Are credits from universities in the United States evaluated as equivalent to credits from Alberta universities?
Universities in different provinces and countries award course credit units based on different hours of instruction. The standard in Alberta is semester credit hour. A standard semester course is usually worth 3 semester credit hours. Institutions outside of Alberta may use units, quarter credit hours, etc. A unit may be equivalent to 3 semester credit hours or to 6 semester credit hours, and 4.5 quarter credit hours are always equivalent to 3 semester credit hours. During the evaluation process, the evaluator must determine the type of credits presented and evaluate them in accordance with the TSQB principles.
Are professional training courses for a trade or professional designation included in my TQS evaluation?
TQS only evaluates university-degree-credit study or equivalents. Journeyman certification will only be given credit for salary purposes if it is awarded transfer of credit toward a recognized completed university program. Please note that some school jurisdictions in Alberta have separate provisions for journeyman certificates within their collective agreements.
What if I am dissatisfied with an evaluation that I have received?
If you are dissatisfied with an evaluation statement that you have received, begin by asking the TQS to review the assessment to ensure that it contains no errors or omissions. If TQS has verified your assessment and you are still dissatisfied, you can challenge the assessment using the formal two-stage dispute mechanism that TQS has set up for this purpose.
Stage 1: Reassessment
If the TQS has completed its verification and you are still dissatisfied with your evaluation, you can ask the Teacher Qualifications Committee (TQC) to reassess your qualifications. Such a request must be made in writing and must be submitted within three years of the date on which the evaluation was initially issued. Once the TQC has heard your case, the TQC secretary will advise you in writing of the decision.
Stage 2: Appeal
If you are dissatisfied with a reassessment made by the TQC or by a TQC decision not to reassess your evaluation, you can appeal the matter to the Teacher Salary Qualifications Board (TSQB). When appealing to the TSQB, be sure to follow these guidelines:
- Appeal requests must be registered with the chair of the board within three months following the reassessment decision of the Teacher Qualifications Committee.
- An application for the hearing of an appeal must be made in writing and addressed to the Chair, Teacher Salary Qualifications Board, 11010 142 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta T5N 2R1.
- The Teacher Salary Qualifications Board will consider only appeals against reassessments of the Teacher Qualifications Committee or against a decision of that committee not to reassess a statement of qualifications. An application for the hearing of an appeal must clearly identify which principle(s) has/have allegedly been misapplied. Questions pertaining to the application of the principles should be directed to the Teacher Qualifications Secretary.
- An appeal of a Teacher Qualifications Committee decision denying a reassessment may be made only on the grounds that the documentation provided to the committee constituted new evidence.
- The Teacher Salary Qualifications Board will not hear an appeal based on documentation not previously considered by the Teacher Qualifications Committee.
- An appeal designed to raise an evaluation should contain evidence that qualifications not accepted by the Teacher Qualifications Committee do in fact meet the criteria of the established principles. Alternatively, an appeal designed to reduce an evaluation should present evidence that qualifications accepted by the Teacher Qualifications Committee do not meet the criteria of the established principles.
- An appeal based on simple disagreement with a principle or principles will not succeed. However, the board will consider written representations requesting changes in principles. Such representations are not deemed to be appeals. Proposed amendments should be clearly stated and accompanied with a rationale.
- Appeals may be heard by any regular or special meeting of the board called in accordance with the provisions of the bylaws.
- The appellant may present the case in person or in writing or both and may be accompanied and/or represented by a spokesperson. Where neither the appellant nor the appellant’s representative appears as scheduled for an appeal, the appeal will be rescheduled. Where neither the appellant nor the appellant’s representative appears as scheduled a second time, the board may consider the appeal on the evidence provided.
- The board assumes no responsibility for an appellant’s expenses or loss of salary in connection with an appeal.
- The board may, on the basis of the evidence presented, decide to confirm or vary the evaluation of the Teacher Qualifications Committee or, in the case of an appeal against a decision of that committee not to reassess a statement of qualifications, refer the case back to the Teacher Qualifications Committee for reassessment.
- The decision of the board and the basis on which it is reached will be communicated in writing to the appellant.