This course provides candidates with an overview of Science and Technology and how children learn Science and Technology in the Primary and Junior divisions. Part of this understanding requires an examination of the Nature of Science (NOS) and scientific literacy. Through engagement in Science and Technology, candidates will develop techniques to support the use of inquiry, creativity and innovation while building on students’ natural sense of wonder to develop a deeper understanding of science. Candidates will explore the elements of planning, assessing and evaluating a comprehensive Science and Technology curriculum for Primary and Junior learners, including the use of the classroom environment, natural environment, and materials to support student learning of Science and Technology. Reflection on past experience in addition to exposure to model experiences will help AQ candidates build upon their personal knowledge of scientific and technological teaching techniques, skills and processes to design meaningful opportunities for students to learn and construct scientific and technological knowledge.
Teachers certified with the Ontario College of Teachers are eligible to take AQ courses. Ontario B.Ed students may take courses prior to membership with OCT, if they have met all the requirements to graduate and if they have applied to the OCT for a Certificate of Qualification.
Special permission may be granted by SNP to allow those without teacher qualifications to enrol.
Candidates must be qualified for admission according to Regulation 184-97 of the Ontario College of Teachers Act.
Certification will be recommended to the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) for those candidates who successfully complete the course, and who hold membership with OCT, and who hold a valid or interim Certificate of Qualification/letter of Eligibility.
Teaching or assisting with primary, junior, secondary and post-secondary students