Course Description

The purpose of the Additional Qualification course: Visual Arts, Specialist is to extend the skills and knowledge of teachers in the teaching and assessment of visual arts education. Critical to the delivery of Visual Arts, Specialist is the ability of teachers to ensure positive learning experiences for all students.

Course Outline

 Topics include:
  • evaluating the role art can play in cross-curricular studies
  • promoting multicultural art in the classroom
  • designing as well as evaluating innovative practices in visual arts education
  • strengthening personal artistic competencies related to classroom instruction
  • understanding rights and responsibilities in dealing with censorship on controversial art issues in the classroom and museum
  • understanding the roles and responsibilities of the art critic, art historian, art advocate, department head, museum art educator, art mentor, and art specialist
  • facilitating mentorship and coaching networks
  • facilitating opportunities for ongoing professional learning opportunities for teachers in visual arts education
  • modeling collaborative approaches to educational planning in visual arts education across the curriculum
  • comparing art from diverse cultures (native, multicultural, Canadian)
  • having an awareness of innovative art trends  





OSAP Funding for AQ Courses

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) now includes funding for hundreds of micro-credential programs. The micro-credentials plan ensures loans and grants will be available to more learners to rapidly upskill and reskill for in-demand jobs. Please be advised that this AQ course is on the list of eligible courses for OSAP funding. Please view the Micro-credential website for details and eligibility. https://www.ontario.ca/page/micro-credentials-ontarios-postsecondary-schools.


Who can get OSAP?


OSAP is open to Ontario residents of any age who are:

  • Canadian citizens
  • permanent residents, or
  • protected persons

 If you have questions regarding Micro-credential funding, please contact Student Awards and Financial Aid at award1@uwindsor.ca.



  • Hold a “Certificate of Qualification”  showing successful completion of AQ Visual Arts, Part 2.
  • "Certificate of Qualification: must be in good standing.
  • Confirmation of Teaching Experience form, signed by a supervisory officer*, confirming two years of teaching experience completed after teacher’s certificationThe Superintendent must also recognize on this Confirmation of Teaching Experience form that in one of these years, the candidate has demonstrated that significant program and instruction in Visual Arts were explicitly planned, implemented and reviewed in the teacher’s class.  The form must be submitted prior to the course start date and for course approval.

*The Ontario College of Teachers defines “supervisory official” as the Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent of the school board for a teacher employed by a Board of Education. (A principal or headmaster is not recognized in this capacity). 


Important Notice: While we endeavour to be as accurate as possible while reviewing your qualifications for courses in our program, the Faculty of Education bears no responsibility for ensuring you have met the qualifications as per the guidelines of the Ontario College of Teachers. It is your responsibility to learn which prerequisites you will need. https://www.oct.ca/members/additional-qualifications/prerequisites

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