Fanshawe College has been accredited to offer Additional Qualification courses to Ontario elementary and secondary school teachers, and will offer its first two this summer.
Additional Qualification courses developed and delivered by Ontario Colleges
Fanshawe College has been accredited* by the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) to offer Schedule C, D and F Additional Qualification (AQ) courses to elementary and secondary school teachers and this summer the College will be offering its first two AQ courses. AQs are professional learning opportunities, accredited by OCT, offered by providers approved by OCT and available to OCT accredited teachers.
Delivery of AQ courses by Ontario Colleges is relatively new. Offering AQ courses at the colleges encourages collaboration and collegiality across all levels of education in Ontario and allows exposure and/or re-expose of secondary school teachers to the college system.
The first two AQ courses to be delivered at Fanshawe are:
Schedule D – Kindergarten Part I
Schedule D courses are three-part specialist courses (Part I, II, and Specialist). The differences in the three-part courses are pedagogical, and allow for teachers to become specialists and experts in a specific area of study. The completion of a three-part specialist AQ can also be used to satisfy some of the prerequisite requirements for the Principals Qualification Program (PQP) and the Supervisory Officer's Qualification Program (SOQP). The Simcoe/Norfolk Regional Campus will run the first of a three-part specialist AQ in Kindergarten this July 2019.
Schedule F – Teaching Hospitality and Tourism – Baking
Schedule F courses are available exclusively to teachers with technological education qualifications and have never been offered before. OCT and the Ontario Council of Technology Education (OCTE) strongly endorse the development and delivery of the Schedule F AQ courses which serve to: a) provide recognized continuing education opportunities for elementary and secondary school teachers; b) promote high school students' interest in broad-based technological areas, including apprenticeship and vocational programming available in the college system, through enhanced secondary teachers' practice and collaborations; and c) address growing supply/demand gap for skilled tradespeople in Ontario.
"This is wonderful news! A historic moment for technological continuing teacher education" comments Deidre Smith, manager of standards of practice and education, regarding Fanshawe's and Ontario's first Schedule F course.