The Peel District School Board is pleased to be an approved provider of the Teaching English Language Learners Part 1 Additional Qualification (AQ) Course. This course is accredited with the Ontario College of Teachers. The Peel Board first offered ESL Part 1 beginning in the summer of 2016. The course is now known as Teaching English Language Learners Part 1.
Additional Qualification courses allow teachers to expand their knowledge and skills within divisions and/or subjects in which they are already qualified or to acquire knowledge in new areas. Visit the Ontario College of Teachers for a complete list of courses and additional information.
Registration for Winter 2020 session is open!
Registration deadline is December 20, 2019
What AQs are offered?
Teaching English Language Learners (formerly known as English as a Second Language - Part 1 )
Session: Winter 2020
Tuesdays, January 14 – April 28, 2020 + Online Course Work
Course Dates and Information
Course cost is $650. Peel board employees are offered a discounted course fee of $620. These fees already include a non-refundable* $50 administration fee for all registrants. All course participants will receive a T2202A tax receipt for the course fee.
The Peel District School Board reserves the right to change course fees at any time.
*The administration fee will be refunded only if the course is cancelled by the Peel board.
For admission into Part 1 of a multi-session course or a one-session course
teachers are required to:
Be registered with the Ontario College of Teachers (have a Certificate of Qualification) or hold an interim Certificate of Qualification. A letter of Eligibility does not satisfy this admission requirement.
Hold division certificate where applicable (e.g., Primary, Junior, Intermediate or Senior)
Be in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers
Part 1 courses (of Three-Session Qualification Courses) do not lead to a divisional entry on the Ontario College of Teachers' Certificate of Qualification.
Withdrawals and refunds
The amount of course fees refunded depends on when the Peel Board receives a written notice of withdrawal via an email to Peel.AQ@peelsb.com from the AQ candidate. Never having attended, ceasing to attend, or advising an instructor that you will no longer attend classes does not qualify as official withdrawal and will result in academic and financial penalty.
Refunds for summer courses are offered for registrants that withdraw up to two days (2 days) after the course start date. Refunds are not offered past this date. Where extenuating circumstances arise, petitions must be submitted to the AQ office with supporting documentation prior to the end of the course.
All refunds are made through direct deposit for peel board employees or mailed cheque for non-peel board employees. Please note that refunds can take 4-6 weeks.
Winter 2020 refund schedule
|1 week (5 business days) prior to the course start date||100% (minus $50 administration fee)|
|1 week (5 business days) after the course start date||75% |
|2 weeks (10 business days) after the course start date||25% |
|More than 10 business days after the course start date||No refunds will be offered|
The Peel Board reserves the right to cancel the course in the case of insufficient registration or other extenuating circumstances. Decisions regarding cancellations will be made following the application deadline. In such cases, registrants will be provided with a full refund including the $50 administration fees and will be notified of the cancellation by email.
Weather cancellations for AQ courses follow the Peel District School Board weather cancellation guidelines.
Toll-free: 1-800-668-1146 ext. 2634