Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology & Education
Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology & Education Overview
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The Developmental Psychology and Education program (DPE) offers studies leading to the MA, MEd, and PhD degrees. Students have an opportunity to construct an overall perspective on developmental psychology and human development and their implications for practice with children in educational and other applied settings.
Students take foundation courses in human development and research methodology in consultation with their advisor.
Elective courses cover a range of areas including cognitive, social, and emotional development; cognition and instruction (language, literacy, and mathematics); special education and adaptive instruction; developmental neuroscience; advanced research methodology and evaluation; and early childhood policy and programs, including child care.
The MA DPE program is primarily for students who wish to pursue a career in research, university or community college teaching, and related activities.
For detailed information about the program, please consult the School of Graduate Studies Calendar.
At a Glance
Full-time (3 sessions, 1 year)
Coursework & Masters Thesis
Funding and Tuition
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Applications are now open for a Fall 2024 start.
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Why I Chose Applied Psychology & Human Development
Nivatha Moothathamby (Master of Arts 2021)
PhD student in Developmental Psychology and Education
"My journey at OISE has been filled with establishing positive and supportive relationships, learning the nuances of psychology and education, and understanding my role as a scholar and an activist. As a Tamil-Canadian, I come from a community that has faced racial injustices and intergenerational trauma. The Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development has provided me with academic resources and a community to explore and expand on these parts of my identity. Overall, OISE’s deep commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity is what drew me to apply. I found my place here."
MA in Developmental Psychology & Education Admission Requirements
General Admission Requirements
Please visit the OISE Admissions website for detailed information about the application process, including general minimum admission requirements and supporting documents.
Program-Specific Information (Minimum Admission Requirements)
- Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.
- An appropriate bachelor’s degree in psychology or equivalent with standing equivalent to a University of Toronto A- or better in the final year or over senior courses.
- Although most applicants will have a degree in psychology, applicants with an appropriate bachelor's degree in cognitive science, computer science, linguistics, or a helping profession such as occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, physiotherapy, nursing, social work, or another discipline relevant to their specific program of study are also eligible to apply for admission.
Required Supporting Documents
All applicants must submit:
- Transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended
- Three letters of reference (two academic and one professional)
- A résumé that provides clear and complete information about the applicant's work or field experience related to their proposed studies
- Applicants are required to answer faculty questions which are your opportunity to describe your past experiences related to the program to which you are applying and how those experiences led to your current interests in graduate studies in this area. When answering please indicate:
- What are your total months of research experience.
- Is this program is your first choice.
- Who is the supervisor you would like to work with?
- What is the field of research you are interested in?
Additional Program Information
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