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MA Program


Master of Arts in Child Study and Education
(includes Elementary Certificate of Qualification from the Ontario College of Teachers)

Do you want to be a teacher? Do you have a passion for education and the curiosity to learn more about children through research and theory? If so, we invite you to consider our program, which offers both elementary teacher certification (JK - Grade 6) and a Master of Arts degree. Our program is well-suited to individuals interested in child-centered, evidence-informed teaching and the potential pursuit of a doctoral degree.

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Welcome to the 2-year Master of Arts Program in Child Study and Education at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study. This program is unique in that it combines a Master of Arts degree with elementary teacher certification. It is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in teaching children from JK to Grade 6 and graduate training that may lead to a doctoral degree. Housed in historic McCarthy House in the Annex district of downtown Toronto on the University of Toronto's St. George campus, our program admits only 60 students each year. Our program involves full-time studies and placements from September to April each year with the option of coursework in the spring and summer.

In addition to combining teacher education and graduate studies, the CSE MA program offers practicum placements in our on-site Laboratory School as well as in public and independent school settings.  Students can also choose to concentrate in the areas of special education and/or early childhood. Placements in French and Catholic settings are also possible. Our program includes approximately 600 hours of practical experience in classrooms.

Our distinguished faculty make significant contributions to research in the areas of child development and education and encourage students to participate in their research projects. Students admitted into our program are part of the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), where graduate students can work with and learn from faculty members in a variety of fields such as education, developmental psychology and clinical child psychology.


You may benefit from attending our department’s Open House event that takes place in the Fall. You’ll have an opportunity to hear detailed information about the program and the application process, to meet our faculty and to ask questions. The open house should give you a deeper sense of what our program has to offer.  As well, OISE Teacher Education Programs Information Sessions are also offered in Sept/Oct. Details will be posted closer to the date.
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