Additional Qualifications

Durham District School Board is an approved provider of Additional Qualification courses for certified members of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT), in good standing. Additional Qualification courses allow teachers to focus on continuous improvement by expanding their knowledge, practices and instructional leadership skills.

Registration for AQ courses now open!

To register for AQ courses offered by the DDSB, please click on the menu option in the header bar above labelled “Courses". All courses open for registration for upcoming sessions will have a clickable ‘Enroll’ button. Please click on that link and complete the registration form for each course you wish to take. We require a minimum of 5 registered and fully paid participants for a course to run.

Course requirements

All of DDSB's AQ courses will require a commitment of approximately 125 working hours as mandated by OCT. Courses do not carry degree credit and grades are not assigned; final evaluation is offered on a "recommended/not recommended" basis. Courses are offered in both online and hybrid (blend of asynchronous online and scheduled, synchronous online and/or in-person) formats. The delivery format of each course will be communicated in the course description. After successful completion of the course, candidate information will be forwarded to the Ontario College of Teachers to be entered on their Certificate of Qualification. This process may take up to 6 weeks to be reflected on your OCT depending on the time of year and the speed at which the college is able to process updates.

Course dates

Fall and Spring sessions will span approximately 14 weeks (courses do not run over the March Break). Summer courses are offered in a condensed format running for the month of July only. Online courses run for the entire month of July, starting the first full week of the month. When we are able to offer them, schedules for hybrid (synchronous/in-person) courses will be made available prior to the start of each session. Please note, if you are registering for a session in advance of the current one, this information may not yet be available, but will be provided before the course begins.