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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Special Education - Specialist DCDSB

Course details

Successful completion will be recommended to OCT

Delivery method


Special Education Specialist is open to all elementary or secondary teachers who have a basic qualification in general studies and who wish to deepen further their knowledge regarding students identified as exceptional.

Special Education Specialist extends the knowledge and skills of Part 2 and continues to focus on theory and practice in special education. Critical to the delivery of special education is the ability of teachers to ensure positive learning experiences for students. The Special Education Specialist course provides you with more in-depth information and practice in special education. It also focuses on leadership in the field of special education. The course continues to foster discussion on important issues that culminate in a Practical Leadership Project relevant to teachers.

Micro-credentials for AQ's/ABQ's

NEW! AQ and ABQ courses are now micro-credentials and eligible for OSAP.
What are micro-credentials?

A micro-credential is a digitally-recorded recognition of a small, specific skill. It is a portable communication tool that represents evidence of your skills for employers, educators, and peers. Micro-credentials are created with industry, so you can be assured that the skills you are learning are in demand and current.

Who is eligible for OSAP micro-credentials?

OSAP for Micro-credentials is available for eligible students taking a ministry-approved micro-credential that is less than 12 weeks. To be eligible for OSAP for Micro-credentials, a student must be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or a protected person; and, be a resident of Ontario.

For more information please visit the OSAP website at  

Course information

Fall 2023

Special Education - Specialist DCDSB Online: Monday, September 25 to Friday, December 1, 2023

Term Schedule

Please note - course status decisions will be made one week prior to the course start date if enrollment is not sufficient.  Apply early to avoid cancellation.

Please review the Term Schedule. 


All Additional Basic Qualification (ABQ) courses $725 CDN per ABQ course*
All Additional Qualification (AQ) courses $675 CDN per AQ course*


$100 Ontario Tech University alumni/teacher candidate rebate

All Ontario Tech University alumni and current teacher candidates* are eligible for a $100 CDN rebate for AQ/ABQ courses.


  1. Pay all AQ/ABQ course fees in full at the time of application;
  2. Alumni will be notified by email with instructions to receive the rebate.

*For AQ/ABQ course admission requirements for current Ontario Tech teacher candidates current see the "Admission" > "Ontario Tech University teacher candidates" section under the "Prerequisites, applications & admission" tab.


The AQ/ABQ payment confirmation/signature page at the end of your application on the Additional Qualifications Portal
indicates that you have successfully applied for an AQ/ABQ course. An email confirming course/registration status will be sent after the applicable term's application deadline date (i.e. after applications have been assessed).

All AQ/ABQ courses will run online through Canvas.  Courses which have a live component (Google Meet) will be held on the day/time indicated on the Schedule.

This course may include components such as, but not limited to:

  • Content presentations and/or videos;
  • Hands-on exercises;
  • Case discussions and simulations;
  • Group and individual work (assignments/quizzes);
  • Concept and topic discussions; and
  • Topic reflections.

Those completing any Additional Qualification/Additional Basic Qualification (AQ/ABQ) course(s) are subject to the policies of Ontario Tech University and Continuous Learning. Ontario Tech policies can be found in the Policy Library. Continuous Learning policies can be found in the Regulations section of the Continuous Learning website. Specifically, those completing any AQ/ABQ course(s) are expected to adhere to the General and Additional Qualification/Additional Basic Qualification regulations.

Withdrawals and refunds

If you wish to withdraw from a course after the registration deadline you must complete the AQ/ABQ Withdrawal Form and submit it to by the applicable deadline listed under the "Important dates" tab.

Procedures for refunds will be communicated once the Withdrawal Form has been submitted.

Note: Non-attendance in a course is not equivalent to withdrawal. If you stop attending a course but do not formally withdraw, the course will be graded with an F on your academic record.


The AQ office does not provide course receipts - proof of payment can be obtained from your MyCampus student account.

T2202A tax forms

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What is a T2202A?

T2202A is an official statement for income tax purposes of the tuition and fees paid for qualifying courses that are eligible for a claim on the income tax return. The form is usually available around the third week of February for the tuition and eligible fees paid in the preceding calendar year.

 2. How do I get my T2202A form?

You can print your T2202A from MyCampus T2202A forms are prepared for all students who have paid more than $100 in eligible fees for courses beginning and ending in a particular calendar year. Certain administrative and ancillary fees are not eligible for a tax deduction.

 3. Is the T2202A form mailed to me?

No, the T2202A is not mailed to you. Your T2202A form is available online through your Ontario Tech MyCampus account. You can print your T2202A as often as you like.

 4. How can I obtain my form if MyCampus Account has been disabled?

You can access your MyCampus account from any computer that has a web browser. Once logged in, Instructions for viewing your T2202A form are available. If your MyCampus account has been closed, simply contact IT Services at 905.721.8668 ext. 3333 and select option one to speak to an attendant who will assist you with re-establishing your access. You will need to provide your 9-digit student number.



  • Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) Certificate of Qualification and Registration or Interim Certificate of Qualification from OCT.*
  • OCT Certificate of Qualification.
  • Successful completion of Special Education Part 2, and proof that the qualification is noted on the OCT Certificate of Qualification.
  • Evidence of at least two years of successful teaching experience in Ontario, including at least one school year of experience in Ontario in the subject listed above certified by the appropriate supervisory officer by submitting a Certificate of Teaching Experience

*Exceptions apply for current Ontario Tech University teacher candidates. See the "Admission" > "Ontario Tech University teacher candidates" section below for details.


Application process & requirements
  1. Complete the application form and pay all applicable course fees through the Additional Qualifications Portal.
    • Note: Please confirm the correct course(s) are selected on your application before submission.
  2. Submit the following to by the corresponding application deadline (listed above):
    • A copy of your Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) Certificate of Qualification and Registration or Interim Certificate of Qualification from OCT.



To be admitted to AQ/ABQ courses, you must:

  • Submit an application for the course through the Additional Qualifications Portal;
  • Have successfully completed a Bachelor of Education;
  • Hold a Certificate of Qualification or Interim Certificate of Qualification from the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT);
  • Be in ‘Good Standing’ with OCT; and
  • Meet all other AQ/ABQ course application and prerequisite requirements (listed above).
Ontario Tech University teacher candidates

If you are a current Ontario Tech University teacher candidate, you may be admitted to AQ/ABQ courses prior to membership with the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) if you:

  • Submit an application for the course through the Additional Qualifications Portal;
  • Meet all graduation requirements for the Bachelor of Education program prior to the AQ/ABQ course start date;
  • Have registered with OCT;
  • Have paid your OCT dues; and
  • Meet all other AQ/ABQ course application and prerequisite requirements (listed above).
Technology requirements

Online learning requirements:

  • Computer with Internet access
  • Stable internet or data connection
  • Microphone
  • Webcam
  • Audio device (examples: speakers, headphones/earbuds, headset)
Material requirements

There are no additional materials required for this course. Supplementary materials, such as slide presentations, may be provided at the instructor's discretion.

Course details

Successful completion will be recommended to OCT

Delivery method

Contact information  


Ontario Tech University, North Oshawa location
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa L1G 0C5 

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