Black Future Educators' Pathway (BFEP)
NEW Black Future Educators Pathway (BFEP) to Admission
Starting in the 2023 application cycle (for admission to start in 2024), Black applicants to OISE’s Master of Teaching program may choose to select the Black Future Educators’ Pathway (BFEP).
Through this dedicated application process, the MT Program is affirming the intentional commitment to Black future educators and decreasing barriers to accessing the Master of Teaching program for Black teacher candidates. This initiative implements recommendations found in the Anti-Black Racism Task Force Report of the University of Torontoand informed by the principles, actions and accountability measures expressed in the Scarborough Charter on Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion in Higher Education to promote inclusive excellence and Black flourishing.
Applicants who identify as Black may choose to indicate this on their application which will direct your application into the Black Future Educators’ Pathway. BFEP applicants will follow the same Master of Teaching Admission Requirements. There are no additional application requirements.
All applications received through BFEP will undergo a review process by the BFEP Admissions Sub-Committee. This review process seeks to assure that applicants’ responses are viewed through informed and shared lived experiences. As with any applicant, BFEP applicants must fulfill all admission requirements.
Context & Overview
Since 2020, the MT Black Future Educators’ Pathway (BFEP) has sought to attract future Black educators and provide multi-faceted support to assure their success in OISE’s Master of Teaching (MT) program. Numerous studies and policy reports have identified how the persistent lack in teacher diversity fails to reflect student diversity in K-12 schools and contributes to the reproduction of inequitable outcomes as students miss the benefits of representative role models who adopt culturally responsive and critically conscious pedagogy. This initiative seeks to address the persistent harm identified in UofT’s Anti-Black Racism Task Force report (2021) and aligns with commitments to equity, diversity, and accessibility expressed in Ontario’s Anti-Black Racism Strategy (2017).
Designed in collaboration with partner school boards, BFEP aims to connect existing and new initiatives in outreach, admissions, program, and mentoring supports to build an intentional pathway to guide entry into the teaching profession in ways that program that centres Black excellence and flourishing.
Additional details can be found in the three sections below:
BFEP Teacher Candidates can opt to select elective courses in their 2nd year
BFEP Teacher Candidates can opt to take part of an intentional practicum
Co-curricular Opportunities & Networking
BFEP Teacher Candidates have co-curricular and networking opportunities with university, school and community partners