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OISE - Initial Teacher Education

Initial Teacher Education (ITE)

AS Canada's pre-eminent faculty of education OISE enjoys an established international reputation in all three areas of its mandate – teacher education, graduate studies, and research in education.

Initial Teacher Education has been a central part of education at the University of Toronto since the implementation of the Degree of Pedagogy in 1894 and the establishment of the Faculty of Education in 1907. OISE in its current form dates from the 1996 merger of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) and the Faculty of Education of the University of Toronto (FEUT).

Since the merger, ITE has continued to deepen and diversify. In 2003, OISE offered the Consecutive Bachelor of Education/Diploma in Technological Education, Master of Arts in Child Study and Education, and the Master of Teaching in Elementary Education programs. Over the past six years, OISE has launched the University of Toronto Concurrent Teacher Education program and Master of Teaching in Secondary Education.

OISE's Four Pathways to Teaching

  1. The Bachelor of Education/Diploma in Technological Education Program (Consecutive BEd) is a one-year second-entry (consecutive) undergraduate program offered using a matrix model that draws on contributions from all four departments.
  2. The University of Toronto Concurrent Teacher Education Program (CTEP) is a five-year undergraduate degree offered since 2007-2008 through a partnership with seven U of T divisions.
  3. The Master of Arts in Child Study and Education (MA-CSE) is a two-year graduate degree offered through the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development (APHD).
  4. The Master of Teaching (MT) is a two-year graduate degree offered through the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (CTL).

Each program pathway is organizationally innovative, with much of the delivery in cohorts, reflecting professional learning communities. ITE is strongly committed to the values of equity and social justice for all teacher candidates and the schools in which we work. We capitalize on relevant research produced locally, nationally and internationally to inform the design and delivery of our programs. Both master’s level programs, over the course of two years, include additional research components that prepare teacher candidates to undertake leadership within their profession and deepen links between research and practice.

All four programs have been designed to reflect not only OISE's and the University's institutional priorities and values, but also the Ontario College of Teachers' regulatory Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession and the Ethical Standards for the Teaching Profession, 2008. Seven shared principles, informed by research on best practices in teacher education, underpin all four program pathways:

• Teaching excellence
• Equity, diversity and social justice
• Research-informed
• Cohort-based learning communities
• School/field/university partnerships
• Faculty collaboration
• Coherence

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