Honour Specialist – Computer Studies AQ (Western, Winter 2024, Online)

January 31, 2024 to April 17, 2024

  • Category: AQ, Online
  • Region: Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, GTA, Northern Ontario, Outside Ontario, Southern Ontario
  • Topic: Computer Studies
  • Grades: Intermediate (grades 7-10), Senior (grades 11-12)

This course will consist of:

  • a detailed study of curriculum guidelines and requirements for the subject from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 inclusive;
  • an overview of related subject guidelines;
  • child and adolescent development related to the subject;
  • development of programs to meet the special needs of students;
  • program evaluation;
  • student achievement evaluation;
  • print and non-print teaching materials;
  • study or research in the subject and its methodology;
  • a study of the leadership role in the particular subject area.


Course normally offered in Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter sessions.


  1. General Certificate of Qualification and Registration (CQR) showing Basic Qualification in a general education subject listed in Schedule A in at least one of Primary, Junior, Intermediate, or Senior Division.
  2. An acceptable university degree or qualifications that the Registrar considers to be equivalent to such a degree:
    1. that required four years of study at the undergraduate level;
    2. that required the completion of at least 120 university credits (20 full-year or equivalent courses);
    3. for which the candidate completed 54 university credits (9 full-year or equivalent courses) in Computer Studies; all credits must have earned at least second class or equivalent standing (minimum “B” average, or 70%).
  3. Evidence of at least two years (388 days) of successful teaching experience, of which at least one year (194 days) must be in Computer Studies, as certified by an appropriate supervisory officer. Teaching experience must be completed AFTER initial teacher certification and PRIOR to the first day of the course.

Those who do not meet the academic admission requirements for a single Honour Specialist qualification may wish to consider a Combined Honour Specialist program. Please see Admission Criteria for details.

If you hold a Transitional Certificate of Qualification and Registration, you cannot enroll in an Additional Qualifications course.

Teachers trained outside of Ontario, who wish to teach in Ontario, must be a fully registered member of the Ontario College of Teachers PRIOR to registration in an AQ course. Exceptions may be made for trained teachers from other jurisdictions who do not plan to teach in Ontario. Please contact [email protected] for more information.


We strongly advise having your transcript evaluated prior to enrollment in a course. Doing so will help us confirm your eligibility. To request a pre-evaluation, please forward a copy of your undergraduate transcript, in addition to the course title you wish to be considered for, and your OCT number to [email protected]. Please allow 5-7 business days for processing. We cannot guarantee a response for requests received within 10 days of the registration deadline. Registration is also contingent on space availability in the course.

Required Documentation

Upon registration we will confirm, via email from [email protected], documentation required for admission. All documentation must be received by the ASPIRE office prior to the course start date.


Some Western AQ courses are offered in a combined format, where candidates across Schedule A (ABQ), Schedule D, or Schedule E may be combined. As candidates participate in course discussions and collaborative inquiries they work towards achievement of their course-specific expectations. Research has shown that classes of a combined nature provide participants with increased opportunities for social and emotional growth.

  • Organizer: University of Western Ontario
  • Cost: See
  • Location: Online
  • Website:
  • Contact: ASPIRE Office
  • Phone: 519-661-2092
  • Email: [email protected]