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TS2s offered at U of T Mississauga

Intermediate-Senior level teacher candidates are required to have a Second Teaching Subject (TS2) in addition to their anchor subject (Chemistry, French, or Mathematics).  The TS2 could either be a second Major or a Minor.  However, if selecting a Minor in a TS2 subject area, please note that the number of credits that the University requires for the Minor may be different from the number of credits needed to satisfy a TS2.  For example, a Minor in Biology at U of T Mississauga is comprised of 4.0 credits.  However, to have a TS2 in Biology for CTEP, 5.0 credits are required.

In addition to declaring a subject POSt on ROSI for a second Major or Minor, teacher candidates in CTEP must also declare a TS2 by the end of their second year of study.   Below is a listing of available TS2s offered at U of T Mississauga and their corresponding ROSI codes.

Computer Studies
ERTS20422

4.0 full university credits in computing

Dramatic Arts
ERTS20135

4.0 full university credits in Drama. Courses in acting and performance are recommended.

Economics
ERTS20050

4.0 full university credits in Economics

English
ERTS20319

4.0 full university credits in English

Family Studies
ERTS20230

4.0 full university credits in areas such as, Aging/Gerontology, Child Psychology, Family Economics, Gender Issues, Adolescent Psychology, Family Law, Women’s Studies, Human Sexuality, Interpersonal/Gender Communication, Multiculturalism in Canada, Nutrition and Well-being. Please note there is no program called Family Studies – students will likely be enrolled in Sociology, Psychology, etc.  Not all courses in Psychology, Sociology, or Women and Gender Studies will count toward this TS2.  Please see your CTEP Academic Advisor for further details or course approval.

French as a Second Language
ERTS20325

5.0 full university credits in French. Oral and written proficiency must also be demonstrated before enrolling in I/S French in Years 4 or 5.

Geography
ERTS20740

4.0 full university credits in Geography. Courses in physical and social Geography are recommended.

History
ERTS20750

4.0 full university credits in History. Up to 1 full course in Political Science, Philosophy, or subject-specific history such as Art History, Music History or Religious/Church History can be counted towards this prerequisite. Courses in Canadian History are recommended.

International Languages – Italian
ERTS20340

5.0 full university credits in Italian.  Oral and written proficiency must also be demonstrated before enrolling in I/S Italian in Years 4 or 5.

Mathematics
ERTS20652

4.0 full university credits in Mathematics

Politics
ERTS20760

4.0 full university credits in Political Science

Science: Biology
ERTS20412

5.0 full university credits in Science which include a minimum of four full courses in Biology. Biochemistry is accepted as Chemistry or Biology. Courses in Botany, Zoology, and life sciences such as Anatomy, Physiology, Immunology and Genetics are accepted as Biology.  Psychology courses are not accepted towards this prerequisite.

Science: Chemistry
ERTS20420

5.0 full university credits in Science which include a minimum of 4 full courses in Chemistry.  Biochemistry is accepted as Chemistry or Biology. Courses in areas such as Chemical Engineering and Geochemistry can be accepted as Chemistry.

Science: General
ERTS20430

5.0 full university credits in Science which include a minimum of 1 full course in each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. “Science” refers to Biology, Chemistry, and Physics (including the equivalencies listed with each of these areas). Psychology courses are not accepted towards this prerequisite.

Science: Physics
ERTS20470

5.0 full university credits in Science which include a minimum of 4 full courses in Physics. Courses in areas such as Astrophysics, Biomechanics and Geophysics are accepted as Physics.

Social Sciences – General
ERTS20165

4.0 full university credits in any Psychology, Sociology or Anthropology, or combination thereof.

Visual Arts
ERTS20190

4.0 full university credits in Visual Arts or postsecondary equivalent. Candidates must have studio-oriented experience. Up to 1 full course in art history can be accepted towards this prerequisite.
NB:  Students enrolled in the joint UTM/Sheridan Art & Art History Program have priority over 300 and 400-level courses.  Remaining spaces will be available based on successful ballots.

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Notes on Teaching Subjects

Students selecting two science Teaching Subjects must have a minimum of 8.0 credits in the sciences and these must include the prerequisite courses for each of the selected science Teaching Subjects.  This regulation is applicable only to Chemistry, Physics, and/or Biology.  Neither Mathematics nor other science courses are included in this provision.

Unless enrolled in a Specialist, a student’s TS2 should either be their second Major, or one of their two Minors.

Unsure if a specific course counts toward a TS2?  Contact your CTEP Academic Advisor for assistance.

CTE 100, 200, 250 or 388 cannot be counted towards a Teaching Subject prerequisite.

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Frequently Asked Questions About TS2s

Why aren’t Sociology or Psychology minors available as second teaching subjects if they are taught in high school? 

You could do a Social Sciences – General teaching subject.  However, there are limited numbers of jobs available for these courses. It is better to complete the credit requirements for another teaching subject that is in higher demand.  You may then consider taking Social Sciences as an Additional Qualifications (AQ) course  after completion of your BEd degree. Most teachers continue to take such courses throughout their careers to become qualified in other areas.  AQ courses are offered through all universities where there is a Faculty of Education.

I am interested in teaching World Religions in high school. If I do Historical Studies Major with 4 or 5 courses in Religion would I be able to take History as a second teaching subject?

Although it is possible to take History courses all in one area or period (e.g. Medieval History), we strongly recommend that you take courses in History that provide wide ranging perspectives of Canada and the world through reflection on both the recent and distant past. This provides you with a broader knowledge base which will better prepare you to teach the range of History courses offered in Ontario high schools.

If you would like to teach the Grade 11 Social Science area course in World Religions, you should be aware that most courses in History of Religions are taught through the University’s Historical Studies Department. However, note that Social Sciences – General is also an appropriate teaching subject for those who are interested in teaching this course.

To teach the Grade 11 World Religions course, an Additional Qualifications course in this subject area must be completed once you have graduated with your BEd degree.  It is not possible to choose History of Religions as a second teaching subject.  If this is a strong interest of yours, it would be wise to do a double minor in History and History of Religions. For the purposes of CTEP, your TS2 would be History and then you could take an Additional Qualifications course in World Religions upon graduation.

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