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Continuing Teacher Education

Faculty of Education

Honour Specialist Dramatic Arts

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Course Description

  • CONT588
  • CAN 745.00
  • 125 hours
  • EN
  • Online

Dramatic Arts has been acknowledged as an official subject in the secondary schools of Ontario since 1970, and drama has been a mandated component of the elementary curriculum since 1974. More than three decades later, the teaching of drama continues to provide young people in our province with the kind of hope which the Director General of UNESCO referred to on the cusp of the new century in the quotation above. Now, more than ever, our students need opportunities to build the skills, knowledge and sensitivity that will enable them to fully participate in the civic and cultural life of Canada and the world. Drama is an excellent vehicle for this kind of inter-personal, socially relevant, creative learning.

If drama is to continue to enhance the lives of children and youth in the decades to come, the teaching profession will require a new generation of leaders who can inspire their colleagues and provide models of practice that will lead to the improvement of teaching and learning in, through and about drama. This course has been designed to help you become a leader in drama education — in your school and in the education community at large.

Welcome to the Honour Specialist course in Dramatic Arts Education!

Enduring Understandings

• Teaching dramatic arts requires a vision and knowledge of the issues surrounding the field.
• Leadership skills may be acquired to make a successful leader.
• Knowledge of student learning enhances our practice and makes us better teachers.
• The dramatic arts curriculum reflects an ongoing process of constant learning.
• Professional development is necessary to be an excellent teacher and leader.

What You'll Learn and Do

By the time you complete Honour Specialist Dramatic Arts, you'll know about:

• useful resources to supplement your dramatic arts practice
• types of leadership styles, change theory, decision-making, team work and communication skills, and management strategies
• current issues in dramatic arts education
• theories of student learning, inclusivity, diversity and creativity in dramatic arts students
• leadership in curriculum development, including curricula from different sources, curriculum design theory and considerations for assessment and evaluation in dramatic arts
• methods and strategies to enhance professional development for you and your team

You will complete activities that will enable you to:

• apply your theoretical knowledge to practical tools for your practice
• focus on your vision of teaching dramatic arts
• explore leadership skills in order to implement them into your practice
• find solutions to gaps in your practice and knowledge
• reflect on your practice and your new learning
• discuss ideas and solutions with your colleagues
• work with partners and small groups to complete activities

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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 (Accepted courses; Theatre, Drama, Shakespeare, etc.)
- 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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