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Curriculum, Intermediate-Senior (CURR)

All teacher candidates in the Intermediate-Senior program option MUST successfully complete two half-year Curriculum (CURR) courses in each of their two teaching subjects.  Curriculum courses are split into two sequential half-courses, with an odd number for the fall term course and an even number for the winter term course.  Each subject's fall term course is a prerequisite for the winter term course.  The calendar wording for each of the CURR courses (below) indicates that, together, the fall and winter courses complete the content and objectives for each of the teaching subjects, as agreed to by the Ontario College of Teachers.

Teaching Subject Fall course Winter course
Science-Biology CURR 303       CURR 304
Science-Chemistry CURR 305 CURR 306
Computer Studies CURR 309 CURR 310
Dramatic Arts CURR 311 CURR 312
English CURR 317 CURR 318
Français langue seconde CURR 321 CURR 322
Geography CURR 323 CURR 324
History CURR 335 CURR 336
Native Studies CURR 341 CURR 342
Mathematics CURR 343 CURR 344
Music-Vocal CURR 345 CURR 346
Health and Physical Education CURR 347 CURR 348
Science-Physics CURR 351 CURR 352
Music-Instrumental CURR 365 CURR 366
Visual Arts CURR 379 CURR 380
CURR 303/3.0 Introduction to Biology Teaching (IS)
This course provides an introduction to science teaching with a biology focus at the Intermediate-Senior levels. Teacher candidates plan science lessons using a variety of meaningful and relevant learning activities designed to support critical thinking about science and how it is connected to technology, society and the environment.  The effectiveness of these lessons will be explored within the context of teacher candidates' practica experiences.
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CURR 304/3.0 Biology Teaching in Theory and Practice
Teacher candidates will connect their practical knowledge and skills to education research to allow them to progress from a concern about teaching to a concern about supporting and judging the quality of student learning.  This course provides opportunities for self-directed learning about the nature of science and the preparation of teaching and learning resources. PREREQUISITE: CURR 303
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CURR 305/3.0 Science - Chemistry (IS)
Provides an introduction from a chemistry focus to the theoretical concepts and practical skills necessary for successful and effective teaching of Intermediate-Senior science.  Course includes an examination of science content and teaching strategies (including laboratory work and demonstrations).
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CURR 306/3.0 Science - Chemistry (IS)
Utilizing a curriculum framework to explore the nature of science, science teaching and learning,  Emphasis is placed upon lesson planning, meta-cognition, evaluation and the interrelationships between science, technology, society and the environment. PREREQUISITE: CURR 305
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CURR 309/3.0 Introduction to Teaching Computer Studies (IS)
Prepares candidates to obtain a Computer Studies qualification and to teach the corresponding courses. Topics: Ministry expectations; College of Teachers standards of practice; developing an approach to teaching; assessment of learning; finding, adapting, and developing teaching and learning resources; teaching problem-solving and programming.
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CURR 310/3.0 Theories of Teaching and Learning in Computer Studies (IS)
Continuation of CURR309 with additional emphasis on developing a philosophy of teaching computer studies; project work and knowledge building; organizing computing facilities; current developments in information technology; and ongoing professional development. PREREQUISITE: CURR 309
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CURR 311/3.0 Dramatic Arts (IS)
An introduction to the theory and practice of dramatic arts in Intermediate-Senior education. Candidates will explore the elements of dramatic expression and develop an understanding of the intrinsic and extrinsic value of drama/theatre in education. Consideration will be given to the Ontario Curriculum in Dramatic Arts, lesson planning, the assessment of student achievement in dramatic activities, and issues related to the practicum experience.
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CURR 312/3.0 Dramatic Arts (IS)
Continued study of the theory and practice of dramatic arts education. Candidates will continue to explore the educational value of dramatic expression with a particular focus on long term planning. Consideration will be given to aspects of curriculum design, unit planning and the assessment of student achievement in a unit, topics in drama for unit development, and issues related to the experience of a novice educator. PREREQUISITE: CURR 311.
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CURR 317/3.0 Introduction to Teaching English (IS)
Provides an orientation to the profession of English teaching and develops familiarity with curriculum documents, curriculum development and course planning.  Teacher candidates will explore the pragmatic issues of teaching English and learn a variety of teaching approaches.  The course emphasizes practice informed by theoretical perspectives.
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CURR 318/3.0 Theories of Teaching and Learning in English (IS)
Provides opportunities to develop awareness of theoretical perspectives underpinning practice and explores a variety of teaching methodologies.  Teacher candidates will learn about theories of curriculum, learning, and English education.  The course emphasizes the movement from experiencing learning events as a student to interpreting those events from the perspective of a teacher. PREREQUISITE: CURR 317
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CURR 321/3.0 Français langue seconde (IS)
Dans ce cours on se penche sur les notions pédagogiques en mettant l'accent sur l'enseignement aux niveaux intermédiaire et terminal. On vise à faire un tour d'horizon complet des connaissances et des applications pratiques dans le but d'amener tous les apprenants à développer leur style d'enseignement propre en adéquation avec la situation actuelle dans le domaine des langues. Une connaissance supérieure du français est nécessaire. Toutefois il y a lieu de parfaire ses connaissances durant l'année pour des corrections d'ordre minimal. Un séjour immersif d'une durée de six mois est recommandé. Les sujets abordés se rapportent aux approches, aux démarches, aux directives du ministère (immersion, approche communicative..., restructuration, intégration, interdisciplinaire...), à la gestion du temps (objectifs, progression, planification, les savoirs, la culture et la littérature, le contrôle des connaissances), à la psychopédagogie (rôles, groupements, procédés et moyens, collaboration), et à la psycholinguistique. De nombreuses applications pratiques individuelles et en groupes sont intégrées au programme.
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CURR 322/3.0 Français langue seconde (IS)
Continuation of CURR 321. PREREQUISITE: CURR 321
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CURR 323/3.0 Geography (IS)
Using a Geography context, the program provides instruction in basic lesson planning,  short term & long term planning, assessment and evaluation as well as essential classroom management.  Participants become familiar with the various Ministry of Education curriculum documents and resources related to teaching IS Geography.  In addition, there is a strong focus on exploring supplementary resources related to teaching contemporary Geography.
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CURR 324/3.0 Geography (IS)
This course builds upon the foundation established in CURR323 as well as the experience candidates gained in the fall practicum.  Emphasis here is placed on a wide range of support resources and teaching methodologies which are explored using a variety of specialized guest speakers.  There is a strong emphasis on the cooperative development and sharing of curriculum ideas and resources within the class.  During this part of the course, there is usually an opportunity for candidates to sign up for an “optional” supplementary lab component providing hands-on experience in the use of GIS/GPS software and applications appropriate to grades 7-12.  The final section of the course consolidates and synthesizes the combined dimensions and experiences of CURR323 and CURR324. PREREQUISITE: CURR 323
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CURR 335/3.0 Introduction to Teaching History (IS)
Provides an initial orientation to teaching History through exposure to a variety of teaching approaches, questioning techniques, lesson design and curriculum documents. The course explores engaging methodologies in the art of teaching History and citizenship in national and global contexts.
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CURR 336/3.0 History Teaching in Theory and Practice (IS)
Provides candidates with opportunities to deepen their commitment to helping young people appreciate and understand the tragedies and triumphs of the human experience. Recent social and cultural developments in the discipline of History are addressed: the nature of the social sciences, historical and critical thinking, teaching for understanding. Curriculum study is advanced through unit design and subject integration. Print and recent electronic resources are explored. PREREQUISITE: CURR 335
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CURR 341/3.0 Native Studies (IS)
For candidates planning to teach Native Studies at the Intermediate and Senior levels. Integrated with the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training document, "People of Native Ancestry: Curriculum Guideline for the Senior Division", and the sections of the Native Studies Intermediate Curriculum Guideline 1991 focusing specifically on the Ministry credit courses for Grades 9 and 10, "Native Peoples of Canada: Present Realities and Future Directions", and "Native Perspectives on the Changing Global Community". Theories pertaining to curriculum development are examined in conjunction with curriculum models developed and implemented in Aboriginal schools. Reviews and evaluates Native Studies curriculum development for non-Aboriginal and integrated schools and Native Studies curricula developed under Aboriginal control. Provides the candidate with skills to evaluate teaching materials and assess curriculum models, to evaluate theories of curriculum development and to design teaching units based on those theories. Allows both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal candidates to learn about materials and other resources that are available, and also familiarizes candidates with a variety of approaches for teaching Native Studies in the Intermediate and Senior divisions.
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CURR 342/3.0 Native Studies (IS)
Continuation of CURR 341. PREREQUISITE: CURR 341
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CURR 343/3.0 Mathematics Teaching and Learning: Curriculum and Practice (IS)
This course introduces the theory and practice of teaching mathematics in the Intermediate and Senior levels. Integrating relevant ideas and content from psychology, sociology and mathematics education, the course provides teacher candidates with the opportunities to develop a critical appraisal of curriculum documents and associated professional resources. Teacher candidates will engage in collaborative activities examining the use of technology for mathematics classrooms, exploring the nature of assessment and evaluation of student mathematics achievement, and continuing their development of expertise in teaching.
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CURR 344/3.0 Mathematics Teaching and Learning: Classroom practice and Impact (IS)
This course provides a deeper exploration of the relationship between teaching and learning mathematics at the intermediate and senior levels with issues such as culture, gender, special needs, equity, subject history, student motivation, achievement, and performance. Teacher candidates will engage in collaborative activities that give them opportunities to move from a concern about teaching into a concern about the impact on students’ learning. An integrated approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics considers technology, diverse teaching and learning strategies, and current trends in classroom practice.
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CURR 345/365 3.0 Introduction to Teaching lnstrumental and Choral Music (IS)
(CURR 345 Music-Vocal candidates only, CURR 365 Music-Instrumental candidates only; both are combined in one class.)
Provides an initial orientation to music teaching at the secondary level with emphasis on both choral and instrumental music.  Lesson and unit planning are practiced in the context of exploring teaching and authentic assessment strategies that meet Ontario curriculum requirements.
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CURR 346/366 3.0 Music Teaching in Theory and Practice (IS)
(CURR 346 Music-Vocal candidates only, CURR 366 Music-Instrumental candidates only; both are combined in one class.)
Provides opportunities to explore theoretical and practical aspects of teaching and assessing creativity, performance, music theory and analysis. The course includes a focus on developing instrumental and choral music programs, on the development of a career as a music teacher, and on judging the quality of student's learning. The course also provides an opportunity for self-directed learning in the preparation of a teaching resource.
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CURR 347/3.0 Health and Physical Education    (IS)
Intended to explore health content, philosophies and methodologies from Grade 7 to 12.  The major method of delivery is participator-lecture, demonstrations, student presentations and projects which are skill-oriented and practical.  Some of the health topics in the Ontario Curriculum Guidelines are discussed.  Compulsory and important health topics in the Ontario Curriculum Guidelines are fully developed and demonstrated.
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CURR 348/3.0 Health and Physical Education (IS)
The impact of current health issues in the classroom is reviewed. The physical education portion includes laboratory sessions in many sports including basketball, dance, volleyball, soccer, fitness, games of low organization, outdoor recreation and leisure time sports activities. These lab sessions demonstrate lesson sequences, class organization, use of materials and visual aids, safety considerations and use of a variety of teaching styles. Included are methods of evaluation of students and programs, extensive lesson planning, curriculum development and maintain a balanced program of curricular, interschool and intramural activities. PREREQUISITE: CURR 347.
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CURR 351/3.0 Introduction to Teaching Physics (IS)
Provides an initial orientation to science teaching at the secondary level, with particular attention to the teaching of physics.  Lesson and unit planning are practiced in the context of exploring teaching procedures that engage students in activities that provide an experiential basis for their learning.
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CURR 352/3.0 Physics Teaching in Theory and Practice (IS)
Provides opportunities to consider the theoretical bases of engaging teaching practices and the practical implications of research on the teaching of physics.  The course includes a focus on planning for the first days of teaching, for the development of a career as a science teacher, and for judging the quality of students' learning.  The course also provides an opportunity for self-directed learning in the preparation of a teaching resource.
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CURR 365/3.0 Introduction to Teaching lnstrumental and Choral Music (IS)
(Music-Instrumental candidates only)
See course description for CURR 345CURR 345 and CURR 365 are combined in one class.
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CURR 366/3.0 Music Teaching in Theory and Practice (IS)
(Music-Instrumental candidates only)
See course description for CURR 346CURR 346 and CURR 366 are combined in one class.
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CURR 379/3.0 Visual Arts (IS)
Concerned with the theory and practice of art in education. Candidates explore the discipline and philosophy related to visual education as well as teaching strategies, curriculum planning, classroom management, studio processes and leadership in the visual arts. Candidates have the opportunity to acquire professional skills needed to teach art in traditional schools as well as alternate educational settings. Practical work sessions, in a variety of media, allow the candidates to further experiment with skills methods and materials involved in studio practice.
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CURR 380/3.0 Visual Arts (IS)
Continuation of CURR 379. PREREQUISITE: CURR 379.
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