Courses and Practice Teaching

Become an exemplary teacher-leader through our unique child-centred graduate program.

The MA-CSE Program is comprised of the equivalent of 20 half-courses, plus approximately 600 hours of practice teaching.


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.

Our program will provide list of recommended electives to new students. You may elect any APHD, OISE or UT graduate level course for which you are eligible.

Please see the SGS Calendar for a complete listing of electives each year.


Practicum Handbook 2018-2019

Year 1 Practicum Q&A (2018)

Practicum placements are designed to provide the teacher candidate with a variety of experiences in diverse school communities. This experience is a crucial part of acquiring the knowledge and skills to become a successful classroom teacher, and it is an opportunity for applying ideas and connecting research to practice.

Placements provide the opportunity to work across a variety of schools, neighbourhoods and different grade levels in regular classroom settings.

Placements take place in Toronto, within 45 minutes by public transit from Jackman ICS. The MA CSE program has a unique model for practice teaching as outlined below:

  • First year students are required to complete three 8-week teaching blocks on Monday-Thursday mornings throughout the year.
    • Students complete a kindergarten placement, a primary placement (Grades 1-3) and a junior placement (Grades 4-6).
    • An optional full-time teaching placement in May is available for first and second year students. 
  • Second year students complete a full-time teaching internship in one of the terms (fall or winter) in one setting. Placements are comprised of full days on Monday and Tuesday and mornings only on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
    • The internship allows students to develop the range of skills and experiences necessary to lead a classroom. The alternate, non-teaching term is an academic term.
    •  All interns are in placements the week after Labour Day. This is a unique opportunity to learn how teachers begin the school year.

Students participating in practicum placements in Ontario schools are required to complete a Full Disclosure Vulnerable Sector Screening Criminal Record Check (VSS) prior to having direct contact with children. Without this in place you will not be allowed to participate in practicum placements.

It is critical to apply for the VSS in the spring each year so that it will be processed by the beginning of the school year particularly for those who live in Toronto where checks take longer to process. Even Year 2 students with winter term placements  should have a check in place by late August since all Year 2 students are in classrooms the week after Labour Day.

If you are an applicant living overseas, it’s necessary to complete a check in that location and also in Canada. It may be necessary to have the check translated.

Specific instructions on how to obtain your Criminal Record Check will be communicated to all students each year in the spring.