Terms

  • 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

  • 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 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 I withdraw from an online AQ/ABQ Course?

To drop an online AQ/ABQ course:

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

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Terms

  • 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

  • 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 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 I withdraw from an online AQ/ABQ Course?

To drop an online AQ/ABQ course:

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

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.

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