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Welcome to Cont 592, Honour Specialist Geography. You are ready to look at Geography from the point of view of teaching and learning strategies and leadership in curriculum and in your school. We won't be focusing extensively on the development of specific subject-area knowledge as we do in the Intermediate and Senior courses. The overall aim of this course is to help prepare you to take on additional leadership responsibilities, related to Geography education, in your school. These responsibilities may involve teaching and being a leader in the Senior (Grades 11/12) Geography courses. It might include you taking on the role of Department Head for a variety of subjects including Geography or serving as the lead teacher for Geography in a department where the Head does not necessarily have a teaching background in Geography.
Candidates will explore leadership issues in various ways including independent reading and reflection. Candidates will work with colleagues in the class and participate in projects including a course culminating activity which is designed to synthesize learning from the course for application to teaching practice. The course is designed to promote strategies that support students' conceptual development and enduring understandings.
This leadership course has been developed for teachers who already have a deep level of learning about subject content and pedagogy gained from practical teaching experience, professional reading and previous course work.
Topics in this course include:
- Geographic Literacy
- Geographic Information Systems
- Geography and the Work Place: Real World Connections
- Leadership in Geography Curriculum Implementation
- Learning as an evolutional process
- Multiple intelligences
- Effective Leadership
- Partnerships and community collaboration
- Integrated long-range department plan
1) OCT MEMBERSHIP
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).
2) YOUR ORIGINAL UNDERGRADUATE/GRADUATE UNIVERSITY TRANSCRIPT(S)*
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 (Acceptable courses; Geography, Environmental Science, etc.)
- A Bachelors degree at an accredited university with the equivalent of 20.0 full year courses
3) CONFIRMATION OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE FORM
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.