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LEADERSHIP, HIGHER &  ADULT EDUCATION

Collaborative Specialization in Educational Policy

What the CSEP Offers |Eligibility | Admission Requirements |Courses| Specialization  Requirements | Participating Faculty  

Collaborative Specialization Co-Directors
Professors Nina Bascia and Ruth Childs

Program Administrator

Joanne Bacon  Room 7-107  416-9780892  oise.cepp@utoronto.ca

Collaborative Specialization in Educational Policy

The Collaborative Specialization in Educational Policy (CSEP) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto serves students interested in educational policy development, implementation and outcomes, with particular emphasis on improving educational processes. CSEP provides students with exposure to cross-field and cross- disciplinary approaches to educational problem framing and problem solving to broaden the possibilities for innovative and effective policy analysis.

What the CSEP Offers

• the multidisciplinary perspective of 7 collaborating “home” programs: Adult Education and Community Development; Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development; Developmental Psychology and Education; Educational Leadership & Policy; Higher Education; Language and Literacies Education; and Social Justice Education.
• the following notation on the students' transcripts: "Completed the Collaborative Educational Policy Program," (as of September 2018 will read "Completed the Collaborative Specialization in Educational Policy) if CSEP completed 
• the graduate courses EDP3045 (LHA3045) “Policy and Program Evaluation” and (LHA3145) EDP3046 "Advanced Issues in Policy Analyses and Evaluation", and once-monthly seminars on a wide range of topics related to educational policy
• formal recognition of completion of requirements
• access to educators and researchers with policy expertise across OISE, University of Toronto, and other educational institutions, publications and cross-specialization research initiatives

Eligibility

The CSEP is only open to students enrolled in these programs:
• MA, MEd, EdD and PhD, in the Educational Leadership & Policy program, in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
• MA, MEd, EdD and PhD, in Higher Education program, in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
• MA, MEd and PhD, in the Adult Education and Community Development program, in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
• MA, MEd and PhD, in the Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development program, in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
• MA, MEd and PhD, in the Developmental Psychology and Education program, in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development
• MA and MEd, in the History and Philosophy of Education program, in the Department of Social Justice  Education
• MA, MEd and PhD, in the Language and Literacies Education program, in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
• MA, MEd, EdD and PhD, in the Social Justice Education program, in the Department of Social Justice Education
 

Admission Requirements

Master’s Level
Students interested in participating in CSEP at the master’s level must apply to and be accepted by both their “home” program and the Collaborative Specialization in Educational Policy. Students who know they are interested in CSEP at the time of their initial application to their home graduate program will indicate this on their application and indicate to referees that their letters of support will be used in application for both the home program and the Collaborative Specialization in Educational Policy.

In addition to corresponding to all home program requirements, the application statement of intent should include:
• Relevant personal and/or professional experiences, a career plan, motivation in seeking admission to CSEP
• An indication of specific courses of interest
• (For thesis students) A brief outline of possible areas of interest
• (For thesis students) Indication of preference of supervisor

Doctoral Level
Students interested in participating in CSEP at the doctoral level must apply to and be accepted by both their “home” program and the Collaborative Specialization in Educational Policy. Students who know they are interested in CSEP at the time of their initial application to their home graduate program will indicate this on their application and indicate to referees that their letters of support will be used in application for both the home program and the Collaborative Specialization in Educational Policy.

In addition to corresponding to all home program requirements, the application statement of intent should include:
• Relevant personal and/or professional experiences, a career plan, motivation in seeking admission to CSEP
• An indication of specific courses of interest
• A brief outline of possible areas of interest
• Indication of preference of supervisor

Masters and Doctoral students who develop an interest in admission to the Collaborative Specialization in Educational Policy after they have been admitted to their home program may also apply during their course of study. Requests from already enrolled applicants will be considered on a rolling basis. Please direct enquiries to the email address listed above.
 

Courses

All master’s students in CSEP will:

• Take the following core half-course: EDP3045/LHA3045: Policy and Program Evaluation
Synopsis: This course helps students develop a working knowledge of educational policy processes, emphasizing implementation and consequences, toward a comprehensive understanding of policy analysis and program evaluation in practical settings. While not a “how to” course, the curriculum emphasizes the challenges, choices and possibilities available to evaluators and analysts. Major topics include: problem definition; policy options; understanding policy processes at organization, system and individual actor levels; and the role of analysts and evaluators.
• Attend the Collaborative Specialization in Educational Policy Seminar Series over two consecutive sessions. CSEP Seminars occur once a month. Attendance is required.
• Take the remaining courses for the fulfillment of the degree requirements of the home program.
• Students enrolled in home programs requiring a master’s research project or thesis will be required to incorporate educational policy issues in their research; a member of the Collaborative Specialization core faculty will serve as supervisor or committee member.
• MA/MED students enrolled prior to September 2017 are encouraged but not required to complete one elective half course in the area of educational policy from the list of electives below.
• Effective September 2017, MED Students are required to complete two elective half courses in the area of educational policy selected from the list of electives below.

Master’s stream electives
APD1211H Psychological Foundations of Early Development & Education
APD1241H Outcomes of Early Education & Child Care
APD1259H Child and Family Relationships – Implications for Education

LHA1016H School Program Development and Implementation

LHA1018H Political Skill in Educational Arena
LHA1020H Teachers and Educational Change
LHA1029H Special Topics in Educational Leadership and Policy

LHA1045H Language Policy Across the Curriculum
LHA1065H Educational Equity adn Excellence in International Comparison

LHA1171H Aboriginal Education: Contemporary Policies & Programs
LHA1189H Workplace Literacies: Theory, Policy and Practice

LHA1820H/LHA5801 Special Topics in Higher Education: Master's Level
SJE1428H Immigration and the History of Canadian Education
SJE1429H Ethnicity and the History of Canadian Education

SJE1902H Introduction to Sociological Methods in Education
SJE1903H Introduction to Sociological Theory in Education
SJE1912H Foucault & Research in Education

SJE1922H Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
SJE1951H School & Community
SJE1954H Marginality & the Politics of Resistance
 

Special Topics Courses: Only the special topics course titles listed can be counted toward the CSEP specialization requirements in the current year. Please confirm current year courses with CSEP Administrator.
 

All doctoral students in CSEP will:

• Take the following core half-course: EDP3045/LHA3045: Policy and Program Evaluation, if not already taken.
Synopsis: This course helps students develop a working knowledge of educational policy processes, emphasizing implementation and consequences, toward a comprehensive understanding of policy analysis and program evaluation in practical settings. While not a “how to” course, the curriculum emphasizes the challenges, choices and possibilities available to evaluators and analysts. Major topics include: problem definition; policy options; understanding policy processes at organization, system and individual actor levels; and the role of analysts and evaluators.
• Take the core half course: EDP3145/LHA3145 Advanced Issues in Educational Policy Analyses and Program Evaluation, if not already taken. 
• Attend the Collaborative Specialization in Educational Policy  Seminar Series over two consecutive sessions. CSEP Seminars occur once a month. Attendance is required.
• Students are encouraged, but not required to enroll in an elective half course in the area of educational policy selected from the list of electives below.
• Take the remaining courses for the fulfillment of the degree requirements of the home program.
• Students enrolled in home programs will be required to complete a thesis which incorporates educational policy issues. A member of the Collaborative Program core faculty will serve as supervisor or committee member.

Doctoral stream electives:
LHA3029H Special Topics in Educational Leadership and Policy

LHA3043H Survey Research in Educational Administration

LHA3048H Introduction to Multiple Regression Analysis in Educational Research

LHA3180H Global Governance and Educational Change: the Politics of International Cooperation in Education
CTL3000H Foundations of Bilingual and Multicultural Education
CTL3008H Critical Pedagogy, Language and Cultural Diversity
CTL3018H Language Planning and Policy
SJE2941H Social Inequality in Education
SJE2942H Education and Work
SJE2999HY Special Topics in Sociological Research in Education
JSA5147H Language, Nationalism and Postnationalism

Special Topics Courses: Only the special topics course titles listed can be counted toward the CEPP program requirements in the current year. Please confirm current year courses with CEPP Administrator.

Specialization Requirements

All students enrolled in the collaborative specialization must complete the requirements of the Collaborative Specialization, in addition to those requirements for the degree program in their home graduate unit. The required half-course for CSEP may also be counted as an elective in students’ home programs. The CSEP Committee is responsible for certifying the completion of the collaborative specialization requirements. The home graduate unit is solely responsible for the approval of the student’s home degree requirements. 

Participating Faculty

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning: Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development (CSTD) & Language and Literacies Education (LLE)
Kathy Bickmore
Alister Cumming
Jim Cummins
Diane Gerin-Lajoie
Eunice Jang
Harold Troper

Applied Psychology and Human Development (APHD)
Esther Geva
Katreena Scott
Michal Perlman
Charles Pascal
Rick Volpe

Social Justice Education (SJE)
Diane Farmer

Leadership, Higher and Adult Education (LHAE)
Nina Bascia
Ruth Childs
Anna (Katyn) Chmielewski
Scott Davies
Joseph Flessa
Reva Joshee
Jamie Magnusson
John Portelli
Shahrzad Mojab
Karen Mundy
Peter Sawchuk
Creso Sa