Prerequisites for admission

Basic prerequisites for all AQ and ABQ courses 

  • Be a member in good standing of OCT 
  • Have a recognized university degree 

One-session AQ 

Basic prerequisites 

One-session AQ – Honour specialist 

Basic prerequisites, and: 

  • Hold an undergraduate degree of 120 units, of which 54 are in the subject specialty (chosen teaching subject), with a minimum 70% (B) average, or the equivalent. 
  • Possess at least two years of teaching experience, with at least one year in the specialization sought. Submit a Statement of experience. 

If you’re applying to the Honour Specialist AQ for general science, you must have a minimum of one full-year university course in each of biology, chemistry, and physics.  If you wish to register for the Foundations course for the Honour Specialist, please choose the 'teaching subject' for the appropriate course.  You will automatically be registered for the Foundations course. 

Three-session AQ – Part I 

Basic prerequisites 

Three-session AQ – Part II 

Basic prerequisites, and: 

  • Successful completion of Part I of the course, as noted on your College’s Certificate of qualification and registration 
  • One year of successful teaching experience in a classroom setting, confirmed by your supervisory officer or designate – Submit a Statement of experience. 

Three-session AQ – Part III (specialist) 

Basic prerequisites, and: 

  • Successful completion of Part II of the course, as noted on your College’s Certificate of qualification and registration 
  • Two years of successful teaching experience in a classroom setting, one of which is in the teaching subject, confirmed by your supervisory officer or designate – Submit Statement of experience. 

ABQ – primary division 

ABQ – junior division 

Basic prerequisites 

ABQ – intermediate division 

Basic prerequisites, and: 

  • Successful completion of at least 4 one-semester university courses totaling 12 credits in the teaching subject. - Provide your university transcript. 

ABQ – senior division 

Basic prerequisites, and: 

  • Successful completion of at least 6 one-semester university courses totaling 18 credits in the teaching subjectProvide your university transcript. 

ABQ - Éducation technologique 

See webpage in French 

Language requirement 

For all ABQ courses taken in French: 

  • Candidates who have not done the Teacher Education program in French must pass a language proficiency test. 

For ABQ courses - Français langue maternelle option: 

  • Candidates who have not done their Formation à l’enseignement at the University of Ottawa must pass a langugage proficiency test. 

For AQ courses – French as a Second Language, Part I: 

  • Candidates who have not receive their Teacher Education program in French must pass a language proficiency test. 

Once your registration is confirmed, the academic secretariat will contact you to confirm the test date and the method of payment for the test fee. 

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