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.



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

 If you have questions regarding Micro-credential funding, please contact Student Awards and Financial Aid at award1@uwindsor.ca.


  • 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.  A confirmation of teaching experience form can be submitted to aq@uwindsor.ca. 


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Section Title
AQ Honour Specialist, Biology (Summer 2024))
Section Schedule
Jun 03, 2024 to Aug 19, 2024
Delivery Options
Online - Asynchronous Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition Fee non-credit $780.00
Reading List / Textbook
Section Notes

The deadline to enroll in Summer 2024 courses is May 20, 2024.   All admission documentation and the required confirmation of teaching experience form must be submitted by January 8th or shortly after this date for course approval.

Confirmation of Teaching Experience Form - https://www.uwindsor.ca/education/continuing/aq/forms

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