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Defining Moments

By Stuart Foxman

Photo of four members of The Royal Commission on Learning: Manisha Bharti, Dennis, Murphy, Gerald Caplan and Avis Glaze.


The Royal Commission on Learning drafts its landmark report For the Love of Learning, leading to the establishment of the College. [Pictured: Manisha Bharti, Dennis Murphy, Gerald Caplan, Avis Glaze, OCT, and Monique Bégin, not pictured]

 Cover photos of the first issue of “Professionally Speaking” and “<em>Pour parler profession</em></em>” The cover is an illustration of people reaching for apples in a tree.


College publishes first issue of Professionally Speaking/Pour parler profession

Photo of Luci Loisi, Ontario’s first certified teacher, holding flowers and certification.


College opens its doors — Luci Loisi, OCT, becomes Ontario’s first certified teacher

Photo of members of the first College Council.


First College Council


College develops the Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession and the Ethical Standards for the Teaching Profession



College issues its first professional advisory to members: Professional Advisory on Professional Misconduct Related to Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct

College publishes its first annual Transition to Teaching survey on employment conditions for new teachers

Photo of the first pre-service accreditation convocation at Trent University.


Trent University — the first university to be accredited by the College for pre-service teacher education

Photo of an Ontario Certified Teacher holding up their certification card.


Ontario teachers receive professional designation



The “Find a Teacher” search function is added to



Consultations in 2005 lead to the development of the 2006 report Preparing Teachers for Tomorrow, culminating in the revised Teachers’ Qualification Regulation

Cover of the September 2012 issue of “Professionally Speaking”


College commissions the Honourable Patrick LeSage to review its investigation and discipline process and practices; Council endorses all 49 recommendations in LeSage’s independent 76-page report

Photo of three students draped in a rainbow flag.


College develops the Teaching LGBTQ Students Additional Qualification, the first of its kind in North America

Cover of the “Enhanced Teacher Education” guide.


College takes leadership role in establishing requirements for the Enhanced Teacher Education Program

College develops an online tool allowing internationally educated teachers to assess their eligibility to apply for a licence to teach in Ontario schools


The provincial government passes Bill 37, the Protecting Students Act, bringing changes into law to protect students and make the College’s investigation and hearings practices more efficient and open