SHSM Policy and Implementation Guide – Sports
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SHSM Policy and Implementation Guide – Sports

The SHSM–Sports enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. Where local circumstances allow, boards may elect to offer one or more variants of the SHSM in a given sector, each with a particular area of focus. This SHSM may be designed to have a particular focus – for example, on competitive and recreational sports, sports management, or sports media and broadcasting. This focus is achieved through the selection of the four major credits in the bundle.

TOOLS AND RESOURCES

For local labour market opportunities in the sector, see your local SHSM contact at the board office.

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INSIGHT

The requirements of this SHSM are unique and are geared to the sports sector. However, the design of all SHSM programs follows a consistent model, described in Section A: Policy.

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Required Components for the SHSM–Sports

The SHSM–Sports has the following five required components:

1. A bundle of nine Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits

These credits make up the bundle:

  • four sports major credits that provide sector-specific knowledge and skills. The four courses must include at least one Grade 11 and one Grade 12 credit, and may include one cooperative education credit related to the sector.
    (This cooperative education credit would be additional to the two that are required in the bundle; see below);
  • three other required credits from the Ontario curriculum. Schools may commit to including a contextualized learning activity (CLA) for the sports sector in each of the three credits. In each credit, some of the course expectations are then met through the CLA. (Schools that do not formally commit to including CLAs are still free to offer them in one or more of the credits.) The three credits include:
    • one in English;1
    • one in mathematics; and
    • one in science or business studies or social sciences and humanities (or a cooperative education credit related to the sector, which would be additional to the two cooperative education credits required in the bundle; see below);
  • two cooperative education credits that provide authentic learning experiences in a workplace setting, enabling students to refine, extend, apply, and practise knowledge and skills outlined in the cooperative education curriculum as well as sector-specific knowledge and skills.

1. Note that a compulsory English credit is required in Grade 11 and in Grade 12 for graduation with an OSSD. Schools may determine whether the CLA, if offered, is completed in the Grade 11 or Grade 12 English course.

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See Section A1.2 for more on SHSM credits and CLAs.



Credits
Apprenticeship Training
Grades 11–12

College
Grades 11–12

University
Grades 11–12

Workplace
Grades 11–12
Major Credits
One credit may be substituted with a cooperative education credit (additional to the 2 required co-op credits)
4
Including at least
one Gr. 11 and
one Gr. 12 credit
4
Including at least
one Gr. 11 and
one Gr. 12 credit
4
Including at least
one Gr. 11 and
one Gr. 12 credit
4
Including at least
one Gr. 11 and
one Gr. 12 credit
English may include a CLA 1 1 1 1
Mathematics may include a CLA 1 1 1 1
Business Studies or Science or
Social Sciences and Humanities

may include a CLA
May be substituted with 1 cooperative education credit (additional to the 2 required co-op credits)
1 1 1 1
Cooperative Education 2 2 2 2
Total number of credits 9 9 9 9

Note: Communications technology courses from the Ontario technological education curriculum may be taken as major credits for some Sports SHSMs (e.g., those focused on media and broadcasting). In the technological education curriculum, multiple credits allow additional instructional time for the practice and refinement of skills needed to develop student performance to the levels required for certification, entry into apprenticeship programs, or participation in school–work transition programs (see The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 11 and 12: Technological Education, 2009, page 17).

2. Sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs

This SHSM sector requires students to complete a specified number of compulsory and elective sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs, as indicated in the following table. NOTE: Where an item in the table is capitalized, it is the proper name of the specific certification or training course/program that is appropriate for the SHSM. Where an item is lowercased, it is the name of an area, type, or category of training for which specific certifications or training courses/programs should be selected by the school or board. The requirements are summarized in the table below.

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See Section A1.3 for more on SHSM certifications and training.

Three (3) compulsory
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) – Level C or Health Care Provider (HCP) – both include automated external defibrillation (AED) Standard First Aid Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) – generic (i.e., not site-specific) instruction
Three (3) electives from the list below
advanced training in a technique (e.g., fundamental skills in sport, fundamental movement skills, paddling technique, Spinning) advanced training in a technology (309) anti-oppression and allyship training coaching – performance
coaching – theory communication skills compass/map/global positioning system (GPS) concussion awareness
conflict resolution customer service equity and inclusion ergonomics
ethical considerations event coordination first aid/CPR/AED awareness geographic information system (GIS)
group dynamics health and safety – basic HIGH FIVE incident management
infection control instructor certification leadership skills life-saving (Bronze Cross or higher)
marine safety/marine first aid officiating personal training Pleasure Craft Operator
portfolio development project management risk management sector-specific software 1
sport nutrition sport program design sports team trainer certification wilderness first aid
wilderness survival working with individuals with disabilities wrapping and taping for performance and injury  

3. Experiential learning and career exploration activities

Experiential learning and career exploration opportunities relevant to the sector might include the following:

  • one-on-one observation of a cooperative education student at a placement in the sports sector (an example of job twinning)
  • a day-long observation of an employee in the sports sector (an example of job shadowing)
  • a one- or two-week work experience with a member of an industry association or a professional in the sector (an example of work experience)
  • a volunteer experience at a community sports facility or at a professional sports team event
  • an experience coaching an elementary school student or team in an extracurricular activity
  • participation in an exercise class at a fitness facility
  • a tour of an athletic facility
  • attendance at a sports sector career fair
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See Section A1.4 for more on experiential learning and career exploration activities.

POLICY

Note that volunteer activities in an SHSM cannot be counted towards the hours of community involvement required to earn the OSSD.

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4. Reach ahead experiences

Students are provided one or more reach ahead experiences – opportunities to take the next steps along their chosen pathway – as shown in the following examples:

  • Apprenticeship: visiting an approved apprenticeship delivery agent in the sector
  • College: interviewing a college student enrolled in a sector-specific program
  • University: observing a university class in a sector-related program
  • Workplace: interviewing an employee in the sector
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See Section A1.5 for more on reach ahead experiences.

5. Sector-partnered experiences (SPEs)

Students engage with a sector partner and apply skills to gain insight into the relationship between this sector and ICE (innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship), coding, and/or mathematical literacy.

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See Section A1.6 for more on sector-partnered experiences (SPEs).

Pathways for the SHSM–Sports

See the table illustrating the four pathways and required credits leading to completion of this SHSM.

TOOLS AND RESOURCES

Visit the ministry's SHSM website for related resources.

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Awareness building (Grades 7 and 8)

See Section B3.4 for information on building awareness of SHSM programs among students in Grades 7 and 8.

Exploration (Grades 9 and 10)

See Section B3.4 for information on providing Grade 9 and 10 students with opportunities for exploration of SHSM programs. In addition, students considering this SHSM can be encouraged to enrol in the following courses to become better informed about careers and postsecondary options in the sector:

  • Healthy Active Living Education: These Grade 9 and 10 courses are recommended for all students who are considering enrolling in an SHSM–Sports program. The courses emphasize regular participation in a variety of physical activities that promote lifelong healthy active living.
  • Information and Communication Technology in Business: Expectations in this Grade 9 or 10 course build a foundation of digital literacy skills that are needed in the media and broadcasting and the management areas of the sector.
  • Communications Technology (TGJ20): This course is recommended for any Grade 10 student who is considering enrolling in an SHSM–Sports program with a focus on media and broadcasting. It provides students with opportunities to gain a better understanding of the communication and media skills required in this sector.
  • Career Studies (compulsory) and Discovering the Workplace: Some of the expectations in these Grade 10 courses provide opportunities for students to explore occupations and other postsecondary options in the sector and to participate in experiential learning activities.

Specialization (Grades 11 and 12)

Students acquire the sector-specific knowledge and technical skills required to earn their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with an SHSM–Sports by completing its five required components. Students and their parents/guardians are encouraged to consult with guidance counsellors and teachers to select the courses that will enable students to pursue their goals.

Students pursuing an apprenticeship pathway should consider the Ontario Apprenticeship Program (OYAP), which enables them to start an apprenticeship while earning their OSSD. Students pursuing a university pathway are advised to complete their required cooperative education credits in Grade 11, in order to allow room in their timetables in Grade 12 for credits needed to meet university entrance requirements.

When helping students plan their SHSMs, particularly with respect to the selection of courses to fulfil the requirement for credits in the major, teachers should bear in mind that technological education courses can be offered as single-credit or multiple-credit courses.

Program Pathways: SHSM–Sports

This template shows program requirements for the SHSM–Sports in Grades 11 and 12, along with some of the additional credits needed for an OSSD. It is provided to help guide students in choosing the credits they need to meet the SHSM requirements in the pathway of their choice. Students should always review their pathways plan with their parents/guardians and their teachers to ensure that they have all the credits they need to graduate with an SHSM–Sports.

  • Shaded boxes represent required credits in the bundle for the SHSM-Sports.
  • (C) represents a compulsory credit for the OSSD.
  • The SHSM bundle of credits must include two cooperative education credits, but may include a maximum of four. The possible options are noted below, and explained fully in Section A1.2 of this guide.
Apprenticeship Training Pathway
Specialization
Grades 11–12
College Pathway
Specialization
Grades 11–12
University Pathway
Specialization
Grades 11–12
Workplace Pathway
Specialization
Grades 11–12
1 English credit (C)*
(in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)
1 English credit (C)*
(in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)
1 English credit (C)*
(in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)
1 English credit (C)*
(in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)
1 math credit (C)*
(in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)
1 math credit (C)*
(in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)
1 math credit (C)*
(in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)
1 math credit (C)*
(in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)
1 business studies* or science credit* or
social sciences and humanities credit*
(in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)
A cooperative education credit related to the sector may be substituted.
1 business studies* or science credit* or
social sciences and humanities credit*
(in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)
A cooperative education credit related to the sector may be substituted.
1 business studies* or science credit* or
social sciences and humanities credit*
(in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)
A cooperative education credit related to the sector may be substituted.
1 business studies* or science credit* or
social sciences and humanities credit*
(in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)
A cooperative education credit related to the sector may be substituted.
4 sports major credits (including a Gr. 11 and a Gr. 12 credit)
A cooperative education credit related to the sector may be substituted for one of these four credits.
4 sports major credits (including a Gr. 11 and a Gr. 12 credit)
A cooperative education credit related to the sector may be substituted for one of these four credits.
4 sports major credits (including a Gr. 11 and a Gr. 12 credit)
A cooperative education credit related to the sector may be substituted for one of these four credits.
4 sports major credits (including a Gr. 11 and a Gr. 12 credit)
A cooperative education credit related to the sector may be substituted for one of these four credits.
2 cooperative education credits related to the sector (in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)**
May be used as (C) credits
2 cooperative education credits related to the sector (in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)**
May be used as (C) credits
2 cooperative education credits related to the sector (in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)**
May be used as (C) credits
2 cooperative education credits related to the sector (in either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12)**
May be used as (C) credits
2 optional or compulsory credits (Gr. 11) 2 optional or compulsory credits (Gr. 11) 2 optional or compulsory credits (Gr. 11) 2 optional or compulsory credits (Gr. 11)
2 optional or compulsory credits (Gr. 12) 2 optional or compulsory credits (Gr. 12) 2 optional or compulsory credits (Gr. 12) 2 optional or compulsory credits (Gr. 12)

* A contextualized learning activity (CLA) must be included in the course in schools that have committed to offering CLAs (see "Other Required Credits" in section A1.2). (Note that students must take Grade 11 and Grade 12 English to graduate with an OSSD, but the CLA may be offered in either grade.)

** May be taken the summer before Grade 11

Note: To guide students and teachers in the development of their SHSM program, schools can access the latest approved SHSM course list for each sector through their SHSM board lead.

Occupations in the Sports Sector

The following table provides examples of occupations in the sports sector, with corresponding National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, sorted according to the type of postsecondary education or training the occupations would normally require.

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See Part 2 of the Introduction for more on occupations and NOC codes.

Apprenticeship Training College
  • Conference and event planners 1226
  • Announcers and other broadcasters 5231
  • Broadcast technicians 5224
  • Facility operation and maintenance managers 0714
  • Film and video camera operators 5222
  • Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, and the performing arts 5226
  • Photographers 5221
  • Photographic and film processors 9474
  • Recreation, sports, and fitness program and service directors 0513
University Workplace
  • Authors and writers 5121
  • Dietitians and nutritionists 3132
  • Journalists 5123
  • Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment 3144
  • Producers, directors, choreographers, and related occupations 5131
  • Professional occupations in advertising, marketing, and public relations 1123
  • Psychologists 4151
  • Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants, and program officers 4167
  • Secondary school teachers 4031
  • Athletes 5251
  • Coaches 5252
  • Operators and attendants in amusement, recreation, and sport 6722
  • Outdoor sport and recreational guides 6532
  • Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport, and fitness 5254
  • Retail and wholesale trade managers 0621
  • Sports officials and referees 5253

Note: This information is based on the 2016 NOC. An update to the NOC in 2016 resulted in changes to the codes and titles for some occupations, and in some cases to the occupations included in the group. For more detail, refer to the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) web page, Ontario's Labour Market (https://www.ontario.ca/page/labour-market). (Note also that some of the names of occupations listed here reflect common usage in the sector and may differ slightly from those used in the NOC system.)

Postsecondary Programs and Training in the Sports Sector

The following are examples of programs and training related to careers in the sports sector and the accreditations associated with each.

Apprenticeship Training
Special Event Coordinator Certificate of apprenticeship/certificate of qualification

 

College
Advanced Television and Film Advanced diploma
Applied Photography Diploma
Broadcast Journalism – Television News Diploma
Broadcasting – Radio Diploma
Broadcasting – Television and Communications Media Diploma
Communication, Culture, and Information Technology Bachelor's Degree
Fitness and Health Promotion Diploma
Golf Management Diploma
Physical Fitness Management Diploma
Public Relations Diploma
Recreation and Leisure Services Diploma
Recreation Facility Management Diploma
Recreation Therapy Diploma
Sport and Event Marketing Advanced Diploma
Sport Conditioning Diploma
Sport Management Diploma
Sporting Goods Business Diploma
Sports Administration Diploma
Sports Business Management Advanced Diploma
Sports Journalism Advanced Diploma
Therapeutic Recreation Advanced Diploma

 

University
Applied Human Nutrition Bachelor's degree
Athletic Therapy Bachelor's degree
Biology Bachelor's degree
Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's degree
Biomedical Science Bachelor's degree
Chemistry Bachelor's degree
Communication Studies Bachelor's degree
Health Promotion Bachelor's degree
Human Kinetics Bachelor's degree
Image Arts – Photography Bachelor's degree
Journalism – New Media, Broadcast, Print Bachelor's degree
Journalism – Print and Broadcast Bachelor's degree
Kinesiology Bachelor's degree
Radio and Television Bachelor's degree
Recreation and Leisure Studies Bachelor's degree
Sport Psychology Bachelor's degree
Sports Administration Bachelor's degree

 

Training for the Workplace
Coach Certificate
Fitness/Personal Trainer Certificate
Fitness/Sports Instructor Certificate
Lifeguard Certificate
Outdoor Adventure Skills Certificate
Personal Trainer Certificate
Recreation Therapist Assistant Certificate
Referee Certificate
Snow Resort Fundamentals Certificate
Sports Official Certificate