Ontario College of Teachers (OCT)

About the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT):

The College  licenses, governs and regulates Ontario’s teaching profession in the public interest. It was created by the Ontario College of Teachers Act to:

  • issue, suspend and revoke teaching certificates
  • set ethical standards and standards of practice
  • investigate and hear complaints about members
  • accredit teacher education programs and courses.

All public school teachers and administrators in Ontario must be certified by us and be members of the College.

OUR COUNCIL

The Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) is governed by a 37-member Council. 23 members are elected by their peers, and 14 are appointed by the provincial government. Members are elected to three-year terms.

Notices of election, calls for nominations and candidate information can be found in Professionally Speaking and on this site during election periods.

OUR LEADERSHIP

Our executive team of the College includes the CEO and Registrar, the Deputy Registrar and four Directors overseeing:

  • Corporate and Council Services
  • Investigations and Hearings
  • Membership Services
  • Standards of Practice and Accreditation.

Meet our leadership and learn more about our organization.

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WHAT WE DO

We inspire public confidence by protecting the public interest. We do this through licensing, accreditation and discipline. Our mandate includes 11 objects, and we are accountable and transparent to the public.

LICENSING QUALIFIED TEACHERS

All public school teachers in Ontario must be certified by and be members in good standing with the College. Members can and should use the designation OCT (Ontario Certified Teacher) after their name. The designation shows the public that a teacher has met the high standards required of Ontario’s teaching profession.

ACCREDITING TEACHER EDUCATION

We accredit teacher education programs in Ontario, including more than 50 full- and part-time programs in 18 faculties.

APPROVING ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION COURSES

We review and approve hundreds of Additional Qualification (AQ) courses. These help teachers stay up-to-date with their practice, expand their skills and meet the challenges of today’s classrooms.

INVESTIGATING AND RESOLVING COMPLAINTS

The College investigates and resolves complaints about members to ensure public confidence that classrooms are safe for students. A three-member panel reviews investigation reports, and a disciplinary panel rules on allegations of misconduct. There are two types of hearings:

  • Disciplinary hearings related to complaints of professional misconduct or incompetence, and their decisions, are public.
  • Hearings related to complaints of a member’s fitness to practice are not public.

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Current Opportunities

  • Associate Decision Editor, Tribunals Unit

    Toronto
    Posted: October 25, 2020
    Deadline to Apply:October 28, 2020

    Reporting to the Tribunals Manager, the successful candidate will provide bilingual legal writing support to members of the Discipline and Fitness to Practise Committees, who conclude more than 100 hearings annually in English and French.

  • Senior Communications Officer

    Toronto
    Posted:
    Deadline to Apply:November 4, 2020

    Reporting to the Manager of Communications, the Senior Communications Officer will develop and implement various communication strategies, plans and tactics, as assigned. He/she will also research, write and edit copy in plain language for various traditional and digital channels, including key messages, talking points, speaking notes, speeches, professional advisories, white papers, scripts, magazine articles, website and intranets, e-newsletters, social media, advertisements, member mailings, and promotional materials.

  • Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

    Toronto
    Posted: October 6, 2020
    Deadline to Apply:October 30, 2020

    The Registrar is the Chief Executive Officer of the College of Teachers (the College) who reports to the Council, and is responsible for the administration of the Ontario College of Teachers Act and its associated regulations. As CEO, the Registrar is also responsible for the financial, human resources and operations of the College.