New undergraduate and graduate for-credit degree programs that have been approved by the Quality Council on or after September 1, 2011 are detailed in this database, which can be searched in multiple ways: by university, year, program level and/or keyword.
Program Approvals: Trent University
Trent University’s Master of Instrumental Chemical Analysis is a one-year degree program consisting of two terms of course work with practical elements and a third term internship. Graduates will gain a sound understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of modern mass spectrometric and chromatographic instruments, and will undertake real analyses and data work during an internship in the final term. Trent University is uniquely placed to develop and offer such a program, due to its Water Quality Centre which has been recognized as one of the world’s best facilities for analysis of a wide variety of elements and compounds, primarily of environmental concern. The program responds to the critical need for graduates who have a theoretical understanding of how modern instruments function and the skills to actually operate them. Graduates will pursue careers in a broad range of disciplines in commercial, industry, academic and government laboratories.
The Master of Science in Forensic Science is a one-year, professional course-based program designed for students interested in pursuing a professional career in the forensic sciences. The program combines academic instruction with practical application and professional orientation. Students are provided with an understanding of the value of research and case-specific experimentation as well as nurturing and developing effective communication techniques to present technical scientific analysis to scientific and non-scientific audiences. The program consists of three terms; courses in terms 1 and 2 are designed for students to learn and implement best practices in crime scene investigation as well as forensic biology, toxicology, physical sciences and expert witness testimony. The final term will be a designated full-time project, where students will complete an independent research project at a recognized academic, private or public sector institution.
Trent University’s Graduate Diploma (Type 3) in Instrumental Chemical Analysis is composed of two terms of course work with practical elements. The Diploma is aimed at students who have practical experience with the operation of analytical equipment. Emphasis will be placed on providing graduates with the theoretical fundamentals of mass spectrometry and chromatography, as well as the operation and maintenance of a new set of instruments. Trent University is uniquely placed to develop and offer such a program, due to its Water Quality Centre which has been recognized as one of the world’s best facilities for analysis of a wide variety of elements and compounds, primarily of environmental concern. The program responds to the critical need for graduates with both the theoretical understanding of how modern instruments function and the skills to actually operate them. Graduates will pursue careers in a broad range of disciplines in commercial, industry, academic and government laboratories.
Building on previously acquired entry to practice Registered Nurse competencies, this graduate diploma in mental health nursing is aimed at Registered Nurses who wish to become clinical practice leaders in the specialty of mental health and addictions nursing. Participants will engage in a five course program of study distributed over five semesters. The primary method of delivery is asynchronous online learning using the Blackboard learning platform, with readings, online discussions, and assignments distributed over a 12 week semester. In addition, in each semester, learners will participate in two eight hour on-campus workshops led by a faculty member, which will include a variety of active learning and simulation experiences. Graduates of this program will be awarded a graduate diploma in Mental Health and Addictions Nursing.
The M.Ed. in Educational Studies program will prepare students to make significant contributions to an increasingly complex world by experiencing personal and professional development that is enhanced by global perspectives, experiential learning and an over-arching interdisciplinary approach. Students will draw on the expertise of core faculty from education, business administration, Canadian studies, English literature, Indigenous studies, history and psychology who offer courses that involve collaboration across theoretical perspectives and frameworks.
The program will attract professionals in the field of education with its educational foci, such as medical/nursing teaching, environmental education, intersecting areas of psychology and education, and social work. It will also meet the needs of the local teaching profession who desire a higher professional degree; something increasingly seen as essential for professional advancement.
Focus will be on: curriculum, critical literacies, and leadership and education administration.
The BSc Honours in Environmental Geoscience integrates the disciplines of geology, biology, chemistry and geography to study the interaction between human activities and earth systems. The proposed program will strengthen Trent’s reputation for excellence in teaching and research in Interdisciplinary Environmental Science and will be housed in the recently established Trent School of the Environment (TSE). In Canada, professional accreditation is a legal requirement for individuals working in the field of geoscience and the curriculum of this program has been carefully designed to satisfy the ‘minimum knowledge requirements’ of the ‘Environmental Geoscience’ stream identified by Geoscientists Canada (https://geoscientistscanada.ca). Students will receive strong foundational training in geoscience, and develop breadth of knowledge in the other sciences. Students will further their knowledge and experience with a capstone experiential learning opportunity in fourth year, and a compulsory field course will provide opportunities to apply and master geoscience techniques.
A unique new interdisciplinary degree program, Child and Youth Studies, will be offered as both a General and Honours degree, with a focus on how children and youth learn through play, and understanding the “curriculum of being a child”. With a strong foundation in sociology, psychology, and education this degree inspires students to think about child and youth development through the eyes of a child. Using a non-traditional and asset oriented view of child and youth, the program will consider creative engagement and how children play with simple and complex ideas such as: family and belonging; citizenship and collaboration; identity and emotional development; cognition and intellectual development; playing with math ideas, language and literature; and fantasy play and the imagination. Students will learn about child and youth rights and legal issues, and how children develop emotionally, socially, intellectually and physically. They will also gain a deep understanding of how to apply playful pedagogies for learning, especially in the areas of math and language. The curriculum will have a rich focus on creative engagement, theatre and the arts.
The honours degree will include a placement course in the fourth year and will provide graduates with a pathway into Trent’s Consecutive BEd program through a limited number of reserved spaces. Graduates of this program will be well prepared to continue into graduate work. As a graduate of the degree, students will have a deep understanding of the issues affecting the lives of young people.
The Bachelor of Education – Indigenous degree is a five‐year concurrent degree designed for Indigenous learners who are aiming to be Ontario qualified educators. The program prepares students to teach in urban, rural, public, FNMI, catholic school systems, on or off reserve, with a focus on the development of a deep understanding of Indigenous cultures, knowledge and languages. An emphasis on Indigenous ways of knowing and learning are central to the program and include a series of core courses that build these understandings while considering how they apply to educational contexts such as classrooms and schools, learning from the land, receiving guidance from Elders and related participatory experiences. The program also equips students with essential content knowledge and skills related to disciplines/subjects in Ontario schools (at the primary/junior and the intermediate/senior levels).
The degree provides graduates with credentials to teach in Ontario and answers the call in Ontario and Canada for an increase in qualified Indigenous educators who bring important knowledge and understanding to school age children and adolescents. The program also responds to education recommendations in the Truth and Reconciliation Report (2015). Graduates will be highly competitive in a job market that increasingly stresses the need for Indigenous educators who can facilitate learning in rural, urban, on reserve, off reserve, Indigenous and non-Indigenous educational settings.
The BSc (Honours) in Biomedical Science will provide the opportunity for an in-depth study of the interrelationships among the basic medical science disciplines. The proposed Biomedical Science degree allows students to personalize their degree by moving beyond the narrow focus of health and medicine and gives them room to explore health-based courses in the humanities and social sciences to enhance the breadth and scope of their degree. Students will have the option to complete a placement or an internship as part of this program, this educational opportunity will provide practical experiences in the health and medical science fields. The degree prepares students for careers in biomedical or applied health research, teaching, or in degree programs in medicine or in the allied health professions.
The Communications and Critical Thinking degree is a three-year General degree designed with transfer students and mature students in mind. The program teaches students how to approach interdisciplinary problems from a sociological, historical, business, and moral perspective. The degree involves courses that require competencies in writing, math, ethics, interdisciplinary problem solving, basic research methods/statistics, practical project management and a culminating interdisciplinary course that involves experiential learning. The degree provides students with the ability to communicate clearly and think critically in a range of topics. Graduates will be highly competitive in a job market that increasingly stresses the need for employees who can adapt and change in a world of rapid technological, cultural, and social change.