The Dr. Eric Jackman
Institute of Child Study

Canada’s most integrated and dynamic institution committed to children’s education and well-being.

The three pillars of the Institute:

Our Master of Arts in Child Study & Education Program is a 2-year degree, plus Ontario College of Teacher Certification

The Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Lab School is an elementary school for children preschool to Grade 6 fostering evidence-informed educational excellence

The Dr. R.G.N. Laidlaw Centre is a multi-disciplinary research centre internationally recognized for leading research in child development

Learn more about the Institute of Child Study

Message from our Director

Welcome to the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study (ICS).  ICS connects research, practice, and community and these actions have been enhanced by our recent expansion funded by incredibly generous individuals

Our building sits a short walk away from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and faculty housed at ICS are affiliated with the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at OISE.  We are the site of an award-winning laboratory school (Nursery to Grade 6) for learning about child development. We are the home of an exemplary graduate teacher education program (only one of two in Canada) where students are able to delve deeply into multiple domains of research and complete practicums in local school boards as well as within our laboratory school.  We are also home to the R.G.N. Laidlaw Research Centre led by Patricia Ganea. This Centre is tasked with supporting transdisciplinary research in child study.

I am incredibly pleased to be the Director of such a vibrant community and I look forward to working with our ICS community and our partners to support our goal of excellence in education and child study.

-Rhonda Martinussen

Our inquiry-focused programs enrich our practice and engage our learners, and are housed right in our building.

Building children’s understanding
of the world through
environmental inquiry

For inquiry-based
teaching in mathematics
and science