Additional Qualification

ABQ – Primary & Junior

ABQ – Primary & Junior

Boost your skills and qualify to teach the Primary (grades 1-3) or Junior (grades 4-6) division with Primary or Junior basic qualification courses.

Whether you’re expanding your skillset with new teaching and learning skills that apply across ages and grades, or considering any leadership role in education, our selection of primary and junior Additional Basic Qualification (ABQ) courses provide the opportunity to participate in stimulating professional development with inspiring colleagues from around the world.

To take these ABQ courses, you must be registered with the Ontario College of Teachers or hold an interim Certificate of Qualification. Please check each course for specific prerequisites and requirements.

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What You’ll Learn

Focused on educating active, curious and independent primary and junior children, you'll explore contemporary educational issues and program considerations for the various Ontario curriculum areas, and expand your instructional toolbox for the primary or junior classroom with strategies for assessment and planning.  

The supportive, online environment offers convenient and flexible access to learning, with time to read, reflect, respond and develop new skills and knowledge. You’ll work individually and in groups on assignments, presentations and projects. The interactive teaching and learning environment is further enhanced by opportunities to share feedback throughout. 

Qualification Overview

Successful completion is a final grade of C-. Upon successful completion of the course, a recommendation will be sent to the Ontario College of Teachers.

Program Length

3 months

Format

Online

Class Size

Under 30 Learners

Course Duration

125

Effort

Varies

Total Investment

$735

Available Courses

The Junior Basic (Administrator version) ABQ will benefit teachers of all divisions considering any leadership role in education. This engaging course helps a teacher to reconsider and reframe current ideas and classroom practice. Via case studies, links to carefully curated articles, blogs, videos and websites, participation in small group discussion boards and individual relevant and useful tasks, a reflective practitioner will gain insight into junior students, teachers, administrators and effective schools. This course also highlights contemporary educational issues. In a supportive online environment, participants can interact with inspiring colleagues from around the world. This course is fun, challenging and stimulating. It is excellent professional development for anyone wishing to learn new teaching and learning skills that apply across ages and grades. You will discover passions for education you didn't know you had.

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The Junior Basic Additional Qualification course (Teaching the Junior Child) focuses on educating the active, independent junior child in grades 4-6. We begin our exploration with who the junior child is and some key characteristics and pedagogues (e.g. inquiry). We continue by building our instructional toolbox for the junior classroom including strategies for assessment and planning and explore program considerations for the various Ontario curriculum areas. Through conversation, reflection, inquiry and active exploration in a variety of settings (individual, small group, large group), we will build on the understanding we each bring to the learning community and extend our understanding as a collective. The online sections of this course offer convenient, supportive, and flexible access, enabling candidates to take their time to read, reflect, respond and build on their knowledge. Ongoing constructive and supportive feedback to group and individual assignments enhances this interactive teaching and learning environment.

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The Primary Basic Additional Qualification course focuses on educating the active, curious primary child in Kindergarten to grade 3. We begin our exploration with who the primary child is and some key characteristics and pedagogues (e.g. play, inquiry). We continue by building our instructional toolbox for the primary classroom including strategies for assessment and planning and explore program considerations for the various Ontario curriculum areas. Through conversation, reflection, inquiry and active exploration in a variety of settings (individual, small group, large group), we will build on the understanding we each bring to the learning community and extend our understanding as a collective. The online sections of this course offer convenient, supportive, and flexible access, enabling time to read, reflect, respond and develop new skills and knowledge. Candidates work individually and in groups on assignments, presentations and projects. Ongoing constructive and supportive feedback to group and individual assignments enhances this interactive teaching and learning environment.

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Who Should Enroll for these Courses

These courses are designed for teachers who are registered with the Ontario College of Teachers or hold an Interim Certificate of Qualification. Please check specific prerequisites for each course.

Most Commonly Related Occupations

Certified Ontario Teachers

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