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TQS Policy Amendments

The BC Teacher Qualification Service (TQS) is an entity jointly supported by the BC School Trustees Association and the BC Teachers’ Federation.  The primary function of the TQS is to assist teachers and their employing school boards in establishing the qualifications of teachers for salary purposes.  The TQS only administers cards for current or prospective teachers of the public school system.

It is extremely important for teachers to be aware that TQS policies have been amended and may affect teachers’ upgrading their pay scale with post-graduate work.

TQS Policy 5.5 has been amended to read:

A completed thesis in an acceptable graduate degree will be worth 12 semester credits except where a university has awarded more than 12 semester credits in which case the TQS will defer to the credits awarded by the university.

This change in policy could affect an applicant who was required to top up the credits for an acceptable graduate degree that contained a thesis.  This change could also affect an applicant who completed an acceptable graduate degree where upon applying 12 semester credits for their thesis, their program contained 60 semester credits or more.

TQS Policy 5.15 has been amended to read:

The program has a capstone.  It is mandatory that the university identify the capstone as such and that it is required as part of the regular program or included as part of the program before graduation.  Capstones must be documented on an official transcript or confirmed in a letter from the university.

The TQS will no longer scrutinize the type of capstone acceptable in a graduate degree.  This change in policy could affect any applicants currently in category five plus (5+), who completed a graduate degree that contained a capstone but did not contain an initial teacher education program.  This change in policy could also affect the upgrading requirements of any applicant in category five or lower who holds a graduate degree that contained a capstone but did not contain an initial teacher education program.

If your file fits either situation above you are encouraged to apply to the TQS (www.tqs.bc.ca).