Programs in CIDE
Welcome to the CIDE Collaborative Degree Program, one of the world's largest, most diverse and dynamic graduate programs in the field of comparative education, offering programs 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. Students must be accepted into a program in one of the three collaborative departments with whom we are connected.
CIDE students enter the program through three affiliated Departments: Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (CTL), Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice Education (HSSSJE) 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 OISE graduate programs 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 affiliated programs offered in one of the three collaborative 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.
Initial Teacher Education Program
Besides our graduate program, CIDE faculty are very active in the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) program at OISE. 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 all initial teacher education students interested in participating in our activities. The CIDE for Teachers webpage details all the opportunities that CIDEC offers ITE students.