If you’re a parent in Ontario with school-aged children, you’ve probably heard of the Ontario College of Teachers, but are you familiar with what exactly they are and what role they play in your child’s education?
The Ontario College of Teachers is more than an education program to prepare teachers in Ontario; they are an excellent resource for Ontario families when it comes to educating our children.
I have always had a great appreciation for teachers. I have a few friends who are teachers so I feel I have a pretty good understanding of the life of a teacher. I know that it’s rewarding work but it comes with a lot of responsibility and it can be hard work! I know that our teachers have worked hard to have the privilege to teach in Ontario schools and that they deal with a lot of different things on the job.
I appreciate the fact that it is teachers who spend more time with my daughter during the week than I do. I feel indebted to them for educating and caring for my child when she is not with me. And I have a great deal of trust and respect for what they do.
This trust and respect comes from the personal relationship we have with Little S’ teachers and her school as a whole but it began before that; it is an unspoken confidence that I have in Ontario’s education system.
ONTARIO COLLEGE OF TEACHERS AND WHAT THEY DO
It is thanks to the Ontario College of Teachers and all that they do that I am able to have this confidence. For example, did you know that you can use the Find a Teacher tool via the Ontario College of Teachers’ website to look up a teacher in Ontario?
Using this tool you can access the College’s public register (a list of all teachers who have been certified to teach in Ontario’s publicly funded schools) to learn the following information as it applies to teachers in Ontario*:
- The teacher’s qualifications
- Date of initial certification
- Status with the College
- Disciplinary history (if applicable)
- Restrictions / teaching limitations (if applicable)
You can also use the Ontario College of Teachers website to learn how teachers are certified in Ontario and in turn are eligible (and continue to be eligible through annual licensing) to teach in our schools. This is great information to be aware of because it gives us the knowledge and confidence that we are placing the skilled professionals in our educational facilities.
There is a long list of other tools and resources available through the Ontario College of Teachers, such as Annual Reports, FAQs, College Council election information to name a few; all of which help to build a knowledge base on how education works in our province. Take a moment to visit www.oct.ca to explore in greater detail.
STAY UP TO DATE ON YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION
The Ontario College of Teachers offers a free, electronic newsletter, The Standard. It’s a great idea to sign up to receive these notifications as they are filled with a wealth of information that helps to support you and your family in Ontario’s education system. You will find information such as:
- College services that help you learn more about teacher qualifications
- How the College works to ensure high standards in education
- Reports on trends in education
- Changes in education legislation
CONNECT WITH ONTARIO COLLEGE OF TEACHERS
Along with the great information found on the oct.ca website, you can also stay connected via their social media outlets:
The Ontario College of Teachers is an excellent resource for parents and caregivers in Ontario. I am really glad that I took the time to educate myself on my child’s education and I know that you will too!
* Deceased teachers are not searchable
This post was generously sponsored by Ontario College of Teachers but the opinions and images are my own. For more information, visit www.oct.ca.