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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
  • Diane Gerin-Lajoie
  • Julie Kerekes
  • Harold Troper
     

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

  • Nina Bascia
  • Ruth Childs
  • Anna (Katyn) Chmielewski
  • Scott Davies
  • Joseph Flessa
  • Reva Joshee
  • Jamie Magnusson
  • John Portelli
  • Shahrzad Mojab
  • Karen Mundy
  • Peter Sawchuk
  • Creso Sa
     

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. Please contact the Joanne Bacon, the Program Administrator, at 416-978-0892 or 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. CSEP Seminars occur once a month; attendance is required.
     
  • 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. 

     

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 Collaborative Specialization in Educational Policy  Seminar Series over two consecutive sessions. CSEP seminars occur once a month; attendance is required.
     
  • 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.

Course list

 


 Master's-level courses
 
​Educational Policy and Program Evaluation​ (Core Course) EDP3045H
Psychological Foundations of Early Development & Education APD1211H
Outcomes of Early Education & Child Care APD1241H
Child and Family Relationships - Implications for Education APD1259H
School Program Development and Implementation LHA1016H
Political Skill in Educational Arena LHA1018H
Teachers and Educational Change LHA1020H
Language Policy Across the Curriculum LHA1045H
Educational Equity and Excellence in International Comparison LHA1065H
Foundations of Indigenous Eduation in Canada LHA1171H
* Special Topics in Educational Leadership and Policy LHA5000H
* Special Topics in Higher Education  LHA5800H
Immigration and the History of Canadian Education CTL1428H
Ethnicity and the History of Canadian Education CTL1429H
Introduction to Sociological Methods in Education SJE1902H
Major Concepts and Issues in Education SJE1903H
Foucault & Research in Education SJE1912H
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity SJE1922H
The School and the Community SJE1951H
Marginality and the Politics of Resistance SJE1954H


 


 Doctoral-level courses
 
Educational Policy and Program​ Evaluation (Core Course) ​EDP3045H
​Advanced Issues in Educational Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation (Core Course)  EDP3145H
Foundations of Bilingual and Multicultural Education CTL3000H
Critical Pedagogy, Language and Cultural Diversity CTL3008H
Language Planning and Policy / Politique et aménagement linguistique CTL3018H
Intermediate Statistics in Educational Research: Multiple Regression Analysis JOI3048H
Language, Nationalism and Post-nationalism JSA5147H
Survey Research in Educational Leadership and Policy  LHA3043H
Global Governance and Educational Change: the Politics of International Cooperation in Education LHA3180H
* Special Topics in Educational Leadership and Policy LHA6000H
Bourdieu: Theory of Practice in Social Sciences SJE2941H
Education and Work SJE2942H
* Special Topics in Social Justice Research in Education SJE6000HY


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

The following is the schedule for the Collaborative Specialization in Education Policy's 2017-2018 Seminar Series. 

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


2018-2019 Seminar Series Series

Time: 3:30-5:00 pm  
Room: 7-105, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Schedule: Download schedule (pdf)

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