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Course Description

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

Course Outline

Topics include:

  • analyzing Ministry of Education elementary and secondary curriculum policies and identifying implications for program planning and implementation
  • assisting colleagues to modify learning expectations and teaching practices and to make accommodations for the learner based on developmental and/or special needs
  • exploring opportunities for cross-curricular literacy and interdisciplinary studies in Biology
  • promoting the safe, ethical and legal use of technology and other resources in Biology
  • modelling the development and use of an array of assessment and evaluation strategies suitable for teaching Biology
  • modelling team-building and decision-making skills as a curriculum leader in Biology
  • promoting effective teaching strategies and assisting new teachers and others to improve and refine classroom practice in the delivery of Biology programs
  • planning and organizing subject-specific professional development for others
  • demonstrating skills and strategies that facilitate the establishment of networks with school and board personnel, subject associations, parents/guardians and the community to support Biology education
  • informing others about policies, guidelines, and legal and ethical issues related to the teaching of Biology
  • demonstrating knowledge and skills required to manage an area of responsibility including staffing, budgets and the selection of texts, software, and media.

Prerequisites

  • Certificate of Qualification
  • 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) includes teaching in this subject area, as certified by the appropriate supervisory officer.  
  • The minimum passing grade for an Honour Specialist qualification is 70%

 

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