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Continuing Teacher Education

Faculty of Education

Frequently Asked Questions - Ontario

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Q: How do online AQ/ABQ courses work?

On the first day of your course, your instructor will contact you within D2L 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 online AQ/ABQ 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 you will have deadline dates to meet. Although assignment submissions to instructors need to be uploaded by the module's due date, discussion board tasks must be completed within the time frame of the specific module, allowing candidates enough time to read and respond to each other's posts.

When you have completed your online course, you will receive a final grade. Within two weeks of the end of the course, the Office of Continuing Teacher Education will report your successful completion to the OCT to update your Certificate of Qualifications.

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Q: What are the computer requirements for an online course?

To access your online course, you will need a modern browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, which are freely available. Internet Explorer 9+ and Safari 5+ are also supported.

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Q: Can I see what taking an online AQ course at Queen's is like?

Absolutely! Check out our demo course.

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Q: When and how do I access my online course?

You will receive an email a few days prior to the course start date with instructions on how to log in. Once logged in, you will be taken to the Desire2Learn home page. This page displays Faculty of Education news and updates.

To access your course, click on Select a Course on the top-left of the page. This will open a list of your available courses, and selecting one will take you to your course home page.

After you log in you will see welcome messages in the News section. All communication from your instructor takes place inside D2L using internal Email, News, Discussion posts, and/or the Dropbox.

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

Please complete and return a Preassessment 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 preassessment but will be required for registration.

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Q: 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).

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Q: How is teaching experience determined?

OCT defines one year of teaching experience as 194 days.

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.

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Q: 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 must 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 to OCT once both courses have been successfully completed. An experience form is required in only one of the subject areas.

If you are applying for a Combined Honour Specialist please email cedmail@queensu.ca so we assess you appropriately.

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Q: 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 to 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.

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Q: How do I withdraw from an online AQ/ABQ Course?

To drop an online AQ/ABQ course:

  • Log into your Queen's portal using your NetID and password.
  • Click on SOLUS in the top right corner.
  • From the drop-down menu on the left, select Enrollment: Drop and click the double arrows to the right.
  • Select the term your course is in using the radio buttons on the left, and click Continue.
  • Select the course you wish to drop using the radio buttons on the left and click Drop Selected Classes.
  • On the next screen click Finished Dropping to confirm your withdrawal.

A refund will be issued to your credit card within 3-5 business days; you can view our refund schedule here.

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Q: How do I access my grades?

Your instructor will provide you with unofficial notification of your final grade at the end of the course. Your official grade will be posted on the SOLUS system 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:

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

Please note that for security reasons, your name will be omitted in your grade report.

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Q: 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 Office of Continuing Teacher Education 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 above course again, in accordance with the policies and fees in effect at that time.

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Q: How do I get a receipt?

To get a receipt for your AQ/ABQ course:

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

Tax Receipts (T2202A)

If you are taking a Fall-Winter course it will span two tax years. 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:

  • Log into your Queen's portal using your NetID and password.
  • Click on SOLUS in the top right corner.
  • Under Finances click on Other Financial.
  • Click on T2202A Tax Forms.
  • 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
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Q: How do I change my name with Queen's?

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

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