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Professional development Program (PDP)

This program provides teachers with opportunities to enhance their teaching skills in order to add to their Basic Qualifications other Qualifications recognized by the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT).

The notion of professional development goes far beyond à la carte programming; all programs and courses are to support your training to the next stage in your career. The Professional Development Program (PDP) offers development activities in a multitude of fields to allow you to develop new skills or update your knowledge.

In a world of rapid change, it is important to offer courses that meet the needs of teachers in the future. It is necessary to integrate the areas of practice that will support, update, and improve the development of transversal skills in various fields.

This vision of professional development, broader than before, will be able to help you acquire skills and expertise while rubbing shoulders with experts in the subject of your choice. This vision is supported by research and the support of the faculty. 

Courses offered by the University of Ottawa Faculty of Education meet the requirements of the Ministry of Education (regulations 298/90 and 176/10). The Faculty of Education is an approved provider by the Ontario College of Teacher. The courses in the PDP are not credited.

Consult the OCT website for more information pertaining to AQ and ABQ. For questions about the Professional Development program (PDP) : [email protected]

Additional Qualification Courses (AQ Courses) are courses that are accredited by the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT). Teachers can take these courses to upgrade and gain qualifications in a certain teaching division or subject area.

The purpose of Additional Basic Qualification (ABQ) courses is to expand your knowledge of program development, delivery, and assessment in a specific division. ABQ courses allow you to advance your teaching skills by adding knowledge of another division or subject to your teaching qualifications.

Important dates for 2022-2023

    • Summer 2022: from July 4 to July 29, 2022
    • Registration: from April 13 to June 17, 2022
    • Deadline to modify your registration: July 7, 2022 
    • Deadline to withdraw from a course with full refund (less administrative fees): July 15, 2022 
    • Fall 2022: from September 12 to December 9, 2022
    • Registration: from July 15 to September 2, 2022
    • Deadline to modify your registration: September 19, 2022 
    • Deadline to withdraw from a course with full refund (less administrative fees): September 23, 2022 

    AQ and ABQ courses offered during the winter session

    • Winter 2023: from January 9 to April 28, 2023
    • Registration: from October 14 to December 15, 2022
    • Deadline to modify your registration: January 16, 2023 
    • Deadline to withdraw from a course with full refund (less administrative fees): January 20, 2023 

    Tuition fees, exemption, withdrawal

    The professional development program is self-funded which means that the fees received for registrations are the only revenue to operate the program. The program receives no government, university, or College of Teachers funds; Therefore, the tuition fee exemptions normally granted by the University of Ottawa do not apply. You are not officially registered until you have submitted all required supporting documents, if any, and paid your tuition. 

    You are not officially enrolled until you have submitted all required documents, if applicable, and paid your tuition fees. 

    Your tuition for this session will be $740.00 dollars per course. (Maximum of 2 courses per session). 

    If the Faculty asks you to take a language proficiency test, you will have to pay an additional fee. If you do not have to take this test, the fees will be those already mentioned above. Language proficiency test: $129.63

    • Monday, May 30, 2022 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
    • Saturday, June 18, 2022 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 


    Information regarding a refund or financial credit; please verify your student accounts. Please note that there will be no refunds after the above dates.

    Faculty regulations, passing grades, supplemental exam

    You can view the faculty regulations. At the Faculty of Education, the passing grade is "C", "C+" for the Hour Specialist AQ course. Any grade lower than "C" constitutes a failing grade in undergraduate and professional development courses (AQ, ABQ).  

    Re-examinations consist of a written exam or additional assignments. If you fail a course, you are entitled to a supplemental examination, for which you must obtain 60%, 65% for the Honour Specialist AQ course, or a grade of "Satisfactory".