The Master of Arts in Child Study and Education (MA-CSE) is well-suited to individuals interested in child-centred education, research-informed practice, and an inquiry approach. You don’t need to have a psychology or research background to apply. Our aim is to prepare our students for careers as teachers by providing the skills, knowledge and dispositions to meet the needs of diverse learners, schools and systems.
We believe student teachers learn to be teachers through a combination of coursework, extensive practice teaching, studying children, and seeing good practice modelled (both in their academic courses and in practice teaching).
Watch the recording of our Welcome Reception, featuring our friendly Director of JICS, Clare Kosnik:
Inquiry at the Jackman ICS Lab School
Lab school kindergarten teacher Carol Stephenson brings us inside her classroom to share how she fosters inquiry-based learning at the very beginning of the school year.
MA CSE Program at a Glance
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Our program is based on the belief that successful teaching
requires a deep understanding of children:
Learning a range of effective teaching strategies
Acquiring an identity as a professional
Children are challenged to think independently, use their natural curiosity to critically investigate the social and natural world, and to gain the skills to communicate with others, becoming engaged citizens. Every student is viewed as an individual, unique in her/his combination of developmental readiness, culture, lifestyle, learning approach, temperament, and special talents.
The Child Study & Education program is part of the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development (APHD).
Core CSE faculty teach the majority of required courses, while other graduate faculty in the APHD teach elective courses. Students in the CSE program thus benefit from participating in a research-oriented department.
All departmental faculty profiles and contact information can be found at on the APHD website.