Obtain business qualifications in specific areas such as accounting, entrepreneurship or information and communications technology by taking a part 1 course or take a business general intermediate or senior course for a business teachable. Further your study in an area with a part 2 course and continue on to pursue leadership in the field of business with a specialist program.
A part 1 course in Co-operative education is for teachers interested in designing curriculum using a co-operative education methodology in a secondary school. To further your interest in the area, proceed to a part 2 and finish with a specialist which focuses on the leadership role in the school.
Examine the current theories of drama education necessary for an effective dramatic arts program by taking a Part 1, Intermediate or Senior course or further your leadership within the field of drama in the schools through a specialist program.
Examine the current theories of family studies education necessary for an effective family studies program by taking a Part 1, Intermediate or Senior course or further your leadership within the field of family studies in the schools through a specialist program.
French as a Second Language
Gain qualifications in teaching French as a Second Language by taking a Part 1, Intermediate or Senior division course. Further your learning through the Part 2 course and if you are interested in the study of leadership in the area of French in the schools, pursue a specialist course.
Guidance and Career Education
For teachers interested in a guidance role in the school, begin with Guidance Part 1, an introductory course covering the principles of school guidance and basic guidance services for students. Part 2 provides advanced level consideration of guidance and the specialist course emphasizes the leadership role in designing, administering and evaluating guidance programs.
For teachers who have been teaching for 2 years and possess a 4 year degree in a particular area and wish to pursue a leadership role within the school system, the honour specialist course provides a detailed study of curriculum guidelines and requirements in the subject area as well as program evaluation. The course is one of the requirements for admission to a principal’s program and can move a teacher to Category 4 on the pay grid in Ontario.
Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction
For all teachers who wish to learn more about using modern tools for learning, the part 1 course will introduce a range of tools and strategies that a teacher can use to integrate educational technologies into the classroom. The Part 2 course will build on that learning through inquiry, teamwork and creativity while the specialist course focuses on a leadership role in the use of educational technology in assisting colleagues to make use of modern tools for learning.
Intermediate Additional Basic
For Primary/Junior teachers who wish to extend their teaching qualifications to Grade 10. In order to teach at the intermediate level in a school, a teacher must have a “teachable” subject. Western offers 15 different subject areas from which to choose. The Intermediate course is a prerequisite for admission to the Principal’s program in Ontario.
Junior Additional Basic
The Junior ABQ course provides teachers with qualifications to teach Grades 4-6. If you are an Intermediate/Senior teacher and would like to extend your teaching qualifications to the junior elementary grades, you must take a Junior Additional Basic course.
For teachers already certified in the Junior division who wish to pursue the area in greater depth and a leadership role in the school, they can take Junior Education Part 1, 2 and Specialist.
Western offers Kindergarten part 1 and 2 and is currently authoring the specialist course. These courses focus on teaching within the Ontario Early Learning Framework and would be of benefit for Primary teachers who aspire to teach in the all-day kindergarten program.
Western offers 6 Math AQ courses. For Primary/Junior teachers, there is the 3-part Math (PJ) courses which provide practical strategies for teaching math in the elementary grades. The intermediate or senior course provides teachers with qualifications to teach Grades 7-10 or Grades 11-12 with Math as a teachable. The Honour Specialist Math course is a leadership course designed for those teachers interested in pursuing a leadership role within the school system.
Primary Additional Basic
The Primary ABQ course provides teachers with qualifications to teach Grades K-3. If you are a Junior/Intermediate/Senior teacher and would like to extend your teaching qualifications to the primary elementary grades, you must take a Primary Additional Basic course.
For teachers already certified in the Primary division who wish to pursue the area in greater depth and a leadership role in the school, they can take Primary Education Part 1, 2 and Specialist.
The Reading courses are literacy courses and useful for teachers at all grade levels. The courses explore the patterns of language development and current approaches to literary instruction.
Religion Part 1 (Religious Education in Catholic Schools) is a required course for those wishing to teach in the Catholic system in Ontario. For teachers who have course background in Catholic religion, they can pursue an Intermediate or Senior ABQ Religion course. For those who wish to specialize and take a leadership role in the school system, continue with Religion Part 2 and Specialist.
Senior Additional Basic
Western offers a wide range of senior division subject areas for teachers interested in obtaining their senior qualifications (grades 11 & 12) or for senior teachers who wish to add a “teachable” area to their certificate of qualification.
The Special Education courses are important courses for teachers. The part 1 course has become an essential course in a teacher’s toolkit and one that boards often look for on a teacher’s certificate of qualification. The course provides an introduction to the various anomalies of special education whereas the part 2 course builds on that knowledge with a more in-depth look at the exceptionalities and the program planning involved. The Special Education specialist course is for teachers interested in pursuing more focused special education teaching and an area of leadership in the school system.
The part 1 course provides an introduction to resource-based learning and information technology appropriate for a school library. To further your interest in the area, continue to a part 2 and to specialize in the area of librarianship, and pursue a leadership role.
Teaching English Language Learners
ESL Part 1 provides practical strategies for integrating ESL students into the classroom including introductory training in linguistics, theories of second-language teaching and learning. Part 2 furthers a teacher’s knowledge in the area with advanced consideration of development of curriculum units and the specialist course is for teachers interested in pursuing a leadership role in ESL.
Teaching Students Who are Blind
This 3 part specialist program is offered once a year in the fall session. Part 1 is an introductory course focusing on the examination of issues related to teaching of visually impaired students and part 2 builds on the theoretical and programmatic issues related to the education of the visually impaired while the specialist focuses on taking a leadership role in programming.
No courses offered or registration for current term is closed.
Next registration opens:
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 @ 10AM.
Visual Arts (Art)
Examine the current theories of arts education necessary for an effective visual arts program by taking a Part 1, Intermediate or Senior course or further your leadership within the field of art in the schools through a specialist program.