MA-CSE Program Information

Achieve your dream career with our specialized program

2 Years
(5 Terms)

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.

Program Overview

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.

  • A 4-year bachelor’s degree with a mid-B, (73%-76%) or better in the final year from a recognized university.
    • Your undergrad may be in any academic discipline.
    • Undergraduate courses must have sufficient academic content. Around 75% of your courses must be academic. Courses in dance or studio art or courses with practical, training or sports components don’t help us gauge your academic abilities.
    • If applying in your 4th year, the Registrar’s Office will look at your 3rd year marks. Acceptance in this case would be conditional on 4th year marks
    • If your bachelor’s was completed on a part-time basis, the Registrar’s Office will look at the average from your 5 most recent, senior-level full courses (or equivalent)
  • Experience working with groups of children, preferably in responsible positions. This may be paid or volunteer work and should demonstrate your plans to become a teacher.
  • Successful interview
  • Applicants to the RIT field of study generally have some research background and knowledge of research methods
  • 20 half-courses (or equivalent)
  • Successful placements in both Year 1 and Year 2
  • Students in the Research-Intensive Training field must complete a Major Research Paper
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the acts and regulations respecting education in Ontario

The program is completed on a full-time basis:

  • Year 1: Required courses and practicum September to April, electives during spring and summer
  • Year 2: September to April

Registration in the second year is contingent upon successful completion of all first-year work.

The program offers two fields of study. Both options are for those who intend to be classroom teachers.

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.

  1. Research-Intensive Training (RIT) in Psychology and Education

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.


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.


Registration in the second year is contingent upon successful completion of all first year work.

Academic Term:

APD2211H   Theory and Curriculum I: Language and Literacy

APD2212H   Theory and Curriculum II: Mathematics

APD2214H   Curriculum and Pedagogies for Cross-Curriculum Teaching

Internship Term:

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.

Questions? Contact the MA-CSE program liaison at