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Curriculum, Teaching  & Learning

Message from the Chair

Clare Brett, CTL Chair

Dear Visitor:


My name is Professor Clare Brett and I am the new Chair of the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (CTL) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto.

phone: (416) 978-0132 
email: clare.brett@utoronto.ca

We are delighted you are joining our lively and innovative Department.  CTL offers three graduate programs: Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development (CSTD), Language and Literacies Education (LLE) and our recently expanded Master of Teaching (MT) Program.  While each of these programs has its own courses and structure we actively encourage interconnections among programs in terms of sharing and integrating aspects of our teaching and research. Through this reflective imagining of our program offerings we are also working to more deeply engage our Research Centres with our programs. Such interconnections enrich your experience as students while it creates a more cohesive and creative research and teaching environment for faculty.

There are some fundamental principles guiding our academic goals in CTL which reflect current and emerging social issues relevant to educational research and teaching:

1.  Strong support of our students across all programs by all our Departmental personnel including instructors, administrators, and staff. We listen and care!

2.  Proactively examining our hiring and admissions practices to ensure they are inclusive and supportive of diversity. [See the UT statement on this issue: http://www.governingcouncil.utoronto.ca/Assets/Governing+Council+Digital+Assets/Policies/PDF/ppdec142006.pdf

3.  Working across the institution to develop a meaningful response to the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee and exploring how these findings can support all learners, especially indigenous learners, in our courses, our practices and our admissions processes, in authentic and respectful ways.
4.  Transparency and accountability in our interactions and in our processes with staff, students and faculty in the CTL community and with those in other Departments, institutionally and in the broader community.

5.  Supporting faculty and students in developing innovative, collaborative research in education.

6.  Taking a perspective of continuous improvement toward our programs, where we gather and use feedback to innovate and enhance student experience.

We are also engaged in a new round of Academic Planning this year, so we are putting in place new opportunities for collaborative discussion and visioning for each of our programs and will be busy gathering feedback from students and faculty and other stakeholders.  Altogether this is an exciting time to be in CTL and we look forward to getting to know each of you and having you be a member of our growing CTL community.

I’d like now to introduce you to the faculty, staff and students who work in CTL.

Our Faculty

With 50 faculty members, researching, writing and teaching about a wide variety of subjects concerning children, youth and teachers both in and out of schools, CTL is an extremely exciting Department to visit and study in.

Here’s a short list of our faculty’s research and teaching interests:

• Anti-homophobia education
• Anti-oppression education
• Arts in education
• Assessment and evaluation in education
• Conflict resolution and peace building education
• Critical thinking
• Computer supported learning
• Cultural studies and education
• Curriculum theory
• Drama and theatre education
• English as a second language education
• English language, literacy and multiliteracies education
• French/Francophone minority education
• Global education
• Holistic education
• Mathematics education
• Muslim education
• Professional ethics in education
• Research in education: action research, arts-based research, critical ethnography, practitioner research
• Research in education: qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods
• Science and technology education: promoting well-being
• Science education: access, equity and retention
• Science-technology-society-environment (STSE) education
• Spirituality in education
• Teacher education and development
• Technology and education
• Urban and inner-city education


Our Staff

There are 19 administrative staff members in CTL who support the Department’s graduate programs and OISE’s initial teacher education programs by providing administrative and policy expertise to students and faculty. They also support the research work of faculty and students and contribute to the governance work of the Department.


Our Students

CTL students include practicing teachers, principals, vice-principals, superintendents, nurses, social workers, community workers and other professionals engaged in curriculum development and implementation.

There are over 700 registered graduate students in the Department and a substantially higher number of students who are “active” in the Department making CTL the second largest graduate department at the University of Toronto. The student body includes both part-time and full-time students who are engaged in the academic life of the Department in a number of ways: the CTL Student Association (CTLSA) sponsors co-curricular activities on conducting research, writing a thesis, and creating an academic life through three kinds of programming: Information Sessions, Doc Talks, and MA Talks.


Graduate Programs and Research Centres in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

CTL students enroll in one of three different graduate programs in CTL:

• Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development
• Language and Literacies Education
• The Master of Teaching program, which provides students the opportunity to obtain an Ontario Teaching Certificate.

CTL students also have the opportunity to enroll in one of the five collaborative graduate programs in which CTL participates:

• Comparative, International and Development Education Collaborative Program
• Educational Policy Collaborative Program
• Engineering Education Collaborative Program
• Ethnic and Pluralism Studies Collaborative Program
• Knowledge Media Design Collaborative Program
• Sexual Diversity Studies Collaborative Program
• Women’s and Gender Studies Collaborative Program

Finally, CTL is the home to four research centres, which, in turn, provide an academic home to faculty and students who are doing research in these areas:

• Centre for Studies in Science, Mathematics & Technology Education
• Centre for Urban Schooling
• Institute for Knowledge Innovation and Technology
• Centre for Research in Language and Literacies

As you can see, there is a large variety of vibrant academic communities in CTL and a large range of areas to study in! I invite you to explore our website and see for yourselves!

All the best,