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Additional Qualifications

Niagara University in Ontario has been, and continues to be, committed to ongoing professional development for educators. We offer courses for Additional Qualifications (AQ), Additional Basic Qualifications (ABQ), Principals Qualifications Program (PQP), and Supervisory Officer Qualifications Program (SOQP).

Next Sessions Start On: April 1, 2024
May 20, 2024.

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Angela Marchese
Professional Development Coordinator - Ontario Education

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Additional Qualifications Courses (AQ) and Additional Basic Qualifications Courses (ABQ)

  • Niagara University in Ontario’s AQs and ABQs are accredited through the Ontario College of Teachers. The intended audience for these courses is Ontario certified teachers. The courses focus on the Ontario curriculum and the Ontario experience in education.
  • NUO ‘s AQ program includes ABQ courses in the primary, junior and intermediate divisions for teachers seeking to add a teaching qualification to their existing qualifications. These are Schedule A courses.
  • NUO offers Schedule C courses for teachers who may need bridge courses to fulfil conditions of their OCT certification, which are often geared toward teachers that were trained in a jurisdiction outside Ontario.
  • We also offer Schedule D courses for teachers who aspire to be curriculum leaders in their schools, or who want to expand their knowledge of curriculum design and implementation.

Principal Qualifications (PQP) Courses

Niagara University in Ontario offers both parts of the PQP courses that are designed for teachers who wish to become school leaders and principals. Students that take both PQP courses are eligible to transfer these credits into NUO’s MS in Education Leadership.

Supervisory Officer’s Qualification Program (SOQP) for Academic Supervisory Officers.

The SOQP is designed to provide opportunities to enhance candidates’ professional knowledge, efficacy, capacities, and leadership resources from a system perspective. Candidates will critically explore effective processes for collaboratively working with a wide range of educators, families, caregivers, trustees, the Ontario Teachers’ Federation and its affiliates, principal organizations, representatives from Ministries and stakeholders. Candidates will also have an opportunity to reflect on the role of the supervisory officer in relation to policies, legislation, and the regulatory context of publicly funded education (from OCT SOQP guideline, 2017).

The SOQP is comprised of five modules, one of which is a leadership practicum at the system level. Each module is 50 hours in length. Candidates must complete all five modules within five years of starting the first module.

Registration Information and Sessions

  • Registration ends a week before the courses begin.
  • Courses will ALL be published on the Monday of the starting date.
  • Courses are asynchronous online.
  • Course grades will be sent to OCT 2 weeks after the end of each session.
SessionRegistration EndsSession Dates
Fall 2023Monday, September 11, 2023Week of Monday, September 18 through November 23, 2023
Spring 1Monday, January 8, 2024Week of Tuesday, January 16 through March 22, 2024
Spring 2Monday, March 25, 2024Week of Monday, April 1 through June 7, 2024
Summer 1Monday, May 13, 2024Week of Monday, May 20 through June 28, 2024
Summer 2Monday, June 24, 2024Week of Monday, July 1 through August 9, 2024
Fall 2024Monday, September 9, 2024Week of Monday, September 16 through November 22, 2024

Recommendation to the Ontario College of Teachers to Upgrade Existing Candidate Qualifications.  

Once a candidate has successfully completed the AQ or ABQ course, and if the candidate meets all of the necessary requirements at that time, Niagara University will make the recommendation to the Ontario College of Teachers to include the additional qualification to the candidate’s Certificate of Qualification. Niagara will do so at the end of two weeks after the completion of the course session.

It is the candidate’s responsibility to read and understand Ontario Regulation 176/10 and any other Ontario College of Teacher requirements. In addition, the Ontario College of Teachers may take from 6-8 weeks to process the AQ or ABQ.


  • Any candidate with outstanding fees will not be permitted to register in future sessions
  • Any candidate with outstanding fees will not have his/her course recommended for the appropriate accreditation to the Ontario College of Teachers
  • Any candidate with outstanding certificate of teaching experience form or other pertinent documents will not have his/her course recommended to the Ontario College of Teachers.

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