Governing Ourselves informs members of legal and regulatory matters affecting the profession. This section provides updates on licensing and qualification requirements, notification of Council resolutions and reports from various Council committees, including reports on accreditation and discipline matters.
A new organization is expected to be in place to regulate Saskatchewan teachers by the fall of 2015.
An eight-person transition committee has been established to develop a new regulatory body to handle teacher certification and discipline. The committee includes members from the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF), the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA), the League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents of Saskatchewan (LEADS), the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, First Nations Directors of Education, and the Ministry of Education.
This committee will consult and meet with stakeholders including teachers, students and parents to develop bylaws and structure for the new body. When established, the body will regulate who will be a member of the profession and oversee disciplinary functions for misconduct or incompetence.
Teachers in Saskatchewan are currently certified by the Ministry of Education. Complaints and disciplinary measures concerning members of the STF are currently handled by the STF.
Saskatchewan Education Minister Don Morgan said the new body will enhance the integrity of teachers and increase transparency.
“The Ontario College of Teachers has worked closely with the registrars for teacher certification in each of the Canadian provinces and territories for many years,” said College CEO and Registrar Michael Salvatori. “I look forward to working with the members of the new regulatory body once it is established and to continuing to work with our colleagues to serve the public interest.”
Ontario is currently the only province in Canada to have a self-regulatory body for the teaching profession. British Columbia had a similar regulatory body that was dissolved in 2011, after which the B.C. Ministry of Education Teacher Regulation Branch assumed responsibility for regulation of the profession in that province.