I am considering enrolling in additional courses to upgrade, but I want to be sure the courses will qualify for salary purposes. What should I do?
You can telephone TQS to enquire about the status of the postsecondary institution and the program you are considering. If you have a list of specific courses, you may ask TQS staff to check them against your prior studies. You may also request this advice in writing.
I have just finished an additional year of university education. What is the process for a re‑assessment of my years of teacher education for salary purposes?
The evaluation process is basically the same for a re-assessment as for a first-time evaluation. The teacher must complete a TQS Application Form (downloadable from the Association website), provide original copies of the university transcripts listing all additional courses, provide evidence of name change if applicable, and include the appropriate application fee. When it is ascertained that the application is complete and all the necessary documentation has been provided, the application is placed in queue for evaluation.
Why are applications for re-assessment placed in the same queue as first-time evaluations?
All files are placed in queue according to the date that all documentation was received. This procedure ensures that all applications are treated as fairly as possible. During the re-assessment process the evaluator will review and evaluate the documentation on file and the additional courses to (1) ensure that no credits were missed during the previous evaluation, (2) apply any partial credits from the previous evaluation, (3) apply any new principles, and (4) ensure that there is no duplication of course content from previous studies.
I completed a two-year master’s program offered by a university, so why did my TQS evaluation not increase by two full years?
TQS evaluates master’s-level programs according to the courses completed within the program in keeping with TSQB Principle 15.02. For salary purposes, 3 semester credit hours of recognized graduate-level study are equivalent to 0.125 years. Therefore, to move up by two full years, 48 semester credit hours of recognized graduate study need to be completed. Most master’s-level programs are between 30 and 36 semester credit hours, which would equate to 1.25 and 1.50 years for salary purposes.
It may also be possible that some of the courses from previous studies were transferred into your master’s program and therefore previously given credit, or that some of the courses duplicated content with your previous studies.
I have just completed my master’s degree. When will I be moved up on the salary grid and receive my retroactive pay?
Teachers are advised to consult their collective agreement for clauses related to submitting an upgraded statement of qualifications. The collective agreement will identify a date by which teachers must submit either proof of application to TQS or a Statement of Qualifications and a corresponding date on which the teacher is moved on the salary grid. It is the teacher’s responsibility to be aware of the requirements in the collective agreement. If you have questions related to your collective agreement, please call the Teacher Welfare program area of the Alberta Teachers’ Association.