Membership Services Answers
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Im a technological studies teacher. Can I
teach general studies?
A: The College call centre receives a lot of these calls, even
though questions about teaching assignments are covered by Regulation 298, which is
administered by the Ministry of Education. The simple answer is no, you cant. But
you can qualify for general studies by taking a general studies Additional Basic
Qualification if you have an undergraduate degree.
There are a couple of important "howevers" to add to this
First, according to Regulation 298, teachers with Tech Studies
qualifications in specific areas such as sewing, dressmaking or vocational arts
can teach similar areas in general studies programs in a secondary school.
And second, if your school board applied to the College Registrar for a
Temporary Letter of Approval (TLA) and it was granted you would be able to
teach subjects that you are not qualified to teach for one year. You would only be able to
teach subjects or undertake assignments specified in the TLA in addition to any you are
qualified for; the TLA is not a blanket approval to teach any subject.
Q: What is a Temporary Letter of Approval?
A: The Registrar of the Ontario College of Teachers may grant a
Temporary Letter of Approval, valid for one year, to enable a member of the College to
teach a subject or be assigned to a position (for example, vice-principal) for which the
teacher does not hold the qualification.
Q: What is a Letter of Permission?
A: The Minister of Education may grant a Letter of Permission,
valid for one year, to enable an uncertified person to teach in a publicly funded
elementary or secondary school. The school board must apply to the ministry for this
Q: Why was there such a long delay after I completed my
Additional Qualification (AQ) course before I received my letter from the College
confirming that I had completed the course?
A: When you complete an Additional Qualifi-cation course, the
qualification is added to your file only when the College receives official notification
that you have successfully completed the course (known as the facultys
recommendation the faculty recommends that this qualification be added to your
record). After you have completed your AQ, it can take up to two months before the College
receives the recommendation from the faculty. The College issues the acknowledgement
letter within two weeks of the receipt of the recommendation.
Q: All degrees are not created equal. I feel that my degree
required far more work than the degree one of my colleagues completed, yet her degree is
listed on her Certificate of Qualification as "honours". I strongly feel that my
degree is equivalent to hers. Why cant I have the term "honours" listed
beside my degree as well?
A: The College of Teachers lists information related to
acceptable degrees from recognized universities on your Certificate of Qualification. We
indicate the name of the degree in full, the year the degree was obtained and the name of
the issuing institution. Completed degrees as they are originally conferred from approved
universities are shown for information purposes only. If the degree was conferred as an
honours degree, this designation will also be indicated.
Your granting institution confers your degree based on the program you
were actually enrolled in and completed. The College will not assess your course work to
see whether it was equivalent to an honours degree at another university.