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Continuing Teacher Education

Faculty of Education

Senior Science - General

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Course Schedule
Session Dates Deadline Status
Winter 2022 Jan 24, 2022 - Apr 08, 2022 Jan 14, 2022 Open
*Registration will remain open until 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the posted registration deadline date.
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Course Description

  • CONT610
  • CAN 745.00
  • 125 hours
  • EN
  • Online

"The truth," as Jacques Maritain observed, "has a sleeping aptitude for the embrace of the mind." While truth illuminates many disciplines, the truth of Science is developed from inferential reasoning using the epistemology of the scientific method: problem identification, hypothesis formation, experimental testing, observation of results, making conclusions, controlled repeated experimentation, and model building. Our experience therefore suggests that encouraging young minds to embrace the methods and results of scientific inquiry requires a more wide-awake effort on our part as Science teachers.

This Senior Science Additional Basic Qualification course concentrates on four of the senior Science courses of the Ontario Curriculum, SVN 3M, SVN 3E, SNC 4M and SNC 4E, and can be accessed through the curriculum resources website of the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training, found at:

What You'll Learn

The emphasis in this course is on the development of student-centred learning strategies that support students' conceptual development and promote enduring understanding of Science.

Our course will ask you for 125 hours of reading, writing and thinking about:

• how students learn Science
• how we teach Science
• what resources can help us to improve our teaching
• what enduring knowledge our students take away from their learning
• how opinions and experiences of other candidates compare with yours

What You'll Do

During this time you will complete tasks and assignments where you will:

• develop several different types of lesson plans
• probe your own teaching and learning styles
• reflect on your practice of teaching Science
• collaborate with colleagues
• communicate your understanding of teaching
• develop a plan for ongoing improvement of teaching and learning

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Application Requirements


We will use the OCT number you provide during online registration to confirm you are an OCT member with an undergraduate degree.


Your transcript(s) must show:

The equivalent of 3.0 full-year undergraduate/graduate courses in Science or the equivalent of 2.0 full-year undergraduate/graduate courses if you already hold another senior qualification. Courses can include Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

*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.

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Applicants who require accommodations for a specific learning need (e.g., learning disability) within their AQ/ABQ course, should click here for further information and support.

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