Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum & Pedagogy
Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum & Pedagogy Overview
The Curriculum & Pedagogy Program (C&P) is a forum for systematic reflection on curriculum, viewed in the broadest sense as educational experiences that occur in both formal and informal settings. This includes a critical examination of the substance (subject matter, courses, programs of study), purposes, and practices used for bringing about learning in educational settings.
The PhD in Curriculum & Pedagogy program offers the degree both full-time and flexible-time. Full-time PhD students have a maximum time of six years to complete their degree (although most complete in 4 years), while flexible-time PhD students have a maximum time to complete their degree within eight years (most complete well before then as well). Students in both cases are required to complete:
- 3.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs, or 7 half-courses)
- A comprehensive examination - Download the comprehensive exam guideline
- A thesis embodying the results of an original investigation
- A final oral examination on the content and implications of the thesis
Curriculum & Pedagogy Program Emphases
The Curriculum & Pedagogy program (C&P) offers the following six optional program Emphases to all students admitted to the program:
- Arts in Education
- Critical Studies in Curriculum and Pedagogy
- Digital Technologies in Education
- Indigenous Education and Decolonization
- Science, Mathematics and Technology in Education
Students interested in completing a C&P Emphasis must take 3 courses from a list of courses affiliated with the Emphasis. Students who successfully complete Emphasis coursework as part of their C&P degree requirements may request a notation of the Emphasis on their transcript.
For detailed information about the program, please consult the School of Graduate Studies Calendar.
At a Glance
Full-time (6 years - maximum)
Flexible-time (8 years - maximum)
Requires: 7 half courses, comprehensive examination, thesis
Funding and Tuition
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Applications to the Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum & Pedagogy for the 2023-2024 admissions cycle are open.
To view updated program deadlines, visit the OISE application deadlines and closing dates page.
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Why I Chose Curriculum, Teaching & Learning
Themis Aravossitas (Master of Arts 2010, Doctor of Philosophy 2016)
Curriculum & Pedagogy
"I was admitted into the Master of Education program… an internationally educated teacher who needed to gain experience in the Canadian context. CTL's faculty, staff and fellow students gave me a sense of belonging within an inclusive and supportive academic community. I worked with and got inspired by world class scholars, and participated in the organization of conferences and symposia, book publications, grant submissions and educational collaboration involving new technologies. Through OISE and particularly CTL, I built a professional network and became confident about my studies and potential career."
Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum & Pedagogy 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)
Minimum admission requirements for this program are:
- An appropriate masters degree with an academic standing equivalent to at least B+ from a recognized university. The School of Graduate Studies establishes the minimum academic requirements for admission.
- English Language Proficiency (if required)
- Please see the SGS calendar for more details.
We encourage equity-seeking groups to identify themselves in their application.
Required Supporting Documents
All applicants must submit:
- Online Application
- Transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended
- Two letters of reference from two separate people (one 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
- Completion of program application questions (called "Faculty Questions: CTL")
- In 1,000-1,500 words, describe why you wish to undertake a research-oriented program of study. Discuss your academic interests, experience and professional concerns.
- Please review the CTL faculty research information. If you identify Curriculum & Pedagogy faculty members whose research interests align with yours, you will be asked to list only their first and last names.
- Based on your described program of study, list 3-5 keywords to let us know what are your research interests.
- If you are interested in a Program Emphasis, you will be asked to indicate them.
- If you will have funding from your home government, international organization or funding agencies, you will be asked to provide details (Name of funding agency, value and duration). If this does not apply, this section will remain blank.
- Is there any additional information you would like to share with the Admissions Committee that will inform their review of your application?
- An academic writing sample
- View FAQ for other important application notes.
Additional Degree Information
We are looking for applicants who have a sound academic background and a deep interest in education. The degree is designed to provide opportunities for advanced study, original research, and theoretical analysis.
Applicants should have demonstrated commitment to education prior to applying. Please note, the C&P program is not a teacher certification program. For more information on our teacher certification programs please visit: OISE Teacher Education Degrees.
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