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A Specialization in CIDE

Overview

Graduate Specializations

Welcome to the CIDE Collaborative specialization one of the world's largest, most diverse and dynamic graduate specializations in the field of comparative education, offering courses at the Master's and doctoral levels. CIDE is a specialization in Comparative, International and Development Education for MEd, MA, EdD, and PhD degrees. It does not stand alone as a program.

CIDE students enter the program through three participating Departments: Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (CTL), Social Justice Education (SJE) and Leadership, Higher and Adult Education (LHAE). Students can work with OISE professors across these units. In addition, CIDE students have access to courses and professors with related geographic and thematic interests at the University of Toronto, one of the world's pre-eminent research universities. They are encouraged to take courses in political science, development studies, international relations, feminist studies, sociology, geography, as well as attend seminars and lectures sponsored by other research and learning centres such as the Munk School of Global Affairs

Several features make the specilaization in comparative education distinctive. All CIDE students and faculty bring with them extensive international experience. Student and faculty interests span an exciting range of theoretical and practical issues, from the study of ethnicity and identity to the issues of globalization and global governance, from non-formal learning and citizenship education, to concrete problems of educational reform, social equality, language education, conflict resolution and community development.

More than one hundred fifty graduate students and two dozen faculty from across OISE are currently active in the program. All CIDE students are required to complete an introductory course in international and comparative education, as well as a number of designated basic and specialized courses in the field. In addition, students are encouraged to include one or two independent reading and research courses and a practicum in their program. For a complete list of CIDE course offerings, see the OISE Bulletin.

Applications for CIDE are only considered after applicants have been accepted into programs offered in one of the three participating departments. The School of Graduate Studies Calendar is also an important document for prospective students to understand the universities policies and procedures related to admissions and degree granting.

Master of Teaching Program 

Besides our graduate program, CIDE faculty are very active in the Master of Teaching (MT) program at OISE. Although not officially affiliated with the CIDE specialization, several related studies courses focus on comparative and international education, particularly an introductory course "International and Comparative Education: Issues for Teachers" that is taught each Fall term by a CIDE faculty member.

CIDEC welcomes MT students interested in participating in our activities. The CIDE for Teachers webpage details all the opportunities that CIDEC offers interested students. Join our listserv.

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