A. ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
The Department of Professional Development in Education offers professional development for qualified teachers interested in expanding their knowledge and skills in a particular division or subject or to focus on leadership within a subject area.
1. Additional, Additional Basic, and Honour Specialist Qualifications
The Additional Qualifications category is designed for those students who wish to continue their professional development as classroom teachers.
- Additional Qualification (AQ) courses provide certified teachers with qualifications in specific areas. Some courses lead to a one-session qualification. Others lead to a Part I, Part II, or Specialist qualification. These courses provide opportunities for teachers to expand their skills and knowledge in specific areas.
- Additional Basic Qualification (ABQ) courses provide certified teachers with qualifications in the Primary, Junior, Intermediate or Senior divisions. The focus is on program development, delivery and assessment in specific divisions.
- Honour Specialist Qualification (HSQ) courses provide experienced teachers with specialist qualifications in specific subject areas. The focus in these courses is on curriculum leadership.
Students may take up to 2 FCEs in the fall/winter and 1 FCE each in the spring and in the summer terms. Most of these courses are available fully online.
To be recommended to the College of Teachers for Additional (AQ), Additional Basic (ABQ), and Honour Specialist (HSQ) Qualification courses, students must have:
(a) a general certificate of qualification and registration in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers; and
(b) a recognized postsecondary degree or equivalent.
Students who do not possess teaching qualifications may also take these courses; however, a recomendation to the Ontario College of Teachers will not be provided.
1. Ontario College of Teachers Regulations
All courses may lead to a recommendation for Ontario College of Teachers Additional Qualifications, provided prerequisites, in effect at time of registration, are taken into consideration. It is the candidates' responsibility to acquaint themselves with Ontario Regulation 176/10, or subsequent documents, for further details and clarification regarding this matter.
2. Three-part AQ Prerequisites (as per Ontario Regulation 176/10)
Part I requires a general certificate of qualification and registration (with certain exceptions).
Part II requires successful completion of Part I and one school year of successful teaching experience verified by the signature of the appropriate supervisory officer.
Specialist requires successful completion of Part II and two school years of successful teaching experience, with one of the school years teaching the subject, verified by the signature of the appropriate supervisory officer.
3. Honour Specialist Prerequisites
All Honour Specialist courses have the following prerequisites:
1. 20 full course equivalents - 9 of which must be in the major area with a B average.
2. At least two school years of successful classroom teaching experience, at least one year teaching the subject.
3. Signature of supervisory officer verifying the required teaching experience.
2. Principals' Qualification Program
The Department of Professional Development in Education is deemed to be a qualified provider of the Principals' Qualification Program (PQP) by the Ontario College of Teachers. Courses are offered through a mixed delivery package involving both on-campus and distance delivery. Interested candidates should contact the Department of Professional Development in Education. A full listing of courses and descriptions is maintained on the Professional Development in Education website at: http://education.lakeheadu.ca/pde/PQP.
B. NON-CREDIT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
These offerings are designed for people involved in teaching and learning in both the traditional school classroom and in other roles related to teaching and learning, such as parents who teach their children at home, nurses, coaches, administrators, government employees, business and industry. Courses focus on such topics as teaching and learning strategies in a variety of contexts; however, they also involve a variety of other areas such as leadership training, and ecological and experiential education.
There are no prerequisites to take any of these offerings, and successful completion of these non-credit courses and workshops results in a Certificate of Achievement being awarded and a notation made on the student's non-credit Lakehead University transcript.
1. Teacher Preparation/Educator Workshops
The Department of Professional Development in Education is pleased to offer on-campus workshops to undergraduate BEd students, educators, and interested members of the general public on a wide variety of topics related to teaching and learning. All workshops are highly participatory and interactive, and are facilitiated by skilled professionals who are specialists in the topic being presented. Workshops are offered in the Fall and Winter terms, usually on weekends or in the evenings, to make them accessible to as many people as possible. A full listing of workshops and descriptions is maintained on the Professional Development in Education website at:
2. Non-Credit Professional Development Online Courses
The Department of Professional Development in Education is pleased to offer Online Professional Development Courses for educators and the general public. All courses are offered entirely online, and vary from five to fifteen hours in length. Courses are available year-round on a monthly basis and, once registered, participants have a full month to complete the five-hour courses, and multiple months for the longer courses. This time frame allows students to work on the course according to their personal schedules. A full listing of courses and descriptions is maintained on the Professional Development in Education website at: http://education.lakeheadu.ca/pde/.
C. BACHELOR OF EDUCATION (EXTENSION) DEGREE PROGRAM
The Bachelor of Education (Extension) Degree Program offers courses for certified teachers who wish to qualify for the Bachelor of Education degree through part-time study. The program is designed to accommodate teachers who hold a university degree as well as those who wish to pursue academic and professional studies concurrently.
Normal minimum requirements for admission for the BEd (Extension) program are:
1. a recognized university degree; and
2. (a) a certificate or letter of standing qualifying the applicant to teach in an elementary or secondary school in the province of Ontario; or
(b) professional standing deemed equivalent to the foregoing.
BEd Degree Requirements (Extension Program)
To qualify for the BEd degree, candidates enroled in the Extension programs must:
1. attain passing grades with an overall average of at least 60% in five courses;
2. complete the required course work from the Department of Professional Development at Lakehead University; however, candidates for the BEd Extension Degree may apply for a Letter of Permission to earn one full course equivalent from a university other than Lakehead.