Prior Learning Assessment | St. Clair College

Advanced Standing

Note: No Fee is required for any part of this assessment process.
Credit or exemption must be obtained for each of the six modules of the program. Each participant must complete Module I - IS 150 and Module VI - IS 650 in order to obtain their certificate. (If you have 10 years post-probationary seniority you are automatically given advanced standing for modules II through V).

Advanced credit standing may be awarded for up to a maximum of four (4) modules for Modules II through V by completing the following process:

  1. First, check the list of programs entitling you to specific direct transfer credits within the guidelines of the Policy Manual (section 6.2)
  2. If you feel that you are still eligible for further advanced standing based on other courses, experiences, etc., not within the guidelines, then complete the requirements in the chart below and submit together to the Program Office for assessment. Note: You can begin this process and at the same time register for Module I as this is a requirement for all participants.

The Program Office will send you a formal letter indicating those modules for which you have been granted advanced standing. Please allow two weeks upon our receipt of your material for this notification.

Submit the following to the Program Office:

  1. A copy of your current résumé. If your résumé is not up-to-date, take a few minutes to add some detail on your teaching career in the college system or your teaching experiences, recent professional development in general.
  2. Gather examples of curriculum you have developed which relate to the module outcomes (see below) for each module you are applying for. These examples should represent a good cross-section of the teaching materials that have been developed by you. For example, if you want credit in Module III, one of the learning outcomes is 3.2 (create meaningful learning objectives/outcome statements for your program and courses), select some examples of good learning objectives/outcomes you have written for your courses/ programs.
  3. Provide examples of your teaching skills that demonstrate the outcomes for the Module(s) for which you want credit. (see below). Be sure to highlight experiences that may not be covered in the other materials
  4. Make photocopies of any certificates you have from courses or professional development activities that relate to teaching.
  5. Use the cover letter and example of the attestation letter found at the end of this page, and ask your past or present supervisor(s) and a peer to complete them in detail. You should also give them a photocopy of the major learning outcomes of the module(s) in which you wish to receive advanced standing. They should write their letter(s) with these outcomes in mind.
  6. Mail your material for evaluation to the In-Service Program Office

In-Service Teacher Training Program Office
Box 10
St. Clair College
2000 Talbot Road West
Windsor, ON N9A 6S4

When the evaluation is complete, we will send you a report indicating advanced standing credits available to you. If you do not agree with the assessment, you will have an opportunity to appeal the decision.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for Modules II Through V

This section contains the major learning outcomes for each Module II through V. These are broadly stated outcomes.

You can use them in a number of ways:

  • Use them as a guide when you are choosing examples of curriculum (objectives, assignments, teaching notes, tests and quizzes)
  • If you are applying for advanced credit standing, give copies of these outcomes to everyone you ask to write on your behalf. They can then write attestation letters with these outcomes in mind.

MODULE II - Advanced Learning Strategies

This 36-hour module is the theoretical foundation of the program. It includes a number of exercises designed to help you recognize the diverse student learning needs that you may encounter. You will learn how to assess your teaching style, as well as the learning styles of your students/clients. You will also examine interpersonal relations, student motivation and students with special needs.
By the time you have finished this module, you will have had hands-on opportunities to identify, select, implement, and evaluate learning strategies that you feel are most appropriate for your particular teaching situation. Since this module is the “foundation” for the program, we strongly suggest that you complete it after Module 1.

At the completion of this module, participants should be able to:

  • Develop more effective working relationships with students/clients
  • Stimulate the students/clients' motivation to learn
  • Implement methods of identifying learning styles
  • Adapt teaching styles to various learning modalities
  • Describe ways to assist students with special needs

MODULE III - Advanced Educational Planning

This 24-hour module addresses a number of issues that must be considered for planning subjects, programs and or curriculum. What will the student learn? How, when and where will it be learned. How will learning happen? You will examine the impact planning has on the quality of your students' learning experience and learn methodologies which will assist you in developing better teaching experiences for your learners.

At the completion of this module, participants should be able to:

  • Assess the needs of your learners in terms of their experience, learning styles, interests and knowledge base
  • Analyze the effectiveness of a course outline
  • Discuss learning styles as an aspect of the planning process
  • Analyze the learning environment for its impact on learners
  • Assess learning resources for suitability and readability
  • Discuss evaluation methods as an aspect of the planning process

MODULE IV - Advanced Instructional Delivery

In this 24-hour module, you will review, select, and implement a number of teaching techniques and instructional aids appropriate to your teaching situation. You will also examine strategies to create a learning environment, both physical and emotional, for students to promote success.

At the completion of this module, participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the use of a variety of teaching techniques
  • Demonstrate the use of a variety of appropriate instructional aids to augment teaching
  • Create and maintain a learning environment that will promote success
  • Assess the suitability of a variety of approaches to the curricula that you teach

MODULE V - Advanced Instructional Evaluation

In this 24-hour module, you will examine advanced methods for evaluating student performance and teaching effectiveness.

You will explore ways to create and maintain a positive atmosphere for the evaluation of student performance. Grading and its significance both in your subject as well as in the institution will be discussed. You will also examine ways in which you can evaluate, formatively and summatively, the performance of your students.

A major assignment for this module will be to create a plan for regular ongoing evaluation of both your curriculum or program and your own professional growth.

At the completion of this module, participants should be able to:

  • Create a positive atmosphere for the evaluation of student performance
  • Demonstrate the use of a variety of appropriate instruments to evaluate, formatively and summatively, student/client performance
  • Create a plan for regular ongoing evaluation of curriculum