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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Collaborative Specialization in Educational Policy

The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education's Collaborative Specialization in Educational Policy (CSEP) is perfect for students interested in educational policy development and implementation with particular emphasis on improving educational processes.

CSEP provides students with exposure to exciting cross-field and cross-disciplinary approaches to educational problem-framing and problem-solving to broaden the possibilities for innovative and effective policy analysis.

 

What the CSEP offers:

  • The multidisciplinary perspective of seven collaborating home programs.
     
  • The graduate courses Educational Policy and Program Evaluation (EDP3045H) and Advanced Issues in Policy Analyses and Program Evaluation (EDP3145H). 
     
  • Once a month seminars on a wide range of topics related to educational policy.
     
  • Upon successful completion of the degree requirements of the participating home department and the collaborative specialization, students receive the notation “Completed the Collaborative Specialization in Educational Policy on their transcript." (For students enrolled prior to September 2017, the notation will read “program,” not “specialization.”)
     
  • Access to educators and researchers with policy expertise from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, other educational institutions, publications, and cross-specialization research initiatives.



 

Participating degree programs

The CSEP is open to students enrolled in these programs:
 

Adult Education and Community Development
- Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
MA, MEd and PhD
Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development
- Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
MA, MEd and PhD
Developmental Psychology and Education
- Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development
MA, MEd, PhD and EdD
Educational Leadership and Policy
- Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
MA, MEd, PhD and EdD
Higher Education
- Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
MA, MEd, PhD and EdD
Language and Literacies Education
- Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
MA, MEd and PhD
Social Justice Education 
- Department of Social Justice Education
MA, MEd, PhD and EdD

 

Participating faculty

Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development – Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

  • Esther Geva
  • Eunice Jang
  • Katreena Scott
  • Michal Perlman
  • Charles Pascal
  • Rick Volpe
     

Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning – Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

  • Kathy Bickmore
  • Julie Kerekes
  • Emmanuelle Le Pichon-Vorstman
  • Harold Troper
     

Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education – Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

  • Nina Bascia
  • Elizabeth Buckner
  • Carol Campbell
  • Ruth Childs
  • Anna (Katyn) Chmielewski
  • Scott Davies
  • Claudia Diaz-Rios
  • Joseph Flessa
  • Reva Joshee
  • Jamie Magnusson
  • John Portelli
  • Shahrzad Mojab
  • Karen Mundy
  • Creso Sa
  • Peter Sawchuk
     

Department of Social Justice Education – Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

  • Diane Farmer
     

Admission requirements

All students must apply to and be accepted by both a home degree program and the collaborative specialization. 

Students who know they are interested in CSEP at the time of their initial application to their home graduate program should indicate this on their application and indicate to referees that their letters of support will be used in application for both the home program and collaborative specialization.

In addition to corresponding to all home program requirements, the application statement of intent should include:
 

  • Relevant personal and/or professional experiences, a career plan, motivation in seeking admission to CSEP.
  • An indication of specific courses of interest.
  • For thesis and doctoral students, a brief outline of possible areas of interest.
  • For thesis and doctoral students, indication of preference of supervisor.


Students who develop an interest in admission to the Collaborative Specialization in Educational Policy after they have been admitted to their home program may also apply during their course of study. To apply to the collaborative after being admitted into the home degree program, students will have to submit their letter of intent and the add-collaborative form ( PDF Version , HTML Version) to oise.cepp@utoronto.ca.

Requests from already enrolled applicants will be considered on a rolling basis.  

Specialization requirements Master's level

All students enrolled in the CSEP must complete the requirements of CSEP, in addition to the requirements of their home degree program.

The required half-course for CSEP may also be counted as an elective in students' home programs. The CSEP Committee is responsible for certifying the completion of the collaborative specialization requirements. The home graduate unit is solely responsible for the approval of the student's home degree requirements.


All master's students in CSEP: 
 

  • Take the core half-course, Policy and Program Evaluation (EDP3045H).
     
  • Attend the CESP Seminar Series over two consecutive sessions (i.e: all seminars in Fall and Winter). CSEP Seminars occur once a month, attendance is required. Scroll down to "Seminar Series" tab for more information
     
  • Take the remaining courses for the fulfillment of the degree requirements of the home program.
     
  • Enrolled in home programs requiring a master's research project or thesis will be required to incorporate educational policy issues in their research; a member of the collaborative specialization core faculty will serve as supervisor or committee member.
Master of Arts (MA) students: 
 
  • Are encouraged, but not required, to enrol in an elective half-course from CSEP course list. 
     
Master of Education (MEd) students: 
 
  • Course-only MEd students must take two electives from the CESP course list.
     
  • MEd students enrolled prior to September 2017 are encouraged, but not required, to take an elective half course from the CSEP course list. 

 

CSEP Graduation Form
  • Students who have completed their collaborative specialization requirements are required to fill out the CSEP graduation form
  • Email the complete CSEP graduation form to oise.cepp@utoronto.ca for review. We will acquire the necessary signatures before sending it to the Registrar's Office

 

Specialization requirements Doctoral level

All students enrolled in the CSEP must complete the requirements of CSEP, in addition to the requirements of their home degree program.

The required half-course for CSEP may also be counted as an elective in students' home programs. The CSEP Committee is responsible for certifying the completion of the collaborative specialization requirements. The home graduate unit is solely responsible for the approval of the student's home degree requirements.
 

Doctoral students in CSEP: 
 

  • Take the core half-course, Educational Policy and Program Evaluation (EDP3045H).
     
  • Complete the core half-course, Advanced Issues in Educational Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation (EDP3145H) 
     
  • Attend the CESP Seminar Series over two consecutive sessions (i.e: all seminars in Fall and Winter). CSEP Seminars occur once a month, attendance is required. Scroll down to "Seminar Series" tab for more information.
     
  • Are encouraged, but not required, to consider one or more elective half courses in the area of educational policy selected from the electives course list. 
     
  • Take the remaining courses for the fulfillment of the degree requirements of the home program.
     
  • Are required to complete a thesis which incorporates educational policy issues. A member of CSEP's core faculty will serve as supervisor or committee member.
CSEP Graduation Form
  • Students who have completed their collaborative specialization requirements are required to fill out the CSEP graduation form
  • Email the complete CSEP graduation form to oise.cepp@utoronto.ca for review. We will acquire the necessary signatures before sending it to the Registrar's Office

Course list

 

Master's-level courses

EDP 3045H

Education Policy and Program Evaluation (Core Course)

APD 1211H

Psychological Foundations of Early Development and Education

APD 1241H

Outcomes of Early Education and Child Care

CTL 1428H

Immigration and the Development of Canadian Education

CTL 1429H

Ethnicity and the Development of Canadian Education

CTL 7074H

Issues in Educational Law, Policy, and Ethics

LHA 1016H

School Program Development and Implementation

LHA 1018H

Political Skill in the Education Arena

LHA 1020H

Teachers and Educational Change

LHA 1035H

Sociology of Education

LHA 1065H

Educational Equity and Excellence in International Comparison

LHA 1171H

Foundations of Aboriginal Education in Canada

LHA 1806H

Systems of Higher Education

LHA 1837H

Environmental Health, Transformative Higher Education, and Policy Change: Education Toward Social and Ecosystem Healing

LHA 5000H*

Special Topics in Educational Leadership and Policy: Master’s Level*

LHA 5004H

Special Topics in Educational Leadership and Policy: Master’s Level

LHA 5006H

Special Topics in Educational Leadership and Policy: Master’s Level

LHA 5800H*

Special Topics in Higher Education: Master's Level*

LHA 5801H*

Special Topics in Higher Education: Master’s Level*

LHA 5807H

Special Topics in Higher Education: Master’s Level

SJE 1902H

Introductory Sociological Research Methods in Education

SJE 1903H

Major Concepts and Issues in Social Justice Education

SJE 1912H

Foucault and Research in Education and Culture: Disclosure, Power, and the Subject

SJE 1922H

Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

SJE 1951H

The School and the Community

SJE 1954H

Marginality and the Politics of Resistance

SJE 2910H

Changes in Families and Policy Consequences for Government and Education

SJE 5000H*

Special Topics in Social Justice Research in Education: Master's Level*

SJE 5005H

Special Topics in Social Justice Research in Education: Master’s Level

 

Doctoral-level courses

EDP 3045H

Education Policy and Program Evaluation (Core Course)

EDP3145H

Advanced Issues in Education Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation (Core Course)

CTL 3000H

Foundations of Bilingual and Multicultural Education

CTL 3008H

Critical Pedagogy, Language, and Cultural Diversity

CTL 3018H

Language Planning and Policy

JOI 3048H

Intermediate Statistics in Educational Research: Multiple Regression Analysis (RM)

JSA 5147H

Language, Nationalism, and Post-nationalism

LHA 3041H

Doctoral Seminar on Policy Issues in Education

LHA 3043H

Survey Research in Educational Leadership and Policy (RM)

LHA 3180H

Global Governance and Educational Change: the Politics of International Cooperation in Education

LHA 6000H*

Special Topics in Educational Leadership and Policy: Doctoral Level*

LHA 6002H

Special Topics in Educational Leadership and Policy: Doctoral Level

LHA 6005H

Special Topics in Educational Leadership and Policy: Doctoral Level

SJE 2941H

Bourdieu: Theory of Practice in Social Sciences

SJE 2942H

Education and Work

SJE 6000H*

Special Topics in Social Justice Research in Education: Doctoral Level*

 

Special Topics Courses: Fall 2021/ Winter 2022

LHA5008H

Special Topics in Educational Leadership and Policy: Master's Level Leading for School and Community Collaboration (Joseph Flessa)

LHA5010H

Special Topics in Educational Leadership and Policy: Master's Level Exploring the Theory and Practice of Tutoring through Community-Engaged Learning (Natasha Burford)

Special topics courses: Only the special topics course titles listed can be counted toward the CSEP specialization requirements in the current year. Please confirm current year courses with CSEP program administrator

Seminar Series

2021-2022 CSEP Seminar Series

This years Collaborative Specialization in Education Policy's 2021-2022 Seminar Series, will be occuring once a month on Wednesdays starting in October and ending in May. Each seminar will be taking place from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (EST), unless otherwise mentioned. Seminar fliers will be sent out via the ListServ and will have the zoom link. Please check back regulary, as this section is regularly updated. 

Please note, CSEP students are to attend all the seminars that occur in the academic year's series, not just two seminars back to back. This means students will attend each seminar from October 20th 2021- May 18th 2022. 

Please click here for the Seminar Calendar: CSEP Seminar Calendar 2021-2022

If you are looking for past seminar series schedules, click here

 

Contact

Specialization Director
Professor Nina Bascia
Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education


Program Administrator 
Room 7-107
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1V6  

416-978-0892
oise.cepp@utoronto.ca