Teaching Subjects

Intermediate / Senior

Candidates must prepare to teach two subjects from the following list with at least six full-year (or equivalent) university courses in the first teaching subject and three full-year (or equivalent) university courses in the second teaching subject:

  • Business Studies (Accounting, Entrepreneurship, General or Info and Communication Technology)
  • Computer Studies
  • Dance
  • Dramatic Arts
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • Family Studies
  • French as a Second Language
  • Geography
  • Health and Physical Education
  • History
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Music - Instrumental
  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Religious Education in the Catholic Schools
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, General, Physics, General)
  • Social Sciences General
  • Visual Arts

Ineligible Teaching Subject Combinations

Any combination of:

  • Two Business-related teaching subjects
  • Business and Economics teaching subjects
  • Business and Computer Science teaching subjects
  • Economics and Computer Science teaching subjects

Important Notes

Business Studies

As a first teaching subject, at least three full-year (or equivalent) courses from the teaching subject selected and the remaining courses may be from a related business field. As a second teaching subject, at least two full-year (or equivalent) courses from the teaching subject selected.

Applicants cannot select any combination of Business Studies as their two teaching subjects. Applicants may select only one from the four business options offered - only one of Accounting, Entrepreneurship, General, or Information and Communication Technology.

Applicants cannot combine any of the Business Studies with Economics for their two teaching subjects. Applicants cannot combine any of the Business Studies with Computer Studies for their two teaching subjects.

English

You must have four full-year (or equivalent) courses in the teaching subject with at least three full-year (or equivalent) courses spanning three of the following subject areas: Shakespeare, Canadian Literature, Post-Colonial and Gender Studies and Language & Writing.

Environmental Science

The best preparation for teaching environmental science is a BSc degree or an equivalent Honours degree in environmental science. You are required to have at least six full‑year university courses or equivalent in the first teaching subject.

Family Studies

As a first teaching subject, six full-year (or equivalent) courses in Family Studies, or three full-year (or equivalent) courses from Psychology, Sociology or Social Science or a combination of these courses, and the remaining three full-year (or equivalent) courses from Early Childhood Education, Business Studies, Health Studies or Fashion Studies, in any combination. As a second teaching subject, three
full-year (or equivalent) courses in Family Studies, or two full-year (or equivalent) courses from Psychology, Sociology or Social Science or any combination, and one full-year (or equivalent) course in ECE, Business Studies, Health Studies or Fashion Studies.

Fine Arts (Dance, Dramatic Arts, Music-Instrumental and/or Visual Arts)

As a first teachable must have six full-year (or equivalent) courses in the teaching subject of which three full year (or equivalent) courses are studio, and second teachable three full year (or equivalent) courses and two full year (or equivalent) courses are studio.

French as a Second Language

Applicants must have six full year courses (or equivalent) in French. Three full year courses or equivalent in language and one full year course or equivalent in Linguistics. As a second teaching subject must have 3 full year courses (or equivalent) in French. Two full year courses in language and one full year course or equivalent in Linguistics.

Geography

You must have four full-year (or equivalent) courses in the teaching subject. It is recommended applicants have a course in "Introduction to Geoinformatics" (or its equivalent).

Health and Physical Education

As a first and second teachable you must have four practicum (PKIN) activity courses; from the six core areas. The six core areas include: aquatics, team sports, individual and dual sports, dance/gymnastics, track and field and emergency care.

History

You must have four full-year (or equivalent) courses in the teaching subject with at least one full-year (or equivalent) Canadian History course. As well, applicants will be given preference if other History courses reflect the diverse nature of society. Thus, we would recommend Social History courses (involving themes such as race, gender, ethnicity and class), and courses reflecting the histories of non-western nations.

Law

Criminology and Law & Society courses as well as courses from a LLB degree will be acceptable.

Mathematics

You must have four full-year (or equivalent) courses in the teaching subject with at least three full-year (or equivalent) courses in spanning all of the following subject areas: Calculus, Linear Algebra, Probability and Statistics, and proof-based Mathematics. Statistics courses taken in other subject areas (e.g. Psychology or Sociology) will only account for a maximum of one half course towards the teaching subject requirement.

Science - Biology

Applicants may use Kinesiology courses towards their teaching subject, provided the Kinesiology courses contain sufficient human anatomy or physiology topics.

Science - General

You must have four full-year (or equivalent) courses in the teaching subject with a combination of at least three full-year (or equivalent) courses spanning two of the following subject areas:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

We accept additional courses from Earth and Atmospheric Space Science or Natural Science.

Social Sciences - General

Applicants must have completed courses in at least three full-year (or equivalent) courses spanning two of the following subject areas:

  • Anthropology
  • Humanities
  • Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Social Science

There is potential for conflicts or repetition in choosing similar teaching subjects, such as ones that fall under the business, computer studies or economics, geography, environmental science and science category. Although you may select these combinations, we would like to advise you that you may have the same course director and same course outline for both teaching subject classes. Some teaching subjects (e.g. Classical Studies), depending on numbers, may only be available through independent study courses.

Junior /  Intermediate

Candidates must prepare to teach one subject from the following list with at least four full-year (or equivalent) university courses in the teaching subject.

Dance

You must have four full-year (or equivalent) undergraduate courses in the teaching subject, with at least two of these being studio courses.

Dramatic Arts

You must have four full-year (or equivalent) undergraduate courses in the teaching subject, with at least two of these being studio courses.

English

Applicants must have completed at least three full-year (or equivalent) courses spanning three of the following subject areas: Shakespeare, Canadian Literature, Post-Colonial and Gender Studies and Language & Writing.

French as a Second Language

Applicants must have four full year courses (or equivalent) in French. Three full year courses or equivalent in language and one full year course or equivalent in Linguistics.

Geography

Applicants must have a full course in "Introduction to Geoinformatics" (or equivalent).

Health and Physical Education

You must have four practicum (PKIN) activity courses; from the six core areas. The six core areas include: aquatics, team sports, individual and dual sports, dance/gymnastics, track and field and emergency care.

History

Applicants must have at least one full-year (or equivalent) Canadian History course. As well, applicants will be given preference if other History courses reflect the diverse nature of society. Thus, we would recommend Social History courses (involving themes such as race, gender, ethnicity and class), and courses reflecting the histories of non-western nations.

Mathematics

Applicants must have completed three full-year (or equivalent) courses spanning all of the following subject areas: Calculus, Linear Algebra, Probability and Statistics, and proof-based Mathematics. Statistics courses taken in other subject areas (e.g. Psychology or Sociology) will only account for a maximum of one half course towards the teaching subject requirement.

Music - Instrumental (not Vocal)

You must have four full-year (or equivalent) undergraduate courses in the teaching subject, with at least two of these being studio courses.

Science - General

Applicants must have completed a combination of at least three full-year (or equivalent) courses spanning two of the following subject areas: Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. We accept additional courses from Earth and Atmospheric Space Science or Natural Science.

Visual Arts

You must have four full-year (or equivalent) undergraduate courses in the teaching subject, with at least two of these being studio courses.