History & Facts
OISE’s proud history dates back to 1906, when the Faculty of Education at the University of Toronto was founded following a Royal Commission report arguing that the “Teaching of education is best performed where the theory and practice can be made to supplement each other.” The Faculty established the University of Toronto Schools (UTS) in 1910, to serve as a laboratory to improve the practical and experimental aspects of its program.
In 1926, the St. George's School of Child Study became the first university laboratory preschool in Canada. In 1939, it became the Institute of Child Study (ICS), the first of the University of Toronto's multidisciplinary research centres.
In 1920, the Faculty of Education became the Ontario College of Education (OCE), University of Toronto. During a period of forty-five years, directly funded and controlled by the Ministry of Education, “OCE” was the sole institution in the province preparing secondary school teachers.
In 1965, a special act of the Ontario legislature established the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) to offer graduate programs, conduct research and disseminate its findings, and to engage in field development activities in education. In 1966, the departments of Graduate Studies and Research were transferred from OCE to OISE, while teacher education remained at the University of Toronto. Effective July 1, 1972, the College was formally designated the Faculty of Education, University of Toronto (FEUT). In 1994, the Minister of Education and Training invited the University and OISE to explore the possibility of full integration.
On December 16, 1994, the Ministry of Education and Training, the Governing Council of the University of Toronto and OISE signed an agreement outlining the broad terms for the integration of OISE and FEUT, including UTS and ICS with its Laboratory School, into a new professional faculty of education under the Governing Council of the University of Toronto.
OISE in its current form dates from 1996, when the Faculty of Education at the University of Toronto and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education merged to form the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Today, OISE provides an exciting context for teaching, learning and research. With approximately 100,000 alumni worldwide, over 3,000 students in teacher education and graduate degree programs, 7,500 continuing education registrants annually, 4 academic departments and 19 research centres and institutes, OISE is among the University of Toronto’s largest faculties and is one of the largest and most research-intensive faculties of education in North America.
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