Biological Chemistry (Specialist), Honours Bachelor of Science / Master of Teaching

Bio Chm (Spec) HBSc / MT: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Overview

The Combined Degree Program (CDP): UTSC, ​Honours Bachelor of Scienc​e, Specialist in Biological Chemistry / Master of Teaching is designed for students interested in studying the intersections of science and education, coupled with professional teacher preparation.

Students earn an honours bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto Scarborou​gh (UTSC) ​and an accredited professional Master of Teaching (MT) degree at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). They will be recommended to the Ontario College of Teachers for an Ontario Teacher’s Certificate of Qualifications as elementary or secondary school teachers.​ Distinct advantages ​include:

  • early application to the MT program (in Year 3) and conditional admission to the MT program;

  • eligibility for certification as a teacher in Ontario; and

  • ​​eligibility to apply for doctoral study.

This CDP permits the completion of both degrees in six years with 1.0 credit (full-course equivalent [FCE]) that may be counted towards bo​th the undergraduate and graduate degrees.

For a general description of CDPs, see General Regulations section 1.4​.3.​​

Contact

Honours Bachelor of Science​​ Program
University of Toronto Scarborough
Web: www.utsc.utoronto.ca/physsci/
Email: mdefreitas@utsc.utoronto.ca (Marcelle DeFreitas, Combined Degree Programs Coordinator)

Master of Teaching Program
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Web: www.oise.utoronto.ca/mt
Email: mtinfo@utoronto.ca​

Bio Chm (Spec) HBSc / MT: Application Process

  • Applicants must apply to the Honours Bachelor of Science (HBSc) program, the MT program, and the CDP.

  • Qualified students in Year 3 of their HBSc degree program apply to the MT program; those accepted will receive a conditional offer to start the MT program upon completion of their HBSc program and degree requirements.​

Bio Chm (Spec) HBSc / MT: Requirements

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must be admitted to the HBSc degree program and the Biological Chemistry specialist program.

  • Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and the MT program.

  • Applicants to the HBSc program must:

    • Be enrolled full-time and in good standing;

    • Have a B+ average (cumulative grade point average [CGPA] of 3.3) or higher in Year 2;

    • Carry a full course load of 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) each year (i.e., complete a minimum of 5.0 FCEs over the three academic sessions [Fall, Winter, Summer]).

  • To be given full, unconditional admission to the MT program, applicants must:

    • Maintain a B+ average (CGPA of 3.3) or higher in their final year of study in the HBSc program or over upper-level (C- and D-level) courses​;

    • Achieve at least a B+ average in the 1.0 graduate FCE taken in Year 4;

    • Complete the requirements of their HBSc program;

    • Be conferred with the HBSc degree;

    • Provide at least two letters of reference (visit the Master of Teaching website for more information);

    • Regardless of the option to which they are applying (i.e., Primary/Junior, Junior/Intermediate, or Intermediate/Senior), complete the prerequisites for two teaching subjects as follows:​

      • At least 6.0 FCEs in their first teaching subject and at least 3.0 FCEs in their second teaching subject. Some secondary teaching subjects require more than 3.0 FCEs regardless of whether they are selected as the first or second teaching subject. Visit the Master of Teaching website​ ​for more information.

      • At least 3.0 FCEs in their first teaching subject and at least 1.5 FCE in their second teaching subject by the time they are conditionally admitted to the MT program.

      • Completion of the specialist in Biological Chemistry fulfils the 6.0 FCEs required for Science-Biology, Science-Chemistry, or Science-General as a first teaching subject. Students may need to complete additional courses to fulfil the minimum 3.0 FCEs for their second teaching subject. Students should consult often with their HBSc academic progra​m supervisor to ensure they fulfil all the requirements of the CDP.​

  • In their Statement of Intent, applicants should indicate their preferred option (i.e., Primary/Junior, Junior/Intermediate, or Intermediate/Senior) and describe three significant teaching and/or teaching-related experiences that they have had, especially with groups of children. With reference to these experiences, applicants should identify insights gained about teaching and learning, and explain how, based on these insights, they might contribute to the education of students in today's schools. On their resumé, applicants are requested to list, in chart form, the extent of their teaching experiences. The chart should include dates, location of experience, role, and number of hours working with students.

  • The 22 eligible teaching subjects (note that not all teaching subjects are offered this year):​

    1. Business studies: accounting

    2. Business studies: general

    3. Dramatic arts

    4. English

    5. French as a second language

    6. Geography

    7. Health and physical education

    8. History

    9. International language: German

    10. International language: Italian

    11. International language: Spanish

    12. International language: other

    13. Mathematics

    14. Music: instrumental

    15. Music: vocal

    16. Religious education

    17. Science: biology

    18. Science: chemistry

    19. Science: physics

    20. Science: general

    21. Social science: general

    22. Visual arts.​

  • ​​​Please see the contact information ​to find details on each program’s admission requirements.

​Academic Path to Completion

Every CDP involves a specific combination of approved degree programs. The CDP requ​irements build on those of the two separate degree programs. Each CDP has a unique pattern of academic activity year by year.​

​Y​e​ar

​​Progres​sion

​​Specific Requirements*

​​​1 to 4
  • HBSc degree requirements.
  • In Year 4, complete 1.0 full-course equivalent (FCE) in graduate courses.
  • By the end of Year 4, fulfil both the undergraduate program requirements and undergraduate degree requirements.
  • Students must complete all HBSc program requirements and degree requirements.
    • This includes a minimum of 6.0 FCEs in the first teaching subject and a minimum of 3.0 FCEs in the second teaching subject.1
  • Students are expected to carry a full course load of 5.0 FCEs over the three academic sessions (Fall, Winter, Summer) of each year.
  • In Year 3, qualified students may apply to the MT program and the CDP and may be offered conditional admission.
  • By the end of Year 3, complete at least half of the teaching subjects' prerequisite courses (i.e., 3.0 FCEs in the first teaching subject and 1.5 FCEs in the second teaching subject).
  • In Year 4, students who receive a conditional offer of admission to the CDP must complete any two of the elective half courses recommended for CDP students. These courses (1.0 FCE) are counted towards the completion of both the HBSc degree (20.0 FCEs) and MT degree (10.0 FCEs).
  • By the end of Year 4, fulfil both the undergraduate program requirements and the undergraduate degree requirements.
​​​5
  • Remaining courses from Year 1 of the MT program.
  • 4.5 FCEs of Year 1 MT program requirements.
​​​6
  • Remaining courses from Year 2 of the MT program.
  • 4.5 FCEs of Year 2 MT program requirements.
​​1 The teaching subjects French (Second Language), Science-Biology, Science-Chemistry, Science-Physics, and Science-General require a minimum of 6.0 FCEs in university courses regardless of whether these teaching subjects are first or second subject specializations.​
​​​* The MT program has three options: Primary/Junior, Junior/Intermediate, and Intermediate/Senior. The specific requirements vary based on which option is selected. For details, see the MT cal​endar entry​.​