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Providing country-specific information for internationally educated applicants

Classification: Non-Health

Regulatory Body

Ontario College of TEACHERS

Ontario College of TEACHERS


This practice benefits regulators seeking ways to improve how they provide registration information to internationally trained applicants.

The Ontario College of Teachers' (OCT) website has a dedicated area for internationally educated teachers. It includes country-specific information about required documents and acceptable alternatives for more than 200 jurisdictions. For many of these countries, the OCT:

  • provides an overview of the country's educational system
  • describes how it compares to the Ontario's educational system
  • comments on the most common assessment outcomes for credentials obtained from that country

By providing these details, the OCT helps applicants better understand how their qualifications from outside Canada compare to teaching qualifications obtained in Ontario. This information is also useful in explaining how the OCT's registration requirements relate to the practice of the profession.

Value to Regulator

  • Helps to ensure adherence to published criteria, policies and procedures.
  • Helps to accommodate diverse needs of applicants.
  • Helps to improve communication with applicants.
  • Helps to prevent potential for unintended or differential impact on non-traditional applicants.

Value for Applicants

  • Helps applicants better understand the registration process and what to expect.
  • Helps applicants better understand assessment of qualifications process and results of assessment.
  • Helps applicants to understand what to expect to be licensed before coming to Canada.

Duties from Registration Practices Assessment Guides

This practice falls under the following duties from the Registration Practices Assessment Guides:

  • Information for Applicants
  • Transparency

Profession's Membership Size

Large (more than 10,000 members)

Date of publication:

May 31, 2013