Achieve your dream career with our specialized program
Become an elementary school teacher (K-6)
20 half-courses, teaching placements, and a Major Research Paper*
(*Research Intensive Training program only)
Program highlight: Housed at UofT’s Laboratory School
Full-time enrollment only. In-class instruction.
Our non-thesis Master’s program qualifies graduates to teach from JK to Grade 6 in Ontario schools. We are located at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, about a 10-minute walk from OISE.
We believe successful teaching involves understanding child development theories and learning a range of effective, research-informed teaching strategies anchored in inquiry.
Classes are taught by world-renowned faculty, many of whom began their careers as teachers.
Our unique program offers practicum placements in Toronto public, Catholic and independent schools, as well as in our on-site Laboratory School. In Laboratory School placements, students benefit from working with experienced teacher-researchers. This variety in teaching opportunities informs and improves your teaching practice in diverse learning environments. Your practice teaching experiences will include an extensive 13-week internship in the second year with opportunities to further your understanding of children and how they learn.
In the first year, students are in placements in the morning and classes in the afternoon. This schedule provides a daily opportunity to reflect on your developing teaching practice within our MA CSE community, fostering growth and support. Note that in Year 2 of the program, you will teach two full days and three mornings per week during your internship.
The program is completed on a full-time basis:
Registration in the second year is contingent upon successful completion of all first-year work.
1. Practice-Based Inquiry (PBI) in Psychology and Educational Practice
This field of study is for those who wish to become classroom teachers and acquire the skills to continuously grow, improve, and lead. This field emphasizes professional learning, teacher leadership, and using the inquiry process and various data sources to address problems of practice. These students do not complete a thesis.
This competitive field of study (only a few admitted) provides a unique opportunity for future teachers interested in elementary certification and research in psychology and education. Students accepted into the Research-Intensive Training (RIT) field of study must complete a major research paper (MRP) in order to graduate. RIT students have a strong research background and are interested in the possibility of further graduate study. They may be knowledgeable about research methods/data analysis, have written a thesis or have been involved in a research lab.
For more information on research in the CSE program, please see Research at JICS.
Three eight-week placements*:
1) Kindergarten classroom
2) Grade 1-3
3) Grade 4-6
Placements take place Monday to Thursday in the morning.
One term (13 weeks) of Internship in an elementary classroom (K-6)
Internship placements consist of 2 full days and 3 half days per week.
Application opening and closing dates for the MA in Child Study & Education program can be found on the Office of the Registrar and Student Services website.
Applications usually open in late September and close in mid-November. We admit approximately 66 students each year. The academic school year for this program begins in September.
For more information, please see Preparing to Apply.
YEAR 1 COURSES
APD2200Y Child Study: Observation, Evaluation, Reporting, and Research
APD2201Y Childhood Education Seminar
APD2210Y Introduction to Curriculum I: Core Areas
APD2220Y Teaching Practicum
APD2280H Introduction to Special Education and Adaptive Instruction
All students must all take two half-course electives in their first year.
Students in the PBI field must also complete the following course: APD1226H Foundations in Inquiry and Data-based Decision-Making.
Students in the RIT field must also complete the following course: APD1209H: Research Methods and Thesis Preparation in APHD.
Students without undergraduate courses in child development must take APD1201H (Child and Adolescent Development) as one of their electives.
Students who wish to teach in the Roman Catholic Separate Schools of Ontario are required to take a religious education course in addition to their regular electives (fee applies). Students interested in this option should contact the Continuing and Professional Learning Department at OISE.
YEAR 2 COURSES
Registration in the second year is contingent upon successful completion of all first year work.
APD2211H Theory and Curriculum I: Language and Literacy
APD2212H Theory and Curriculum II: Mathematics
APD2214H Curriculum and Pedagogies for Cross-Curriculum Teaching
APD2202H Childhood Education Seminar II: Advanced Teaching
APD2221Y Advanced Teaching Practicum (full course)
Students in the PBI field must also complete the following courses in year 2 of the program:
APD 2222H Professional Practice Project: Role A
APD 2223H Professional Practice Project: Role B
Students in the RIT field must also complete APD2001Y: Major Research Paper in Year Two of the program. The MRP must be completed by the end of the winter term in order to graduate.
In addition, all students in our program must demonstrate knowledge of the acts and regulations respecting education in Ontario.
Our department typically offers a selection of elective courses related to special education (e.g. ADHD, Autism, reading disabilities, etc.) and early childhood education (e.g. Play and Education, Psychological Foundations of Early Development & Education, etc.). Students may take either one course in each area or focus both courses in one of those areas.