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SOCIAL JUSTICE EDUCATION

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Admission and Program Requirements


Master of Education (M.Ed.)
  |  Master of Arts (M.A.)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)  |  Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

2018-2019 Admission deadline update: 

The application deadline for 2018-2019 admissions is November 15, 2017.

STILL OPEN: Part-time/Full-time EdD, Part-time/Full-time MEd, Part-time MA and Flex-time PhD programs are still open for applications.

For more information, please contact SJE Graduate Liaison Officer, Sezen Atacan at sezen.atacan@utoronto.ca or 416-978-0397.

 Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Minimum Admission Requirements

The department welcomes applicants with diverse but relevant backgrounds. Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Admission to the MEd program requires an appropriate bachelor’s degree from a recognized university, with standing equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year. Applicants must have the equivalent of at least 12 months of professional experience.

Applicants are required to submit the following documents. Incomplete applications may be subject to processing delays or rejection:

  • a careful statement of intellectual interests and concerns relevant to the humanities, or social sciences, and social justice education, as well as reasons for undertaking a program in the department, including a statement of preference for one or more faculty members whose research is best matched to the student’s research and/or professional interests

  • two letters of reference, preferably from university instructors with whom the applicant has studied or worked; the second letter of reference may be written by a work- or community-based supervisor

  • a sample of written work that demonstrates engagement with the humanities, or social sciences, and social justice in education 

Program Requirements

  • Students may complete the MEd program as one of two options below:

     - Option I: 4.0 full-course (8 half-courses) equivalents (FCEs), plus a 
       
major research paper (MRP)
     - Option II: 5.0 FCEs (10 half-courses)

Note: Students who are accepted into the MEd program are automatically assigned to Option II (courses only). They can transfer to the MRP option after they begin their program and have secured a faculty supervisor for the MRP.

  • Students admitted in Fall 2014 and Fall 2015 are required to complete one half-course (SJE1903H: Major Concepts and Issues in Social Justice Education) in the first year of their program.

  • At least half of the FCEs in an MEd program must be Social Justice Education (SJE) courses.

  • Students who are registered in a collaborative program may apply to have their SJE course requirement reduced by 0.5 FCE. Students must consult with their faculty advisor before enrolling in any out-of-department course for which they wish to receive SJE credit. 

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Master of Arts (M.A.)

Minimum Admission Requirements

The department welcomes applicants with diverse but relevant backgrounds. Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Admission to the MA program requires an appropriate bachelor’s degree in a humanities, social science, or cognate discipline from a recognized university, with standing equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year.

Applicants are required to submit the following documents. Incomplete applications may be subject to processing delays or rejection:

  • a careful statement of intellectual interests and concerns relevant to the humanities, or social sciences, and social justice in education, as well as reasons for undertaking a program in the department, including a statement of preference for one or more faculty members whose research is best matched to the student's research interests

  • the statement of interests should include a description of the intended MA thesis work to be pursued

  • two letters of reference, preferably from university instructors with whom the applicant has studied or worked  

  • a sample of written work that demonstrates engagement with the humanities or social sciences, and social justice in education

Program Requirements

  • The MA is a research-based degree program.

  • For admitted students starting in Fall 2014 and Fall 2015: One required half-course (SJE1903H: Major Concepts and Issues in Social Justice Education) to be taken in Year 1 of the program.

  • For admitted students starting in Fall 2014 and Fall 20152.5 other full-course equivalents (FCEs), of which at least 1.5 must be Social Justice Education (SJE) courses.

  • Students who are registered in a collaborative program may apply to have their SJE course requirement reduced by 0.5 FCE. Students must consult with their faculty advisor before enrolling in any out-of-department course for which they wish to receive SJE credit.

  • Additional courses may be required of some students, and some students may be required to take specified courses in research methods and/or theory.

  • Students complete a thesis which may lay the groundwork for their doctoral research.

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. degree program is designed to provide opportunities for advanced study, original research, and theoretical analysis.

Minimum Admission Requirements

The department welcomes applicants with diverse but relevant backgrounds. Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Ph.D. students who are admitted without sufficient previous study in a humanities, social science, or a cognate discipline may be required to take additional courses.

Applicants are required to submit the following documents. Incomplete applications may be subject to processing delays or rejection:

  • a careful statement of intellectual interests and concerns relevant to the humanities, or social sciences, and social justice in education, as well as reasons for undertaking a program in the department, including a statement of preference for one or more faculty members whose research is best matched to the student's research interests

  • two letters of reference, preferably from university instructors with whom the applicant has studied or worked

  • a sample of written work that demonstrates engagement with the humanities, or social sciences, and social justice in education

Applicants to the flexible-time Ph.D. option are accepted under the same admission requirements as applicants to the full-time Ph.D. option. However, in addition, applicants to the flexible-time Ph.D. should demonstrate that they are active professionals engaged in activities relevant to their proposed program of study.

Program Requirements

Full-time Ph.D. students must maintain full-time status throughout their program of study.

  • For admitted students starting in Fall 2014 and Fall 2015: One required half-course (SJE3905H: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Humanities and Social Sciences: Theory and Praxis) to be taken in Year 1 of the program.

  • For admitted students starting in Fall 2014 and Fall 20152.5 other full-course equivalents (FCEs), of which at least 1.5 must be Social Justice Education (SJE) courses.

  • Students who are registered in a collaborative program may apply to have their SJE course requirement reduced by 0.5 FCE. Students must consult with their faculty advisor before enrolling in any out-of-department course for which they wish to receive SJE credit.

  • Additional courses may be required, and some students may be required to take specified courses in research methods and/or theory. 

Flexible-time Ph.D. students must register full-time during the first four years and part-time during subsequent years of the program. The flexible-time Ph.D. degree is designed to accommodate demand by practicing professionals for a Ph.D. degree that permits continued employment in areas related to their fields of research. The degree requirements for the flexible-time Ph.D. program are the same as for full-time Ph.D. studies.

All Ph.D. students (Full-time and Flexible-time) must:

  • complete a comprehensive examination.

  • submit a thesis and defend it at a doctoral Final Oral Examination. The thesis must embody the results of original investigation conducted by the student under the direction of a thesis committee under the direct supervision of an SJE supervisor. The thesis must constitute a significant contribution to the knowledge of the field of study. The student must have an approved thesis topic, supervisor, and an approved thesis committee by the end of the third year of registration, and must have completed all other program requirements.

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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

The EdD degree program is distinct from the Ph.D. in that students are encouraged to orient towards applied and theoretical dimensions of professional educational practice understood as knowledge, teaching, and learning, which takes place within or beyond schooling. 

Minimum Admission Requirements

The department welcomes applicants with diverse but relevant backgrounds. Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Admission to the EdD program requires a University of Toronto MEd or MA in education, or its equivalent from a recognized university, in the same field of specialization proposed at the doctoral level, completed with standing equivalent to a University of Toronto B+ or better in master’s courses. Applicants must have the equivalent of at least 12 months of professional experience.

Applicants are required to submit the following documents. Incomplete applications may be subject to processing delays or rejection:

  • a careful statement of intellectual interests and concerns relevant to the humanities, or social sciences, and social justice in education, as well as reasons for undertaking a program in the department, including a statement of preference for one or more faculty members whose research is best matched to the student’s research interests

  • two letters of reference, preferably from university instructors with whom the applicant has studied or worked; the second letter of reference may be written by a work-based supervisor

  •  a sample of written work that demonstrates engagement with the humanities, or social sciences, and social justice in education

Program Requirements

  • For admitted students starting in Fall 2014 and Fall 2015: One required half-course (SJE3905H: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Humanities and Social Sciences: Theory and Praxis) to be taken in Year 1 of the program.
  • For admitted students starting in Fall 2014 and Fall 2015: 3.5 other full-course equivalents (FCEs), of which at least 1.5 must be Social Justice Education (SJE) courses.

  • Students who are registered in a collaborative program may apply to have their SJE course requirement reduced by 0.5 FCE. Students must consult with their faculty advisor before enrolling in any out-of-department course for which they wish to receive SJE credit.

  • EdD students do not complete a comprehensive examination.

  • EdD students submit a thesis and defend it at a doctoral Final Oral Examination. The thesis must embody the results of original investigation conducted by the student under the direction of a thesis committee under the direct supervision of an SJE supervisor. The thesis must constitute a significant contribution to the knowledge of the field of study. The student must have an approved thesis topic, supervisor, and an approved thesis committee by the end of the third year of registration, and must have completed all other program requirements.

  • EdD students may begin their studies on a part-time basis. However, they must register full-time for a minimum of two consecutive sessions, not including summer, of on-campus study, and then maintain continuous registration full-time subsequently until all degree requirements, including the thesis, are completed.

  • Additional important information about the EdD Program.

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