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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Adult Education and Community Development Program

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - Adult Education and Community Development


Are you interested in bringing about positive social change where you live or work? Do you want to teach from a cutting-edge perspective and become a leading critical scholar? Consider applying for this program. 
 

The PhD in Adult Education and Community Development (AECD) program focuses on learning that happens individually and collectively among adults in communities, workplaces, social movements, the street, and the virtual world—any place where people come together to create social change.

The PhD degree program is designed to provide opportunities for advanced study in the theoretical foundations of adult education and community development and in the application of such knowledge to practice.

We welcome applicants with diverse but relevant backgrounds. Indigenous, Marxist, feminist, anti-racist, environmentalist, anarchist, arts-based, anti-psychiatry and other critical perspectives are welcome.

This program can be taken on a full-time or flexible-time basis. Students must register annually and pay the full-time fee until all degree requirements have been fulfilled. Students cannot transfer between the full-time and flexible-time PhD options. Applicants to the flex-time option must be practicing professionals.

 

Study options: Full-time and flexible-time
Components:  Coursework, comprehensive requirement and thesis 
Length: 4 years full-time, 6 years flex-time
 

For detailed information about the program, please consult the School of Graduate Studies Calendar and the OISE Bulletin

 

 

Curriculum

Except for the time to completion, requirements for both the full time and flexible time programs are the same. 


1. Coursework: Students are required to complete 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs), including:
 

  • Doctoral Thesis Seminar (LHA3102H, 0.5 FCE)
    Designed for first or second year students, this seminar explores key elements of the doctoral studies journey: crafting a research topic, developing a thesis proposal, choosing a committee, planning for comprehensive, fostering effective writing strategies, and planning for publication

     
  • At least 1.5 FCEs from the Adult Education and Community Development program 
     
  • At least 1 half-course (0.5 FCE) in research methods
     

2. Comprehensive requirement: Normally, a major paper between 5,000 and 7,000 words in length (including tables, figures, and references). It consists of a comprehensive discussion of one or more literatures and/or debates of significance to Adult Education and Community Development.
 

3. Thesis


Registration information


Full-time students must register annually and pay the full-time fee until all degree requirements have been fulfilled. 

Flex-time students must register annually until all degree requirements have been fulfilled. They register full-time during the first four years and may continue as part-time students thereafter, with their department's approval.


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Collaborative specializations

Collaborative specializations provide graduate students enrolled in participating degree programs with an additional multidisciplinary experience as they complete their home degree program. 

Learn more about the collaborative specializations offered to PhD students in the AECD program:
 

Faculty


Faculty in the AECD program have multi-disciplinary teaching and research expertise in a wide range of fields. To learn more about our faculty, check out our program's faculty listing for profiles.

Our faculty's expertise includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Community organizing and development
  • Workplace and organizational learning for social change
  • Social movement learning and the social economy
  • Comparative international education and development
  • Popular education
  • Indigenous education
  • Education for sustainability
  • Community healing and peacebuilding
  • Adult literacy
  • Feminism, anti-racism and migration
 

 

Career paths

Our graduates are leaders, making an impact in communities and organizations everywhere. Here's what some of them are up to. 
 

''
ALEX ABRAMOVICH

Independent Scientist,
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  ''
SHAMA DOSSA

Director,
Evaluation Research and Learning Unit,
Aga Khan Foundation
  ''
SOHEILA PASHANG

Professor,
Social Service, Immigrant and Refugee Program,
Seneca College

 

Funding and tuition

Funding 

We are pleased to offer base funding packages to full-time PhD students in years 1 to 4 (excluding flex-time programs).
 

Tuition

The following are the annual tuition fees for 2017-2018. These figures include all non-tuition related ancillary and incidental fees. 
 

  • Domestic full-time students: $8,480.14
  • Domestic part-time students: $2,882.90
  • International full-time students: $23,692.14
     

For detailed and up-to-date information about tuition fees, funding, and financial support, visit Tuition and Financial Support.  

Admissions and application information

General information

Please visit the OISE Admissions website for detailed information about the application process, including general minimum admission requirements and supporting documents. 


Program-specific information

Minimum admission requirements

  • An appropriate master's degree from a recognized university in a relevant discipline or professional program, with a minimum standing equivalent to a University of Toronto B+.

  • Applicants who have completed an appropriate master's degree that did not include a thesis or research project are required to complete a Qualifying Research Paper (QRP) to a standard satisfactory to the admissions committee. The QRP must be submitted to the LHAE Department by January 20, 2018. 

  • Applicants to the flexible-time option should be active professionals who demonstrate connections between their professional work and their proposed course program, and/or between their professional work and their proposed research. Capacity to secure blocks of time to enable concentrated study is required.

  • Applications are assessed based on five criteria: clarity of writing in the Statement of Intent; strength of letters of reference; grades; work, community or volunteer experience; and fit with the program offerings.
     

Required supporting documents

All applicants must submit: 
 

  • Transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended

  • Two letters of reference (one academic and one professional)

  • Résumé which provides clear and complete information about the the applicant's work or field exeprience related to their proposed studies

  • Statement of Intent which 1) indicates which of the program's four Course Groupings most interests them, and 2) names at least two faculty members whose interests are closest to their own.

    Candidates may want to also include something brief about their background; a carefully constructed (and referenced) statement of scholarly focus/goals and core books/researchers that orient them in this; how this relates to faculty/courses; and a brief statement on planned timeline to completion.

     

Deadlines 

The main application deadline is November 15, 2017. Tguarantee consideration for admission and a base funding package (if applicable), applicants should submit their application and supporting documents by this date. 

After November 15, admission to some programs may remain open. For the most up-to-date information on application deadlines, please visit OISE Admissions

Contact

Questions about applying? Please contact the OISE admissions office at 416-978-4300 or admissions.oise@utoronto.ca

Questions about the program? Please contact the program assistants at 416-978-1251 or lhae.pa@utoronto.ca – or check out our student handbook.