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Continuing Teacher Education

Faculty of Education

Intermediate Geography

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Course Schedule
Session Dates Deadline Status
Late Summer 2021 Aug 09, 2021 - Oct 01, 2021 Aug 06, 2021 Open
Fall 2021 Sep 27, 2021 - Dec 03, 2021 Sep 10, 2021 Open
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

  • CONT795
  • CAN 745.00
  • 125 hours
  • EN
  • Online

This course is designed for teachers pursuing additional qualification in Intermediate Geography. Geography is more than just maps. It’s a rich, complex discipline that engages all learners and supports 21st century skills, such as literacy, numeracy, and geotechnology.

The course critically explores the concepts of teaching inquiry and describes approaches to teaching geography. Each module's culminating activity builds towards the course culminating activity—an inquiry project. You will choose an inquiry question based on teaching geography, then work to answer your own question. In Module 6 you will post a draft of your inquiry, and fellow candidates will provide feedback for you to revise your work.

The intent of the inquiry-based approach is to honour the needs of practicing professionals. Candidates will explore areas of personal interest, while staying anchored to the OCT expectations for the Intermediate Geography AQ course. Areas of investigation include supporting a diverse range of learners in the geography classroom, exploring how to close achievement gaps for students, and looking at how geotechnology can be used as an engagement strategy for students.

Course Learning Expectations

In this course you will have the opportunity to:

• propose a topic for a guided inquiry related to your own teaching needs and practice, to investigate and complete
• collaborate with colleagues throughout the inquiry process
• understand that geography is a flexible, diverse discipline that can support the needs of an integrated classroom and allow teachers to synthesize literacy and numeracy skills
• explore strategies for incorporating different literacies, skills, and technologies into the teaching of geography
• critically reflect on the inquiry process that forms the basis of the geography curriculum, and how to use that approach to enhance student engagement and achievement
• explore 21st century skills and competencies in school effectiveness, particularly with regards to classroom practice and student achievement
• critically reflect on and learn how to implement policies to support student achievement for all learners in the 21st century classroom
• evaluate the usefulness of different technologies to support student engagement, student learning, and student achievement

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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 Geography or the equivalent of 2.0 full-year undergraduate/graduate courses if you already hold another intermediate qualification. Courses may be accepted from Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, etc.

*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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Course Materials

This course has no required resources.

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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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