Additional Qualification

Honour Specialist

Honour Specialist

Effective Leadership of teaching and learning is a craft that requires the ongoing integration of successful past practices with new and evolving literature and strategies.

Typically held in the summer months, these One-Session Honour Specialist courses provide the opportunity to explore emerging literature while building a framework for your leadership potential that matches your educational philosophy against current Ontario curriculum.

These Additional Qualifications provide subject-specific professional learning and prepare you to move into leadership roles in subject or administrative areas at the elementary, secondary and district levels. You’ll walk away with a renewed sense of your leadership abilities.

To take these 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.

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What You’ll Learn

The ability to work with others is a critical element of leadership and is mirrored in these online courses through discussions and collaborative activities.

You’ll review relevant learning material to support curriculum development, explore effective strategies to improve assessment and evaluation practices, and focus on emerging trends related to each subject. Emphasis on leadership techniques will help you develop your critical thinking skills as an educator.

These courses are best suited to those who have a strong knowledge base in a particular subject area(s) with at least two years of successful teaching experience, including one year in Ontario in the subject(s) in which the Honour Specialist is being sought.

Qualification Overview

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

Program Length

3 months

Format

Online or Blended

Class Size

Under 30 Learners

Course Duration

125 Hours

Effort

Varies

Total Investment

$780

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Effective Leadership of teaching and learning in the 21st century is a craft that requires an individual to not only integrate many successful past practices but to also stay on top of the latest literature and strategies. This course will provide these real opportunities as well as the chance to build a framework for your leadership potential by revisiting your educational philosophy and matching it against the Ontario biology curriculum. The ability to work with others is a critical element of leadership and is mirrored in this course through a number of collaborative activities including the design of units and key scientific concepts; presentation of seminars around topical issues in education; as well as a structured opportunity to share favourite and successful ideas. Learn with us at OISE for a revitalizing learning session where you will walk away with a renewed sense of your leadership abilities.

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Effective Leadership of teaching and learning in the 21st century is a craft that requires an individual to not only integrate many successful past practices but to also stay on top of the latest literature and strategies. This course will provide these real opportunities as well as the chance to build a framework for your leadership potential by revisiting your educational philosophy and matching it against the Ontario chemistry curriculum. The ability to work with others is a critical element of leadership and is mirrored in this course through a number of collaborative activities including the design of units and key scientific concepts; presentation of seminars around topical issues in education; as well as a structured opportunity to share favourite and successful ideas. Learn with us at OISE for a revitalizing learning session where you will walk away with a renewed sense of your leadership abilities.

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This course enables candidates to assume leadership in a school or board position in dramatic arts. Candidates explore the design and delivery of student-centered drama programs which focus on personal development, societal awareness and artistic expression, enhancement of teaching skills and the development of innovative, consultative processes among drama teachers and across the curriculum.

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This course provides the teacher with the opportunity to examine current theory and practice related to the content and pedagogy of teaching English. Through current research, small and large group discussions, workshops, group seminars and self-directed projects, candidates will acquire the skills and knowledge to facilitate the development and implementation of English and Language Arts programs, and explore the leadership skills necessary in the management of an English program in a division, department, or school.

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An innovative, leadership-focused course, the French as a Second Language Honour Specialist is of interest to teachers of all levels who aspire to innovate and refine their pedagogy. Key strengths of the course include relevant learning material to support curriculum development, effective strategies to improve assessment and evaluation practices, and a focus on emerging trends related to second language pedagogy from Ontario, Canada-wide, and international perspectives. A strong emphasis on leadership techniques will assist educators develop their critical thinking skills as they explore multiple roles.

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This leadership course in Geography is designed to address the current trends in education that should enhance all geography programs from Intermediate/Senior grades through to graduation. The emphasis is on curriculum development that encompasses co-operative learning, seminar presentations, and independent presentations. The course emphasizes the examination of integrated units of study, leadership skills, individual student differences, as well as assessment and evaluation strategies.

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The Honours History Specialist is a professional who pursues the implementation of the revised curriculum focusing on historical thinking and allowing students to "do" history. The Specialist employs leadership skills to assist colleagues in designing activities that will promote critical thinking in an engaging manner. The Honours History Specialist course provides candidates opportunities to acquire the skills and content to become effective curriculum leaders.

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The Health and Physical Education Additional Qualification Honour Specialist Course focuses on the provision of leadership to the teaching of HPE. Areas such as the importance of physical fitness, health, and well-being and the factors that contribute to them will be highlighted. Participants will learn how to be agents of change and to advocate for Health and Physical Education at the school level and beyond. Provincial, national and international issues in HPE will be investigated along with the community resources that can address areas of the curriculum and issues.

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The Honours Specialist Mathematics course focuses on new trends in alternative instructional and assessment practices to facilitate the teaching of mathematics to students from Grades K-12. Using these practices, participants will examine EQAO data and develop strategies for a growth plan. Individually, and in groups, participants will explore, create, and participate in discussions related to developing the leadership skills necessary in the management, and professional development, of a mathematics program. Participants will be asked to demonstrate leadership in the teaching of mathematics.

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The OISE Specialist music courses provide an opportunity for teachers to look at leadership through community building, best practice sharing, and remembering why we love making music. This unique face-to-face experience gives participants a chance to look at their classrooms through the lenses of educational theorists, to discuss and share ideas about equitable practices in the classroom, and to share numerous tools for creating programs where student creativity and voice are fostered and honoured. During this active course, participants will have opportunities to focus on their own areas of expertise and specialization, but will also work broadly and collaboratively on issues facing all music educators.

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Effective Leadership of teaching and learning in the 21st century is a craft that requires an individual to not only integrate many successful past practices but to also stay on top of the latest literature and strategies. This course will provide these real opportunities as well as the chance to build a framework for your leadership potential by revisiting your educational philosophy and matching it against the Ontario physics curriculum. The ability to work with others is a critical element of leadership and is mirrored in this course through a number of collaborative activities including the design of units and key scientific concepts; presentation of seminars around topical issues in education; as well as a structured opportunity to share favourite and successful ideas. Learn with us at OISE for a revitalizing learning session where you will walk away with a renewed sense of your leadership abilities.

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Candidates of the Social Science Honour Specialist course will examine curriculum development and instructional applications in the Social Sciences. Candidates of this course will engage in interactive discussions and activities while exploring current methodologies, learning expectations, and assessment and evaluation strategies related to Senior Social Science. With particular focus on board or school leadership, candidates of this course will develop professional learning initiatives unique to leaders of Social Science curriculum.

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The Technological Studies Honour Specialist course consists of three components as they relate to educational change and a broadened role for educational leaders within Technological Education. Supervision and Leadership examines organizational structures and styles of leadership; Curriculum Development examines innovations in curriculum delivery; and Assessment and Evaluation examines rubrics and portfolios as methods of assessing the process of learning. 

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This course underscores how a collaborative approach can generate transformational visual arts leaders. Acquire the abilities to merge experienced artful pedagogy with cloud technology for an integrated approach that reflects current curriculum practices and policies. As future curriculum leaders you will develop the skills focusing on innovation to inspire, empower and create autonomy. You will design strategies that support students' conceptual development and articulate a personal philosophy of visual arts education. This course delivers a partial on-line component limiting opportunities for studio exploration.

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Who Should Enroll in these Courses

These courses are designed for teachers interested in providing leadership at the elementary, secondary and district levels, as well as those interested in engaging in subject-specific ongoing professional learning. Please see course details for all specific course prerequisites.

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