Definitions

  • What is the difference between an AQ and an ABQ course?

An AQ (Additional Qualification) course expands your leadership and subject knowledge in the divisions you are currently qualified to teach in (i.e., Special Education, Librarianship, Guidance & Career Education).

ABQ courses (Additional Basic Qualifications) allow you to teach in new divisions and/or subject areas (i.e., Primary, Junior, Intermediate or Senior).

  • What is a Complementary Education/Schedule C course?

These are specific AQ courses that fulfill terms and conditions on a Certificate of Qualification. The Complementary Education/Schedule C courses we offer can be found under One Session Qualifications here.

Teachers with conditions on their OCT Certificate are required to fill out this Consent Form and send it to OCT at info@oct.ca

  • What is a Transitional Certificate of Qualification?

A Transitional Certificate of Qualification is a special certificate granted only to those in specific work-while-you-study Education programs across Ontario. Although you cannot take AQ/ABQ courses while you have a Transitional Certificate of Qualification, your teaching days will count towards Teaching Experience for Part 2, Specialist, and Honour Specialist courses.

Access & Technology

  • What are the computer requirements for an online course?

To access your online course, you will need a browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, which are freely available. Safari 5+ is also supported.

  • When and how do I access my online course?

A few days prior to the course start date, you will receive instructions on how to log in to our online learning platform called 'OnQ'.

To access your course in OnQ, click on the 'Select a Course' icon; this icon looks like a three-by-three grid on the top-right of the page. This will open a list of your available courses. Selecting one will take you to the homepage of that course.

After you log in to a course, you will see welcome messages in the 'Announcements' section. Email communication takes place outside of onQ in your Queen's email account. All other communication from your instructor takes place inside onQ using the 'Announcements', 'Discussion' and/or, the 'Assignments' sections.

  • What is my NetID and where do I get it?

Your NetID is your unique identification number at Queen's. You will use it to access online services and courses at Queen's. Information on how to get your NetID will be emailed to you once you have been accepted into a course.

You will use your NetID to access the SOLUS Student Centre where you can update your address, order a transcript, drop a course, and get your tax receipt.

If you know your NetID but have forgotten your password, call ITS at 613-533-6666 for a password reset.

  • How to I setup and access my Queens email account?

You can access your Queen's email through your course located in OnQ. On the course navigation bar, click on 'Office 365'; this will bring you to the login page. You will then enter your Queen's email address [yournetid@queensu.ca] and your NetID password. Under 'Apps', click 'Outlook'. These credentials are also used to access your course and all other online services at Queen's.

  • What if I am not an Ontario certified teacher?

If you are not a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and never plan to be, you are still eligible to register for an online AQ/ABQ course. During the online application, you will identify as a non-OCT member. Under this condition, the Continuing Teacher Education Office will not report successful completion of your course to the Ontario College of Teachers now, or at any time in the future.

If you wish to receive recognition from the Ontario College of Teachers for a course you have taken as a non-OCT member, you will be required to register in, and complete the same course again, in accordance with the policies and fees in effect at that time.

  • What is multi-factor authentication?

To enhance cybersecurity protection, Queen's University has introduced multi-factor authentication (MFA) on all student accounts. This means you will be required to provide your NetID and password as well as a second method to verify your identity when accessing your SOLUS account. Visit IT Services to learn more.

  • How do I enroll in multi-factor authentication?
  • STEP 1 - On your mobile device, install the Microsoft Authenticator App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. The Microsoft Authenticator App is the recommended method for MFA.
  • STEP 2 - Visit the MFA Registration Site and follow the on-screen instructions.

Assessment

  • How do I get a pre-assessment to determine if I am eligible to take a certain AQ/ABQ?

Please complete and return a Pre-assessment Request Form and fax or email it along with your undergraduate transcript(s) to (613) 533-6702 or cedmail@queensu.ca

Pre-assessments are free and are generally completed in 2-3 business days. Original transcripts are not required for a pre-assessment but will be required for registration.

  • How is teaching experience determined?

OCT defines one year of teaching experience as 194 days of teaching.

Teaching experience must be verified by the Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent of your school. If you teach in a private school, your teaching experience must be verified by the Ministry Official appointed for your school (i.e., Education Officer).

If your school is not governed by a Superintendent or Ministry Official, the appropriate person to sign the form is the person your principal reports to.

  • What is a Combined Honour Specialist and what are the requirements?

A Combined Honour Specialist is the completion of two separate Honour Specialist courses. To be eligible for a Combined Honour Specialist, you'll need to have 20.0 full-year courses in your undergraduate degree including 14.0 full-year undergraduate level courses across two subject areas, with no less than 6.0 full-year courses in either subject.

Example: 8.0 in History and 6.0 in Math or, 7.0 in History and 7.0 in Math.

You can take the Honour Specialist courses in the same session, or in separate sessions. We will report completion of the Combined Honour Specialist to Ontario College of Teachers once both courses have been successfully completed. An Confirmation of Teaching Experience Form is required for only one of the subject areas.

If you are applying for a Combined Honour Specialist, please email us at cedmail@queensu.ca for more information and assistance.

Course Progress

  • How do online AQ/ABQ courses work?

All of our courses (with the exception of PQP Part 1 and 2) are asynchronous and can be completed without any real-time interaction.

On the first day of your course, your instructor will send a message via our online learning platform called 'onQ', to welcome you to the course. You and your fellow candidates will quickly get to know each other and form an online learning community where you will share ideas, engage in online discussions, and receive individual feedback from your instructor.

Your course will consist of several modules, each with its own due date. During the course, you are not required to be online at a particular time, but your assignments and discussion board tasks will need to be handed in by the established due dates.

When you have completed your course, you will receive a final grade. Within two weeks of the end of the course, the Continuing Teacher Education Office will a confirmation of completion to the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT). Shortly thereafter, you can expect to see an update to your Certificate of Qualifications.

  • How do I drop an online AQ/ABQ Course?

Fill out a quick survey to help us out!


To help us understand how to better serve our candidates, please select your reason for withdrawing.

Please choose a reason.

Please specify.

Are you hoping to take this course at another time?

Please choose an answer.

SubmitSkip

To drop and online AQ/ABQ course: 

  1. Log into your SOLUS account at my.queensu.ca
  2. From the menu on the left, select 'Manage Classes'
  3. Select 'Drop Classes'
  4. Select the course(s) you would like to drop
  5. Click 'Next'
  6. Select 'Drop classes'

A refund will be issued to your credit card within 7-10 business days.

  • How do I access my grades?

Your instructor will provide you with an unofficial final grade at the end of the course. Your official grade will be posted in SOLUS three to four weeks after your course has ended. The Office of Continuing Teacher Education does not send out statements notifying candidates of their grades.

To access SOLUS:

  1. Log into your Queen's portal using your NetID and password
  2. Click on 'SOLUS' in the top right
  3. Under 'Academics' click the drop-down arrow next to 'Other Academic'...
  4. Select 'Grades' and click the double arrows
  5. Select the appropriate term

For security reasons, your name will be omitted in your grade report.

  • How do I get a receipt?

To get a receipt for your AQ/ABQ course:

  1. Log into your Queen's portal using your NetID and password.
  2. Click on 'SOLUS'.
  3. Under 'SOLUS', click on 'SOLUS Student Center'.
  4. Under 'Finances' click on 'Account Inquiry'.
  5. Click on 'Payments'.

Tax Receipts (T2202A)

If you are taking a Fall-Winter course, it, and its' associated tuition will span over two tax years. Therefore, your T2202A will be split in two; half for each year.

Federal T2202A tax forms will be available on February 28th. Follow the instructions below to print off a copy of your T2202A tax receipt:

  1. Log into your Queen's portal using your NetID and password.
  2. Click on 'SOLUS' in panel on the left.
  3. Under 'Finances' click on 'Other Financial'.
  4. Click on 'T2202A Tax Forms'.
  5. Ensure you have pop-up blockers turned off, as your receipt will pop up in a new window.

If you have any questions about your income tuition tax receipt, please contact:

Office of the University Registrar
Records and Services
74 Union St. 1st Floor
Kingston, ON, K7L 3N6

Email: solus@queensu.ca
Tel: (613) 533-6894
Fax: (613) 533-2068

  • How do I change my name with Queens?

To make changes to the legal name we have on file for you, please complete and submit the Name Change Request form.

  • How does the OCT know I've completed my course?

The Continuing Teacher Education Office automatically sends confirmation of successful course completion to the Ontario College of Teachers 2-3 weeks after the course end-date, when all grades for the session have been reviewed and approved. From there, it can take a few days for your Certificate of Qualifications to get updated.

  • How do I get a confirmation letter?

If you require a letter of enrolment please send a request, with your student number, to cedmail@queensu.ca.

Enrolment letters will indicate your course name, start and end dates and amount paid.

Letters of completion will be sent to your Queen's email address, approximately three weeks after the end of your course, once all grades have been uploaded into SOLUS.

Completion letters will indicate your course name, start and end dates, amount paid and final grade. 

For those completing five courses for a Post-Graduate Certificate, this will be sent to your Queen's email address, approximately three weeks after the end of your course, once all grades have been uploaded into SOLUS. You will receive your certificate and letter of completion.

 

Please note that the Office of Continuing Teacher Education & Professional Studies DOES NOT send documents to third parties.

Should you require an official document to be sent directly, you can order an official transcript through the Registrar's Office at www.queensu.ca/registrar/transcripts/ordering.

  • How do I get a refund?

For details about fees and refunds visit our Fees and Refunds page.

  • Why does the fall portion of my fall/winter course show as in progress even though I have completed it?

The fall/winter session crosses both fall and winter terms. The final grade will not be reflected in the fall portion, as the course was still in progress. The final grade will only show in the winter term.

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Definitions

  • What is the difference between an AQ and an ABQ course?

An AQ (Additional Qualification) course expands your leadership and subject knowledge in the divisions you are currently qualified to teach in (i.e., Special Education, Librarianship, Guidance & Career Education).

ABQ courses (Additional Basic Qualifications) allow you to teach in new divisions and/or subject areas (i.e., Primary, Junior, Intermediate or Senior).

  • What is a Complementary Education/Schedule C course?

These are specific AQ courses that fulfill terms and conditions on a Certificate of Qualification. The Complementary Education/Schedule C courses we offer can be found under One Session Qualifications here.

Teachers with conditions on their OCT Certificate are required to fill out this Consent Form and send it to OCT at info@oct.ca

  • What is a Transitional Certificate of Qualification?

A Transitional Certificate of Qualification is a special certificate granted only to those in specific work-while-you-study Education programs across Ontario. Although you cannot take AQ/ABQ courses while you have a Transitional Certificate of Qualification, your teaching days will count towards Teaching Experience for Part 2, Specialist, and Honour Specialist courses.

Access & Technology

  • What are the computer requirements for an online course?

To access your online course, you will need a browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, which are freely available. Safari 5+ is also supported.

  • When and how do I access my online course?

A few days prior to the course start date, you will receive instructions on how to log in to our online learning platform called 'OnQ'.

To access your course in OnQ, click on the 'Select a Course' icon; this icon looks like a three-by-three grid on the top-right of the page. This will open a list of your available courses. Selecting one will take you to the homepage of that course.

After you log in to a course, you will see welcome messages in the 'Announcements' section. Email communication takes place outside of onQ in your Queen's email account. All other communication from your instructor takes place inside onQ using the 'Announcements', 'Discussion' and/or, the 'Assignments' sections.

  • What is my NetID and where do I get it?

Your NetID is your unique identification number at Queen's. You will use it to access online services and courses at Queen's. Information on how to get your NetID will be emailed to you once you have been accepted into a course.

You will use your NetID to access the SOLUS Student Centre where you can update your address, order a transcript, drop a course, and get your tax receipt.

If you know your NetID but have forgotten your password, call ITS at 613-533-6666 for a password reset.

  • How to I setup and access my Queens email account?

You can access your Queen's email through your course located in OnQ. On the course navigation bar, click on 'Office 365'; this will bring you to the login page. You will then enter your Queen's email address [yournetid@queensu.ca] and your NetID password. Under 'Apps', click 'Outlook'. These credentials are also used to access your course and all other online services at Queen's.

  • What if I am not an Ontario certified teacher?

If you are not a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and never plan to be, you are still eligible to register for an online AQ/ABQ course. During the online application, you will identify as a non-OCT member. Under this condition, the Continuing Teacher Education Office will not report successful completion of your course to the Ontario College of Teachers now, or at any time in the future.

If you wish to receive recognition from the Ontario College of Teachers for a course you have taken as a non-OCT member, you will be required to register in, and complete the same course again, in accordance with the policies and fees in effect at that time.

  • What is multi-factor authentication?

To enhance cybersecurity protection, Queen's University has introduced multi-factor authentication (MFA) on all student accounts. This means you will be required to provide your NetID and password as well as a second method to verify your identity when accessing your SOLUS account. Visit IT Services to learn more.

  • How do I enroll in multi-factor authentication?
  • STEP 1 - On your mobile device, install the Microsoft Authenticator App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. The Microsoft Authenticator App is the recommended method for MFA.
  • STEP 2 - Visit the MFA Registration Site and follow the on-screen instructions.

Assessment

  • How do I get a pre-assessment to determine if I am eligible to take a certain AQ/ABQ?

Please complete and return a Pre-assessment Request Form and fax or email it along with your undergraduate transcript(s) to (613) 533-6702 or cedmail@queensu.ca

Pre-assessments are free and are generally completed in 2-3 business days. Original transcripts are not required for a pre-assessment but will be required for registration.

  • How is teaching experience determined?

OCT defines one year of teaching experience as 194 days of teaching.

Teaching experience must be verified by the Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent of your school. If you teach in a private school, your teaching experience must be verified by the Ministry Official appointed for your school (i.e., Education Officer).

If your school is not governed by a Superintendent or Ministry Official, the appropriate person to sign the form is the person your principal reports to.

  • What is a Combined Honour Specialist and what are the requirements?

A Combined Honour Specialist is the completion of two separate Honour Specialist courses. To be eligible for a Combined Honour Specialist, you'll need to have 20.0 full-year courses in your undergraduate degree including 14.0 full-year undergraduate level courses across two subject areas, with no less than 6.0 full-year courses in either subject.

Example: 8.0 in History and 6.0 in Math or, 7.0 in History and 7.0 in Math.

You can take the Honour Specialist courses in the same session, or in separate sessions. We will report completion of the Combined Honour Specialist to Ontario College of Teachers once both courses have been successfully completed. An Confirmation of Teaching Experience Form is required for only one of the subject areas.

If you are applying for a Combined Honour Specialist, please email us at cedmail@queensu.ca for more information and assistance.

Course Progress

  • How do online AQ/ABQ courses work?

All of our courses (with the exception of PQP Part 1 and 2) are asynchronous and can be completed without any real-time interaction.

On the first day of your course, your instructor will send a message via our online learning platform called 'onQ', to welcome you to the course. You and your fellow candidates will quickly get to know each other and form an online learning community where you will share ideas, engage in online discussions, and receive individual feedback from your instructor.

Your course will consist of several modules, each with its own due date. During the course, you are not required to be online at a particular time, but your assignments and discussion board tasks will need to be handed in by the established due dates.

When you have completed your course, you will receive a final grade. Within two weeks of the end of the course, the Continuing Teacher Education Office will a confirmation of completion to the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT). Shortly thereafter, you can expect to see an update to your Certificate of Qualifications.

  • How do I drop an online AQ/ABQ Course?

Fill out a quick survey to help us out!


To help us understand how to better serve our candidates, please select your reason for withdrawing.

Please choose a reason.

Please specify.

Are you hoping to take this course at another time?

Please choose an answer.

SubmitSkip

To drop and online AQ/ABQ course: 

  1. Log into your SOLUS account at my.queensu.ca
  2. From the menu on the left, select 'Manage Classes'
  3. Select 'Drop Classes'
  4. Select the course(s) you would like to drop
  5. Click 'Next'
  6. Select 'Drop classes'

A refund will be issued to your credit card within 7-10 business days.

  • How do I access my grades?

Your instructor will provide you with an unofficial final grade at the end of the course. Your official grade will be posted in SOLUS three to four weeks after your course has ended. The Office of Continuing Teacher Education does not send out statements notifying candidates of their grades.

To access SOLUS:

  1. Log into your Queen's portal using your NetID and password
  2. Click on 'SOLUS' in the top right
  3. Under 'Academics' click the drop-down arrow next to 'Other Academic'...
  4. Select 'Grades' and click the double arrows
  5. Select the appropriate term

For security reasons, your name will be omitted in your grade report.

  • How do I get a receipt?

To get a receipt for your AQ/ABQ course:

  1. Log into your Queen's portal using your NetID and password.
  2. Click on 'SOLUS'.
  3. Under 'SOLUS', click on 'SOLUS Student Center'.
  4. Under 'Finances' click on 'Account Inquiry'.
  5. Click on 'Payments'.

Tax Receipts (T2202A)

If you are taking a Fall-Winter course, it, and its' associated tuition will span over two tax years. Therefore, your T2202A will be split in two; half for each year.

Federal T2202A tax forms will be available on February 28th. Follow the instructions below to print off a copy of your T2202A tax receipt:

  1. Log into your Queen's portal using your NetID and password.
  2. Click on 'SOLUS' in panel on the left.
  3. Under 'Finances' click on 'Other Financial'.
  4. Click on 'T2202A Tax Forms'.
  5. Ensure you have pop-up blockers turned off, as your receipt will pop up in a new window.

If you have any questions about your income tuition tax receipt, please contact:

Office of the University Registrar
Records and Services
74 Union St. 1st Floor
Kingston, ON, K7L 3N6

Email: solus@queensu.ca
Tel: (613) 533-6894
Fax: (613) 533-2068

  • How do I change my name with Queens?

To make changes to the legal name we have on file for you, please complete and submit the Name Change Request form.

  • How does the OCT know I've completed my course?

The Continuing Teacher Education Office automatically sends confirmation of successful course completion to the Ontario College of Teachers 2-3 weeks after the course end-date, when all grades for the session have been reviewed and approved. From there, it can take a few days for your Certificate of Qualifications to get updated.

  • How do I get a confirmation letter?

If you require a letter of enrolment please send a request, with your student number, to cedmail@queensu.ca.

Enrolment letters will indicate your course name, start and end dates and amount paid.

Letters of completion will be sent to your Queen's email address, approximately three weeks after the end of your course, once all grades have been uploaded into SOLUS.

Completion letters will indicate your course name, start and end dates, amount paid and final grade. 

For those completing five courses for a Post-Graduate Certificate, this will be sent to your Queen's email address, approximately three weeks after the end of your course, once all grades have been uploaded into SOLUS. You will receive your certificate and letter of completion.

 

Please note that the Office of Continuing Teacher Education & Professional Studies DOES NOT send documents to third parties.

Should you require an official document to be sent directly, you can order an official transcript through the Registrar's Office at www.queensu.ca/registrar/transcripts/ordering.

  • How do I get a refund?

For details about fees and refunds visit our Fees and Refunds page.

  • Why does the fall portion of my fall/winter course show as in progress even though I have completed it?

The fall/winter session crosses both fall and winter terms. The final grade will not be reflected in the fall portion, as the course was still in progress. The final grade will only show in the winter term.

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