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Governing Ourselves

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.


College Committees

College members recently elected the eighth College Council, which will govern the teaching profession in the public interest for the next three years. This means some new faces on College committees. Read on to learn more about our committees and their mandates.

The College’s 14 committees play a significant role in regulating the teaching profession and in fulfilling the legislated mandate of the College. The term of the eighth Council extends until June 2021, although some public members may have shorter terms.

(a) = appointed member (e) = elected member

Accreditation committee

Reviews and accredits initial teacher education programs at Ontario faculties of education. Reviews and accredits programs of additional qualification including principal and supervisory officer qualification programs.



Facilitates the movement of motions during Council meetings. Meets with the Chair, the Registrar, the Deputy Registrar and other College staff prior to most Council meetings. Reviews the agenda, is briefed about any amendments or additions and reviews the motions that will be brought forward at the subsequent meeting. The Steering Committee consists of one appointed (vacant) and one elected member of the Executive Committee, one of whom is the Vice-Chair of Council, Tim Gernstein, OCT (e).

Editorial Board

Oversees editorial and advertising policy and considers copy for Professionally Speaking/Pour parler profession, the College’s official publication.

Editorial Board

Discipline Committee

Conducts hearings into and rules on matters of professional misconduct or incompetence. Imposes penalties ranging from counselling, reprimands and admonishments to suspension and revocation, as appropriate. Hears applications for reinstatement of members whose teaching certificate was revoked for disciplinary reasons.



Provides guidance on issues of governance and risk management. Ensures that the Council and the College function in accordance with the relevant legislation, regulations and bylaws of the College.


Executive Committee

Conducts College business between Council meetings. Reviews and approves agenda for upcoming Council meetings. Presents reports on policy initiatives to Council. Establishes ad hoc committees as necessary, appoints members to special and ad hoc committees and fills committee vacancies when they occur.


Accreditation Appeal Committee

Considers and rules on appeals about accreditation of teacher education programs and courses.

Accreditation Appeal

Finance Committee

Advises Council on College finances and functions as audit committee. Reviews and recommends disposition of College investments. Reviews and makes recommendations about the College budget. Recommends appointment of the College auditor.


Fitness to Practise Committee

Conducts hearings and rules on physical or mental capacity of members. Suspends, revokes or imposes terms, conditions or limitations on the member’s Certificate of Qualification and Registration, as appropriate. Hears applications for reinstatement or variances of earlier orders.

Fitness to Practise

Investigation Committee

Receives and investigates complaints about College members related to professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity. Examines documents and information collected in an investigation into a member’s conduct or actions. Decides how to properly deal with complaints.


Human Resources Committee

Provides ongoing advice to the Registrar and Council on human resources policies and programs. Monitors salary administration. Advises Council on the process for hiring the Registrar and Deputy Registrar.

Human Resources

Quality Assurance Committee

Assesses the College’s progress in meeting its legislated objectives and reports to Council.

Quality Assurance

Registration Appeals Committee

Considers and rules on appeals from applicants denied College membership or College members who are certified with terms, conditions and limitations. Assesses applicant qualifications against College registration criteria. May deny applications or direct the Registrar to issue a Certificate of Qualification and Registration.

Registration Appeals

Standards of Practice and Education Committee

Advises Council on developing, reviewing and implementing ethical and practice standards and a professional learning framework to maintain the standards. Reviews staff research and policy proposals, and makes recommendations to Council. Participates in public and memberfocused consultations on the standards and policy proposals.

Standards of Practice and Education