Continuing Teacher Education

Continuing Teacher Education in the Faculty of Education at Brock University has been providing Additional Qualification courses for K-12 teachers since 1978.

The AQ courses have been accredited by the Ontario College of Teachers and recognized by participants and school boards as excellent components of teacher professional development. More than 60 AQ and ABQ courses are now available in an online format with more online course offerings in the planning and development stage.

New & featured courses

  • PQP Part 1 (Now online – recently reaccredited to align with new Ministry guidelines)
  • PQP Part 2 (Now online – recently reaccredited to align with new Ministry guidelines)
  • First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Studies, Part 1
  • Health & Physical Education, Primary/Junior, Part 1
  • Visual Arts, Part 1 (coming soon)
  • Construction Technology, grades 9 & 10
  • Hospitality & Tourism, grades 9 & 10
  • Technological Design, grades 9 & 10

Additional Qualifications (AQ)

  • Additional Qualifications are offered in a wide variety of subject and topic areas. These courses deepen practitioners’ knowledge and skills in design and delivery of specific programs. They also support professional practice by preparing teachers for specific roles.
  • For Information about Additional Qualification courses at Brock University, visit the Office of the Registrar’s website.

Additional Basic Qualifications (ABQ)

  • Teachers certified in Ontario are usually qualified to teach in two consecutive divisions: Primary/Junior, Junior/Intermediate or Intermediate/Senior.
  • The underlying purpose of an additional basic qualification course is to extend the skills and knowledge of teachers in the design, delivery and assessment of a program within a particular division.
  • For Information about Additional Basic Qualification courses in Brock University’s Faculty of Education, visit the Office of the Registrar’s website.

Honour Specialist

  • Teachers who enroll in a Honour Specialist Additional Qualification course possess a strong knowledge base in a particular subject area(s).
  • For Information about Honour Specialist courses, please visit the Office of the Registrar’s website.

Technological Education (AQ)

Principal’s Qualification Program (PQP)

The Ontario College of Teachers tells us:

  • Members earn principal qualifications by taking the Principal’s Qualification Program (PQP), Parts I and II. The program is designed to educate future principals to lead and manage efficiently in contexts characterized by change and complexity.
  • Part I is an introductory program that includes course work and the development of a practicum proposal. It is intended for any teacher interested in becoming a school principal and serves as an introduction to the fundamental aspects of leading and managing a school.
  • Part II candidates explore, in more depth, the theoretical and operational aspects of the principal ship. Concepts and issues such as leadership and program planning are the focus of Part II.
  • The Principal’s Qualification program has been designed specifically to provide world-class leadership learning opportunities derived from school board and school cases and situations from across the province.

The Principal’s Qualifications Program is open to teachers with five (5) years teaching experience AND qualifications in three divisions including intermediate and a master’s degree OR two specialists OR one specialist and half a master’s degree.

Upcoming PQP offerings:

  • PQP Part 1 – September 25 to December 1, 2023. Registration deadline: September 20, 2023.
  • PQP Part 2 – September 25 to December 1, 2022. Registration deadline: September 20, 2023.
  • PQP Part 1 – January 15 to March 8, 2024
  • PQP Part 2 – January 15 to March 8, 2024

Please contact Jody Boone, Administrative Coordinator Continuing Teacher Education, at for further online offerings, dates and application.  

Frequently asked questions

Pre-tests/ Equivalencies

A: AQs/ABQs do not have transfer credits or equivalency credits. A student must take a course offered by Brock in order for it to appear on the Brock transcript.


A: For a part 2 course only for the 1st one (part 2) any further part 2 courses it is not necessary.  However every time for a part 3 since the superintendent verifies that the student has one year in the area of specialization being sought.

A: The student will need to show proof of registration and if possible completion of the course. An email confirming registration or proof from the provider showing that they were registered in the course (or screen shot) is acceptable.

A: A Brock University teacher- candidate in their graduating year, may take courses in a special Spring duration at Brock University.

Completion of Course/ OCT recommendations

A: No, the CTE does not provide any documentation following completion of the course. You can find your certificate on the OCT website, or you can contact the registrar’s office for an official transcript.

A: The CTE can provide a letter stating that you are registered in the course, and the duration. The CTE will not speculate as to whether you will successfully complete the course.

A: Brock University will send a recommendation to the OCT only if you have successfully completed the course, do not owe any fees, and do not owe any required documents.

Frequently Used Terms

  • In Service — people who are already teachers and are taking an AQ/ABQ with Brock
  • Pre-Service — undergraduate students in Brock’s teacher education program that are currently taking undergraduate courses at Brock
  • AQ (Additional Qualification) — a one or three-part course designed to provide you with professional development in a specific subject
  • ABQ (Additional Basic Qualification) — is a course designed to certify a teacher to teach in another division

For academic advising please contact:

Jody Boone
Administrative Coordinator

Dr. Tony DiPetta

Zoe Branigan-Pipe
Accreditation Coordinator