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MEd Developmental Psychology & Education

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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. 

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The MEd program involves systematic reflection on research and practice, providing you with knowledge about general learning and teaching, early childhood education and special needs education in both formal and informal settings. DPE can help you begin a career in university or college-level teaching or in research, or advance your current career with a graduate degree. 

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
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  • An appropriate honours bachelor’s degree (4-year) in psychology or equivalent with standing equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year or over senior courses.
  • ​Applicants normally have teaching certification and at least one year of professional experience.

English Language Proficiency

  • Applicants from universities outside Canada where English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application.
  • More details on the English language proficiency requirement can be found on the Registrar's Office Admission Requirements page.



Degree requirements consist of 10 half-courses or equivalent (5.0 FCE), which includes:

  • 2 required foundation courses (1.0 FCE)
  • 4 courses (2.0 FCE) from the DPE Electives* list
  • Remaining 4 courses (2.0 FCE) may be taken within or outside the department


*​Elective course offerings may differ each year.

This 1.5-year program is offered full-time or part-time. For full-time students, the length of the program is four sessions, typically Fall/Winter/Spring/Fall.

All requirements must be completed in 3 years for full-time students and 6 years for part-time students. 



APD1200H  Foundations of Human Development and Education
APD2293H Interpretation of Educational Research


Additional Requirement

Students who  have  not  taken  a  human  development  course  in  their  undergraduate program must take APD1201 (Child and Adolescent Development). This requirement is waived for students who take APD1249 (Social-Emotional Development and Applications).

Full course descriptions can be accessed through the Registrar’s Office.

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


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


Applications are currently being accepted for the 2018-2019 academic year in our MEd in Developmental Psychology & Education program. Please see the ORSS website for updated closing dates as they become available.

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

Applications are completed online through the School of Graduate Studies website.

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The Registrar’s Office includes a checklist to walk you through:

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

You are also able to view your application status from there.


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 jennifer.cho@utoronto.ca.