Master of Arts in Child Study and Education Program

Improve the lives of children by becoming an exemplary teacher.

   Each lesson starts with the child.


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 are committed to offering strong, flexible programming at this time when there is an immense need for adaptive, skilled, and compassionate teachers committed to equity education.

Applications for a September 2021 start are NOW OPEN.

Deadline: November 16, 2020, 5:00pm

Our new teaching and learning spaces

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).

“The direct connection to the lab school [was one] of the most valuable moments that stuck with me. Seeing all of those philosophies actually embodied and practiced every day was inspiring and gave concrete evidence that this wasn't an impossible goal but an achievable one.”
- MA-CSE Alumni

Miss our Open House?

Check out our info session below.

MA CSE welcome by Program Coordinator, Yiola Cleovoulou below:

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
(click to enlarge)

Welcome Reception

Get to know us! Watch a video of an event for new students.

 Our program is based on the belief that successful teaching
requires a deep understanding of children:

Understanding child
development theories

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.

Meet Our Faculty

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.

Our Partnerships

The Robertson Program for Inquiry-Based Teaching in Mathematics and Science
Natural Curiosity
Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development