The Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study is a hub for excellence in education.
It has an important and unique place in the history of educational excellence, teacher preparation, and child study in Canada. When you study with us, you not only receive an outstanding teacher education, but you are surrounded by world-renowned scholars and researchers who are constantly working to improve childhood education.
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Extensive Practicum Experience
Student teachers spend approximately 600 hours practice teaching (kindergarten to grade 6 classrooms) in Toronto public, Catholic, and independent schools.
Collaboration with the Lab School
Our students learn from the Lab school teachers (2016 winner of the Outstanding Laboratory School Award) all of whom are engaged in inquiry projects in their classes.
Students may participate in research projects as volunteers, Research Assistants, Graduate Assistants, or through Work Study positions.
Special Education and Early Childhood Education
Students may focus on one of these domains in their elective courses.
Two Fields of Study
We offer two field of study options: Practice-Based Inquiry (PBI) and Research Intensive Training (RIT).
Both options are for those who intend to be teachers.
One of the key components of an effective teacher education program is that there is a vision for teaching and learning. Since the MA-CSE program and the Lab school share a common vision student teachers see the vision actualized in practice.
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.
Our MA CSE community is inclusive, diverse and supportive.
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Five years after graduating from the MA-CSE program:
46% of students have a full-time teaching contract
35% have a Long Term Occasional teaching position
42% have had experience supply teaching
In a survey of our MA-CSE graduates (1999 – 2015) when asked if they could do it over again at JICS, the response was overwhelmingly positive:
93.5% indicated "yes"