CONT640 Honour Specialist Business Studies @ Courses for Teachers - Queen's Continuing Teacher Education
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Honour Specialist Business Studies

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Course Schedule
Session Dates Deadline Status
Winter 2019 Jan 28, 2019 - Apr 12, 2019 Jan 25, 2019 Open
Summer 2019 Jun 24, 2019 - Aug 09, 2019 Jun 07, 2019 Open
*Registration will remain open until 4:00 pm on the posted registration deadline date.
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Course Description

  • CONT640
  • CAN 745.00
  • Honour Specialist
  • 6 credits
  • 125 hours
  • EN
  • Online

As Business Educators, you are familiar with the concept of management. This course has been designed for business studies teachers who wish to assume a management role or are presently in one. It is primarily focused upon the five major functions of management: planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling.

Teachers who have not had the benefit of business experience would normally call this a leadership course, but it is far more than that. Leadership is only a small part of one of the management functions: that of directing. A Business Department Head must set the goals of the department and develop tactics for meeting those goals (planning); establish the structure of the department and delegate the various teaching and administrative tasks (organizing); assigning, training and evaluating the members of the department (staffing); establishing departmental standards, measuring actual performance and reconciling the two whenever possible (controlling); and influencing the behaviour of the members of the department through leadership (directing).

Business Education in high schools consists of an exceptionally varied curriculum; a wide range of student abilities and interests; expensive equipment needs; and a widely diverse staff. It is one of the two departments (Technology is the other) that require heads with management skills, as the requirements of a business department are similar to those of a small business; certainly the department's budget is often as high.

This course will provide business department managers (or potential managers) with the skills to tackle all five of the management functions with confidence and ability. It also focuses on the business curriculum and curriculum delivery methods; student learning theories; and professional development opportunities. Upon completion of this course, you will have a much fuller sense of what it means to be a head of a business studies department.

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Application Requirements


We will use the OCT number you provide during online registration to confirm that your Certificate of Qualifications shows certification in at least two teaching divisions (Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior).


Your transcript(s) must show:

- The equivalent of 9.0 full year undergraduate/graduate courses in this teaching subject with a minimum 'B' average in these courses
- A Bachelor’s degree at an accredited university with the equivalent of 20.0 full year courses


Signed by a Supervisory Official* from your School Board confirming that you have two years (388 days) of teaching experience since becoming a certified teacher, one year (194 days) of which is in the subject area of this course.

*The Ontario College of Teachers defines "Supervisory Official" as the Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent of the school board for a teacher employed by a Board of Education. A principal or headmaster is not recognized in this capacity. For a teacher employed by a private school, the "supervisory official" is the Ministry of Education official (Education Officer) appointed to your school. For overseas experience the appropriate Supervisory Official is the person your Principal reports to.

Please note that a new form is always required for a Specialist course as experience is course/subject specific.

*If you completed a Queen's undergrad (at any time), or a B.Ed., Honour Specialist, or an Intermediate or Senior ABQ course with us within the last 4 years you are not required to resend your transcripts.

**If you completed a medial degree and do not have a major you may be eligible for a Combined Honour Specialist. Please see our FAQ's or contact us for more information.

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Course Materials

This course has no required resources.
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