Additional Qualification

ABQ – Senior

ABQ – Senior

Upgrade your qualifications with a new teachable subject in the Senior division (grade 11 and 12) with a Senior basic qualification course.

Our stimulating Senior Additional Basic Qualification courses explore a variety of teaching and learning strategies to help you develop and deliver curriculum that is meaningful and engaging for your students in the Grade 11 and 12 Ontario classrooms. 

You’ll discuss challenges educators face in an education landscape that is constantly changing, and create and explore practical activities and content to implement in senior classes that encourage a positive, equitable learning environment, and develop student-centric activities that ignite passion for learning among adolescent learners.

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What You'll Learn

You’ll have the opportunity to collaborate and reflect with colleagues and actively participate in a supportive online learning environment.

Through course readings, discussions, activities and projects, you’ll hone strategies for creating environments that encourage critical thinking and inquiry while simultaneously reinforcing our students’ role in an ever-changing society and preparing them for the next step in their educational careers.

To take these AQ courses, you must be registered with the Ontario College of Teachers or hold an interim Certificate of Qualification. Please check each course for specific prerequisites and requirements.

Qualification Overview

Successful completion is a final grade of C-. Upon successful completion of the course, a recommendation will be sent to the Ontario College of Teachers.

Program Length

3 Months

Format

Online

Class Size

Under 30 Learners

Course Duration

125 Hours

Effort

Varies

Total Investment

$735

Available Courses

This course looks at a variety of teaching and learning strategies that match your educational philosophy against the Grade 11 and 12 Ontario Biology curriculum. One of the primary goals is to help you develop and deliver curriculum that is meaningful and engaging for your future student learners. Much of the course focuses on the collegial discussion of strategies and collaboration is encouraged through a number of activities such as the design of a unit and development of key concepts. Learn with us at OISE for a stimulating learning session and discover many interesting and engaging ways of teaching and learning.

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Teaching and learning in the 21st century chemistry classroom requires a strong foundation in a variety of practices. Recognizing the uniqueness of every teacher, this course looks at a variety of teaching and learning strategies that match your educational philosophy against the Grade 11 and 12 Ontario Chemistry curriculum. One of the primary goals is to help you develop and deliver curriculum that is meaningful and engaging for your future student learners. Much of the course focuses on the collegial discussion of strategies and collaboration is encouraged through a number of activities such as the design of a unit and development of key concepts. Learn with us at OISE for a stimulating learning session and discover many interesting and engaging ways of teaching and learning.

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Computer Studies Senior is all about creating and problem solving and explores Computer Science pedagogy including best practices in teaching and learning in grades 11 and 12. This course represents an exciting opportunity for teachers to expand their ability to jointly explore the principles of decomposition, pattern recognition, abstractions, and algorithms. Ontario Ministry documents and curriculum will be explored to develop student-centric activities so students are able to explore their passion for computing. Strategies will be developed to create a Computer Science classroom into a place where students are makers and creators and not simply consumers of technology. The course explores computing systems fundamentals, computing innovations, and important societal issues such as data privacy, environmental issues, and computing ethics.

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This course provides the teacher with the opportunity to explore the pedagogical and content knowledge necessary to develop and deliver a dynamic and engaging English program for students in grades 11 and 12. Course readings, discussions, activities and projects will support candidates in developing teaching and learning strategies in the context of current assessment and evaluation practices and help in addressing the diverse needs of Senior English students at all levels.

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In the Senior Division History Additional Qualification Course at OISE, candidates will examine the teaching of history at the senior level in the 21st Century. Particular attention will be given to understanding the challenges facing educators in an educational environment that is constantly changing. This AQ will examine traditional pedagogies while exploring the role technology plays in the 21st Century classroom. As a group we will re-imagine the classroom to create an environment that encourages critical thinking and inquiry while simultaneously reinforcing our students' role in an ever changing society and preparing them for the next step in their educational careers.

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Aristotle said that the "Law is reason, free from passion." However, he was only half right. The law is, in fact, full of passion. Taking the OISE Law ABQ provides an exciting opportunity for both new and experienced teachers to independently and objectively evaluate how law permeates our society. This ABQ will develop your familiarity with legal principles, theories and content as you examine the Ontario Ministry documents and curriculum expectations in order to develop Lessons and Units that will support your teaching practices. Learning about key concepts such as Human Rights, Criminal and Civil Law, will help new law teachers to develop effective instructional strategies and teaching practices that will encourage their own students to think critically. Candidates will have ample opportunities to create and explore practical activities and content to implement in senior law classes that encourage a positive, equitable learning environment.

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The First Nations, Metis and Inuit Studies Senior course will be of interest to teachers of the senior division who to wish to gain further knowledge and insight into the culture, values and perspectives of First Nation, Metis and Inuit peoples. This course will enable teachers to effectively integrate and infuse these aspects throughout the senior curriculum . There will be opportunities to explore in depth the First Nations, Metis and Inuit world views, challenges and successes through media, community connections and class sharing . Lists of resources and practical ideas to use in the senior classroom will be made available to candidates.

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Teaching and learning in the 21st century physics classroom requires a strong foundation in a variety of practices. Recognizing the uniqueness of every teacher, this course looks at a variety of teaching and learning strategies that match your educational philosophy against the Grade 11 and 12 Ontario Physics curriculum. One of the primary goals is to help you develop and deliver curriculum that is meaningful and engaging for your future student learners. Much of the course focuses on the collegial discussion of strategies and collaboration is encouraged through a number of activities such as the design of a unit and development of key concepts. Learn with us at OISE for a stimulating learning session and discover many interesting and engaging ways of teaching and learning.

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Candidates of Social Science Senior will explore the disciplines and theories underpinning the study of anthropology, psychology, and sociology. This course examines program planning, learning expectations and organizational approaches to the study of the Social Sciences. Candidates will learn about the secondary school environment and the adolescent learner while engaging in interactive discussions and activities. The successful candidate will learn to apply current learning strategies, assessment and evaluation structures, as well as principles of curriculum design for Senior Social Science. Candidates will also investigate current pedagogical approaches related to teaching and learning in the grade 11 and 12 Social Science classroom.

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Upcoming Courses

Dramatic Arts Senior examines leadership in applying theory and developing innovative practice of drama in grades 11 and 12. The course explores designing and delivering student-centered drama programs which focus on personal development, societal awareness and artistic expression, enhancement of teaching skills and development of innovative, consultative processes among drama teachers.

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Involving methodology, applied phonology and language practice, the course evaluates teaching situations through evaluation and practice. Candidates can acquire specific skills and corrective techniques for languages learning, use a variety of audio-visual materials, and examine major programs in the senior division.

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Candidates in the Senior Geography ABQ course examine and implement curriculum planning and program development through on-line demonstrations, presentations, directed readings, seminars, and interactive discussions. Learning experiences focus on characteristics of learning orientations, evaluation, assessment and instructional strategies as they apply to senior level geography.

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This course emphasizes the importance of Health and Physical Education in the lives of Senior students (grades 11 and 12). Candidates will examine current and effective instructional strategies, equitable assessment practices and other Ministry of Education documents and resources relevant to teaching the 21st Century Learner in Health and Physical Education. Candidates will be given opportunities to collaborate and reflect with colleagues as well as learn through actively participating in an inclusive and cooperative learning environment.

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The Senior ABQ Mathematics course focuses on the Ontario senior mathematics curriculum and pedagogical practices of senior mathematics (Grades 11-12). Participants will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of the senior math curriculum expectations. Individually, and in groups, participants will also explore, create, and participate in discussions related to new trends in alternative instructional and assessment practices. Connections will be made to how these practices will meet the characteristics of adolescent learners.

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In the Senior Instrumental Music ABQ the teacher explores beginning woodwind, brass, percussion, string and guitar techniques and pedagogy as well as effective teaching and learning strategies suitable to the senior division. Teachers will gain a deeper working knowledge of the music curricula and ministry initiatives while exploring various learning theories and differentiated instruction in music. Activities will include: performance, conducting, listening, transposition/arranging, creativity in the music classroom, music of other cultures, music technology and exploring quality instrumental repertoire and resources as well as the opportunity to attend numerous workshops. 

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Who Should Enroll in these Courses

These courses are designed for teachers who are registered with the Ontario College of Teachers or hold an Interim Certificate of Qualification. Please check specific prerequisites for each course.

Most Commonly Related Occupations

Certified Ontario Teachers

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