Professional development


The Faculty of Education’s professional development programs, Additional Qualifications (AQ) and Additional Basic Qualifications (ABQ), aim to provide courses of the highest professional quality to qualified teachers. Each additional qualification course reflects the Ontario College of Teachers Standards of Practice for the teaching profession.

Find out more about our AQ/ABQ courses

Study LSQ, the French sign language of Quebec

Free training offered to Ontario teachers

* Program offered in French only

This training will consist of five (5) non-credit courses of 39 hours each. Students will receive a certificate attesting to their successful completion at the end of each course. LSQ courses (LSQ I, II, III, IV, and V) are intended to support those who teach hearing impaired children. They are designed as second-language courses and aim to teach the basics of LSQ to hearing persons.

These courses are divided into two components: LSQ as a language and the culture of the deaf community. Language training focuses on acquiring vocabulary and a functional understanding of LSQ grammar.

These LSQ courses use a thematic approach. For example, in LSQ I, students will learn how to describe themselves, others, their family, food, sports, work, and hobbies. They will learn how to ask for, and give, directions and information, and how to describe people and express their tastes.

As is the case with any form of second-language training, class time is insufficient to cover the thousands of regular words used in everyday life. Therefore, it is expected that, as students progress, they will enrich their vocabulary and improve their ability to apply the language concepts covered in class by increasing their contacts with members of the deaf community.

Finally, please note that LSQ I is a pre-requisite to register for QA Enseignement aux élèves ayant une surdité-cécité and that LSQ I, II and III are pre-requisites for QA Enseignement aux élèves sourds ou malentendants.

For more information, please contact the Academic Secretariat at 613-562-5804 or the Coordinator, Professional Development Programs at 613-562-5800, ext. 4095.

Learn more about the LSQ course.

Undergraduate professional development

Future teachers can develop their professional skills by participating in various events organized by the Faculty, including the Career Fair, the Jean-Paul Dionne Symposium and the Teaching Choices Symposium.

Through its Career Services, the University offers a wide variety of support to students and graduates to help them get a job after they complete their degree: job interview workshops, career counselling, resume workshops and individual consultations.

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