Q: Are you going to send me an
invoice in 1999?
A: Most teachers will have their annual
membership fee deducted from their pay in January. Teachers not paying by payroll
deduction including teachers on leave, short-term occasionals, some private school
teachers and those not working for school boards will be invoiced on February 15.
The payment due date is April 15, and only one invoice will be issued.
If you paid by invoice last year and you havent started working full-time for a
publicly-funded school board or a private school where teachers contribute to the Ontario
Teachers Pension Plan, the College will send you a $90 invoice for your 1999
Please remember that these invoices go to the home address we have for you in our
registry files. If youve moved, or if the address we have for you is not accurate,
you should inform the College in writing today of your correct address.
Q: How does the College handle complaints from parents
and/or students about issues like too much homework or poor marks?
A: The College encourages members of the public
to seek local solutions to talk to the teacher, principal or superintendent
involved. The Colleges responsibility for regulating the profession has not
diminished at all the rights and responsibilities that teachers, principals,
superintendents or school boards have under the Education Act.
In other words, school boards are still responsible for supervising classroom
instruction and teachers rights under their collective agreements are
Are members of the College Council full-time? Are they required to take a leave of
absence from their teaching jobs? How are they paid?
No, all 31 members of Council both elected and appointed are part-time.
The 17 College members elected by the teaching profession continue to perform their
regular jobs and the College pays their employers for the days they spend on College
The 14 appointed members have a wide variety of occupations a number of them are
also educators and College members. The Ministry of Education and Training pays them the
standard per diem for public appointees to the councils of Ontarios self-regulating
colleges for the days they spend on College business.
Q: Does the College replace the QECO and OSSTF
A: No, they remain in place. The Qualifications
Evaluation Council of Ontario (QECO) and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers
Federation qualifications systems were developed by the affiliates of the Ontario
Teachers Federation in consultation with school boards. They are related to
placement on the salary grid arrived at in collective bargaining. The College has no role
in that process.
I already had a transcript for the additional work I did for my honours degree sent to
QECO. Why doesnt it appear on my Certificate of Qualification from the College?
The College does not exchange information with QECO or OSSTF. If you want all your
degrees to appear on your certificate, you must ensure that the College receives an
official transcript directly from the granting institution.
The College also does not receive information about additional degrees or
qualifications from school boards or other employers.
Q: I have many years of teaching experience in my country
but I have never completed a formal teacher education program. May I still apply to the
A: To be licensed to teach in Ontario, you must
have completed an acceptable teacher education program at least one academic year
long which includes practice teaching. If you have not completed a formal program
of teacher education you can contact one of Ontarios 11 faculties of education for
information about the Bachelor of Education degree program, which is Ontarios
program of teacher education.
Q: Why doesnt the College get involved and speak
out for teachers involved in strikes and lockouts?
A: Collective bargaining and political action on
behalf of teachers are not part of the Colleges mandate. They are the mandate of the
Ontario Teachers Federation (OTF) and its affiliates. The OTF and the individual
teachers unions have made it clear that they do not want the College to be involved
in these issues. When the legislature was considering the Ontario College of Teachers Act,
the OTF asked to have "promote the profession of teaching" removed from the
purposes of the College and it was.