Ontario of Teachers, use to members indicated they favoured
                                           College
                                           professional designation
                                                                    your                                                                                                                                          Q. How will the College enforce the correct use of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     professional designation?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A. The College’s process for discipline will apply to members
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     who are alleged to have abused the OCT designation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Non-members who use the designation to falsify their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Q. Can retired teachers still use the OCT designation?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A. Yes, if they maintain their good standing status with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 College by paying their annual membership fees.


                                           reflect your membership in a                                                                                                                                              professional standing will be prosecuted to the fullest                                                  Q. Is OCT a lifetime designation?



                                                        of professional designation through the
education, teachers in this province havecommunitya professionals.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     extent of the law.                                                                                       A. No. Its use is limited only to members who are in good
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 standing with the College. Members who do not pay their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Q. Can I use OCT next to my name as a presenter at                                                             membership fees, who resign, or who for disciplinary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     a conference, on any books I author or in any work                                                          reasons have been suspended or have had their teaching
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     I do as a consultant?                                                                                       certificate revoked are ineligible to use the designation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A. Yes, by all means, as long as you are a member in good
                                                                                                                                                                         Your membership card, updated               standing with the College.                                                                               Q. What if I stop working for my board, or change




a professional designation. In fact, this             College’s annual member survey, focus
                                                                                                                                                                         annually upon receipt of your fee, is                                                                                                                   my place of employment? Can I still use the
                                                                                                                                                                         proof of your membership in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Q. What happens if a member falls out of good                                                                  professional designation?
                                                                                                                                                                         College and your privilege to teach in                                                                                                               A. Yes. The designation is not tied to employment.
                                                                                                                                                                         Ontario’s publicly funded schools.          standing and their name appears in a print or online           Ontario teachers – like other
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     publication with the professional designation?                 professionals – now have a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 If you are a member in good standing with the College,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A. If your teaching certificate has been revoked, if              professional designation they can            the designation follows you wherever you work.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     you have retired or if you have failed to pay your             use. It’s a first for Canadian teachers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     membership fee, you cannot use the professional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and a new mark of professionalism.        Q. Can private or independent school teachers use




was a first for Canadian educators.                   groups and an extensive electronic poll
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     designation and you may be subject to professional                                                          the designation?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     misconduct and/or legal charges.                                                                         A. They can if they are certified, qualified members of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Ontario College of Teachers. By choice, many are, even
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Q. Do conference presenters who lose the privilege                                                             though they are not required to be by law.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     to use the professional designation have a duty/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     responsibility to inform conference organizers,                                                          Q. Can teachers who work in non-classroom settings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     publishers or others that they are no longer eligible                                                       use the professional designation?




                                                      designed and managed by expert firms
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     to use the designation?                                                                                  A. Yes. All College members in good standing, including
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A. Yes. Those who are ineligible to use the professional                                                       those in administrative positions such as principals, vice-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 principals and supervisory officers are encouraged to use
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Ontario
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     designation will be prosecuted for unauthorized use.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the OCT designation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Q. Shouldn’t my PhD appear first on my business card?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A. No. All academic degrees should follow your professional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     designation. Academic degrees are conferred by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Q. What do I do if I see somebody using the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 professional designation incorrectly?                                         Certified
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Teacher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A. Please report any misuse of the professional designation




The Ontario College of Teachers                       outside the College. They told us they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     universities upon successful completion of course work
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     in a specific area of study. The OCT designation signifies                                                  to the College’s Investigations and Hearings Department.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The College could also litigate under trademark laws.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     your certification with the regulatory body for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     teaching profession and the right to teach in Ontario’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     publicly funded schools and school systems. Its proper use   OCT is an appropriate description           Q. I frequently refer to the College as OCT.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               OCT
                                                                                                                                           For additional information:
                                                                                                                                           Ontario College of Teachers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     signifies your association with the recognized community
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     of teaching professionals in Ontario.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  of you as an individual certified
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  teacher and as a member of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Isn’t it confusing to use the same term for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 professional designation?                                                     Your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A. OCT is an appropriate description of you as an individual
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Professional
launched the Ontario Certified Teacher                wanted a symbol of personal, professional
                                                                                                                                           E-mail: info@oct.ca                                                                                                                    collective of Ontario’s teachers               certified teacher and as a member of the collective of
                                                                                                                                           www.oct.ca                                                             Q. Can I decide to include OCT after my name in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Ontario’s teachers, which has been granted powers to
                                                                                                                                           To report misuse, please
                                                                                                                                           phone Investigations and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     handwritten notes I send home to parents?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A. Yes. It is appropriate and encouraged to use the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     designation as a symbol of professionalism in your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 self-regulate by Ontario’s legislature. The College
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 comprises more than 220,000 OCTs, professionals like
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Designation
                                                                                                                                           Hearings at 416-961-8800
                                                                                                                                           or toll-free in Ontario at                                                correspondence.                                                                                             you who are certified to teach in Ontario’s publicly
                                                                                                                                           1-888-534-2222.                                                                                                                                                                       funded schools.




(OCT) designation in the fall of 2009.                achievement.
                                                     Cette publication est également disponible en français sous le titre de Enseignante
                                                     agréée de l’Ontario Enseignant agréé de l’Ontario EAO Votre titre professionnel.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               You	belong	to	a	community		
The College Council grants the OCT                                                       OCT is that symbol. It’s an important                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 of	highly	educated,	responsible	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and	caring	practitioners	who	
designation to members in good standing.                                                 distinction and one the College hopes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 are	committed	to	helping	
The designation signifies that you:                                                      you will use frequently in the months                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Ontario	students	develop	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and	succeed.	
• are certified and qualified to teach                                                   and years ahead.
   in Ontario’s publicly funded schools
• possess distinct knowledge and skills                                                  The College includes the professional
   specific to teaching                                                                  designation on certificates, correspon-
• engage in ongoing learning throughout                                                  dence, the public register and Council
   your career                                                                           decisions.
• belong to a community of highly
   educated, responsible and caring practi-                                              OCT is not a lifetime award. Only those
   tioners who are committed to helping                                                  who maintain their good standing with
   Ontario students develop and succeed.                                                 the College can use the designation.
                                                                                         Those who resign, retire, fail to pay their
Teaching was one of the only self-regulated                                              membership fees, or whose teaching cer-
professions in the province without a                                                    tificate has been revoked or suspended
professional designation. Most people are                                                for disciplinary reasons are ineligible
familiar with RN, CA, and PEng as desig-                                                 to use it.
nations for nurses, chartered accountants
and engineers. The abbreviations become                                                  We encourage you to use OCT in your
common fixtures in everyday language,                                                    professional correspondence and wher-
symbolic of the professions and respected                                                ever you can to promote professionalism
titles for their practitioners.                                                          in teaching. For more information on the
                                                                                         designation, visit www.oct.ca.
OCT lets students, parents and the public
know that you belong to a community of
highly educated professionals, people
whose practice is guided and informed by
the profession’s standards of practice and
ethical standards.




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Ontario	Certified	Teacher

The	Mark	of	Professionalism




                                                             Carmen Wong, CA

    Bryan Tiongson, RN



                                                                               Michael	Limerick,	OCT

                                   Alicia Fraser, PEng




A	Community	of	Professionals
How do you recognize professionals in Ontario? Look next to
their name. Only qualified, certified teachers who are members
of the Ontario College of Teachers can use the professional
designation, OCT – Ontario Certified Teacher.

The OCT designation tells students, parents and the public
that teachers are guided and informed by ethical standards
and standards of practice.

To learn more, visit www.oct.ca.
Teacher	Education




Investigations	and	Hearings	
The	College	investigates	complaints		
against	its	members	related	to	professional	
misconduct,	incompetence	or	incapacity.	
The	College	strives	to	ensure	fair	and		
impartial	treatment	for	its	members	while	
protecting	the	public	interest.	




66 				A 	 C O M M I T M E n T 	 T O 	 L I F E L O n G 	 L E A R n I n G
Complaints,	Investigations	
and	Hearings	
As members of a profession, teachers are     The College’s responsibility for investigating
always on duty. Just as doctors, lawyers,    complaints against members of the College
nurses, engineers and other professionals    and dealing with issues of discipline and
are bound by certain standards of con-       fitness to practise is outlined in the Ontario
duct, so too are teachers. You should be     College of Teachers Act.
aware that teachers are expected to be
professionals 24/7 and that the College      Complaints to the College must relate
may investigate if a complaint of alleged    to alleged professional misconduct,
professional misconduct, incompetence        incompetence or incapacity. The College
or incapacity is made against you.           does not investigate complaints that are
                                             outside its jurisdiction or that are frivo-
The courts, including the Supreme Court,     lous, vexatious or an abuse of process.
have made it clear that teachers are, in a
sense, always role models and that “they     When someone calls or writes the College
do not necessarily check their teaching      to express a concern about a member,
hats at the schoolyard gate and may be       College staff assesses the nature of the
perceived to be wearing their teaching       complaint and, when appropriate, may
hats even off duty.”                         discuss with the caller or the writer other
                                             ways to resolve the dispute, such as talk-
This notion needs to be viewed through       ing with the teacher, principal or school
the lens of reasonable expectation of        board officials.
conduct. One of the privileges associated
with professional self-regulation is that    Formal complaints, which must be in
the public has entrusted the profession to   writing, may be made by a member of
determine what a reasonable expectation      the public, a member of the College, the
of conduct looks like through the deci-      Registrar of the College or the Minister
sions and reasons of a panel of peers.       of Education.

During an investigation of allegations
against a member, the College acts in
a fair and impartial way to respect the
member’s rights while protecting the
public interest.




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Investigations	and	Hearings




Investigating a complaint                            College committees that                         Need	more	info?
Under the direction of the Investigation             deal with complaints                            www.oct.ca	➔
                                                                                                     Publications	➔
Committee, College investigators                     Three College committees deal with
                                                                                                     College Documents
investigate complaints in a fair and                 complaints: the Investigation Committee,        for	the	brochure	Steps
impartial manner.                                    which conducts a documentation review           to Take: If a Complaint
                                                     of information related to the complaint;        is Filed Against You

Typically, an investigation involves                 the Discipline Committee, which holds
these steps:                                         hearings related to alleged professional
•     The complainant gives the investigator         misconduct and incompetence; and the
      all relevant information about the             Fitness to Practise Committee, which holds
      complaint, including any documents             hearings related to alleged incapacity.
      and materials, such as photographs             Three-member panels make decisions by
      or physical evidence.                          considering the information and evidence
•     The investigator asks the complainant          related to a complaint. The panels must
      to confirm the allegations in writing.         include both elected teacher and
•     The investigator notifies the member           appointed public members of Council.
      by phone and in writing of the allega-
      tions and provides information about           Investigation Committee
      the investigation process.                     The Investigation Committee reviews the
•     Members are encouraged to                      investigator’s report and the supporting
      contact their federation, professional         documentation. The panel examines all
      organization or lawyer.                        the relevant information the College has
•     The member is invited to submit a              obtained regarding the complaint. Based
      written response within 30 days of             on its examination, the panel may:
      receiving notice of the complaint.             • take no further action regarding
•     The investigator seeks information                the complaint
      from people and organizations who              • caution, admonish, remind or advise
      may have knowledge of the alleged                 the member
      conduct or actions of the member.              • ratify a memorandum of agreement
•     The investigator forwards the                     reached through the Dispute
      member’s written response to the                  Resolution Program
      complainant for comment.                       • refer the matter to a discipline or
•     The investigator prepares a report                a fitness to practise hearing.
      outlining information gathered,
      which a panel of the Investigation             The complainant, the member and the
      Committee reviews with the                     member’s employer (if the member is
      supporting documentation.                      employed as a teacher) receive a copy of
                                                     the panel’s decision and its reasons, unless
                                                     the matter is referred to a hearing, in which
                                                     case no reasons for the decision are
                                                     expressed. If the subject of the complaint
                                                     was brought to the College’s attention by a
                                                     former employer, the former employer will
                                                     also receive a copy of the decision.
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                  Discipline Committee                            Fitness to Practise Committee
                  The Discipline Committee considers alle-        When the Investigation Committee refers
                  gations of incompetence and professional        a complaint to the Fitness to Practise
                  misconduct that are referred to it by the       Committee, a panel of this committee
                  Investigation Committee. Discipline             holds a hearing to determine whether a
                  matters are dealt with in public hearings       physical or mental condition or disorder
                  before a three-member panel. The panel          exists that makes a member unfit to carry
                  is composed of at least one elected and         out professional responsibilities or if a
                  one appointed member.                           certificate should be made subject to
                                                                  terms, conditions or limitations. Such a
                  If the panel finds the member guilty of         hearing is not open to the public unless
                  professional misconduct or incompetence,        the member requests that it be open.
                  it may do one or more of the following:
                  • direct the Registrar to revoke the            If the panel finds a member to be
                      member’s certificate                        incapacitated, it may direct the Registrar
                  • direct the Registrar to suspend the           to revoke the member’s teaching
                      certificate for up to two years             certificate, suspend the certificate for up
                  • direct the Registrar to impose                to two years, impose terms, conditions
                      terms, conditions or limitations            or limitations on the certificate, or post-
                      on the certificate                          pone a decision for a specific period to
                  • postpone a decision for a specific            provide the member with an opportunity
                      period to provide the member with           to fulfil certain conditions.
The College           an opportunity to fulfill certain
safeguards            conditions.
personal
information       In findings of professional misconduct
about its         only, the committee may also:
members.          • require the member to be reprimanded,
Council               admonished or counselled by the
members               committee
and College       • impose a fine of up to $5,000
staff keep this   • publish its order, in detail or in summary,
information           with or without the member’s name, in
confidential.         the College’s magazine
                  • order costs to be paid by the member.


                  Decisions from open hearings of the
                  committee are available through the
                  Margaret Wilson Library and Quicklaw.




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Investigations	and	Hearings




Dispute resolution
The College uses a voluntary Dispute                 The College safeguards personal informa-
Resolution Program to promote the                    tion about its members. Council members
resolution of suitable complaints. The               and College staff keep this information
program is available at all stages of the            confidential.
complaint process. Dispute resolution
may be used as an alternative to a full              Under the Ontario College of Teachers
investigation or contested hearing. A                Act, the penalty for any member of the
matter is considered suitable for dispute            College Council or staff who fails to
resolution if it can be resolved in the              keep information confidential is a fine
public interest and if the result reflects           of up to $25,000.
what would be achieved after a full hear-
ing or investigation. Dispute resolution             Professional misconduct
allows the complainant and the member                The Professional Misconduct Regulation
to play more active roles in determining             describes what actions, or failures to act,
the outcome.                                         constitute professional misconduct on the
                                                     part of College members.
If the parties reach an agreement, a
panel of the appropriate committee
must approve it. If the parties fail to
agree, the matter proceeds by way of
an investigation or hearing.

Confidentiality
The College does not comment on investi-
gations or complaints unless they are
referred to a public hearing. This practice
protects the member and the complainant
and avoids possible prejudice to the process.




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              Professional Misconduct                                i)  the student (or if the student is a
              Regulation                                                 minor, the student’s parent or
              The Professional Misconduct Regulation                     guardian) consents to the release
              (made under the Ontario College of                         or disclosure, or
              Teachers Act)                                          ii) if the release or disclosure is
                                                                         required or allowed by law.
              Section 1
              The following acts are defined as                 7.   Abusing a student verbally.
              professional misconduct for the purpose
              of subsection 30 (2) of the Act:                  7.1 Abusing a student physically.
The College
uses a        1.   Providing false information or               7.2 Abusing a student psychologically
voluntary          documents to the College or any                  or emotionally.
Dispute            person with respect to the member’s
Resolution         professional qualifications.                 7.3 Abusing a student sexually.
Program to
promote the   2.   Inappropriately using a term, title or       8.   Practising or purporting to practise
resolution         designation indicating a specializa-              the profession while under the influence
of suitable        tion in the profession which is not               of any substance or while adversely
complaints.        specified on the member’s Certificate             affected by any dysfunction,
                   of Qualification and Registration.                i) which the member knows or ought
                                                                         to know impairs the member’s
              3.   Permitting, counselling or assisting                  ability to practise, and
                   any person who is not a member to                 ii) in respect of which treatment has
                   represent himself or herself as a                     previously been recommended,
                   member of the College.                                ordered or prescribed but the
                                                                         member has failed to follow the
              4.   Using a name other than the                           treatment.
                   member’s name, as set out in the
                   register, in the course of his or her        9.   Contravening a term, condition or
                   professional duties.                              limitation imposed on the member’s
                                                                     Certificate of Qualification and
              5.   Failing to maintain the standards                 Registration.
                   of the profession.
                                                                10. Failing to keep records as required by
              6.   Releasing or disclosing information              his or her professional duties.
                   about a student to a person other than
                   the student or, if the student is a minor,   11. Failing to supervise adequately a
                   the student’s parent or guardian. The            person who is under the professional
                   release or disclosure of information is          supervision of the member.
                   not an act of professional misconduct if,



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12. Signing or issuing, in the member’s              21. Failing to comply with an order of a
    professional capacity, a document that               panel of the Discipline Committee or
    the member knows or ought to know                    an order of a panel of the Fitness to
    contains a false, improper or misleading             Practise Committee.
    statement.
                                                     22. Failing to co-operate in a College
13. Falsifying a record relating to the                  investigation.
    member’s professional responsibilities.
                                                     23. Failing to take reasonable steps to
14. Failing to comply with the Act, the                  ensure that requested information is
    regulations or the bylaws.                           provided in a complete and accurate
                                                         manner if the member is required to
15. Failing to comply with the Education                 provide information to the College
    Act or the regulations made under                    under the Act and the regulations.
    that Act, if the member is subject
    to that Act.                                     24. Failing to abide by a written under-
                                                         taking given by the member to the
16. Contravening a law if the contravention              College or an agreement entered           The College
    is relevant to the member’s suitability              into by the member with the College.      deals with
    to hold a Certificate of Qualification                                                         complaints made
    and Registration.                                25. Failing to respond adequately or          by members,
                                                         within a reasonable time to a written     employers and
17. Contravening a law if the contravention              inquiry from the College.                 the public.
    has caused or may cause a student who
    is under the member’s professional               26. Practising the profession while the
    supervision to be put at or to remain                member is in a conflict of interest.
    at risk.
                                                     27. Failing to comply with the member’s
18. An act or omission that, having                      duty under the Child and Family
    regard to all the circumstances,                     Services Act.
    would reasonably be regarded by
    members as disgraceful, dishonour-               Section 2
    able or unprofessional.                          A finding of incompetence, professional
                                                     misconduct or a similar finding against a
19. Conduct unbecoming a member.                     member by a governing authority of the
                                                     teaching profession in a jurisdiction other
20. Failing to appear before a panel of              than Ontario that is based on facts that
    the Investigation Committee to be                would, in the opinion of the Discipline
    cautioned or admonished, if the                  Committee, constitute professional
    Investigation Committee has                      misconduct as defined in Section 1
    required the member to appear                    is defined as professional misconduct
    under clause 26 (5)(c) of the Act.               for the purposes of subsection 30 (2)
                                                     of the Act.
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Professional	Advisory	on	Sexual	
Abuse	and	Professional	Misconduct	
The College issued this professional advi-      The term “sexual abuse” is defined by
sory – its first – in October 2002. It was      the Student Protection Act (see Sexual
distributed to College members in the           Abuse, page 75). The term “sexual mis-
December 2002 issue of Professionally           conduct” is used in this advisory to refer
Speaking. The College also held a series        to any behaviour of a sexual nature which
of 18 meetings throughout the province          may constitute professional misconduct.
with school board officials, federation
representatives, College members, com-          Members of the College should consult
munity childcare providers, Children’s          their employer’s policies to ensure that
Aid officials, parent groups, the police        they are familiar with all expectations
and the media to build public awareness         and obligations that may exist in their
of the advisory.                                particular workplaces and communities
                                                related to the contents of this profes-
Professional Misconduct                         sional advisory.
Related To Sexual Abuse
and Sexual Misconduct                           This advisory applies to all members of
The Council of the Ontario College of           the Ontario College of Teachers, including
Teachers has approved this professional         but not limited to teachers, consultants,
advisory. The intent of this advisory is to     vice-principals, principals, supervisory
help members of the College identify the        officers, directors of education and those
legal, ethical and professional parameters      working in non-school board positions.
that govern their behaviour and to prevent
sexual abuse of students and sexual miscon-     Why an advisory on professional
duct. This advisory is not to be construed as   misconduct of a sexual nature?
providing an exhaustive list of unacceptable    Public and professional sensitivity to and
behaviours, but rather is intended to           awareness of sexual abuse and sexual
provide examples and guidance.                  misconduct has increased in recent years,
                                                not only in teaching but also in other pro-
The authority of the College to investigate     fessions, particularly where people are in
complaints against members of the College       positions of trust and moral authority.
and to deal with issues of professional         In April 2000 the provincial government
misconduct is stated in the Ontario College     released Protecting Our Students: A
of Teachers Act. The Investigation              Review to Identify and Prevent Sexual
Committee and the Discipline Committee          Misconduct in Ontario Schools, the report
of the College may consider this advisory       of former Justice Sydney L. Robins. This
when reviewing allegations of professional      report made numerous recommendations
misconduct. The Discipline Committee            for the teaching profession, including a
will determine, in each case, whether par-      recommendation for the College to
ticular behaviour amounts to professional       clarify and elaborate on members’
misconduct.                                     obligations and professional duties.




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Investigations	and	Hearings




Student Protection Act                               This advisory helps clarify members’
In June 2002 the Ontario legislature                 responsibilities to the profession – to
passed Bill 101, the Student Protection              govern their own conduct and to
Act. This Act modified existing legislation          understand clearly what conduct by
and placed new obligations on members                other members does not conform to
of the profession. The College issued this           professional standards, provincial law
professional advisory as the Student                 and the Criminal Code.
Protection Act came into force.
                                                     Understanding the legal, ethical and
Building on the ethical standards                    professional parameters of behaviour is
and the standards of practice                        central to a member’s successful career.
Members of the College demonstrate                   This advisory helps members recognize
care for and commitment to students                  when they are at risk of breaching those
that require them to act in students’ best           parameters.
interests and report suspicious behaviour
or allegations of professional misconduct            Even though many of the behaviours
of a sexual nature to appropriate authorities.       described here may be unthinkable to most
Members must take a student’s disclosure             members, the College has an obligation
of abuse or exploitation seriously, even if          to identify them so that the parameters of
some allegations prove to be unfounded.              professional behaviour are clear. Ignorance
Dealing with victim disclosure requires              of the law or College regulations is not an
professional judgment. This advisory                 acceptable excuse. Engaging in sexual abuse
provides some criteria to assist members             of students or sexual misconduct is a form
in using their judgment.                             of professional misconduct and will result in
                                                     an investigation and disciplinary action by
Members maintain professional relation-              the College. Consequences may include the
ships with students and recognize the                suspension or revocation of a member’s
trust that the public places in them. They           Certificate of Qualification and Registration
are aware of the negative impact of                  and membership in the teaching profession.
boundary violations on students. They
respond professionally to victims’ allega-
tions by collaborating with other profes-
sionals such as police, child and family
services, and College investigators.




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                                                      Investigations	and	Hearings




Sexual abuse                                 Professional misconduct
Sexual abuse is a form of professional       Professional misconduct includes, but is
misconduct. The Student Protection Act       not limited to, sexual abuse of a student
defines sexual abuse of a student and        by a member. Professional misconduct of
amends the Ontario College of Teachers       a sexual nature could involve a member’s
Act to include this definition:              own students, other students or children,
i) sexual intercourse or other forms         or even adults, if the Discipline
     of physical sexual relations between    Committee of the College determines
     the member and a student,               that the behaviour amounts to an act
ii) touching, of a sexual nature, of         defined as professional misconduct.
     the student by the member, or
iii) behaviour or remarks of a sexual        There may be forms of professional
     nature by the member towards            misconduct that do not fall within the
     the student.                            definition of sexual abuse but which may
                                             be considered sexual misconduct. These
Accordingly, members should avoid:           behaviours could nonetheless fall within
• sexual relations or sexual intercourse     the definition of sexual misconduct and
  with a student                             constitute professional misconduct. These
• any form of sexual touching of a student   behaviours may include sexual harassment
• any sexual contact, including behaviour    and sexual relationships with students or
  or remarks of a sexual nature, regard-     any conduct which may lead to an unpro-
  less of the age of the student or any      fessional and inappropriate relationship
  apparent consent by the student.           with a student. The latter is often called
                                             grooming behaviour.

                                             The College deals with complaints made
                                             by members, employers and the public.
                                             Written complaints of alleged sexual
                                             abuse of a student or sexual misconduct
                                             have to be investigated by the College
                                             if they fall within the definition of
                                             professional misconduct.




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Investigations	and	Hearings




Ultimately, the determination of whether             •   1(18) an act or omission that, having
particular behaviour constitutes profes-                 regard to all the circumstances, would
sional misconduct will be made by the                    reasonably be regarded by members
Discipline Committee based on the defi-                  as disgraceful, dishonourable or
nition of sexual abuse, as well as the other             unprofessional
definitions of professional misconduct
contained in the Professional Misconduct             •   1(19) conduct unbecoming a member.
Regulation, including:
                                                     Sexual harassment
•     1(5) failing to maintain the standards         Inappropriate behaviour or remarks of
      of the profession                              a sexual nature which may constitute
                                                     professional misconduct include, but are
•     1(7) abusing a student verbally                not limited to, conduct that would
      1(7.1) abusing a student physically            amount to sexual harassment or sexual
      1(7.2) abusing a student psychologi-           discrimination under the Ontario Human
      cally or emotionally                           Rights Code. These need not be overtly
      1(7.3) abusing a student sexually              sexual but may nonetheless demean
                                                     or cause personal embarrassment to a
•     1(14) failing to comply with the               student, based upon a student’s gender,
      Ontario College of Teachers Act,               race or sexual orientation.
      the regulations or the bylaws
                                                     Members should avoid even a single event
•     1(15) failing to comply with the               that may constitute sexual harassment,
      Education Act or the regulations               including but not limited to:
      made under that Act, if the member             • objectionable conduct or comments
      is subject to that Act                             incompatible with the role of a
                                                         member, regardless of whether the
•     1(16) contravening a law if the                    affected students appear to be
      contravention is relevant to the                   offended by the conduct or comments
      member’s suitability to hold a                 • sexual harassment of non-students or
      Certificate of Qualification and                   of co-workers
      Registration                                   • reprisals or threatened reprisals for
                                                         rejecting sexual advances.
•     1(17) contravening a law if the
      contravention has caused or may cause
      a student who is under the member’s
      professional supervision to be put at
      or to remain at risk




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                                                          Investigations	and	Hearings




Sexual relationships                            Members should not engage in activity
Regardless of the age of a student              directed to establishing a sexual relation-
and whether there are any criminal              ship. This includes, but is not limited to:
law considerations, it is unacceptable          • any form of sexual touching
for a member to engage in or attempt            • sending intimate letters to students
to establish a sexual relationship with         • making telephone calls of a personal
a student. Professional misconduct                 nature to students
includes, but is not limited to, any            • engaging in sexualized dialogue
sexual relationship with:                          through the Internet with students
i) a student, regardless of the student’s age   • making suggestive comments
ii) a former student under the age of 18           to students
iii) a former student who suffers from a        • dating students.
     disability affecting his or her ability
     to consent to a relationship.              Such conduct is inappropriate even if
                                                the conduct does not result in the estab-
Responsibility for ensuring that a member-      lishment of a relationship. Engaging in a
student relationship is professional and        sexual relationship with a person who is
appropriate rests with the member and not       under the age of 18, or in relation to
with the student. This remains the case         whom the member holds a position of
even when it is the student who attempts        trust or authority, may also constitute
to initiate an inappropriate relationship.      professional misconduct, regardless
Any conduct directed to establishing such       of whether the person is a student or
a relationship may constitute professional      former student.
misconduct.
                                                Knowing the limits – the
It is not necessary that the student be         responsibility of each member
in the member’s own class. A student            There are situations, activities and actions
may be a student who is in the school           where members should be cautious. Even
or school system where the member is            though an action or event may seem to be
employed, or in relation to whom a              in a student’s best interest, members need
member is otherwise considered to hold          to consider thoroughly the implications
a position of trust and responsibility.         and appearance of the action or event
                                                beforehand.




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Investigations	and	Hearings




Members have an additional responsibility            •   whether the activity would reasonably
to avoid activities that may reasonably                  be regarded as conduct intended to
raise concerns as to their propriety.                    promote or facilitate an inappropriate
Keeping this in mind can help members                    personal relationship with a student
avoid complaints to either their employer            •   the extent to which the activities might
or to the College, and can help protect                  reasonably be regarded as posing a risk
students by detecting and preventing sexual              to the personal integrity or security of
abuse or sexual misconduct by others.                    a student, or as contributing to any
                                                         student’s level of discomfort
Using good judgment                                  •   whether the conduct would reasonably
Members understand that students                         be regarded as being in the best interests
depend on teachers to interpret what is                  of the student.
right and wrong. This judgment can be
difficult when certain acts seem innocent            Members should avoid:
but may be considered later as a prelude             •   inviting individual students to
to sexual abuse or sexual misconduct.                    their homes
                                                     •   seeing students in private and
In the interests of student safety, when                 isolated situations
members use their professional judgment              •   exchanging personal notes,
about their own or others’ activities they               comments or e-mails
should be mindful of these and other                 •   becoming personally involved in
considerations:                                          students’ affairs
• whether the activities are known to, or            •   giving personal gifts to students
    approved by, supervisors and/or parents          •   sharing personal information
    or legal guardians                                   about themselves
• whether the student is physically                  •   making physical contact of a
    isolated from other observers, for                   sexual nature.
    example, behind closed doors
• whether the circumstances are urgent or            When meeting with students, members
    an emergency (providing transportation           should, whenever possible, ensure that:
    in a blizzard, for example)                      • classroom and office doors are left open
• whether the education environment                  • a third party is present or aware of
    might be detrimentally affected by                  the meeting
    the activities                                   • the student is not physically isolated
                                                        from other observers, for example,
                                                        behind closed doors
                                                     • they are not alone with an individual
                                                        student except in urgent or emergency
                                                        circumstances.




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                                                          Investigations	and	Hearings




Reporting suspected or alleged                  Employer responsibilities
inappropriate sexual behaviour                  Similarly, employers were previously
If a member of the College has reasonable       required to report to the College
grounds to suspect the sexual abuse of          members who had been convicted of
students or sexual misconduct, the member       an offence under the Criminal Code
has a responsibility to report the suspected    involving sexual conduct and minors.
or alleged case to appropriate authorities.     The Student Protection Act stipulates
This includes one or more or all of the         that employers must now report to the
following: child and family services, police,   College at the time a member is charged
the employer and the Ontario College            with a sexual offence.
of Teachers.
                                                Responsibility of the Ontario
Adverse report and                              College of Teachers
anti-reprisal provisions                        The Investigation Committee of the
The Student Protection Act also amended         College is responsible for investigating
the Teaching Profession Act. A member           complaints relating to a member’s alleged
who makes an adverse report about               professional misconduct, incompetence or
another member respecting suspected             incapacity. Allegations of misconduct may
sexual abuse of a student by that other         result in charges under the Professional
member need not provide him or her              Misconduct Regulation made under the
with a copy of the report or with any           Ontario College of Teachers Act. If the
information about the report.                   Investigation Committee refers a case to
                                                the Discipline Committee, a panel of the
Members of the College may not engage           Discipline Committee will conduct a
in, or threaten to engage in, reprisals         hearing to determine whether the alleged
against anyone who discloses, reports           conduct constitutes professional misconduct.
or otherwise provides information with
respect to alleged or suspected profes-
sional misconduct of a sexual nature.




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Investigations	and	Hearings




Relevant legislation                                 •   deems those who previously held an
Teachers are governed by several pieces                  Ontario Teacher’s Certificate or Letter
of legislation and the regulations made                  of Standing issued by the Ministry of
under them. The College web site at                      Education to hold the corresponding
www.oct.ca g About the College g                         Certificate of Qualification and
Education Legislation carries the full                   Registration issued by the College           Need	more	info?
                                                                                                      www.oct.ca	➔
text of these laws and regulations or a              •   defines the process for qualified
                                                                                                      About the College
link to them at e-laws.                                  individuals to register as members           for	full-text	versions	of	
                                                         of the College.                              education	legislation
Ontario College of Teachers Act
•     establishes the Ontario College                Professional Misconduct Regulation
      of Teachers                                    •   defines a range of infractions that can be
•     defines the scope of authority                     considered as professional misconduct –
      of the College in governing the                    from providing false information on
      teaching profession and protecting                 professional qualifications and failing to
      the public interest                                maintain the standards of the profession
•     sets out the duties of a teacher as a              to abusing a student physically, sexually,
      member of the profession – to pay the              verbally, psychologically or emotionally.
      annual membership fees, provide
      information required by the College,           Accreditation Regulation
      fulfill ongoing education requirements,        •   establishes the parameters of the
      uphold the standards of the profession             College’s responsibility to accredit
      and avoid doing things that result in              teacher education programs
      disciplinary measures being taken by               in Ontario.
      the College because of misconduct or
      incompetence.

Teachers’ Qualifications Regulation
•     outlines how new members qualify for
      a Certificate of Qualification and
      Registration
•     sets out the process and requirements
      for obtaining basic and additional
      qualifications, including principal’s and
      supervisory officer’s qualifications




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                                                        Investigations	and	Hearings




Education Act                                 Education Accountability Act
•   sets duties and responsibilities of the   •   sets province-wide standards for
    Minister of Education, the school             teaching time in secondary schools,
    boards, school board supervisory              average class sizes at both the
    officers, principals, teachers, parents       elementary and secondary levels
    and students.                                 and other elements of curriculum
                                                  and Special Education.
Operation of Schools
Regulation – General                          Student Protection Act
(Regulation 298)                              •   sets out a definition of sexual abuse
• describes the duties of a teacher               that recognizes not just physical sexual
• outlines a teacher’s legal obligations.         abuse but sexual harassment and
                                                  inappropriate behaviour of teachers
Collection of Personal                        •   imposes strong requirements for
Information Regulation                            reporting sexual abuse.
(Regulation 521/01)
• school boards must collect a                Child and Family Services Act
   Canadian Police Information Centre         •   sets out the responsibility of a wide
   (CPIC) computer check on their                 range of professionals who deal
   current employees                              with children – including teachers –
• school boards must collect a CPIC               to report if they suspect a child is or
   check from all new employees hired             may be in need of protection.
   after March 31, 2002, before they can
   start their employment.

Safe Schools Act
•   amends the Education Act
•   gives force to Code of Conduct
•   sets expectations for behaviour
    and consequences for students
    who commit serious infractions.




                                                         I n V E S T I G A T I O n S 	 A n D 	 H E A R I n G S 	 	 	 	 81
We	care	about		
the	students
Teachers	open	minds,	
unlock	treasures	and	invite		
students	into	a	world	of		
exciting	learning	experiences.
	
2011	Council	Members	
and	Senior	Leadership

Council	members
Chair                           Vice-Chair
Liz	Papadopoulos,	OCT	          Ruth	Ann	Penny,	OCT
	                               	
Members
Danny	Anckle	                   Garry	Humphreys	
Alexander	(Sandy)	Bass,	OCT     Annilee	Jarvis,	OCT	
Shabnum	Budhwani                Bill	Kirkwood
Carlo	Cappello,	OCT	            Clint	Lovell,	OCT	
Marie-Louise	Chartrand	         Bill	Matheson	
Monique	Châteauvert             Darlene	Mead,	OCT	
Rebecca	Coulter,	OCT            Terry	Price,	OCT	
Irene	Dembek,	OCT	              Tanya	Roberts,	OCT	
Gale	Dores,	OCT	                Susan	Robertson	
Marc	Dubois,	OCT	               Robert	Ryan,	OCT
Martha	Dutrizac,	OCT	           Pauline	Smart	
Dean	Favero,	OCT	               Mara	Torcaso,	OCT	
nick	Forte,	OCT	                Jacques	Tremblay,	OCT
Dobi-Dawn	Frenette	             John	Tucker	
Robert	Gagné	                   Henry	Tyndorf,	OCT	
E.	Clyde	Glasgow	               Hanno	Weinberger,	OCT
Mel	Greif	                      Sharon	Young	Kipp,	OCT
Brent	Hamelin,	OCT	
	


Ontario	College	Of	Teachers
Registrar                       Director of Corporate
                                and Council Services
Michael	Salvatori,	OCT
                                Richard	Lewko	
Deputy Registrar
                                Director of Standards of Practice
Joe	Jamieson,	OCT	
                                and Accreditation
                                Michelle	Longlade,	OCT	
Director of Investigations
and Hearings
                                Director of Membership Services
Francine	Dutrisac,	OCT	
                                Linda	Zaks-Walker,	OCT




                              C O u n C I L 	 M E M B E R S 	 A n D 	 S E n I O R 	 L E A D E R S H I P 	 	 	 	 83
For	the	kids!
You	became	a	teacher	to	help	
students	fulfill	their	potential,	and		
in	doing	so	you	will	fulfill	yours.		
We	are	confident	that	you	will	have	a	
rewarding	and	meaningful	career.
	
Contact	the	College

General	inquiries
The	Ontario	College	of	Teachers	contact	
centre	and	switchboard	are	open	from	8:30	
a.m.	to	5:00	p.m.,	Monday	to	Friday.	We	are	
closed	on	statutory	holidays.	

Web	site	
www.oct.ca		

Phone
To	reach	us	by	telephone,	call	416-961-8800	
or	(toll-free	in	Ontario)	1-888-534-2222	and	
listen	to	the	prompts.	The	College	call	centre	
has	knowledgeable	staff	who	can	provide	infor-
mation	on	a	wide	range	of	issues	relevant	to	
College	membership,	including	qualifications,	
certification	and	the	complaints	process.	

Fax
416-961-8822	

E-mail	
For	general	information:	info@oct.ca	
For	library	inquiries:	library@oct.ca	

Mail	
Ontario	College	of	Teachers
101	Bloor	Street	West,	Toronto,		On	M5S	0A1

In	person	
The	College’s	main	offices	are	in	downtown	
Toronto	at	101	Bloor	Street	West,	one	block	
west	of	Bay	Street.	Visit	our	Client	Services	
Welcome	Counter	on	the	14th	floor.

Library	
101	Bloor	Street	West
416-961-8800	
Toll-free	in	Ontario:	1-888-534-2222	
E-mail:	library@oct.ca	
Have	a	good	year!
              Being an
              Ontario Certified Teacher
                                                                has its privileges.




Your card will give you benefits at:                 Be sure to carry your card with you and ask
                                                     wherever you go – even at venues around the
• parks, museums, sporting events and theatres
                                                     world – whether you can have an Ontario Certified
• travel services and vacation destinations
                                                     Teacher discount.
• vendors for computers, software, school supplies
  and books.                                         If you know of an organization or business that
                                                     would like to offer a discount, ask someone there
For a growing list of places where discounts are
                                                     to e-mail discounts@oct.ca for information.
offered to Ontario Certified Teachers, visit
www.oct.ca and click on OCT Discounts on the
right-hand side.
Through our College, teachers work




                                                                                                                                           Ontario Certified Teacher's Handbook 2011
every day to meet the expectations
of parents and the public that
Ontario’s students will learn from
qualified professional teachers.




                                                                                                    For additional information:
                                                                                                    Ontario College of Teachers
                                                                                                    Toll-free in Ontario: 1-888-534-2222
                                                                                                    E-mail: info@oct.ca
                                                                                                    www.oct.ca




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