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Compulsory Credits: SHSM Calculations

Specialist High Skills Major Awards

  • Specialist High Skills Major awards are also processed by the Compulsory Credit Calculations.

  • In order to be granted the SHSM designation, your student must first have completed the requirements for the OSSD 1999 diploma, and must have successfully completed these requirements:

    • Experiential Learning;

    • Reach Ahead Activities;

    • Used Ontario Skills Passport.

  • Some students may take more than the required number of major credits. Once the compulsory credit calculation has indicated the required majors are met, the additional courses are ignored. In some situations, the student wants the ignored course to appear on the SHSM record instead of the selected course. We added a new prompt, Exclude SHSM, to the Transcript Information Window.  Schools can use this prompt to exclude a course from the SHSM calculations, thus enabling the Compulsory Credit Calculations to find the extra course and flag it as an SHSM credit. Once this flag is set, Trillium will not override it. Your school must remove the flag if they wish the course to be considered for the SHSM once again.

  • At the Ministry's direction, we also modified the SHSM Credit Calculations. When determining if a student has met the requirement for a particular subject and grade, Trillium will allow a higher grade of the same course to be used, assuming that this course is on the Ministry's list of approved SHSM courses. For example: If a Grade 11 English course is required and a student earns the Grade 12 English course instead, he will be considered as having met the requirement.

NOTE: This rule of Grade 11 or higher does NOT apply to the major requirement area. Students must earn the appropriate amount of credits at the specified grade level (Currently: Two Grade 11 and two Grade 12 credits).

  • If a student is working towards SHSM, they will not be awarded the OSSD diploma until requirements for both are met. Once the requirements have been met for both, the same earned date (the date of the latest earned component for both diplomas) will be given for both the OSSD and the SHSM. However OSSD/ will not be revoked if it was earned in a previous school year. THIS COULD HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE FINAL REPORTING TO OCAS/OUAC, SINCE THE STUDENT WILL BE REPORTED AS NOT HAVING EARNED HIS DIPLOMA.

  • As per Ministry rules, a SHSM student may only take a maximum of three of the four major credits as college-delivered dual credit courses. At least one of the four major credits must be an Ontario curriculum credit course.

  • Repeated courses (e.g. credit value of ‘R’) cannot be used as SHSM credits.

Modifications: November, 2009

  • We made modifications to implement the Ministry’s SHSM November 4, 2009 memo, which required the cooperative education credits to link to the Grade 11 or 12 major credits. This has now been broadened to allow students to link their cooperative education course to any of the 8-10 required credits for a SHSM while maintaining the requirement that the placement be in the SHSM sector. Modifications have been made to accept any valid SHSM course for the sector towards the co-op requirement, as long as the course type is out-of-school co-op.

Modifications: March, 2010

  • In March 2010, a change was made within the program requirements for the Specialist High Skills Major, which formally begins in Grade 11. The change allows the Grade 10 Career Studies course to serve as the related course for the two cooperative education credits required in all SHSM programs. The Grade 10 Civics course may also serve as the related course for the two cooperative education credits required for the SHSM in Justice, Community Safety and Emergency Services. The requirement for the cooperative education placement to take place in the specific sector related to the Specialist High Skills Major remains in place.

  • The language courses LNOCO, LNODO, and LNOEO can be counted as either Grade 11 or Grade 12 major credits.

  • The bundles of credits requiring Grade 11 French as an other required credit can also include the FFACO, FFADO, FFPCO and FFPDO. These course codes have been added under the heading of Grade 11 credits in each of the appropriate sectors.
    • Note: These courses cannot count toward the Grade 12 FRA credit in the bundle.

Modifications: October, 2013:

As I propose it:

  • Policy prior to 2013 required students earn two major credits in Grade 11 and two major credits in Grade 12. That changed to allowing students to earn one credit in Grade 11 and three credits in Grade 12; or three credits in Grade 11 and one credit in Grade 12. This provides greater flexibility for students, while still maintaining the required four major credits.

  • Students may use one additional co-operative education credit to substitute for one major credit and/or one other required credit (not  from the Math or English categories). This provides greater flexibility and recognizes the value of additional experiential learning; in particular for students in the workplace, apprenticeship, or college pathways. When possible, the additional co-operative education credit should be tied to a major credit.  Note: This would allow the student to have four co-op credits applied to their SHSM:

    • 2 for co-op requirement;

    • 1 for major;

    • 1 for other credit (NOT English or Math).

  • Schools can determine in which year the English and mathematics credits will be delivered; except for the sectors and pathways requiring two credits. Previously, the English and mathematics credits had to be delivered in a specific grade. The change provides greater flexibility for schools in terms of which course will be used for contextualized learning.

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