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Additional Qualification Courses
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The Durham District School Board is an approved provider of Additional Qualification courses for certified members of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT), in good standing. Additional Qualification courses allow teachers to focus on continuous improvement by expanding their knowledge, practices and instructional leadership skills.  

Courses Offered

  • First Nation, Métis & Inuit Studies, Part 1 (Blended)
  • First Nation, Métis & Inuit Studies, Part 2 (Blended)
  • French as a Second Language, Part 1 (Blended)
  • Inclusive Classroom, Part 1 (Blended)
  • Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction, Part 1 (Online)
  • Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction, Part 2 (Online)
  • Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction, Part 3 Specialist (Online)
  • Mathematics, Primary & Junior, Part 1 (Blended)
  • Mathematics, Primary & Junior, Part 2 (Online)
  • Mathematics, Primary & Junior, Part 3 Specialist (Online)
  • Special Education, Part 1 (Blended)
  • Special Education, Part 2 (Blended)
  • Special Education, Part 3 Specialist (Blended)
  • Teacher Librarian, Part 1 (Online)
  • Visual Arts, Part 1 (Blended)

​Subsidies Are Available For Inclusive Classroom, Mathematics & Technology AQ Courses

**Inclusive Classroom Subsidy:  $250 subsidy available from DDSB Equity and Inclusive Education Department for DDS teachers only.
Subsidy will be paid to the candidate upon successful completion of the course.

**AQ Program Subsidy:  The Ministry of Education, through the Ontario Teacher's Federation (OTF), is providing a subsidy of up to $450 to OTF or Affiliate members who successfully complete additional qualification courses in Mathematics or Technology.

For more information:

Courses Requirements

Courses require a 125 hour commitment as mandated by OCT. Courses do not carry degree credit and grades are not assigned; final evaluation is offered on a "recommended/not recommended" basis. Courses are offered in both online and blended formats. After successful completion of the course, candidate information will be forwarded to the Ontario College of Teachers to be entered on their Certificate of Qualification.

Course Dates

The Durham District School Board offers courses on the following timelines.AQ-Calendar.jpg
Fall:  September - December
Spring:  February - May
Summer:  July

To view offered courses and for registration
click below:


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Please Note
  • All users must create a New Account in order to be able to register for any course(s).
  • AQ Registration closes the Friday after courses have commenced for Fall and Summer seasons.
  • Late registration is not permitted for the summer session.


Applicants must submit the completed Registration Form and, if applicable, the approved Teaching Experience form prior to being accepted into the course. Forms are to be emailed to

Please Note:
It is the applicant's responsibility to submit and have the Teaching Experience form approved by their Supervisory Officer as outlined on the form. Approved forms should be forwarded by email to

DDSB AQ Registration Form.pdf
DDSB AQ Teaching Experience Form.pdf
DDSB AQ Change-Withdrawal Form.pdf


DDSB employees are offered a discounted course
fee of $550.
Non-DDSB teachers:
AQ course tuition fee is $650.

All fees include a $50 non-refundable administration fee.

Method of Payment

VISA, Mastercard, or cheque (payable to DDSB).

Withdrawal and Refund Guidelines

  • Full refund prior to commencement of course (minus $50 administration fee)
  • 75% refund after the first class
  • 50% refund after the second class
  • 25% after the third class
  • No refund after the fourth class


For admission into Part 1 of a multi-session course or a one-session course, teachers are required to:

  • Be registered with the Ontario College of Teachers, in good standing. (OCT number is required) or hold an interim Certificate of Qualification
  • Retain a division certificate where applicable (primary, junior, intermediate, senior)Teacher - hand.jpg

Part 2 courses

  1. requires applicants to have successfully completed one year (194 days) of teaching experience since becoming a certified teacher.
  • Part 1 of the specialist qualification or an equivalent program
  • Or a qualification in the Intermediate and Senior division in the same subject 

Part 3 or Honour Specialist courses

  1. applicants must have completed two years (388 days) of teaching experience since becoming a certified teacher, including at least one year teaching the subject
  2. Part ll of the specialist qualification or an equivalent program


Cancellation of Courses

The Durham District School Board reserves the right to cancel courses in the case of insufficient registration or other extenuating circumstances. Changes to locations and/or dates may also occur. Decisions regarding cancellations will be made following the application deadline. In such cases, registrants will be provided with a full refund including the $50 administration fee and will be notified by email.

Candidates are advised to verify program dates, location, and other details prior to the start of class.

For more information regarding AQ Courses please contact:

​Kristin Bugelli​AQ Registrar​
​Gayle Anniss​AQ Secretary​



Durham District School Board
400 Taunton Road East,
Whitby, ON
L1R 2K6 Canada

Phone: 905-666-5500
Fax: 905-666-6474
Toll Free: 1-800-265-3968
TTY 905-666-6943, 877-868-5575
© Durham District School Board, 2013