Board/Authority Authorized Courses
This policy is currently under review, with changes anticipated during the 2018/19 school year.
Please refer to: the Board/Authority Authorized Courses Procedures Guidebook (PDF) or the Board/Authority Authorized Courses page for further information
Date came into force or revised
Issued and in effect January 2004
Board/Authority Authorized Courses (BAA courses) are offered by schools to respond to the local needs of the schools and their communities while providing choice and flexibility for students. BAA courses are authorized by Boards/Authorities according to requirements set by the Ministry of Education.
The Ministry of Education encourages boards of education, independent school authorities, and offshore school authories to offer locally relevant courses to meet the needs and interests of students.
The School Act (PDF), Sections 85 (2) (i) and 168 (2) (b):
85 (2) … A board may, subject to this Act and the regulations, do all or any of the following…
(i) develop and offer local programs for use in schools in the school district
168 (2) The minister may make orders for the purpose of carrying out any of the minister's powers, duties or functions under this Act and, without restriction, may make orders…
(b) … determining the general requirements for graduation from an educational program
See also, Ministerial Order 302/04, the Graduation Program Order (PDF)
Policy in full
Students may earn elective credits toward graduation by successfully completing BAA courses. There is no limit to the number of BAA courses which may be used to satisfy the 28 credits of electives required for graduation. Grade 12-level BAA courses may count towards the 16 Grade 12-level credits required for graduation. In some cases, BAA courses may be used to satisfy the fine arts and/or applied skills requirement towards graduation.
Boards of education, independent school authorities, and offshore school authorities must authorize each BAA Course and ensure that it meets the BAA Course requirements set out in the current Board/Authority Authorized Courses: Requirements and Procedures document before delivering it to students. A board or independent school authority must submit a signed BAA Course Form to the Ministry verifying the course satisfies current requirements. For more information see the BAA webpage.
Boards of education, independent school authorities, and offshore school authorities must retain copies of all BAA Course Frameworks.
A board or authority may convert an existing (non-credit) locally developed program, designated LD for locally developed, to a BAA Course by ensuring and signing an authorization that the course meets the BAA Course requirements.
If the Ministry informs a board or authority that a BAA Course does not meet the BAA Course requirements set out in the current Board/Authority Authorized Courses: Requirements and Procedures (PDF), the board or authority must not offer that course for credit in the following semester or school year onward.
The board may revise a disallowed course in order to meet the BAA Course requirements set out in the current Board/Authority Authorized Courses: Requirements and Procedures (PDF).
BAA courses do not include modified or remedial courses. BAA courses must not have a significant overlap of expected learning outcomes with Ministry of Education authorized courses. The exception to this is for Fine Arts or Applied Skills courses ONLY when they are developed with reference to the Arts Education/Fine Arts 11 (1997) Integrated Resource Package or the Applied Skills 11 (1995) Integrated Resource Package at the Ministry curriculum site (see Fine Arts and Applied Skills Requirements in the Graduation Program for further information).
Procedures related to policy
Boards of education and independent school authorities are required to submit a BAA Course Form for new courses electronically to the Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org. Boards and school authorities must retain the full BAA Framework for review by the Ministry when requested. Independent school authorities and offshore school authorities must retain the full Framework for review during inspections and for review by other Ministry staff when requested
Course developers may use the Board or Authority Authorized Course Framework Template in the Board/Authority Authorized Courses: Requirements and Procedures (PDF) or the district format or template, provided that it meets the BAA Requirements and Procedures.