Course Description

The Honour Specialist Social Sciences course employs a critical, pedagogical lens to explore in a holistic and integrated manner theoretical foundations, learning theory, program planning, development and implementation, instructional design and practices, assessment and evaluation, the learning environment, research and ethical considerations related to teaching and learning across the divisions.

Course Outline

Topics include:     
  • promoting a culture of critical dialogue and inquiry that investigates current theoretical research, literature, and scholarship
  • promoting a culture of critical pedagogical practice that explores curricular integration through diverse planning models, content and resource development, pedagogical practices and equitable assessment and evaluation practices
  • exploring diverse planning models, content and resource development, pedagogical practices and the implementation of equitable assessment and evaluation practices
  • nurturing a culture related to instructional strategies that support student learning, resilience and well-being
  • demonstrating knowledge and skills required to manage an area of responsibility including staffing, budgets, the selection of texts, software, and media.
  • examining assessment, evaluation and reporting practices that align with the principles and processes of Ontario’s curriculum, frameworks and policy documents
  • examining assessment, evaluation and reporting practices that align with the principles and processes of Ontario’s curriculum




There are no textbooks required for this course.


OSAP Funding for AQ Courses

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) now includes funding for hundreds of micro-credential programs. The micro-credentials plan ensures loans and grants will be available to more learners to rapidly upskill and reskill for in-demand jobs. Please be advised that this AQ course is on the list of eligible courses for OSAP funding. Please view the Micro-credential website for details and eligibility. https://www.ontario.ca/page/micro-credentials-ontarios-postsecondary-schools.


Who can get OSAP?


OSAP is open to Ontario residents of any age who are:

  • Canadian citizens
  • permanent residents, or
  • protected persons

Students must enroll in courses prior to the semester deadline date.  OSAP would directly reimburse you for the tuition fee.  If you have questions regarding Micro-credential funding, please contact Student Awards and Financial Aid at award1@uwindsor.ca.


  • 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.)  Courses in psychology, sociology, anthropology, social work, women's and gender studies, political science may be considered
  • Evidence of at least two years of successful teaching experience, of which at least one year (194 days) is in Ontario and includes 110 teaching hours in the Honour Specialist area, as certified by the appropriate supervisory officer on our Confirmation of Teaching Experience FormThis form must be received by the semester deadline date and for course approval.

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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Section Title
AQ Honour Specialist Social Sciences (Summer 2024)
Section Schedule
Jun 03, 2024 to Aug 19, 2024
Delivery Options
Online - Asynchronous Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition Fee non-credit $735.00
Reading List / Textbook
Section Notes
The deadline to enroll for Summer 2024 courses is May 20, 2024.
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