Course Listing: Guidance and Career Education

We offer the following courses related to Guidance and Career Education:

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  • Guidance and Career Education, Part 1

    The Additional Qualification Course: Guidance and Career Education Part 1, open to elementary and secondary teacher-candidates, will introduce you to relevant Ministry of Education (MOE) policies, board/school programs, and resources. It will also deepen your understanding of others while enhancing your own and others’ learning through collaborative development of approaches and methods for implementing the skills of Guidance Teacher-Counsellors in classroom practice.

    This Part 1 Guidance and Career Education course employs a critical, pedagogical lens for holistic, integrated exploration of relevant theoretical foundations and guidance-program planning and implementation, thus supporting your awareness of students’ learning development, styles, and preferences. In addition, through critical consideration of instructional practices, assessment and evaluation, the nature of the learning environment, and ethical considerations related to teaching and learning, you will increase your knowledge and skills for promoting and supporting students’ wellbeing. In short, Guidance and Career Education Part 1 will enhance your professional knowledge, ethical practice, leadership capacity, and ongoing learning.

    Prerequisites

    • An undergraduate degree acceptable to the Ontario College of Teachers
    • Be a member in good standing with the OCT

    Documents Required

    • NONE
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  • Guidance and Career Education, Part 2

    The Additional Qualification Course: Guidance and Career Education Part 2 will continue to support you in examining the important role of guidance and counselling practice in the school community and, as well, its attendant benefits for students and teachers. It will also engage you in exploration of the contributions of the various school-community stakeholders to the decision making required for ensuring sound guidance and counselling practice.

    Throughout the Part 2 course, you will experience opportunities for extending your own professional practice; expanding career awareness and planning; refining the use of assessment tools and community resources; and examining relevant legal and ethical issues. Finally, you will enjoy the support of the Instructional Leader (IL) and your colleagues as you explore personal and shared resources to refine professional skills and develop a personal approach to counselling.

    Prerequisites

    • Be a member in good standing with the OCT
    • Part 1 completed
    • Minimum ONE year of certified teaching experience by the first day of the course, subsequent to certification

    Documents Required

    • Signed Supervisory Officer's Form by course end date confirming required teaching experience
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  • Guidance and Career Education, Part 3 Specialist

    The Guidance and Career Education Specialist Additional Qualification Course continues an examination of the important role of guidance and counselling in the school community: its benefits for students and teachers and its contribution to decision making by various stakeholders. It builds on the Part I and Part 2 courses to provide a comprehensive overview of the guidance program within the school community, specifically focusing your work on the leadership role of the guidance counsellor. You will extend your practice of guidance and counselling, career planning, career awareness, assessment tools, and community resources; and, you will examine relevant legal issues as well as policies and regulations pertaining to the leadership role that Guidance and Career Education plays in the school community.

    You will also explore personal resources and skills to develop your leadership through approaches to counselling. As you explore, you will examine the critical role of guidance in program planning and consider the notion that guidance can be a part of a classroom teacher’s daily planning and instruction. To enhance your repertoire of counselling techniques and develop a personal counselling philosophy within the framework of Creating Pathways to Success and Ethical Guidelines for the Teaching Profession, you will deepen your understanding of the role of the guidance counsellor with respect to technology and access to various resources for enhancing and supporting student learning while building the skills your need to work collaboratively with in-school personnel, parents, and the community.

    The assumption is made that as a course candidate, you have experience working within the role of guidance counsellor in either the secondary or elementary setting; and, that if your school board does not provide elementary guidance counsellors, you have worked in the guidance-counsellor role in an informal setting.

    Prerequisites

    • Be a member in good standing with the OCT
    • Part 2 completed
    • Minimum TWO years certified teaching experience by the first day of the course, subsequent to certification including ONE year in Guidance and Career Education

    Documents Required

    • Signed Supervisory Officer's Form by course end date confirming teaching experience
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