Additional Qualifications (AQ)
Additional Qualifications (AQ)
The Royal Conservatory is the exclusive provider of Additional Qualification (AQ) courses in Primary Junior Music with Orff Focus for members of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT), under Regulation 347/02. We meet the rigorous standards for governance outlined by the College and are guided by a distinguished Advisory Panel. These qualifications are added to individual OCT teaching certificates
An AQ is earned by taking courses or programs listed in the Teachers' Qualifications Regulation. The qualification earned by successfully completing a course is listed on your Ontario teaching certificate. Visit the Ontario College of Teachers
website for more information about AQs.
Participants in the Intro, Level I and II courses have the opportunity to complete supplementary components within a flexible schedule to receive credit for the Additional Qualification (AQ) courses Primary /Junior Music – Focus on Orff, Parts 1, 2 and Specialist.
- For AQ in Primary/Junior Vocal Music Part 1, register for Introduction to Orff
- For AQ in Primary/Junior Vocal Music Part 2, register for Orff Level 1
- For AQ in Primary/Junior Vocal Music Specialist, register for Orff Level 2
Frequently Asked Questions About Additional Qualifications Courses (AQ) with Orff Focus
I have the music qualifications to enter Level I Orff. Can I skip the Introduction to Orff and still get credit for AQ parts 1 and 2?
Unfortunately, the College of Teachers does not have a process for recognizing your prior training. You must complete AQ Part 1 if you want to complete your AQs.
I have the music qualifications to enter Level I Orff but I am taking the Introduction to Orff to get AQ part 1. Will I be bored?
The overwhelming consensus from previous participants is that this course provides valuable training for those with prior musical training and/or significant teaching experience. The practical emphasis on creative strategies for the classroom, thoughtful presentation of issues in music education and exciting repertoire drawn from a wide variety of world cultures are valuable to both the novice and the experienced musician.
I took AQ part 1 from another provider. Can I go directly into Orff Level I to complete my AQ part 2?
Yes, providing you have the musical qualifications.
I took AQ parts 1 and 2 from another provider. Can I go directly into Orff Level II to complete my Ontario Music Specialist?
No, you must have Orff Level I in order to take Orff Level II.
How do I pay the additional fee to complete the AQ?
When you register for the Orff course at rcmusic.com/teacher-training, select “register with AQ”. The additional fee is included in your registration.
If you are taking Orff Level I/AQ Part 2 or Orff Level II/Specialist you will also need to provide a teaching experience form signed by a superintendent. This form is available on the AQ registration page and should be emailed to [email protected].
Are there teaching experience pre-requisites for AQs in PJ Music?
There are no prerequisites for AQ Part 1, but you must have taught one year to take AQ Part 2, and 2 years to take AQ Part 3, and have some experience teaching elementary music.
I can’t reach my Superintendent during the summer to sign my experience form. Can I still register for AQ Part 2 or Specialist?
Yes, complete the AQ registration without the experience form. Your AQ completion will be registered once you send in the form in the fall.
Are there additional assignments for those who are doing their AQs?
Yes. You will be asked to complete additional readings and some short culminating assignments over a number of weeks. You submit the documentation online, then advise the AQ Coordinator ([email protected]
) or course evaluator that you have completed all requirements. You will receive feedback and a confirmation of completion from the RCM evaluator.
How and when does the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) register the AQ?
The RCM will submit your completion to the OCT when you have successfully completed all course components; the College will enter the completion on your teaching certificate. This usually takes about 2 months from the time you submit your final assignment. There will be no direct notification to you, but you can check your status at oct.ca
I completed my Orff Levels before they were recognized as AQs. Can I get retroactive credit?
No. However, if you are not A4, you can ask QECO for recognition of AQ equivalency (one AQ for Orff Levels 1 and 2 together, then a second AQ for Level III). This equivalency does not get recorded on your teaching certificate but it does count towards category upgrade.
I am a pre-service teacher (or planning to complete my teaching qualifications in the near future). Can I start, or even complete, my AQ part 1 before I am an OCT?
No, you must have completed your teaching qualifications before you start the AQ course.