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Recognizing qualifications obtained through distance education

Classification: Non-Health

Regulatory Body

Ontario College of TEACHERS

Ontario College of TEACHERS


This practice may interest regulators seeking ways to inform applicants about their approaches to recognition of distance education programs.

In its Registration Guide, the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) explains that the college may give credit for a portion of a teacher education program done via distance education if it included a face-to-face practicum or if an applicant had one year of teaching experience after he or she was certified.

Providing these details helps applicants or individuals intending to apply, who obtained their credentials through distance education, better understand what to expect.

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.

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