SHSM SportsSports
A.N. Myer| Eden | Sir Winston Churchill | West Niagara

Quick Guide


Career Opportunities

Pathways to SHSM

Required Components for SHSM

Interested in this SHSM?

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Sports SHSM

Step off the sidelines and onto the field for this action-packed program! Students will travel to post- secondary institutions and visit industry partners to hear from guest speakers and connect with professionals in the areas of sports preparation, performance, treatment, community leadership, media, and broadcasting. Students will also have the valuable opportunity to participate in training and earn sector-recognized certifications, such as First Aid & CPR, Leadership, Sport Nutrition, Event Coordination and more! These opportunities provide students with transferable skills that will serve them well on any postsecondary path in this sector.

What Students can Expect:

  • Hands-On Learning

  • Industry-Relevant Certifications and Expert Connections

  • Clear Pathways to Your Dream Career

Benefits for Career Advancement:

  • Acquiring Specialized Expertise

  • Enhanced Employability

  • Foundation for Further Education and Entrepreneurship

Set Yourself Apart

With an SHSM under your belt, you're not just another student - you're a specialist. Employers are on the lookout for the skills and knowledge you'll possess, making you a standout candidate in a competitive job market.

Careers Opportunities


Apprenticeship Training

  • Conference and event planners 


  • Announcers and other broadcasters 
  • Broadcast technicians 
  • Facility operation and maintenance managers 
  • Film and video camera operators 
  • Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, and the performing arts 
  • Photographers 
  • Photographic and film processors 
  • Recreation, sports, and fitness program and service directors 


  • Authors and writers 
  • Dietitians and nutritionists 
  • Journalists 
  • Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment 
  • Producers, directors, choreographers, and related occupations 
  • Professional occupations in advertising, marketing, and public relations 
  • Psychologists 
  • Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants, and program officers 
  • Secondary school teachers 

Work Experience

  • Athletes 
  • Coaches 
  • Operators and attendants in amusement, recreation, and sport 
  • Outdoor sport and recreational guides 
  • Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, and the performing arts 
  • Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport, and fitness 
  • Retail and wholesale trade managers 

Pathways for the SHSM


Exploration (Grade 9 and 10)

The following courses are recommended if you are considering enrolling in SHSM - Sports:


  • 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 (GLC 2O) and Discovering the Workplace (GLD 2O): 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 (Grade 11 and 12)

To earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with an SHSM, students must complete the five required components.

First steps: 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.

Helpful tips: 

  • Pursuing an apprenticeship? The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) allows them to kickstart their journey while working towards their OSSD. 
  • Attending University? Students on the university pathway advised to complete the required cooperative education credits in Grade 11, ensuring flexibility in their Grade 12 schedules. 
  • Technological education courses may be available as single-credit or multiple-credit options. Speak to your guidance counsellor or teacher for more information.

Required Components for SHSM 


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

  • Four major credits
  • Three other required credits from the Ontario curriculum. The three credits include:
  • one in English
  • one in Mathematics
  • one in Science, Business Studies, or Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Two sector specific cooperative education credits

2.     Certifications and training experiences

Three (3) compulsory:

  • CPR Level C – includes automated external defibrillation (AED)
  • Standard First Aid
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) 

Three (3) electives

For a full list of electives available at your school, please speak with a guidance counsellor or technological teacher. 


3.     Experiential Learning and Career Exploration Activities

Experiential learning and career exploration activities give students opportunities to explore, observe, participate in, and reflect on a variety of sector-specific experiences and careers. These activities also enable students enrolled in the SHSM to find out about the opportunities available in careers that interest them. These opportunities might include:

  • a day-long observation of a skilled tradesperson in the agriculture sector (job shadowing)
  • a one- or two-week work experience with a member of an industry association or a professional in the sector (work experience)
  • attendance at a trade show, job fair, conference or another unique experience

4.     Reach Ahead Experiences

Reach Ahead experiences are learning experiences connected with the student’s postsecondary pathway in their selected sector. Students are provided one or more reach ahead experiences – opportunities to take the next steps along their chosen pathway. Some examples can include:

  • visiting a conference or relevant workshop
  • completing a dual credit course
  • interviewing a post-secondary student enrolled in a sector-specific program
  • observing a university or college class in a sector-related program
  • interviewing an employee in the sector
  • visiting an job site in the sector

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.

Interested in becoming an SHSM student?

Talk to your teacher or guidance department today!