Honour Specialist (Physics)

Course Code: YU19HPH1

Availability: Registration open on Mar 26, 2019

In this course, you will examine your values, perceptions and knowledge about the teaching, learning and education leadership in Physics. You will build on this understanding through professional readings, developing interesting new ways of teaching, discussions, ongoing analysis and reflection. These learning experiences will provide the basis for your understanding of current pedagogy in the teaching of Physics, as well as enable you to prepare to implement change in your school environment. You will look closely at a variety of instructional strategies as well as your role as a leader and a facilitator of change. By deepening your understanding of professional communities of practice you will solidify your own ability to be a strong communicator and mentor/coach to assist your teacher colleagues in adopting a strong vision for the teaching of Physics in Ontario schools. This course supports the following foundations of professional practice for the teaching profession: Teaching Practice, Ongoing Professional Development, Professional Knowledge, and Commitment to Students.


  • Be a member in good standing with the OCT
  • FOUR-year (20 full courses) academic undergraduate degree, (excluding education courses)>
  • NINE full courses (non-education) in the subject of the Honour Specialist (Physics) with a minimum B average>
  • Minimum TWO years certified teaching experience by the first day of the course, subsequent to certification including at least ONE year in Physics

Documents Required

  • Signed Supervisory Officer's Form by course end date confirming teaching experience
  • Official transcript(s) sent directly to the Professional Learning Office from the granting institution before course start date
Session Dates
Start Date: Jul 03, 2019
End Date: Jul 31, 2019
Online: July 3 - 31, 2019. This 125 hour course consists of 75 hours of online participation, 25 hours of self-directed professional learning and completion of a 25 hour independent study. Times of participation are set by you. There are scheduled deadlines for assignments. Contributions to on-line discussions are expected. Participation in any full-class simultaneous discussions (i.e. Chat) is always conducted on an "as able" basis.