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About Our Program


The Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development Program (CSTD) is concerned with curriculum and instructional discourses, viewed in the broadest sense as educational experiences that occur in both formal and informal settings. Students engage in a critical examination of the substance (subject matter, courses, programs of study), purposes, and practices used for bringing about learning in educational settings.

Program Structure

The Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development program is designed for flexibility.  Choose courses that best meet your needs.  The program details are as follows:

  • A CSTD M.Ed degree requires ten completed courses.  There is no thesis
    requirement.
  • There is one required course:  CTL1000H - Foundations of Curriculum.
  • At least five of the ten courses must be Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development courses.  CSTD courses are identified with CTL1000-level course codes (i.e CTL1000H to CTL1999H) and Special Topics courses in CSTD are identified as CTL5000H to CTL5299H (Masters Level) and CTL6000H to CTL6299H (Doctoral Level).
  • Non-CSTD courses (if you choose to take them) can include Masters-level courses from the Languages and Literacies Education program or from any other OISE departments: Social Justice EducationApplied Psychology and Human Development, and Leadership, Higher, and Adult Education.

Courses

The CSTD Program offers a wide variety of courses (click here to view course titles).   Our classes typically consist of 15 to 25 students. 

The CSTD M.Ed can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students usually take three courses in the fall and winter sessions.  Part-time students take one course per session.   A typical course involves 12 classes.   During the fall and winter session, a class will meet once each week at OISE (252 Bloor Street West, Toronto) for twelve weeks.   The summer session has a first term (May to June) and a second term (July to August), during which time if you choose to take courses, classes meet twice a week for six weeks per term. Classes are normally scheduled for the early evening (e.g., 5pm to 8pm) or the early afternoon (e.g., 1pm to 4pm), Monday through Thursday.   We also offer a large selection of online courses, which allow you to participate from home. 

 

Optional: Choose an Area of Research

The CSTD program includes three optional clusters of research interests which reflect overlapping and intersecting strengths of faculty that teach within the CSTD Program.  Given the diverse academic and research interests of our faculty, three areas can suggest possible directions for students:

Critical Studies in Curriculum and Pedagogy
The Critical Studies in Curriculum and Pedagogy cluster is a forum for systematic and interdisciplinary reflection on the myriad of processes and contexts related to educational experience. The cluster encourages a critical exploration of educational phenomena, within and beyond the scope of schools, with a focus on power relations and social justice issues. The kinds of educational phenomena considered within this cluster cover a wide range of issues and topics, such as student experience, human interaction, subjectivity, knowledge production, ecology, globalization, colonialism, race, disability, gender, sexuality, cultural and linguistic difference, technology, and media production. 

Learning, Schools, and Innovations
The Learning, Schools and Innovations cluster emphasizes scholarship concerning the nature of learning and instruction in formal and informal settings, building on a broad academic literature in educational research, the learning sciences, evaluation and assessment, and learning and instruction within subject areas.  The focus is to achieve a theoretical understanding of learning and instruction, embedding that theory in powerful innovations, and advancing research. In this cluster, faculty make important connections to institutional settings including K-12 and higher education, investigate new technologies, and emphasize the study of learning within rich contexts and distributed communities.

Teaching and Teacher Education
This cluster focuses on the study of teaching and teacher learning across the curriculum. Faculty interested in this cluster recognize that teachers come to education with a range of perspectives. Their beliefs influence how they support, understand, and assess student learning, direct their own learning, and design their curriculum. The term teacher is used broadly to include those who work in schools, district and government offices and diverse settings (e.g., museum studies, outdoor education centres).  In this cluster, researchers study the complex role of teachers, the intersection of the formal and hidden curricula, and the socio-political context of teaching.  A wide range of research methodologies in examining student and teacher learning, teaching, and teacher development is employed.