Enrichment Mini-Courses Program (EMCP)

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MAY 2020 - Application deadline: October 28, 2019

The Enrichment Mini-Courses Program is a wonderful opportunity to add to your past and present teaching experience.

The Enrichment Mini-Courses Program (EMCP) is a unique annual event in the world of Canadian education. Since its creation in 1981, over 50,000 talented students with excellent academic performance, from grades 8 to 11 in Eastern Ontario and from Secondary II to V in Western Quebec, have been given the opportunity of exploring a field of study or an area of interest in a university or college setting. These students have acquired knowledge and skills that will help them achieve academic success and stimulate their interest in pursuing post-secondary studies.

Program Description

The Enrichment Mini-Courses Program is offered every year during the first week of May. During that time, participating post-secondary institutions offer approximately 160 mini-courses, drawing over 3000 students. Mini-courses are offered in a variety of subjects, such as information technology, psychology, engineering, sciences, music and law. Highly interactive, these mini-courses combine brief presentations, practical exercises, labs, group discussions and field expeditions to provide students with an unforgettable learning experience.

This program is an excellent opportunity to develop a course, gain teaching experience with secondary students, as well as encourage these students to pursue undergraduate studies by sharing your own interests and research fields.

Each 25-hour mini-course runs five hours a day, Monday through Friday. Courses start at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m., with one hour for lunch. There are no exams or formal evaluations. At the end of the program, host institutions confer a certificate attesting to the students’ participation in the mini-courses.

Examples of Mini-Courses offered in previous years:

  • Exploring the World of Sleep and Dreams
  • Born This Way? - The Psychology of Child Development
  • Show Me The Money: An Introduction to Money and Banking
  • Born to be a Criminal?

Information for the Teaching Staff

Please read the following carefully before completing the course proposal form.

Dates of program: Saturday, May 2, 2020, all day
Monday, May 4 to Friday, May 8, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Honorarium: $1200 per course
Expenses: Some expenses, such as bus rental for field trips, lab material, photocopies and honorarium for guest speakers will be paid for or reimbursed by the Centre for Continuing Education (CCE). Please note, however, that all requests for expenses must sent to the CCE in April 2020 for pre-approval.
School level: The program is designed for students from grades 8 to 11 in Ontario and Secondary II to V in Quebec. The age of students vary between 13 and 16 years. Ideally, mini-courses classes are composed of students from all levels. Since over 70% of participants are in Grade 8 or Secondary II, all courses should be open to those levels. If you plan to cover mature or sensitive topics or issues, such as sexuality, it must be reflected explicitly in your course description.
Class size: The number of students per class is usually 22. Exceptionally, we will accept a smaller class if your request is justified.

Responsibilities of the Teaching Staff

Teachers whose proposals are accepted, agree to:

  • Obtain a Vulnerable Section Police Record Check.
  • Attend the information session for teachers scheduled to take place in March 2020.
  • Attend the information session for parents and students registered in the EMCP to be held on May 2, 2020.
  • Supervise students attending their mini-course from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday. Teachers are responsible for the supervision and well-being of their students.
  • Find a suitable replacement approved by the Faculty in the event that they are unable to teach for unforeseen situations.
  • Report attendance twice daily, every day, during the mini-courses week.
  • Fill out the course evaluation report and ensure that students fill out the course evaluation report.
  • Seek pre-approval of course expenses and submit receipts.

For those registered in a program at the Faculty of Social Sciences and interested in submitting a mini-course proposal, please fill out the application form and send it to Philippe Busser at the Vice-Dean Office for Undergraduate Studies: fssvdoyenvdean1@uOttawa.ca

  • Application deadline is October 28, 2019
  • Selected proposals will be known in December 2019.
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