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MEd Developmental Psychology & Education

Student in the Nexus Lounge (DPE MEd page header)

Program Length 1.5 years  full-time Career Path Gain professional skills in developmental psychology, human development and mental health Program Requirements 10 half-courses Program Highlight All seminar-based courses Scheduling Options and Mode of Delivery Online and flex-time options available

The Developmental Psychology & Education (DPE) Program is for those who wish to construct an overall perspective of developmental psychology, human development and mental health by integrating theory and practice. Students will understand the implications of these areas for practice with children in educational and other applied settings. 


Program Details

All OISE graduate studies programs operate under the umbrella of the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies (SGS). For information on coursework and other program requirements, please see the SGS Calendar.

SGS Calendar

For full course descriptions, please see the Registrar's Office and course listings page.

Note: Because many of our MEd students are working professionals, courses are often offered in the evenings during the academic year or during the summer. 

More Information:

Program Brochure (Domestic)

Program Brochure

Program Brochure


Admission Requirements

Minimum admission requirements for this program are:

Please see the SGS calendar for more details.

We encourage equity-seeking groups to identify themselves in their application.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are now closed.

Application Details

The academic school year for this program begins only in September. 

We encourage equity-seeking groups to identify themselves in their application.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) for Applicants

Program Specific FAQ


Application Instructions

The OISE Registrar’s Office includes step-by-step instructions for:

  • choosing your program
  • reviewing admission requirements
  • preparing your application
  • submitting required supporting documents.

Applications are completed online through the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) websiteYou are also able to view your application status from there.

Submit your application


Course Areas (Optional)

Did you know you can choose your electives based on certain areas within DPE?

  • Mental Health & Education 
  • Education & Special Education
  • Mind, Brain, Development and Research in APHD
Learn more about
Course Areas 


Collaborative Specializations (Optional)

Collaborative Specializations provide students with a the opportunity to explore a novel interdisciplinary area or special development that crosses a number of disciplines. 

Collaborative specializations are available with the MEd in Developmental Psychology & Education with the following programs. All collaborative specializations must be approved by the department:

Educational Policy

  • For students interested in the factors associated with educational policy development and implementation, particularly focusing on developing strategies for improving educational processes

Program Emphasis (Optional)

Starting Fall 2021, DPE MEd students will also be able to choose the Program Evaluation Emphasis. The Program Evaluation (PE) emphasis will encourage an exploration of program evaluation used in education, psychology, and social sciences. PE is a systematic analysis of the process, effectiveness, and outcomes of programs. 

Learn more about the Program Evaluation Emphasis.



Program Fees

Tuition information can be found via the University of Toronto's Office of the Provost.

Fees for Domestic Students

Fees for International Students


Questions? Contact the MEd-DPE program liaison, Jennifer Cho at


Program Requirements

For information on coursework and other program requirements, please see the SGS Calendar.

The DPE MEd program requirements consist of successful completion of 10 half courses:

  • 2 Required Foundation Courses (APD1200H & APD2293H);
  • 4 Electives from the Department Electives List;
  • 4 Electives from the Department or outside of the Department

For course descriptions and schedules, please see the OISE Bulletin (link to the OISE bulletin updated page) and the OISE Registrar's Office Course Information and Schedules.

Departmental Electives

Below is a list of the departmental electives available for students in the DPE MEd program.

Please click on the course code to access course descriptions. 

For course descriptions and schedules, please see the OISE Bulletin (link to the OISE bulletin updated page) and the OISE Registrar's Office Course Information and Schedules.

Course Exemptions:
All course exemptions requests must be pre-approved from a DPE MEd Faculty Advisor. Once a course exemption has been approved by a DPE MEd Faculty Advisor and after the replacement course(s) is/are complete, students must fill in a course exemption 
form. This course exemption form should be forwarded to their DPE MEd Faculty Advisor for review and signature before it is submitted to the ORSS for final approval and processing.

APD1205H* Ethical Issues in Applied Psychology

(formerly APD5012H)

Mind, Brain, and Instruction
APD1207H Counselling Topics in Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Diversity
APD1210HY Research Practicum (RM)
APD1211H Psychological Foundations of Early Development and Education
(formerly APD5021H)
Basics to Program Evaluation in Social Sciences

(formerly APD5001H)

Psychology and Education of Children and Adolescents with ADHD
APD1217H Foundations of Proactive Behavioural and Cognitive-Behavioural Intervention in Children


Approaches to Psychotherapy-Lifespan
(formerly APD5018H)
Mindful Self-Compassion for Educators
APD1233H Cognitive Development and Applications
APD1235H (formerly APD5017H up to and including Summer 2021) Technology, Play, and Social Media in Adolescence
APD1236H Developmental Psychopathology
APD1249H Social-Emotional Development and Applications
APD1251H Reading in a Second Language
APD1256H Child Abuse: Intervention and Prevention
APD1260H* Family Therapy
APD1271H Perspectives of Executive Functions in Education: From Theory to Practice
APD1272H Play and Education
APD1279H Preventative Interventions for Children at Risk
APD1280H Symbolic Development and Learning
(APD2280H if completed prior to 2019)
Education Exceptionalities, Special Education, and Adaptive Instruction
APD1285H Psychology and Education of Children and Adolescents with Learning Disabilities
APD1286H Foundations of Literacy Development for School Age Children
APD1290H Indigenous Healing in Counselling & Psychoeducation
APD1291H* Addictive Behaviors: Approaches to Assessment and Intervention
APD1292H Instrument Design and Analysis
APD1294H Technology, Psychology, and Play
APD1295H Adolescent Mental Health: An Examination of Risk and Resilience
APD1296H Assessing School-Aged Language Learners
APD1297H Mental Health in the Classroom: How to Help Our Most Vulnerable
APD1298H Imagination, Reasoning and Learning
APD1299H Language Acquisition and Development in Early Childhood
APD2252 Individual Reading and Research in Human Development and Applied Psychology - Master's Level
APD2275H Technology for Adaptive Instruction and Special Education
APD2296H Reading and Writing Difficulties
APD3202H A Foundation of Program Evaluation in Social Sciences (Research Methods)
APD3221H Cross-cultural Perspectives on Children's Problems
APD3286H Developmental Neuropsychology
JOI1287H Introduction to Applied Statistics (RM)
JOI1288H Intermediate Statistics and Research Design (RM)
JOI3228H Mixed Methods Research Design in Social Sciences (RM)

Special Topics Courses. These courses count as DPE MEd Department Electives but may not be offered frequently. Please check course schedules for offerings.

APD5008H Special Topics: Master’s Level Well-Being and Internalizing Disorders

Special Topics: Master’s Level Child Development and Personal History


Special Topics: Master’s Level Teaching English Language Learners

APD5020H Special Topics in Applied Psychology and Human Development: Master's Level Learning to Learn: Bridging Theory and Practice
APD5022H Special Topics: Masters Level Math Learning and Teaching in the Early School Years
APD5023H Special Topics: Masters Level Teaching in the 21st Century: Diversity, Technology, and Professional Identity
APD5024H Special Topics: Masters Level Psychology and Education of Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Special Topics: Masters Level Motivation and Its Role in Learning

APD5027H* Special Topics: Masters Level All My Relations: Indigenous Social and Relational Theories in Education and Applied Psychology

Special Topics: Masters Level Response to Intervention

APD5034H Special Topics: Masters Level Maximizing Learning: Understanding How Individuals and Groups Learn Best
APD5035H Special Topics: Masters Level Spatial Thinking and Steam Education
APD5036H Special Topics: Masters Level Online Pedagogy in Practice
APD5038H Personality Development and Education
APD5039H Privilege, Power, and Oppression: Implications for Psychology and Education
APD6006H* Special Topics: Doctoral Level Influencing Organizational and System Change

For course descriptions and schedules, please see the OISE Bulletin (link to the OISE bulletin updated page) and the OISE Registrar's Office Course Information and Schedules.

*These courses require permission of instructor for enrolment by DPE MEd students.


Learn about the Research Practicum Course


Learn about the Academic & Language Foundations Course (APD5020H)


Contact Us

Program Inquiries: 
APHD Department 
General Inquiries

ORSS Contact:
Heather Haslett 
Registration Specialist (MA, MEd students)

If you are a current student, you may contact the program liaison below, otherwise please email us at for your program inquiries.

Program Liaison: 
Jennifer Cho

DPE Program Coordinator: 
Dr. Anne-Claude Bedard

DPE Program Advisor:
Dr. Michel Ferrari