When it comes to teaching in Ontario, if you want to make more money you can either teach for more years, or take certain courses. Since you cannot control or speed up time, the only thing to do is wait. However, you have complete control over which, and the amount of courses that you take. With each university's faculty of education offering a list of courses that can easily fill up 2 or 3 pages, it is hard to understand what each course is offering or qualifying you for. Among this confusion is the difference between an AQ and an ABQ course; although the differenavailable on Amazon for extremely cheap prices!
AQ in this sense stands for Additional Qualifications; so an AQ course in essence is a course that will additionally qualify you in a subject area. AQ courses simply give you the qualifications to teach WITHIN your grade level in an additional subject area. An example of this would be a Special Education AQ course, in which would qualify you to teach special education within the divisions that you are qualified for. So if you went to teachers college for the primary and junior divisions, and took the special education AQ course, you would then be qualified to teach special education in the primary and junior divisions.
ABQ in this sense stands for Additional Basic Qualifications; so an ABQ course is one that will additionally qualify you in a basic division. In addition to qualifying you to teach an additional division an ABQ course can also qualify you to teach in an additional subject area. ABQ courses qualify you to teach in an additional division that was OUTSIDE OF your previously qualified divisions. An example of this would be an Intermediate Basic Qualifications course in the dramatic arts; assuming that you were already qualified in the primary and junior divisions, this ABQ course would allow you to teach all of the subjects in grades 7 and 8 and dramatic arts in grades 9 and 10(from the course), as well as all subjects from kindergarten to grade 6 (from your teachers college qualification).
So What's The Difference?
So now that we know what both an AQ and ABQ course is, we are left with the quelowest prices on book with tons of teacher resources.
So What's Similar?
There is absolutely no price difference between an AQ and an ABQ course; every university that I have seen thus far has offered either at the exact same price. Any university that charges more for an AQ or an ABQ course is simply trying to rip you off because all of the factors that determine the price of the courses are identical between an AQ and ABQ course. The reason for the price similarity is because the workload and time consumption is identical in both types of courses; the difference between an AQ and ABQ course in regard to the amount of time spent in class, and amount of time spent doing homework is virtually identical.
The only difference between an AQ and ABQ course is what it qualifies you for in regards to teaching; the price, time, and workloads are virtually identical. So which one should you take if you are a teacher in Ontario? The answer is simple: whichever one suits your wants and needs the most.