Course Description

The Additional Qualification course Honour Specialist English (First language) focuses on curriculum leadership. The course addresses contexts and theories underpinning the study of English (First language). Pedagogy, curriculum, assessment and evaluation, technology, child and adolescent development related to program planning and implementation are also addressed.

Course Outline

Topics include:
  • understanding the context (historical, philosophical, sociological, psychological ) related to the study of English (First language)
  • analyzing the Ministry of Education elementary and secondary curriculum policies and identifying implications for program planning and implementation
  • exploring opportunities for cross-curricular literacy and interdisciplinary studies in English (First language) education
  • examining the use of appropriate technology to implement the English (First language) curriculum and facilitate student learning
  • modelling the development and use of an array of assessment and evaluation strategies suitable for teaching English (First language)
  • promoting effective teaching strategies and assisting new teachers and others to improve and refine classroom practice in the delivery of English (First language) programs
  • demonstrating skills and strategies that facilitate the establishment of networks with school and board personnel, subject associations, parents/guardians and the community to support English (First language) education



NOTE:  Please review very carefully the requirements for this course. 
  • Hold a "Certificate of Qualification" in good standing.
  • A Bachelor’s degree from an Ontario university in a program that requires four years of university study, or the equivalent, to a total of at least 20 full year courses and in which the candidate has obtained at least second class or equivalent standing (B average - 70%) in at least NINE full year courses in the subject for which the candidate seeks qualification. (Note that course weights vary across institutions. Courses weighted as 3 credits are likely to be half courses.);
  • Evidence of at least two years of successful teaching experience, of which at least one year (194 days) and includes 110 teaching hours in the Honour Specialist area, as certified by the appropriate supervisory officer on our Confirmation of Teaching Experience Form

Important Notice: While we endeavour to be as accurate as possible while reviewing your qualifications for courses in our program, the Faculty of Education bears no responsibility for ensuring you have met the qualifications as per the guidelines of the Ontario College of Teachers. It is your responsibility to learn which prerequisites you will need. https://www.oct.ca/members/additional-qualifications/prerequisites


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