Dear fellow teachers,
Centre for Continuing Teacher Education (CTE) at Brock University welcomes you to its Additional Qualification (AQ) program website. This site provides the information regarding the AQ courses we offer, when and where they will be offered, and how to register.
Please note that if this is your first AQ course at Brock University, you will first have to apply to the AQ program through the Office of the Registrar. Once you are admitted and your Brock Student ID Number has been sent to you, you can use that ID number to register through the website for any AQ course for which you plan to apply for. For further information on registration questions, please contact the Registrar’s Office: email@example.com (email) or 905 688 5550 x3052 (phone); 905 988 5488 (fax).
CTE in the Faculty of Education at Brock University has been providing AQ courses for K-12 teachers since 1978. AQ courses have been accredited by the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) and recognized by participants and school boards as excellent components of teacher professional development. Most of our sixty-seven AQ courses are now available in an online format with more online course offerings in the planning and development stage.
All AQ courses offered through CTE at Brock University are regulated by the OCT. The OCT requires that teachers and teacher-candidates meet certain prerequisites prior to enrolling in AQ courses. If you are unsure of the prerequisite requirements for a course, please contact the Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website.
Thank you for your interest in our AQ programs. Here are the contacts for Continuing Education:
For general inquiries (e.g., admission), please contact AQ program office (email@example.com) or the Administrative Coordinator, Jody Boone (firstname.lastname@example.org, 905 688 5550 x3342, WH 174).
For AQ course accreditation, development, and instruction, please contact the Curriculum Coordinator, Randy Hill (email@example.com, 905 688 5550 x5745, WH 176).
For development (e.g., issues, concerns, suggestions), please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org, 905 688 5550 x4729, WH 174).
Welcome and we look forward to seeing you in our AQ courses.
Tony DiPetta, PhD, OCT
Faculty of Education
1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
905 688 5550 x4729
Welch Hall 174
Here’s how you get started with your In-Service/AQ registration.
- If the existing Brock Student Number is from another program (e.g. Undergraduate, Teacher Education or Masters) you cannot register through the web for an Additional Qualifications course until you are admitted to the program. Please complete the Application for Admission. The Brock Student Number will remain the same and providing you know your Student Number, you are usually able to register the day after we receive your application. Your Brock Student Number will be mailed to you once your application is processed.
- If you have taken an In-service (AQ) course with Brock before and know your Brock Student Number, jump ahead to Preparing to Register.
- Complete the Application for Admission.
- You will usually be admitted within one business day of receiving your application. Your Brock Student Number will be assigned and mailed to you one business day after you are admitted.
- Once you receive your Brock Student Number you must use the web registration system to register as this is the only method of registration for all courses including those held in-class. For further instructions proceed to Preparing to Register.
NOTE: You must be admitted to the In-service program and have a Brock Student Number before you can register. If you have not been admitted, please review This is my first course with Brock above.
- Choose your course(s) from the available courses listed on the timetable (links can be found on the left). Note any course restrictions, eligibility prerequisites and required documentation, as outlined on the Program Requirements page.
- Once you have selected a course in which to register, make note of the course name and number e.g. EDUC9F97.
- Proceed to the registration instructions below.
Important Note: You will not receive confirmation from Brock regarding your registration. All of the required information such as session start and end dates and course locations are available on this website. If you have registered in an online course, please refer to the Online Courses section below as you will not be contacted by the Centre for Continuing Teacher Education.
- Once you are registered, send any required documents as noted on the Program Requirements page to the Office of the Registrar, Brock University, St. Catharines, L2S 3A1.
How to register
ACTIVATE YOUR STUDENT PORTAL ACCOUNT
(if you have already activated your student portal account, proceed to Step 2.)
Visit my.brocku.ca and begin with the “I am a New or Returning Student or Alumnus link” Read and follow the instructions on each screen. This process will also provide you with a Brock email account and a Brock computer account. Once you have completed activating your my.brocku.ca account you will receive a message that you have successfully completed the activation process. There will also be a summary of your login ID, your computer account ID and your Brock email address. You may wish to print this page for your records..
LOGIN TO MY.BROCKU.CA
If you are still on the Student Activation Summary page, click on Login (the top right corner of the screen) and then login using your Brock student number and your new password. Alternatively, go to my.brocku.ca and login.
SELECT “REGISTER” AND COMPLETE THE DECLARATION
Once you click on register, you will be brought to the Declaration screen. First, select the session for which you are registering from the drop-down menu. Your first time on the registration system, you must also confirm your program of study. *You must complete each section of the Declaration form before you register. If you have previously completed the form, you will go directly to the Web Registration screen.
*The program of study for students taking AQ courses is: BEd Route II, Additional Qualifications
If you disagree with any information displayed, click the “I disagree” button under the information in question. Once you have answered each section of the Declaration, click the Submit Declaration Form button at the bottom of the screen. You will still be permitted to register if you select “I disagree”.
DISPLAY THE DESIRED COURSE AND REGISTER
Type the course name (e.g. EDUC) and course number (e.g. 9F97) in the appropriate boxes under Show Available (Do Not select day and time) and select Go. A list of all available sections of the course will appear under Available Courses. Click the ADD button for the section you wish to add. Location will be displayed for all courses except those being offered at the St. Catharines campus. For online courses the location is listed as “www”.
Your course additions will show in List of Registered Courses for Current Registration Period and a confirmation message of “You have successfully added (course information)” will display.
TO DROP A COURSE
If you wish to drop a course for which you are registered, Follow steps 2-4 above. At step 5, instead of entering a new course, scroll down to the list of registered courses for current registration period click on the DROP link shown on List of Registered Courses for Current Registration Period. A confirmation message will display to verify the change made and the list of registered courses will be updated.
If you require assistance in how to add a course or drop a course, please use the on-line tutorial available through the HELP menu option on the right side of the menu bar. For more assistance, please refer to the contact page.
Frequently asked questions
You may add, drop or change courses via the web only up to the registration close dates for each session.
After the close dates, changes to registration must be done in writing or via a Course Add/Withdrawal Form to the Office of the Registrar. Students requesting registration after the close date must receive permission from the Director, Continuing Teacher Education and must submit all required documentation and full fee payment (including a $50 late registration fee). Please note, however, that candidates may not be eligible to register after two missed classes.
You will be registered and confirmed in an In-Service (AQ) course(s), when you register via the Web. Your Student ID number and password will be used as your electronic signature to indicate confirmation in a course(s). Unless you formally withdraw by the specified deadline dates, you will remain registered and will be academically and financially responsible for the course(s) in which you have registered.
Due to low enrolments, some courses may be cancelled. Decisions for course cancellations are made in early March for Spring session, beginning of June for Summer session, beginning of September for the Fall session and early December for the Winter session. Candidates are encouraged to register early in order to avoid cancellations.
Candidates who are enrolled in a course that is cancelled will be notified by the Department. Candidates will be dropped automatically from such cancelled courses. Candidates so affected who wish to take another course in which there are still places available must register on the web. A full refund will be processed by the Finance Office. Please direct any inquiries regarding a refund of fees to Brock Central x 3052. Students must submit a request for refund form found here: https://brocku.ca/safa/contact-us/request-a-refund/
Because of minimum enrolment requirements and related factors, Brock University does not guarantee that every section in the on-line timetable will be offered.
Here’s some additional information that might help you through registration.
The regulated system of Additional Basic Qualifications (ABQs) and Additional Qualifications (AQs) is one form of professional learning available to certified teachers. The ABQs/AQs offered through the Continuing Teacher Education at Brock are regulated by legislation and are accredited by the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT). The OCT requires that teachers meet certain prerequisites prior to enrolling in Additional Qualifications courses.
The courses members take that lead to ABQs/AQs reflect the experience and pedagogy of the teaching profession in Ontario. The content of AQ & ABQ courses is based on guidelines developed by the OCT which establish learning expectations, instructional strategies and forms of assessment. To take an ABQ or AQ course you must hold certification to teach in Ontario, depending on the AQ or ABQ you wish to pursue, you may have to meet additional pre-requisites beyond your teaching certification.
It is very important that you keep your address information up to date on Brock’s database. Please use the Student Self Service page in your my.brocku.ca student portal (use the “Student Address” link under the “Student Self Service” heading) to update your address information.
In the past, certified teachers within Ontario may not have completed a Bachelor of Education degree. Continuing Teacher Education recognizes that some of these individuals may wish to further their professional education, and in doing so, acquire a Bachelor of Education (BEd) credential. The Route II Bachelor of Education program is designed to meet the needs of these individuals. You cannot pursue the Route II Bachelor of Education if you ALREADY hold a BEd credential. Candidates entering the program are required to complete a minimum of five Additional Qualifications numbered EDUC 9(alpha)00 or above, of which a minimum of three will be in a specialized area of study. This program is not designed for individuals wishing to complete an initial teacher certification program.
Candidates for admission to the Route II Bachelor of Education program must be certified to teach in Ontario and must hold an undergraduate degree acceptable to Brock University. University regulations require that a copy of a valid OCQ and an official copy of a transcript showing the conferring of an appropriate university degree be submitted to the Office of the Registrar upon initial application.
Candidates entering the program are required to complete a minimum of five courses numbered EDUC 9(alpha)00 or above, of which a minimum of three will be in a specialized area of study. Specialized areas of study may be identified in the course descriptions by sequential titling, e.g. EDUC 9F11 (Teaching French as a Second Language I); EDUC 9F12 (Teaching French as a Second Language II); EDUC 9F13 (Teaching French as a Second Language III).
All Candidates admitted to the program should note:
- Each of the five Additional Qualifications will be recommended separately to the Ontario College of Teachers
- Upon successful completion of the five Additional Qualifications, a Bachelor of Education degree will be conferred by Brock University, however this credential will not be recommended to the Ontario College of Teachers.
- Brock University has been advised that the Qualifications Evaluation Council of Ontario (QECO) normally accepts each course in the Route II Bachelor of Education program as either a university degree or an Ontario College of Teachers course (additional Qualification) depending upon how the individual wishes the course applied. However, Brock University cannot guarantee the applicability of any specific course to QECO insofar as salary evaluation is concerned. Students who have concerns in this regard should contact QECO directly.
If you are applying for the French as a Second Language AQ – Part 1 – you will need to take the FSL Pretest. The FSL Pretest is offered throughout the year online by a third party provider – KnowledgePatch, Inc. KnowledgePatch is not affiliated with Brock but provides FSL and other language Pretest services through their Esprimme Language Proficiency Evaluation tool for a fee of $85 CAD. Once you have completed the pretest, results are sent to Brock for a determination for admission to the FSL AQ Part 1.
Registration for the esprimme FSL Part 1 language proficiency test is accessed by completing the Request a Test online form found at esprimme.com
The $85 fee for the FSL Part 1 Pretest is payable online. Results of the test are automatically sent to Brock University and most AQ providers in Ontario recognize these test results as valid for one year from the date of completion. Upon successful completion of the FSL Pretest you may register for the FSL Part 1 AQ either at Brock or with another AQ provider.
Registration details for the French as a Second Language Part 1 AQ course can be found in the web calendar.
The esprimme FSL Pretest establishes baseline proficiency in French for both oral (i.e., speaking and listening) and written (i.e., reading and composition) French. The testing is done entirely online.
If you are registering for the FSL Part 1 Pretest you will be contacted by email with payment details once your Request a Test form has been processed. You will be enrolled in the test once payment has been confirmed.
Applicants are required to have a head set/speakers and a microphone for their computer in order to complete the speaking and listening components. You are strongly advised to use a desktop/laptop computer to take the test. Because parts of the test use Adobe Flash, you will not be able to use iOS devices such as iPhone and iPad.
Candidates successfully demonstrating an acceptable level of proficiency in all components of the test will be notified by the Administrative Coordinator for Continuing Teacher Education at Brock that they may register for the FSL Part 1 course. Candidates who do not reach the required proficiency level to be considered for admission to the FSL Part 1 AQ can wait 30 days and retake the Pretest at no additional charge. If unsuccessful on the second pretest attempt candidates have an additional 30 day period to undertake remedial or fluency improvement activities after which they can take a third and final Pretest attempt at no additional registration charge. A maximum of three Pretest attempts are allowed with initial registration in the esprimme pretest service in any one year period.
Further information about the Pretest can be found at esprimme.com or by contacting Jody Boone, Administrative Coordinator at email@example.com.
Because of the nature of In-Service (AQ) courses, participation in all sessions is essential.
- Candidates who miss classes may be asked to do make-up assignments. These will be assigned at the discretion of the course Director or Instructor
- Candidates who miss more than two classes may be asked to withdraw from the course or be issued a failing grade. Their status will be fully discussed by the course Director, Instructors and the Director of the Continuing Studies program.
For most courses, candidates will be assessed a print/material/activity fee; this fee varies from course to course and will be assessed upon registration for each course and noted on your fee statement. You will remit this fee with your tuition fee.
Extra Course Time
Spring and Fall/Winter: some Saturdays may be included in the course schedule due to course content requirements set by the Ontario College of Teachers. You will be notified at the beginning of the term.
Please note that course locations are subject to change. You will be notified if a course location changes after you are registered. Please consult the pertinent In-Service (AQ) Timetable available on the Brock website for the most up-to-date information.
Requests for retroactive registration and backdated withdrawal. A backdated withdrawal will be considered upon the receipt of a request which is supported by documentation verifying medical reasons or compassionate grounds.
Documentation must indicate the reason(s) the student was not able to withdraw on the last day for withdrawal or must note the medical reason(s) or compassionate grounds which make it impossible for the course to now be completed. Requests submitted without supporting documentation will not be considered.
Prior to the last day of lectures, a request for retroactive registration will be considered upon the receipt of supporting documentation which outlines the reason(s) why formal registration did not occur, using a Retroactive Registration Form. This documentation must be accompanied by a Course Add/Withdrawal Form signed and dated by the course instructor verifying that the student has been in continuous attendance.
You will not be contacted by the Centre for Continuing Teacher Education once you are web registered for an online course. You must first log onto ISAAK – Brock University’s Sakai based Learning Management System (see links below). The course will go live about 72 hours before the date the session begins. You will not see the course on ISAAK before that time. You cannot begin work on the course itself until the official start date.
Recommendations for Additional Qualifications will be sent to the Ontario College of Teachers at the following times:
- by mid–July for Spring
- by end of August for Summer
- by end of January for Fall (online courses only)
- by end of April for Fall/Winter
- by end of April for Winter
Any students having outstanding accounts with the University will not be recommended to the Ontario College of Teachers until the accounts are cleared. Once the accounts are cleared the student is responsible to contact the Office of the Registrar at extension 3052 to initiate a manual recommendation. Students receiving Incomplete (IN), In Progress (IP) or Deferred Examination (SP) grades will not be recommended until requirements have been met. Manual recommendations are made every 4 to 6 weeks.
In-service students should be advised:
- that personal information as well as information regarding their educational backgrounds will be forwarded to the Ontario College of Teachers for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a record of their education qualifications
- that this collection is authorized by Regulation 176/10 (Teachers’ Qualifications Regulation), Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996
- that inquiries regarding the collection should be directed to the Ontario College of Teachers.
Your Statement of Standing (grade report) will be released at the following times:
- by end of July for Spring
- by end of August for Summer
- by end of April for Fall/Winter
- by end of January for Fall (online courses only)
- by end of April for Winter