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Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996

ONTARIO REGULATION 347/02

ACCREDITATION OF TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Consolidation Period: From December 1, 2014 to the e-Laws currency date.

Last amendment: O. Reg. 240/14.

This is the English version of a bilingual regulation.

CONTENTS

PART I
INTERPRETATION

1.

Interpretation

PART II
ACCREDITATION COMMITTEE

2.

Accreditation Committee

3.

Quorum

4.

Vacancy

5.

Duties of Accreditation Committee

6.

Accreditation panel

7.

Duties of accreditation panel

PART III
ACCREDITATION — PROGRAM OF PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

8.

Application of Part

9.

Requirements for accreditation

10.

Application for accreditation

11.

Review of program

12.

Site visit

13.

Report of accreditation panel

14.

Decision of Accreditation Committee

15.

Accreditation period

15.1

Accreditation period, harmonization

15.2

Transitional

16.

Accreditation with condition

17.

Denial of accreditation

18.

Renewal of accreditation

19.

Addition to program

20.

Review, change in circumstances

21.

Review, substantial change in program

22.

Deemed accreditation

PART IV
ACCREDITATION — PROGRAM OF ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION

23.

Application of Part

24.

Requirements for accreditation

24.1

Program for teaching students who are deaf or hard of hearing

24.2

Programs for principal’s qualifications

24.3

Program for the supervisory officer’s qualification

25.

Application for accreditation

26.

Review of program

27.

Registrar’s decision

28.

Accreditation period

29.

Accreditation with condition

29.1

Registrar may monitor and report

30.

Denial of accreditation

31.

Renewal of accreditation

32.

Review, change in circumstances

33.

Review, substantial change in program

34.

Deemed accreditation

PART V
ACCREDITATION APPEALS

35.

Accreditation Appeal Committee

36.

Quorum

37.

Vacancy

38.

Duties of Accreditation Appeal Committee

39.

Appeal panel

39.

Appeal, program of professional education

40.

Duties of appeal panel

40.

Appeal, program of additional qualification

41.

Appeal

41.

Written review

42.

Referral to appeal panel, program of professional education

43.

Hearing

44.

Disposition of appeal

45.

Appeal decision

46.

Application, delay in accreditation decision

Schedule 1

 

PART I
INTERPRETATION

Interpretation

1.  (1)  In this Regulation,

“accredited program” means a program of professional education or a program of additional qualification,

(a) that is accredited under this Regulation, or

(b) that was approved by the College before this Regulation came into force; (“programme agréé”)

“area of study” has the same meaning as in the teachers’ qualifications regulation; (“domaine d’étude”)

“business day” means a day other than Saturday or a holiday; (“jour ouvrable”)

“concurrent program” means,

(a) a program of professional education that is undertaken at the same time as a program leading to an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than education, or

(b) a program of professional education that combines studies in education with studies in other disciplines and leads to a degree in education;

“consecutive program” means a program of professional education that is not a concurrent program; (“programme consécutif”)

“Council” means the Council of the College established under section 4 of the Act; (“conseil”)

“general education” has the same meaning as in the teachers’ qualifications regulation; (“éducation générale”)

“permitted institution” means,

(a) a college, faculty or school of education in Ontario that is part of or affiliated with a university that is authorized to offer degrees under an Act of the Assembly, or

(b) an entity authorized under the Post-secondary Education Choice and Excellence Act, 2000,

(i) to offer a program of professional education leading to a degree, or

(ii) to operate or maintain a university; (“établissement autorisé”)

“program of additional qualification” means a program provided in Ontario that leads to the entry of an additional qualification referred to in Part III of the teachers’ qualifications regulation on the general certificate of qualification and registration of a person who successfully completes the program; (“programme de qualification additionnelle”)

“provider” means, in respect of a program of professional education or a program of additional qualification, the educational institution or other entity that provides the program; (“fournisseur”)

“teachers’ qualifications regulation” means Ontario Regulation 176/10 (Teachers’ Qualifications) made under the Act; (“règlement sur les qualifications requises pour enseigner”)

“technological education” has the same meaning as in the teachers’ qualifications regulation. (“éducation technologique”) O. Reg. 347/02, s. 1 (1); O. Reg. 136/08, s. 1 (1, 2); 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (2); O. Reg. 182/10, s. 2 (1-4); O. Reg. 240/14, s. 1 (1).

(2)  For the purposes of this Regulation, a program of professional education is an educational program provided in Ontario that prepares a person to teach in elementary or secondary schools in Ontario and that satisfies the following requirements:

1. The program leads to the granting of a degree and prepares a person to teach one of the following:

i. The primary and junior divisions, with or without a focus on the teaching of French as a second language.

ii. The junior division, and the intermediate division in a general education subject for grades 7 and 8 listed in Schedule A to the teachers’ qualifications regulation.

iii. The intermediate division and the senior division in two general education subjects listed in Schedule A to the teachers’ qualifications regulation.

iv. Grades 9 and 10 in one technological education subject listed in Schedule B to the teachers’ qualifications regulation, and grades 11 and 12 in the same subject.

Note: On September 1, 2015, paragraph 1 is amended by adding the following subparagraph: (See: O. Reg. 240/14, ss. 1 (2), 11 (1).

v. The intermediate division and the senior division in one general education subject listed in Schedule A to the teachers’ qualifications regulation, and grades 9 and 10 and grades 11 and 12 in one technological education subject listed in Schedule B to the teachers’ qualifications regulation.

2. The program includes,

i. studies in education, including learning and development throughout the primary, junior, intermediate and senior divisions,

ii. teaching methods designed to meet the individual needs of pupils,

iii. the Acts and regulations respecting education,

iv. a review of the curriculum guidelines issued by the Minister relating to all of the divisions and a study of curriculum development, and

v. a minimum of 40 days of practical experience in schools or in other situations approved by the College for observation and practice teaching. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 1 (2); O. Reg. 343/07, s. 1; O. Reg. 136/08, s. 1 (3); O. Reg. 182/10, s. 2 (5, 6).

Note: On September 1, 2015, subparagraph v is revoked and the following substituted: (See: O. Reg. 283/13, ss. 1, 6 (2))

v. a minimum of 80 days of practical experience, appropriate to the format and structure of the program, in schools or in other situations approved by the College for observation and practice teaching.

(3)  Despite subsection (2), a program that satisfies the requirements of paragraph 2 of subsection (2) but not paragraph 1 of that subsection is a program of professional education for the purposes of this Regulation if the program prepares persons,

(a) to teach grades 9 and 10 in one technological education subject listed in Schedule B to the teachers’ qualifications regulation and grades 11 and 12 in the same subject;

(b) to be teachers of students who are deaf or hard of hearing who are entitled to a general certificate of qualification and registration under subsection 11 (3) of the teachers’ qualifications regulation; or

(c) to be teachers of Native languages who are entitled to a general certificate of qualification and registration under subsection 11 (5) of the teachers’ qualifications regulation. O. Reg. 182/10, s. 2 (7).

(4)  Despite subsection (2), a program that satisfies the requirements of subsection (2) but does not lead to a degree is a program of professional education for the purposes of this Regulation if the program prepares persons of First Nation, Métis or Inuit ancestry to be teachers who are entitled to a general certificate of qualification and registration under subsection 11 (4) of the teachers’ qualifications regulation. O. Reg. 182/10, s. 2 (7).

PART II
ACCREDITATION COMMITTEE

Accreditation Committee

2.  (1)  A Committee known in English as the Accreditation Committee and in French as le comité d’agrément is established. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 2 (1).

(2)  The composition of the Accreditation Committee shall be determined as follows:

1. The Committee must have at least nine members, each of whom is appointed by the Council and each of whom is a member of the Council, but not of the Accreditation Appeal Committee.

2. The majority of the members of the Committee must be persons elected to the Council under clause 4 (2) (a) of the Act.

3. At least four members of the Committee must be persons appointed to the Council by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 2 (2).

(3)  A person appointed to the Committee shall continue to be a member of the Committee until the first meeting of the next Council. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 2 (3).

(4)  The Council shall appoint a chair for the Committee from among the members of the Committee. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 2 (4).

(5)  The Committee shall elect a vice-chair from among its members. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 2 (5).

(6)  In the absence of the chair, the vice-chair shall temporarily act as and have all the powers of the chair. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 2 (6).

(7)  In the absence of the chair and vice-chair, the Committee shall elect a person from among its members to temporarily act as and have all the powers of the chair. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 2 (7).

(8)  The chair may vote at meetings of the Committee. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 2 (8).

Quorum

3.  (1)  A quorum of the Accreditation Committee is a majority of its members. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 3 (1).

(2)  Despite subsection (1), a quorum is not constituted unless at least one of the members of the Committee participating in the proceeding is a person appointed to the Council by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 3 (2).

Vacancy

4.  (1)  The seat of a member of the Accreditation Committee becomes vacant if the member dies, resigns from the Committee, resigns from the Council or is disqualified from sitting on the Council. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 4 (1).

(2)  The resignation of a member from the Committee is effective when the resignation is received by the Registrar or the chair of the Committee. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 4 (2); S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

(3)  If the seat of a member of the Committee becomes vacant, the Executive Committee shall, as soon as practicable, appoint a member of the Council to fill the vacancy. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 4 (3).

(4)  In filling a vacancy under this section, the Executive Committee shall ensure that the requirements of subsection 2 (2) are satisfied. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 4 (4).

(5)  Within 10 days of a vacancy, the Registrar shall,

(a) notify the members of the Executive Committee of the vacancy;

(b) provide the members of the Executive Committee with the information they need to fill the vacancy; and

(c) draw the attention of the Executive Committee to its obligation under this section to act expeditiously. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 4 (5); S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

(6)  Subject to subsection (1), a person appointed to the Committee under this section shall hold office until the former member’s term would have expired. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 4 (6).

(7)  A person who is suspended from office as a member of the Council, under subsection 6 (3) of Ontario Regulation 72/97, is suspended from the Committee. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 4 (7).

(8)  A person who is suspended under subsection (7) shall not participate in any meeting or other proceeding of the Committee or of an accreditation panel. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 4 (8).

(9)  If a member’s term of appointment to the Committee ends after the Committee receives a final report under section 13 or 33 from an accreditation panel, but before the Committee issues its decision in respect of the matter that is the subject of the report, the member’s term shall be deemed to continue for the purposes of participating in the decision. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 4 (9).

Duties of Accreditation Committee

5.  The duties of the Accreditation Committee are,

(a) to determine if programs of professional education qualify under this Regulation for accreditation;

(b) to determine if accredited programs of professional education qualify under this Regulation for renewal of accreditation;

(c) to determine, at the direction of the Council and in the circumstances permitted by this Regulation, if accredited programs of professional education and accredited programs of additional qualification continue to qualify under this Regulation for accreditation;

(d) to grant accreditation, with or without conditions, to programs of professional education that qualify under this Regulation for accreditation; and

(e) to carry out any duties assigned to it under Part IV. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 5.

Accreditation panel

6.  (1)  The Accreditation Committee shall establish accreditation panels. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 6 (1).

(2)  Subject to subsection (6), the composition of each accreditation panel shall be determined as follows:

1. The panel must have at least six members, each of whom is appointed to the panel by the Committee.

Note: On September 1, 2015, paragraph 1 is revoked and the following substituted: (See: O. Reg. 240/14, ss. 2 (1), 11 (1).

1. The panel must have at least four members, each of whom is appointed to the panel by the Accreditation Committee.

2. At least three members of the panel must be members of the Council.

Note: On September 1, 2015, paragraph 2 is revoked and the following substituted: (See: O. Reg. 240/14, ss. 2 (1), 11 (1).

2. At least two members of the panel must be members of the Council, at least one of whom must be a member of the Accreditation Committee.

3. At least one member of the panel must be a person appointed to the Council by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

Note: On September 1, 2015, paragraph 3 is revoked and the following substituted: (See: O. Reg. 240/14, ss. 2 (1), 11 (1).

3. Of the members of the panel who are members of the Council, at least one must be a person who was appointed to the Council by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and at least one must be a member of the College who was elected to the Council.

4. At least one member of the panel must be a member of the Accreditation Committee.

Note: On September 1, 2015, paragraph 4 is revoked. (See: O. Reg. 240/14, ss. 2 (1), 11 (1).

5. At least one member of the panel must be a person who is a member of the College, but not a member of the Council.

Note: On September 1, 2015, paragraph 5 is revoked. (See: O. Reg. 240/14, ss. 2 (1), 11 (1).

6. At least one member of the panel must be a person drawn from a roster,

i. that is established for the purposes of this Regulation under the by-laws of the College, and

ii. that includes only persons with expertise or experience in teacher education program evaluation or who are or were educators in a faculty or school of education.

7. At least one member of the panel must be a person nominated by the permitted institution whose program is under review by the panel, unless the institution fails to nominate a person who satisfies the requirements of subsections (4) and (5).

8. If the program under review by the panel is a program described in subsection 1 (3) or (4) or a program that includes a concentrated study described in subparagraph 1 iv of subsection 1 (2), at least one member of the panel must have appropriate expertise in the specialized area of the program.

Note: On September 1, 2015, paragraph 8 is amended by striking out “subparagraph 1 iv” and substituting “subparagraph 1 iv or v”. (See: O. Reg. 240/14, ss. 2 (2), 11 (1).

9. Any one member of the panel may fulfill more than one of the requirements of paragraphs 1 to 8. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 6 (2); O. Reg. 182/10, s. 3.

Note: On September 1, 2015, paragraph 9 is amended by striking out “paragraphs 1 to 8” and substituting “paragraphs 1 to 3 and 6 to 8”. (See: O. Reg. 240/14, ss. 2 (3), 11 (1).

(3)  A permitted institution may nominate up to five persons, other than persons described in subsection (4), to serve as members of an accreditation panel to review a program provided by the institution. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 6 (3).

(4)  The Accreditation Committee shall not appoint a person as a member of an accreditation panel if,

(a) the person is an employee of the permitted institution whose program is under review by the panel; or

(b) the person is under contract to provide personal services to the permitted institution. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 6 (4).

(5)  If the language of instruction of the program to be reviewed by the panel is English or French, the Committee shall appoint to an accreditation panel only persons who are fluent in the language of instruction. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 6 (5).

(6)  The Committee may depart from the requirements of subsection (2) to the extent necessary in order to comply with subsection (5), if the Committee ensures that the panel is composed of at least six persons who otherwise qualify for appointment to the accreditation panel. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 6 (6).

Note: On September 1, 2015, subsection (6) is amended by striking out “six” and substituting “four”. (See: O. Reg. 240/14, ss. 2 (4), 11 (1).

(7)  Every member of an accreditation panel shall comply with such conflict of interest guidelines as the College may establish by by-law. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 6 (7).

(8)  The Committee shall ensure that every member of an accreditation panel receives appropriate training to carry out the functions of the panel under this Regulation, before carrying out the functions. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 6 (8).

(9)  The chair of the Committee shall appoint one of the members of the panel as the chair of the panel. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 6 (9).

(10)  If the term of office of a member of a panel who participates in a review of a program of professional education expires before the panel issues its final report under section 13 or 33, the term of the member shall be deemed to continue for the purposes of participating in the report. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 6 (10).

Note: On September 1, 2015, section 6 is amended by adding the following subsection: (See: O. Reg. 240/14, ss. 2 (5), 11 (1).

(11)  An accreditation panel established before September 1, 2015 with respect to a particular matter shall continue to deal with that matter, provided that the panel continues to meet the composition requirements under subsection (2), as it read on August 31, 2015. O. Reg. 240/14, s. 2 (5).

Duties of accreditation panel

7.  The duties of an accreditation panel are,

(a) to conduct reviews of programs of professional education and programs of additional qualification, on the direction of the Accreditation Committee; and

(b) to act in an advisory role to the Accreditation Committee by,

(i) reporting to the Committee on its findings on reviews of programs of professional education and programs of additional qualification, and

(ii) making recommendations to the Committee with respect to the accreditation of the programs the panel reviews. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 7.

PART III
ACCREDITATION — PROGRAM OF PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

Application of Part

8.  This Part applies in respect of programs of professional education. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 8.

Requirements for accreditation

9.  (1)  A program of professional education may be granted accreditation under this Regulation if the following requirements are satisfied:

1. The provider of the program is a permitted institution.

Note: On September 1, 2015, subsection (1) is amended by adding the following paragraph: (See: O. Reg. 283/13, ss. 2 (1), 6 (2))

1.1 The program is four academic semesters, including the days of practical experience required under subparagraph 2 v of subsection 1 (2).

2. The program has a clearly delineated conceptual framework.

3. The program is consistent with and reflects,

i. the College’s “Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession” and the “Ethical Standards for the Teaching Profession”,

ii. current research in teacher education, and

iii. the integration of theory and practice in teacher education.

Note: On September 1, 2015, paragraph 3 is revoked and the following substituted: (See: O. Reg. 283/13, ss. 2 (2), 6 (2))

3. The design of the program is consistent with and reflects,

i. the College’s “Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession” and “Ethical Standards for the Teaching Profession”,

ii. current research in teacher education, and

iii. the integration of theory and practice in teacher education.

3.1 The program enables students of a program of professional education to acquire knowledge and skills in all of the elements set out in Schedule 1.

4. The program curriculum is current, references the Ontario curriculum, includes the application of current research in teacher education and represents a wide knowledge base in the divisions and components of the program.

5. The course content of the program includes theory, method and foundation courses and makes appropriate provision for the application of theory in practice.

6. The program’s format and structure are appropriate for the course content.

7. Students are assessed and informed of their progress on an ongoing basis throughout the program.

8. The program includes a practicum that satisfies the requirements set out in subparagraph 2 v of subsection 1 (2) and subsection (2).

9. Successful completion of the practicum is a requirement for successful completion of the program.

10. The teaching method courses in the program are appropriate in relation to the divisions to which they relate.

11. The teaching theory and foundation courses in the program include courses on human development and learning and on the legislation and government policies relating to education.

12. The faculty members teaching the program are an appropriate combination of,

i. persons with appropriate academic qualifications,

ii. practitioners with appropriate experience in the field of education, and

iii. persons with appropriate expertise in the divisions and components of the program.

13. The permitted institution maintains adequate internal controls to preserve the integrity of student records relating to the program.

14. The permitted institution is committed to continuous improvement and quality assurance of the program and, if the program is an existing program, has implemented measures demonstrating that commitment.

15. The program has a Teacher Education Advisory Committee or similar body that functions in an advisory or liaison capacity in relation to the program. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 9 (1); O. Reg. 182/10, s. 4 (1, 2).

(2)  The requirements for the practicum portion of the program are as follows:

1. The practicum must include observation and practice teaching in an instructional setting in schools or other situations that use the Ontario curriculum or in situations approved by the College.

2. Revoked: O. Reg. 182/10, s. 4 (3).

3. The practicum enables every student to participate in settings related to each division and at least one of the subject areas of the program that are relevant to the student.

Note: On September 1, 2015, paragraph 3 is revoked and the following substituted: (See: O. Reg. 240/14, ss. 3, 11 (1).

3. The practicum enables every student to participate in settings related to,

i. for students enrolled in a program of professional education described in subparagraph 1 v of subsection 1 (2), the intermediate division and the senior division in the general education subject that is the subject area of the program, and grades 9 and 10 and grades 11 and 12 in the technological education subject that is the subject area of the program, and

ii. for all other students, each division and at least one of the subject areas of the program that are relevant to the student.

4. An experienced teacher supervises the students and assesses their practicum.

5. A faculty member is appointed as an advisor for each student. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 9 (2); O. Reg. 182/10, s. 4 (3).

Application for accreditation

10.  (1)  Before a provider offers a new program of professional education, the provider shall apply to the Accreditation Committee for accreditation of the program and pay the application fee prescribed by the College by by-law. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 10 (1); O. Reg. 182/10, s. 5 (1).

(2)  For the purposes of subsection (1), a provider shall be deemed to offer a new program of professional education if the character, duration or components of a program of professional education are substantially changed. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 10 (2).

(3)  An application under subsection (1) shall include the following:

1. A written self-appraisal report of the program, prepared by the provider, that indicates the ways in which the program satisfies the requirements for accreditation under section 9.

2. Confirmation in a form acceptable to the Accreditation Committee that the provider is a permitted institution.

3. A description of the conceptual framework for the program, including any mission statement, a history of the program and a description of the goals for the program and the means for achieving those goals.

4. Course descriptions for the program.

5. The practicum requirements for the program.

6. Faculty academic profiles.

7. Information on the provider’s governance and accountability structures relating to the program, including the terms of reference of its Teacher Education Advisory Committee or similar body that functions in an advisory or liaison capacity in relation to the program.

8. Details about library and technological resources and physical facilities available to the program.

9. Details about research activities associated with the program.

10. Information on the provider’s policies and procedures for continuous improvement and quality assurance of the program.

10.1 Confirmation that the provider will inform the Registrar, in such manner as the Registrar directs, when a student has successfully completed the program and will provide information on the student’s areas of study in the program.

10.2 Confirmation that the provider will inform the Registrar, in such manner as the Registrar directs, of the particulars of the student’s academic qualifications that are within the knowledge of the provider.

11. Such other information as the Committee may require to determine if the program satisfies the requirements for accreditation under section 9. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 10 (3); O. Reg. 182/10, s. 5 (2).

Review of program

11.  (1)  After receipt of the material required under section 10, the Accreditation Committee shall direct an accreditation panel to conduct a review of the program with respect to the program’s fulfilment of the requirements for accreditation under this Part. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 11 (1).

Note: On September 1, 2015, subsection (1) is revoked and the following substituted: (See: O. Reg. 283/13, ss. 3, 6 (2))

Review of program

(1)  After receipt of the material required under section 10, the Accreditation Committee shall direct an accreditation panel to conduct a review of the program, consistent with accreditation resource guidelines issued by the College to assist the panel in its assessment, with respect to the program’s fulfilment of the requirements for accreditation under this Part. O. Reg. 283/13, s. 3.

(2)  The review by the accreditation panel must include an examination of the following areas:

1. The conceptual framework for the program, including any mission statement of the provider and the history of the program.

2. The course descriptions of the program.

3. The course content of the program to determine if it includes theory, method and foundation courses and makes appropriate provision for the application of theory in practice.

4. The program’s format and structure to determine if they are appropriate for the course content.

5. The practicum requirements of the program and their delivery.

6. The library and technological resources to determine if they are appropriate and accessible to the program’s students and educators.

7. The methods for assessing student achievement in the program and the standards for successful completion of the program.

8. The learning materials for the program.

9. The qualifications and experience of the educators teaching the program.

10. The provider’s institutional policies and procedures that apply to the program. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 11 (2).

(3)  The accreditation panel shall provide an opportunity for the public to make submissions on the quality of the program. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 11 (3).

(4)  In conducting the review of the program, the accreditation panel,

(a) may carry out a site visit;

(b) may require the provider to furnish all reasonably available material and information that the panel considers relevant to the Committee’s determination of whether to grant accreditation to the program;

(c) may interview or invite submissions from members of the public and participate in public forums relating to the quality of the program; and

(d) may interview or invite submissions from alumni of the program or from school boards that have employed alumni of the program, if the program is not a new program. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 11 (4).

Site visit

12.  In any site visit conducted during a review under this Regulation, the persons conducting the site visit may interview,

(a) the dean, director or other head of the program;

(b) personnel responsible for library and technological resources related to the program;

(c) educators and current students of the program, if the program is not a new program; and

(d) members of the teaching and other professional staff of the schools or other facilities who are involved in the practicum components of the program. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 12.

Report of accreditation panel

13.  (1)  Upon completion of its review of a program, the accreditation panel shall prepare a draft report that includes,

(a) the panel’s findings on the review, including descriptions or copies of the documentary and other evidence relied on by the panel in making its findings;

(b) the panel’s recommendations of whether the program qualifies for accreditation; and

(c) the facts and reasons on which the panel’s findings and recommendations are based, in sufficient detail to enable the Accreditation Committee to determine the extent to which the program satisfies the requirements for accreditation and whether it is appropriate for the Committee to impose conditions on the accreditation. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 13 (1).

(2)  The accreditation panel shall submit its draft report to the provider of the program. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 13 (2).

(3)  The provider may comment on the draft report for the purposes of correcting or clarifying factual matters relevant to the accreditation of the program. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 13 (3).

(4)  To be considered by the Accreditation Committee, any comments under subsection (3) must be received by the chair of the accreditation panel on or before the 20th business day after the provider receives the draft report, or such later day as the panel may direct. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 13 (4).

(5)  The accreditation panel shall,

(a) submit its final report and the comments, if any, received from the provider to the Accreditation Committee; and

(b) provide a copy of its final report to the provider. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 13 (5).

Decision of Accreditation Committee

14.  (1)  The Accreditation Committee shall consider the accreditation panel’s final report and the comments of the provider and shall issue a decision,

(a) granting initial accreditation of the program without conditions if the program is a new program and the Committee finds that the program fully satisfies the requirements for accreditation;

(b) granting initial accreditation of the program with one or more conditions if,

(i) the program is a new program,

(ii) the Committee finds that the program substantially satisfies the requirements for accreditation, but does not fully satisfy the requirements for accreditation, and

(iii) it is reasonable for the Committee to believe that the provider will satisfy any conditions the Committee imposes on the accreditation, within the period of time specified in the decision;

(c) granting general accreditation of the program without conditions if,

(i) the program’s period of initial accreditation has ended, and

(ii) the Committee finds that the program fully satisfies the requirements for accreditation;

(d) granting general accreditation of the program with one or more conditions if,

(i) the program’s period of initial accreditation has ended,

(ii) the Committee finds that the program substantially satisfies the requirements for accreditation, but does not fully satisfy the requirements for accreditation, and

(iii) it is reasonable for the Committee to believe that the provider will satisfy any conditions the Committee may impose on the accreditation, within the period of time specified in the decision; or

(e) denying initial or general accreditation of the program if the Committee finds that the program does not substantially satisfy the requirements for accreditation. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 14 (1).

(2)  The decision of the Accreditation Committee must be in writing and must include the reasons for the Committee’s decision and the facts on which the decision is based. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 14 (2).

(3)  The Accreditation Committee shall provide a copy of the decision to the Registrar and the provider. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 14 (3); S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

Accreditation period

15.  (1)  The accreditation period for a program of professional education is determined as follows:

1. The initial accreditation period of a concurrent program is four years or the period of time ending on the graduation of the second class of students enrolled in the program, whichever is the longer period of time.

2. Despite paragraph 1, the initial accreditation period of a concurrent program must not exceed six years.

3. The initial accreditation period of a consecutive program is two years or the period of time ending on the graduation of the second class of students enrolled in the program, whichever is the longer period of time.

4. Despite paragraph 3, the initial accreditation period of a consecutive program must not exceed three years.

5. The general accreditation period of either a consecutive or a concurrent program and each renewal is seven years or such shorter period of time as may be requested by the permitted institution that provides the program or agreed to by the Accreditation Committee and the permitted institution. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 15 (1); O. Reg. 181/09, s. 1 (1).

(2)  Despite subsection (1), the accreditation period of a program shall be deemed to continue until the later of,

(0.a) the day agreed to by the Accreditation Committee and the permitted institution, as long as the day is not later than one year after the current accreditation period or renewal period would otherwise end;

(a) the day a decision is issued under subsection 14 (1), if an application is made for general accreditation or for a renewal of general accreditation of the program and the Accreditation Committee does not issue its decision before the current accreditation period or renewal period would otherwise end;

(b) the day the final disposition is made on any appeal of the Accreditation Committee’s decision in respect of an application for general accreditation or for a renewal of general accreditation, or the day the time limit for commencing an appeal expires, if no appeal is commenced; or

(c) the last day of the period for which accreditation was granted, in the case of a program of professional education provided by a permitted institution that was an accredited program before this Regulation came into force. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 15 (2); O. Reg. 181/09, s. 1 (2).

(3)  For the purposes of this section, a program of professional education that is a concurrent program is deemed to have been a concurrent program as of the date of initial accreditation of the program, despite any changes since that date to the definition of “concurrent program” in subsection 1 (1). O. Reg. 240/14, s. 4.

Accreditation period, harmonization

15.1  (1)  On May 1, 2009, the current general accreditation period of any program that, on or before that day, has been granted general accreditation is deemed to be extended to seven years or such shorter period of time as may be requested by the permitted institution that provides the program or agreed to by the Accreditation Committee and the permitted institution. O. Reg. 181/09, s. 2.

(2)  If, on May 1, 2009, a permitted institution provides more than one program that has been granted general accreditation, then,

(a) despite subsection (1) and paragraph 5 of subsection 15 (1), the current general accreditation period of every such program shall expire on the next earliest expiry date of any such program’s general accreditation period; and

(b) subsequently, the programs shall have the same general accreditation period for every period or renewal. O. Reg. 181/09, s. 2.

(3)  If a permitted institution provides one or more programs that have been granted general accreditation and subsequently, another program of the institution is granted general accreditation, then,

(a) despite paragraph 5 of subsection 15 (1), the first general accreditation period for that program shall expire on the same day that the general accreditation period for the permitted institution’s other program or programs next expires; and

(b) subsequently, the program shall have the same general accreditation period as the other program or programs provided by the permitted institution for every period or renewal. O. Reg. 181/09, s. 2.

(4)  Despite anything in this section, if the accreditation period of a program provided by a permitted institution is deemed to continue under subsection 15 (2) until a day determined under that subsection, and the permitted institution provides more than one program that has been granted general accreditation,

(a) the next accreditation period for that program shall begin on the day a decision is issued by the Accreditation Committee and expire on the same day that the general accreditation period for the permitted institution’s other program or programs next expires; and

(b) subsequently, the program shall have the same general accreditation period as the other program or programs provided by the permitted institution for every period or renewal. O. Reg. 181/09, s. 2.

(5)  If clause (2) (a), (3) (a) or (4) (a) would result in a program having a general accreditation period of less than one year, then for the next general accreditation period, no renewal application or review is required and the program’s accreditation is deemed to be renewed. O. Reg. 181/09, s. 2.

Transitional

15.2  (1)  Where a program of professional education is or was accredited or accredited with conditions, and the expiry date of the accreditation period is after August 31, 2013 but before September 1, 2015, the accreditation period may be extended to a date no more than three years after that expiry date, if the extension is agreed to in writing by the Accreditation Committee and the provider offering the program. O. Reg. 283/13, s. 4.

(2)  A program of professional education that is accredited or accredited with conditions immediately before September 1, 2015 is deemed to remain accredited or accredited with conditions, as the case may be, until the Accreditation Committee reviews the verification report submitted by the provider offering the program under subsection (3) and the Accreditation Committee has issued a decision on the continued accreditation of the program under subsection (5), subject to the Accreditation Committee’s powers under section 16 and sections 18 to 21, and the Accreditation Appeal Committee’s powers under section 44. O. Reg. 283/13, s. 4.

(3)  A provider offering a program of professional education that is accredited, or accredited with conditions, as of September 1, 2015 shall submit a verification report to the Accreditation Committee, in a form approved by the Accreditation Committee, on or before March 1, 2016, verifying that the program meets the accreditation requirements of this Regulation as they will read on September 1, 2015. O. Reg. 283/13, s. 4.

(4)  Modifications made to a program in order to meet the accreditation requirements of this Regulation as they will read on September 1, 2015 are deemed not to constitute a substantial change of the program under subsection 10 (2) or section 21. O. Reg. 283/13, s. 4.

(5)  The Accreditation Committee shall review each verification report submitted under subsection (3) and shall issue a decision,

(a) confirming that the program fully or substantially satisfies the requirements for accreditation and confirming the accredited status, or the accredited status with conditions, as the case may be, of the program;

(b) confirming that the program substantially satisfies the requirements for accreditation and adding conditions for the continued accreditation of the program or changing conditions previously imposed on accreditation; or

(c) revoking accreditation of the program if the Accreditation Committee finds that the program does not substantially satisfy the requirements for accreditation. O. Reg. 283/13, s. 4.

(6)  The decision of the Accreditation Committee under subsection (5) must be in writing and must include the reasons for the Accreditation Committee’s decision and the facts on which the decision is based. O. Reg. 283/13, s. 4.

(7)  The Accreditation Committee shall provide a copy of its decision under subsection (5) to the Registrar and the provider. O. Reg. 283/13, s. 4.

(8)  A decision of the Accreditation Committee under subsection (5) shall not extend the expiry date of a program’s accreditation, but this does not prevent the provider from making a separate application to the Accreditation Committee for an extension. O. Reg. 283/13, s. 4.

Accreditation with condition

16.  (1)  If accreditation is granted to a program with one or more conditions, the dean, director or other head of the program shall,

(a) submit a plan to the Accreditation Committee within six months after receiving the decision, outlining the proposed methods and estimated time for satisfying the conditions; and

(b) report annually to the Accreditation Committee on the progress in satisfying the conditions. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 16 (1).

(2)  If conditions imposed on a grant of initial accreditation or general accreditation are satisfied, the Accreditation Committee may issue an order to modify or remove such conditions as the Committee considers appropriate at the time the order is issued. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 16 (2).

Denial of accreditation

17.  (1)  If the Accreditation Committee issues a decision denying accreditation of a program of professional education, the provider of the program shall notify all persons who apply to enter the program that the program is not accredited by the College. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 17 (1).

(2)  A provider may not reapply for accreditation of a program before the day that is 365 days after the day the final disposition is made on any appeal of the Committee’s decision denying accreditation or the day the time limit for commencing an appeal expires, if no appeal is commenced. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 17 (2).

Renewal of accreditation

18.  (1)  The Registrar shall notify a permitted institution of the date of expiry of the accreditation period of a program not later than 180 days before the end of the accreditation period. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 18 (1); S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

(2)  If the permitted institution wishes to apply for a renewal of accreditation of the program, it shall make an application for renewal of accreditation, before the end of the accreditation period of the program, and submit with the application,

(a) the material described in subsection 10 (3);

(b) information concerning the level of student learning and achievement in the program; and

(c) the renewal fee prescribed by the College by by-law. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 18 (2).

(3)  Subject to subsection (4), sections 11 to 17 apply with necessary modifications in respect of a program of professional education for which an application for renewal of accreditation is submitted. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 18 (3).

(4)  As part of its review of a program on an application for renewal of accreditation of the program, the accreditation panel,

(a) shall carry out a site visit; and

(b) may invite submissions from alumni and current students of the program and from school boards. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 18 (4).

Addition to program

19.  (1)  A permitted institution shall apply to the Accreditation Committee for accreditation and pay the application fee prescribed by the College by by-law before adding to an accredited program,

(a) a new area of study;

(b) a new language of instruction; or

(c) a new component to prepare persons to be teachers described in subsection 1 (3) or (4). O. Reg. 347/02, s. 19 (1); O. Reg. 182/10, s. 6.

(2)  The Accreditation Committee shall direct an accreditation panel to conduct a review of the proposed addition to the program. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 19 (2).

(3)  Sections 11 to 14 and 16 apply with necessary modifications in respect of the review by the accreditation panel and the decision of the Accreditation Committee of whether to grant accreditation of the proposed addition to the program. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 19 (3).

(4)  The accreditation period for an addition to an accredited program of professional education expires at the same time as the accreditation period of the program. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 19 (4).

(5)  If the Accreditation Committee does not grant accreditation of the addition to the program and the permitted institution provides the proposed addition as part of its program of professional education, the permitted institution shall notify all persons who apply to enter the program that the addition to the program is not accredited by the College. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 19 (5).

Review, change in circumstances

20.  (1)  The Council shall notify the Accreditation Committee and the provider of a program if the Council has reason to believe,

(a) that the provider of the program has lost its professional accreditation as an educational institution in a jurisdiction in which it operates or has ceased to be a permitted institution;

(b) that the legal authority of the provider to operate the program is suspended or revoked; or

(c) that the provider of a program has ceased to provide the program. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 20 (1); O. Reg. 182/10, s. 7.

(2)  On receipt of a notice under subsection (1), the Accreditation Committee shall determine if the event described in the notice has occurred. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 20 (2).

(3)  If the Accreditation Committee determines that an event described in clause (1) (a) or (b) has occurred, the Committee shall issue an order to revoke the accreditation of all programs of professional education and programs of additional qualification provided by the provider. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 20 (3).

(4)  If the Accreditation Committee determines that the provider of the program has ceased to provide the program, the Committee shall issue an order to revoke the accreditation of the program. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 20 (4).

Review, substantial change in program

21.  (1)  If the Council has reason to believe that a permitted institution has substantially changed the character, duration or components of a program, the Council shall notify the Accreditation Committee and the permitted institution. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 21 (1).

(2)  On receipt of a notice under subsection (1), the Accreditation Committee shall conduct a review of the program or direct an accreditation panel to conduct the review to determine if the program continues to qualify for accreditation under this Part. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 21 (2).

(3)  On the review of the program,

(a) sections 11 and 12 apply with necessary modifications if the review is conducted by the Accreditation Committee; or

(b) sections 11 to 13 apply with necessary modifications, if the review is conducted by an accreditation panel, and the Accreditation Committee shall consider the accreditation panel’s final report and the comments of the provider of the program before issuing its decision. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 21 (3).

(4)  The Accreditation Committee shall issue its decision in writing following the review of the program and shall include its reasons for the decision and the facts on which the decision is based. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 21 (4).

(5)  The Accreditation Committee shall provide a copy of its decision to the Registrar and the provider of the program. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 21 (5); S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

(6)  The Accreditation Committee may issue an order,

(a) to revoke the accreditation of a program of professional education if the Committee’s decision is that the program no longer qualifies for accreditation under this Part; or

(b) to add conditions for the continuing accreditation of the program or to change conditions previously imposed on accreditation. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 21 (5).

Deemed accreditation

22.  (1)  If no application is made for renewal of accreditation of a program, the program shall be deemed to be an accredited program for all students who are enrolled in the program on the last day of the accreditation period. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 22 (1).

(2)  Despite a decision of the Accreditation Committee denying or revoking accreditation of a program, the program shall be deemed to be an accredited program for all students who are enrolled in the program or have completed the program at the time the decision is issued, if the program was an accredited program at the time the students began the program. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 22 (2).

PART IV
ACCREDITATION — PROGRAM OF ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION

Application of Part

23.  This Part applies with respect to the accreditation of programs of additional qualification. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 23.

Requirements for accreditation

24.  A program of additional qualification may be granted accreditation under this Regulation if the following requirements are satisfied:

1. The program content and expected achievement of persons enrolled in the program match the skills and knowledge reflected in the College’s “Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession” and the “Ethical Standards for the Teaching Profession” and in the program guidelines issued by the College.

2. The program satisfies the requirements of the teachers’ qualifications regulation for entry of an additional qualification on the general certificate of qualification and registration of a person who successfully completes the program.

3. The program curriculum is current, references the Ontario curriculum, relevant legislation and government policies and represents a wide knowledge base in the program’s area of study.

4. The course content of the program makes appropriate provision for the application of theory in practice.

5. The program’s format and structure are appropriate for the course content of the program.

5.1 The program consists of a minimum of 125 hours of work acceptable to the Registrar.

6. There is clear identification of the goals of the program, with a formal testing or assessment mechanism to determine the level of successful completion of the program.

7. The majority of the educators teaching the program have Ontario teaching experience relevant to the program.

8. The provider maintains adequate internal controls to preserve the integrity of student records relating to the program.

9. The provider is committed to continuous improvement and quality assurance of the program and, if the program is an existing program, has implemented measures demonstrating that commitment. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 24; 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (2); O. Reg. 182/10, s. 8.

Program for teaching students who are deaf or hard of hearing

24.1  A program leading to an additional qualification for Teaching Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing — ASL/LSQ Communication or for Teaching Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing — Aural and Oral Communication may be granted accreditation under this Regulation if the following requirements are satisfied, in addition to the requirements set out in section 24:

Note: On September 1, 2015, section 24.1 is amended by striking out “for Teaching Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing — ASL/LSQ Communication” in the portion before paragraph 1 and substituting “for Teaching Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing — American Sign Language (ASL), for Teaching Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing — Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ)”. (See: O. Reg. 240/14, ss. 5 (1), 11 (1).

1. The program is two academic semesters in duration.

2. The program has the same core curriculum for both qualifications.

Note: On September 1, 2015, paragraph 2 is revoked and the following substituted: (See: O. Reg. 240/14, ss. 5 (2), 11 (1).

2. The program has the same core curriculum for each qualification.

3. The program has additional course content in,

i. communication in American Sign Language or Langue des signes québécoise, for a program leading to a qualification for Teaching Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing — ASL/LSQ Communication, or

ii. aural and oral communication with students who are deaf or hard of hearing, for a program leading to a qualification for Teaching Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing — Aural and Oral Communication.

Note: On September 1, 2015, paragraph 3 is revoked and the following substituted: (See: O. Reg. 240/14, ss. 5 (2), 11 (1).

3. The program has additional course content in,

i. communication in American Sign Language, for a program leading to a qualification for Teaching Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing — American Sign Language (ASL),

ii. communication in Langue des signes québécoise, for a program leading to a qualification for Teaching Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing — Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ), or

iii. aural and oral communication with students who are deaf or hard of hearing, for a program leading to a qualification for Teaching Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing — Aural and Oral Communication.

4. The program includes a practicum acceptable to the College in teaching students who are deaf or hard of hearing. O. Reg. 182/10, s. 9.

Programs for principal’s qualifications

24.2  (1)  A program leading to a part 1 principal’s qualification may be granted accreditation under this Regulation if the program,

(a) satisfies the requirements set out in section 24; and

(b) consists of at least 125 hours of work acceptable to the Registrar. O. Reg. 182/10, s. 9.

(2)  A program leading to a part 2 principal’s qualification may be granted accreditation under this Regulation if the program,

(a) satisfies the requirements set out in section 24;

(b) consists of at least 125 hours of work acceptable to the Registrar; and

(c) requires successful completion of a leadership practicum acceptable to the Registrar as a condition for successful completion of the program. O. Reg. 182/10, s. 9.

(3)  A leadership practicum referred to in clause (2) (c) or any part of such a practicum may be undertaken at the same time as a program leading to a part 1 or part 2 principal’s qualification or in the period between the programs. O. Reg. 182/10, s. 9.

Program for the supervisory officer’s qualification

24.3  A program leading to the supervisory officer’s qualification may be granted accreditation under this Regulation if the following requirements are satisfied, in addition to the requirements set out in section 24:

1. The program consists of,

i. four instructional modules, each consisting of at least 50 hours of instruction, and

ii. one module consisting of at least 50 hours of practical experience in the workplace.

2. The instructional modules provide instruction that, in the opinion of the Registrar, is relevant to the position of supervisory officer in the following subjects:

i. Statutes, regulations and government policies affecting education in Ontario.

ii. Curriculum guidelines and other reference material pertaining to elementary and secondary education in Ontario.

3. The program includes study of theories and practices of supervision, administration and business organization. O. Reg. 182/10, s. 9.

Application for accreditation

25.  (1)  Before a provider offers a new program of additional qualification, it shall apply to the Registrar for accreditation of the program and pay the application fee prescribed by the College by by-law. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 25 (1); S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

(2)  For the purposes of subsection (1), a provider shall be deemed to offer a new program of additional qualification if it substantially changes the character, duration or components of a program of additional qualification previously provided. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 25 (2).

(3)  An application under subsection (1) shall include the following:

1. A written self-appraisal report of the program, prepared by the provider, that indicates the ways in which the program satisfies the requirements for accreditation.

2. Information on the provider’s governance and accountability structures relating to the program, including the terms of reference of its Teacher Education Advisory Committee or similar body that functions in an advisory or liaison capacity in relation to the program.

2.1 Confirmation that the provider will inform the Registrar, in such manner as the Registrar directs, when a student has successfully completed the program.

2.2 Confirmation that the provider will inform the Registrar, in such manner as the Registrar directs, of the particulars of the qualifications held by the student that led to the student’s admission to the program.

3. Such other information as the Registrar may require to determine if the program satisfies the requirements for accreditation. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 25 (3); S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1); O. Reg. 182/10, s. 10.

Review of program

26.  (1)  After receipt of the material required under section 25, the Registrar shall conduct a review of the program to determine if it satisfies the requirements for accreditation under section 24. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 26 (1); S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

(2)  The review of the program must include an examination of the following areas:

1. The course description of the program.

2. The course content of the program to determine if it makes appropriate provision for the application of theory in practice.

3. The methods for assessing student achievement in the program and the standards for successful completion of the program.

4. The learning materials for the program.

5. The qualifications and experience of the educators teaching the program. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 26 (2).

(3)  In conducting the review of a program, the Registrar may require the provider to provide all reasonably available material and information that the Registrar considers relevant in the determination of whether to grant accreditation to the program. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 26 (3); S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

Registrar’s decision

27.  (1)  Upon completion of the review of a program of additional qualification, the Registrar shall issue a decision,

(a) granting accreditation of the program without conditions if the Registrar finds that the program fully satisfies the requirements for accreditation;

(b) granting accreditation of the program with one or more conditions if,

(i) the Registrar finds that the program substantially satisfies the requirements for accreditation, but does not fully satisfy the requirements for accreditation, and

(ii) it is reasonable for the Registrar to believe that the provider will satisfy any conditions the Registrar may impose on the accreditation, within the period of time specified in the decision; or

(c) denying accreditation of the program if the Registrar finds that the program does not substantially satisfy the requirements for accreditation. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 27 (1); S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

(2)  The Registrar’s decision must be in writing and must include,

(a) the Registrar’s findings on the review, including descriptions or copies of the documentary and other evidence relied on by the Registrar in making the findings; and

(b) the facts and reasons on which the Registrar’s decision is based. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 27 (2); S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

(3)  The Registrar shall provide a copy of his or her decision to the provider whose program is the subject of the decision. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 27 (3); S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

Accreditation period

28.  (1)  The accreditation period for a program of additional qualification shall be determined by the Registrar and shall be at least 180 days but not more than five years. O. Reg. 181/09, s. 3 (1); S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

(2)  Despite subsection (1), the accreditation period of a program shall be deemed to continue until the later of,

(0.a) the day agreed to by the Registrar and the provider, as long as the day is not later than one year after the current accreditation period or renewal period would otherwise end;

(a) the day the decision is issued, if an application is made for renewal of accreditation of the program and the Registrar does not issue a decision before the current accreditation period or renewal period would otherwise end;

(b) the day the final disposition is made on any appeal of the Registrar’s decision in respect of an application for renewal of accreditation, or the day the time limit for commencing an appeal expires, if no appeal is commenced; or

(c) the last day of the period for which accreditation was granted, if the program was an accredited program before this Regulation came into force. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 28 (2); O. Reg. 181/09, s. 3 (2); S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

Accreditation with condition

29.  (1)  If accreditation is granted to a program with one or more conditions, the dean, director or other head of the program shall,

(a) submit a plan to the Registrar within 40 business days after receiving the decision, outlining the proposed methods and estimated time for satisfying one or more of the conditions; and

(b) report to the Registrar on the progress in satisfying the conditions at such times and in such manner as the Registrar directs. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 29 (1); S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

(2)  If any of the conditions imposed on a grant of accreditation are satisfied, the Registrar may issue an order to modify or remove such conditions as the Registrar considers appropriate at the time the order is issued. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 29 (2); S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

Registrar may monitor and report

29.1  (1)  The Registrar may monitor a program accredited under section 27 for the purpose of assessing whether the requirements for accreditation continue to be satisfied, and if as a result of the monitoring the Registrar has reason to believe that a requirement is no longer being satisfied and that it cannot be satisfied, he or she shall promptly report the matter to the Council. O. Reg. 181/09, s. 4; S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

(2)  The Registrar may monitor a program for which accreditation was granted with one or more conditions under section 27 for the purpose of assessing the provider’s progress in satisfying the conditions, and if as a result of the monitoring the Registrar has reason to believe that a condition has not been or cannot be satisfied, he or she shall promptly report the matter to the Council. O. Reg. 181/09, s. 4; S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

(3)  Before reporting a matter to the Council under subsection (1) or (2), the Registrar shall discuss the matter with the provider and shall take into consideration any steps taken or proposed to be taken by the provider to satisfy a requirement or condition. O. Reg. 181/09, s. 4; S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

Denial of accreditation

30.  (1)  If the Registrar, or the Accreditation Committee under section 32, issues a decision denying accreditation of a program of additional qualification, the provider of the program shall notify all persons who apply to enter the program that the program is not accredited by the College. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 30 (1); S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

(2)  A provider may not reapply for accreditation of a program before the day that is 365 days after the day the final disposition is made on any appeal of the decision denying accreditation or the day the time limit for commencing an appeal expires, if no appeal is commenced. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 30 (2).

Renewal of accreditation

31.  (1)  The Registrar shall notify a provider of a program of the date of expiry of the accreditation period of the program not later than 180 days before the end of the accreditation period. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 31 (1); S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

(2)  If the provider wishes to renew the accreditation of the program, it shall, within 15 business days of receiving the notice under subsection (1), submit the name of the program to the Registrar. O. Reg. 181/09, s. 5; S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

(3)  The Registrar shall, at his or her option, review,

(a) every program identified under subsection (2); or

(b) a sample of the programs identified under subsection (2). O. Reg. 181/09, s. 5; S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

(4)  Within 15 business days of receiving the name of a program under subsection (2), the Registrar shall inform the provider,

(a) whether he or she has chosen to review the program; and

(b) if the Registrar has chosen to review a sample of programs, which programs are included in the sample and which programs the sample represents. O. Reg. 181/09, s. 5; S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

(5)  For each program chosen for review under subsection (4), the provider shall, before the end of the program’s accreditation period, apply for the renewal of the program’s accreditation by submitting the renewal fee prescribed by the College by by-law and,

(a) the documents described in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of subsection 25 (3), if the provider has experienced a change in the governance and accountability structures relating to the program; or

(b) the documents described in paragraphs 1 and 3 of subsection 25 (3), if the provider has not experienced a change in the governance and accountability structures relating to the program. O. Reg. 181/09, s. 5.

(6)  If the Registrar chooses to review a sample of programs, the applications for the programs included in the sample are deemed to be the applications for all the programs that the sample represents. O. Reg. 181/09, s. 5; S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

(7)  A review of a sample of programs shall include a review of at least 25 per cent of the programs from each Schedule set out in the teachers’ qualifications regulation made under the Act that the sample represents. O. Reg. 181/09, s. 5; O. Reg. 182/10, s. 11.

(8)  If the Registrar chooses to review a sample of programs and determines that a program does not fully satisfy the requirements for accreditation, the Registrar may choose additional programs for review, and for each program chosen the provider shall submit the renewal fee prescribed by the College by by-law and the information specified in subsection (5). O. Reg. 181/09, s. 5; S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

(9)  Upon completing a review of a sample of programs, the Registrar may renew the accreditation of all, some or none of the programs that the sample represents. O. Reg. 181/09, s. 5; S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

(10)  Sections 26 to 30 apply with necessary modifications in respect of a program of additional qualification that the Registrar reviews under this section. O. Reg. 181/09, s. 5; S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

Review, change in circumstances

32.  (1)  The Council shall notify the Accreditation Committee and the provider of a program if the Council has reason to believe,

(a) that the provider of the program has lost its professional accreditation as an educational institution in a jurisdiction in which it operates;

(b) that the legal authority of the provider to operate the program is suspended or revoked; or

(c) that the provider has ceased to provide the program. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 32 (1); O. Reg. 182/10, s. 12.

(2)  On receipt of a notice under subsection (1), the Accreditation Committee shall determine if the event described in the notice has occurred. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 32 (2).

(3)  If the Accreditation Committee determines that an event described in clause (1) (a) or (b) has occurred, the Committee shall issue an order to revoke the accreditation of all programs of professional education and programs of additional qualification provided by the provider. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 32 (3).

(4)  If the Accreditation Committee determines that the provider of the program has ceased to provide the program, the Committee shall issue an order to revoke the accreditation of the program. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 32 (4).

Review, substantial change in program

33.  (1)  The Council shall notify the Accreditation Committee and the provider of a program if the Council has reason to believe that,

(a) a provider has substantially changed the character, duration or components of the program;

(b) the program no longer meets the accreditation requirements; or

(c) the program has failed to meet a condition imposed on its grant of accreditation. O. Reg. 181/09, s. 6.

(2)  On receipt of a notice under subsection (1), the Accreditation Committee shall conduct a review of the program in accordance with section 26 or direct an accreditation panel to conduct the review to determine if the program continues to qualify for accreditation under this Part. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 33 (2).

(3)  If the review is conducted by an accreditation panel, section 13 applies with necessary modifications and the Accreditation Committee shall consider the accreditation panel’s final report and the comments of the provider of the program before issuing its decision to confirm or deny accreditation of the program and determining whether to impose conditions on accreditation. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 33 (3).

(4)  The Accreditation Committee shall issue its decision in writing and shall include in the decision the reasons for the Committee’s decision and the facts on which the decision is based. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 33 (4).

(5)  The Accreditation Committee shall provide a copy of the decision to the Registrar and the provider of the program. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 33 (5); S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

(6)  The Registrar shall issue an order to revoke the accreditation of a program of additional qualification if the Accreditation Committee issues a decision denying accreditation of the program after the review required under this section. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 33 (6); S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

Deemed accreditation

34.  (1)  If no application is made for renewal of accreditation of a program, the program shall be deemed to be an accredited program for all students who are enrolled in the program on the last day of the accreditation period. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 34 (1).

(2)  Despite a decision denying or revoking accreditation of a program, the program shall be deemed to be an accredited program for all students who are enrolled in the program or who have completed the program at the time the decision is issued, if the program was an accredited program at the time the students began the program. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 34 (2).

PART V
ACCREDITATION APPEALS

Accreditation Appeal Committee

35.  (1)  A Committee known in English as the Accreditation Appeal Committee and in French as le comité d’appel des decisions d’agrément is established. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 35 (1).

(2)  The composition of the Committee shall be determined as follows:

1. The Committee must have at least five members, each of whom is appointed by the Council and each of whom is a member of the Council but not a member of the Accreditation Committee.

2. The majority of the members of the Committee must be persons elected to the Council under clause 4 (2) (a) of the Act.

3. At least two members of the Committee must be persons appointed to the Council by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 35 (2).

(3)  A person appointed to the Committee shall continue to be a member of the Committee until the first meeting of the next Council. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 35 (3).

(4)  The Council shall appoint a chair for the Committee from among the members of the Committee. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 35 (4).

(5)  The Committee shall elect a vice-chair from among its members. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 35 (5).

(6)  In the absence of the chair, the vice-chair shall temporarily act as and have all the powers of the chair. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 35 (6).

(7)  In the absence of the chair and vice-chair, the Committee shall elect a person from among its members to temporarily act as and have all the powers of the chair. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 35 (7).

(8)  The chair may vote at meetings of the Committee. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 35 (8).

Quorum

36.  (1)  A quorum of the Accreditation Appeal Committee is a majority of its members. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 36 (1).

(2)  Despite subsection (1), a quorum is not constituted unless at least one of the members of the Committee participating in the proceeding is a person appointed to the Council by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 36 (2).

Vacancy

37.  (1)  The seat of a member of the Accreditation Appeal Committee becomes vacant if the member dies, resigns from the Committee, resigns from the Council or is disqualified from sitting on the Council. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 37 (1).

(2)  The resignation of a member from the Committee is effective when the resignation is received by the Registrar or the chair of the Committee. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 37 (2); S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

(3)  If the seat of a member of the Committee becomes vacant, the Executive Committee shall, as soon as practicable, appoint a member of the Council to fill the vacancy. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 37 (3).

(4)  In filling a vacancy under this section, the Executive Committee shall ensure that the requirements of subsection 35 (2) are satisfied. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 37 (4).

(5)  Within 10 days of a vacancy, the Registrar shall,

(a) notify the members of the Executive Committee of the vacancy;

(b) provide the members of the Executive Committee with the information they need to fill the vacancy; and

(c) draw the attention of the Executive Committee to its obligation under this section to act expeditiously. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 37 (5); S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

(6)  Subject to subsection (1), a person appointed to the Committee under this section shall hold office until the former member’s term would have expired. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 37 (6).

(7)  A person who is suspended from office as a member of the Council, under subsection 6 (3) of Ontario Regulation 72/97, is suspended from the Committee. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 37 (7).

(8)  A person who is suspended under subsection (7) shall not participate in any meeting or other proceeding of the Committee or of an appeal panel under this Regulation. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 37 (8).

Note: On September 1, 2015, subsection (8) is amended by striking out “or of an appeal panel”. (See: O. Reg. 240/14, ss. 6, 11 (1).

(9)  If a member’s term of appointment to the Committee ends during a proceeding but before the Committee issues its decision in respect of the matter, the member’s term shall be deemed to continue for the purposes of participating in the decision. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 37 (9).

Duties of Accreditation Appeal Committee

38.  The duties of the Accreditation Appeal Committee are to,

(a) decide appeals of decisions issued by the Accreditation Committee in respect of programs of professional education; and

(b) decide appeals of decisions issued by the Registrar or the Accreditation Committee in respect of programs of additional qualification. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 38; S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

Appeal panel

39.  (1)  The Accreditation Appeal Committee may establish appeal panels. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 39 (1).

(2)  Subject to subsection (5), the composition of each appeal panel shall be determined as follows:

1. The panel must have at least three members, each of whom is appointed to the panel by the Accreditation Appeal Committee.

2. At least one member of the panel must be a member of the Accreditation Appeal Committee who was appointed to the Council by the Lieutenant Governor.

3. At least one member of the panel must be a member of the Accreditation Appeal Committee who was elected to the Council under clause 4 (2) (a) of the Act.

4. At least one member of the panel must be drawn from the roster described in paragraph 6 of subsection 6 (2).

5. If the program under review by the panel is a program described in subsection 1 (3) or (4) or a program that includes a concentrated study described in subparagraph 1 iv of subsection 1 (2), at least one member of the panel must have appropriate expertise in the specialized area of the program. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 39 (2).

(3)  The Accreditation Appeal Committee shall not appoint a person as a member of an appeal panel if,

(a) the person is an employee of the provider whose program is the subject of the appeal;

(b) the person is under contract to provide personal services to the provider whose program is the subject of the appeal; or

(c) the person was a member of the Accreditation Committee or an accreditation panel that reviewed the program that is the subject of the appeal. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 39 (3).

(4)  If the language of instruction of the program that is the subject of the appeal is English or French, the Committee shall appoint to an appeal panel only persons who are fluent in the language of instruction. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 39 (4).

(5)  The Committee may depart from the requirements of subsection (2) to the extent necessary in order to comply with subsection (4), if the Committee ensures that the panel is composed of at least three persons who otherwise qualify for appointment to the appeal panel. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 39 (5).

(6)  Every member of an appeal panel shall comply with such conflict of interest guidelines as the College may establish by by-law. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 39 (6).

(7)  The Committee shall ensure that every member of an appeal panel receives appropriate training to carry out the functions of the panel under this Regulation, before carrying out those functions. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 39 (7).

(8)  The chair of the Committee shall appoint one of the members of the panel as the chair of the panel. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 39 (8).

(9)  If the term of office of a member of a panel who participates in an appeal expires before the panel issues its final report on the appeal to the Accreditation Appeal Committee, the term of the member shall be deemed to continue for the purposes of participating in the report. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 39 (9).

Note: On September 1, 2015, section 39 is revoked and the following substituted: (See: O. Reg. 240/14, ss. 7, 11 (1).

Appeal, program of professional education

39.  (1)  A provider of a program of professional education may appeal a decision of the Accreditation Committee in respect of the program by delivering to the Accreditation Appeal Committee a notice of appeal setting out the grounds for the provider’s appeal and the facts on which it relies. O. Reg. 240/14, s. 7.

(2)  The provider shall indicate in a notice of appeal under subsection (1) whether it would like a hearing or a written review of the appeal. O. Reg. 240/14, s. 7.

(3)  A notice of appeal under subsection (1) must be,

(a) delivered to the Registrar within 60 days after the day the provider receives a copy of the decision that is the subject of the appeal; and

(b) accompanied by the fee prescribed by by-law. O. Reg. 240/14, s. 7.

(4)  The Accreditation Appeal Committee may refuse to accept a notice of appeal under subsection (1), other than a notice of appeal of a decision denying accreditation or renewal of accreditation of a program of professional education, if in the Committee’s opinion the appeal is frivolous, vexatious or an abuse of process. O. Reg. 240/14, s. 7.

(5)  The Accreditation Appeal Committee may extend the time for the delivery of a notice of appeal under subsection (1) if it is satisfied that there are apparent grounds for reconsidering the decision and there are reasonable grounds for applying for the extension. O. Reg. 240/14, s. 7.

(6)  The Accreditation Appeal Committee shall conduct a hearing respecting an appeal under this section if the provider indicated in the notice of appeal that it would like a hearing and the decision that is the subject of the appeal,

(a) grants initial accreditation with conditions, or general accreditation with conditions, of a program of professional education;

(b) denies accreditation or renewal of accreditation of a program of professional education; or

(c) revokes accreditation of a program of professional education. O. Reg. 240/14, s. 7.

(7)  Subject to subsection (4), for all appeals under this section other than those mentioned under subsection (6), the Accreditation Appeal Committee shall conduct either a written review under section 41 or a hearing under section 43, as it considers appropriate. O. Reg. 240/14, s. 7.

Duties of appeal panel

40.  The duties of the appeal panel are to,

(a) examine the facts and grounds for appeals relating to the accreditation of programs of professional education;

(b) make recommendations to the Accreditation Appeal Committee in respect of the disposition of appeals relating to the accreditation of programs of professional education; and

(c) carry out any other duties assigned to it under this Part. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 40.

Note: On September 1, 2015, section 40 is revoked and the following substituted: (See: O. Reg. 240/14, ss. 7, 11 (1).

Appeal, program of additional qualification

40.  (1)  A provider of a program of additional qualification may appeal a decision of the Registrar in respect of the program by delivering to the Accreditation Appeal Committee a notice of appeal setting out the grounds for the provider’s appeal and the facts on which it relies. O. Reg. 240/14, s. 7.

(2)  A notice of appeal under subsection (1) must be,

(a) delivered to the Registrar within 60 days after the day the provider receives a copy of the decision that is the subject of the appeal; and

(b) accompanied by the fee prescribed by by-law. O. Reg. 240/14, s. 7.

(3)  The Accreditation Appeal Committee may refuse to accept a notice of appeal under subsection (1) if in the Committee’s opinion the appeal is frivolous, vexatious or an abuse of process. O. Reg. 240/14, s. 7.

(4)  The Accreditation Appeal Committee may extend the time for the delivery of a notice of appeal under subsection (1) if it is satisfied that there are apparent grounds for reconsidering the decision and there are reasonable grounds for applying for the extension. O. Reg. 240/14, s. 7.

(5)  Subject to subsection (3), the Accreditation Appeal Committee shall conduct a written review under section 41 for all appeals relating to a program of additional qualification, unless the Committee determines that a hearing is appropriate in the circumstances. O. Reg. 240/14, s. 7.

Appeal

41.  (1)  A provider of a program of professional education or a program of additional qualification may appeal a decision of the Accreditation Committee or of the Registrar in respect of the program by delivering to the Accreditation Appeal Committee a notice of appeal setting out the grounds for the provider’s appeal and the facts on which it relies. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 41 (1); S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

(2)  A notice of appeal under subsection (1) must be,

(a) delivered to the Registrar within 60 days after the day the provider receives a copy of the decision that is the subject of the appeal; and

(b) accompanied by the fee prescribed by the College by by-law. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 41 (2); S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

(3)  The Accreditation Appeal Committee may refuse to accept a notice of appeal, other than a notice of appeal of a decision denying accreditation of a program of professional education or denying renewal of accreditation of a program of professional education, if in the Committee’s opinion the appeal is frivolous, vexatious or an abuse of process. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 41 (3).

(4)  The Accreditation Appeal Committee may extend the time for the delivery of a notice of appeal if it is satisfied that there are apparent grounds for reconsidering the decision and there are reasonable grounds for applying for the extension. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 41 (4).

Note: On September 1, 2015, section 41 is revoked and the following substituted: (See: O. Reg. 240/14, ss. 7, 11 (1).

Written review

41.  (1)  The Accreditation Appeal Committee shall conduct a written review by reviewing the notice of appeal and any submissions and documents the Committee considers relevant. O. Reg. 240/14, s. 7.

(2)  The Committee may exercise the same powers as an accreditation panel under section 11 while conducting a review of the facts and grounds for an appeal in respect of a program of professional education. O. Reg. 240/14, s. 7.

(3)  Upon completion of its review, the Committee shall issue its decision in writing in accordance with subsection 45 (1). O. Reg. 240/14, s. 7.

(4)  No member of the Accreditation Appeal Committee who participated in a review of a program of professional education as a member of an accreditation panel or who participated in the decision of the Accreditation Committee in respect of the accreditation of the program shall participate in any proceeding of the Accreditation Appeal Committee relating to the appeal of that decision. O. Reg. 240/14, s. 7.

Referral to appeal panel, program of professional education

42.  (1)  Upon receipt of a notice of appeal relating to a program of professional education, the Accreditation Appeal Committee shall direct an appeal panel to review the facts and grounds for the appeal. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 42 (1).

(2)  An appeal panel may exercise the same powers as an accreditation panel under section 11 while conducting a review of the facts and grounds for an appeal in respect of a program of professional education. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 42 (2).

(3)  Upon completion of its review, the appeal panel shall provide a report to the Accreditation Appeal Committee that includes,

(a) the panel’s findings on the review, including descriptions or copies of the documentary and other evidence relied on by the panel in making its findings;

(b) the panel’s recommendations of whether the appeal should be allowed; and

(c) the facts and reasons on which the panel’s findings and recommendations are based, in sufficient detail to enable the Accreditation Appeal Committee to make its decision in respect of the appeal. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 42 (3).

(4)  No member of the Accreditation Appeal Committee who participated in a review of a program of professional education as a member of an accreditation panel or who participated in the decision of the Accreditation Committee in respect of the accreditation of the program shall participate in any proceeding of the Accreditation Appeal Committee or an appeal panel relating to the appeal of that decision. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 42 (4).

Note: On September 1, 2015, section 42 is revoked. (See: O. Reg. 240/14, ss. 7, 11 (1).

Hearing

43.  (1)  The Accreditation Appeal Committee shall hold a hearing in an appeal if the hearing is requested by the provider who commenced the appeal and the decision that is the subject of the appeal,

(a) grants initial accreditation with conditions or general accreditation with conditions of a program of professional education;

(b) denies accreditation or renewal of accreditation of a program of professional education; or

(c) revokes accreditation of a program of professional education. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 43 (1).

Note: On September 1, 2015, subsection (1) is revoked. (See: O. Reg. 240/14, ss. 8, 11 (1).

(2)  The Accreditation Appeal Committee may, at its discretion, hold a hearing if,

(a) the appeal relates to a program of professional education and the provider of the program does not request a hearing; or

(b) the appeal relates to a program of additional qualification. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 43 (2).

Note: On September 1, 2015, subsection (2) is revoked. (See: O. Reg. 240/14, ss. 8, 11 (1).

(3)  The parties to a hearing shall be the provider and either the Accreditation Committee or the Registrar, whichever issued the decision that is the subject of the appeal. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 43 (3); S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

(4)  A party to the hearing shall be given an opportunity to examine before the hearing any documents that will be given in evidence at the hearing. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 43 (4).

(5)  If requested by a party, the oral evidence taken at the hearing shall be recorded and, if requested by a party, copies of a transcript shall be provided to the party at the party’s expense. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 43 (5).

(6)  No member of the Accreditation Appeal Committee shall participate in a decision of the Committee on an appeal, if a hearing was held, unless he or she was present throughout the hearing and heard all the evidence and arguments of the parties. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 43 (6).

(7)  Documents and things put into evidence at a hearing shall, on the request of the party who produced them, be returned by the Accreditation Appeal Committee within a reasonable time after the final disposition of the appeal. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 43 (7).

Disposition of appeal

44.  (1)  Before making its decision on the appeal, the Accreditation Appeal Committee shall ensure that the provider is given an opportunity to examine and make written submissions on any documents that the Committee intends to consider in making its decision. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 44 (1).

(2)  Except as required in subsection (1) and section 43, the Accreditation Appeal Committee need not hold a hearing or afford to any person an opportunity for a hearing or an opportunity to make oral or written submissions before making a decision or giving a direction under this section. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 44 (2).

Note: On September 1, 2015, subsection (2) is amended by striking out “section 43” and substituting “sections 39, 40, 41 and 43”. (See: O. Reg. 240/14, ss. 9 (1), 11 (1).

(3)  After considering the notice of appeal, the submissions, any document that the Committee considers relevant and, if an appeal panel considered the appeal at the direction of the Committee, the report of the panel, the Accreditation Appeal Committee shall issue its decision and make an order,

Note: On September 1, 2015, subsection (3) is amended by striking out the portion before clause (a) and substituting the following: (See: O. Reg. 240/14, ss. 9 (2), 11 (1).

(3)  After considering the notice of appeal and any submissions and documents the Committee considers relevant, the Accreditation Appeal Committee shall issue its decision and make an order,

(a) directing the Accreditation Committee or the Registrar, as applicable, to grant or confirm accreditation of the program;

(b) directing the Accreditation Committee or the Registrar, as applicable, to impose, modify or remove one or more conditions on the accreditation of the program;

(c) directing the Accreditation Committee or the Registrar, as applicable, to grant or confirm accreditation of the program and referring the matter back to the Committee or Registrar to determine the conditions, if any, to be imposed on the accreditation of the program; or

(d) confirming the decision that is the subject of the appeal. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 44 (3); S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

Appeal decision

45.  (1)  The Accreditation Appeal Committee shall,

Note: On September 1, 2015, subsection (1) is amended by striking out the portion before clause (a) and substituting the following: (See: O. Reg. 240/14, ss. 10, 11 (1).

(1)  After conducting a written review under section 41 or a hearing under section 43, the Accreditation Appeal Committee shall,

(a) issue its decision in writing;

(b) include in its decision the facts on which it relied in making the decision and the reasons for the decision; and

(c) provide a copy of its decision to the Registrar and to the provider of the program under appeal. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 45 (1); S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

(2)  Nothing in this Part authorizes the Accreditation Appeal Committee to grant accreditation or to grant a form of accreditation to a program for which the program is not eligible under Part III or IV. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 45 (2).

Application, delay in accreditation decision

46.  (1)  If the Accreditation Committee or the Registrar does not make a decision under Part III or Part IV, as applicable, within 180 days after an application for accreditation or renewal of accreditation of a program is made under this Regulation, the provider of the program may apply to the Accreditation Appeal Committee for,

(a) an order directing the Accreditation Committee to issue a decision under Part III within a period of time specified by the Accreditation Appeal Committee in its order, in the case of a program of professional education; or

(b) an order directing the Registrar to issue a decision under Part IV within a period of time specified by the Accreditation Appeal Committee in its order, in the case of a program of additional qualification. O. Reg. 347/02, s. 46 (1); S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 13, s. 3 (1).

(2)  If the Accreditation Appeal Committee is satisfied on the basis of the information included in the application under subsection (1) that it is appropriate to do so, it may make the order requested under subsection (1). O. Reg. 347/02, s. 46 (2).

PART VI (s. 47) Revoked: O. Reg. 182/10, s. 13.

Note: On September 1, 2015, the Regulation is amended by adding the following Schedule: (See: O. Reg. 283/13, ss. 5, 6 (2))

SCHEDULE 1

Curriculum Knowledge

1. The program provides a student of a program of professional education with knowledge and understanding of the current Ontario curriculum and provincial policy documents that are relevant to the student’s areas of study and curriculum, including planning and design, special education, equity and diversity, and learning assessment and evaluation.

2. The program prepares the student of a program of professional education to use current research in teaching and learning.

Pedagogical and Instructional Strategies Knowledge

The program includes the following elements:

1. How to use educational research and data analysis.

2. How to use technology as a teaching tool.

3. How to use inquiry-based research, data and assessment and the selection and use of current instructional strategies to address student learning styles.

4. How to use learning and teaching theories and methods and differentiated instruction.

5. A focus on the development of classroom management and organization skills.

6. Child and adolescent development and student transitions to age 21 and through kindergarten to grade 12.

7. How to use current strategies relating to student observation, assessment and evaluation.

8. How to teach students whose first language is not the language of instruction, whether English or French.

9. Pedagogy and the assessment and evaluation of learning in the relevant areas of study in relation to specific curriculum subjects.

10. The policies, assessments and practices involved in responding to the needs and strengths of all students, including students identified as requiring special education supports.

The Teaching Context Knowledge

The program includes the following elements:

1. Educating students of a program of professional education in child, youth and parental mental health issues relevant to the elementary and secondary school environment in Ontario.

2. The College’s “Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession” and “Ethical Standards for the Teaching Profession”.

3. How to prepare students for learning transitions in a variety of settings and transitions to high school, college, university, apprenticeship and the workforce.

4. Knowledge of the Ontario context in which elementary or secondary schools operate.

5. Ontario education law and related legislation, occupational health and safety legislation and legislation governing the regulation of the teaching profession in Ontario and the professional obligations of members of the College.

6. How to create and maintain the various types of professional relationships between and among members of the College, students, parents, the community, school staff and members of other professions.

O. Reg. 283/13, s. 5.

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