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The Language and Literacies Education program is offered through the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. All OISE graduate studies programs operate under the umbrella of the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies, so all applicants must submit their application through the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies online application system.


Applications for Fall 2022 admission now available!

MA Full-time: Closing June 27, 2022
MA Part-time: Closing June 27, 2022


Application deadlines and closing dates

General Requirements

  • Appropriate bachelor's degree or its equivalent with an academic standing equivalent to at least mid-B in the final year from a recognized university. The School of Graduate Studies establishes the minimum academic requirements for admission. Some programs have additional requirements, such as higher academic standing. These are detailed in the School of Graduate Studies Calendar.
  • Applicants from outside Canada whose primary language is not English must be able to communicate effectively in English for studies at the University of Toronto. Please refer to the English Language Proficiency guidelines for further information.
  • For more information, application steps and frequently asked questions, visit the OISE Admissions page.




Preparing your Application

You can apply for one, two or three OISE programs within the same academic year under one total application fee and if the program is open for application. Your choices are final, therefore choose carefully. 

We are looking for applicants who have a sound academic background and a deep interest in education. Our degree is designed to provide opportunities for study, research, and theoretical analysis. It attracts a wide range of educational professionals, including teachers, health workers, community-based educators, educational activists, school board administrators, postsecondary faculty, individuals in corporate and not-for-profit industries, and people in other education-related fields.

Your complete application should include the following:

  • Online application
  • Postsecondary transcripts
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable
  • Completion of program application questions (see "Statement of Intent" below)
  • Resumé/CV
  • Reference letters

Please ensure that your application is complete (including submission of all supporting documents) by November 15, 2021 or ten days after an application is officially submitted (whichever is later). If not, the application may be evaluated and a final decision made with missing information. An application is officially submitted only after payment of both applications fees (total 235.00 CAD) .

You will find detailed information here: Step 3: Prepare supporting documents.


Online application: 

We have moved to a new application system!  Please refer to Step 4: Apply via online admissions application for helpful tips.  


To apply for the MA Program in Language and Literacies Education on the SGS online application site, the following will help you to select the correct program:


  • Application Year: Fall 2022-Summer 2023

  • Start Session: Fall 2022 (This program begins in the Fall session)

  • Graduate Unit: Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

  • Attendance Type (Choose from 2 options): Full-time or Part-time

  • Program of Study: MA in Language and Literacies Education

  • Collaborative Specialization (Optional): Applicants may communicate their interest in up to 3 Collaborative Specializations (CS).   Visit the CS websites for specific admissions instructions.

​If you are a first-time applicant, click the link to Create an Account to begin your application. You will receive a verification code via email as part of the account creation process.  After entering your verification code, you will create a password for your account.


You may save and return to the application at any point in the process.  You can upload application materials, including unofficial transcripts, writing samples, and more through your applicant status portal after submitting your application.


To view the status of your application, including outstanding requirements, please log in to your account to view your applicant status portal.


Please submit an online unofficial electronic transcript from each and every post-secondary institution you attended (including those in-progress).  Post-secondary study includes:

  • degree programs
  • pre-degree courses (e.g., CEGEP in the province of Quebec)
  • post-degree courses (even for one single course)
  • professional development (e.g., Additional Qualification courses for educators)

For information about submitting transcripts, see Step 5: Submit supporting documents.

Faculty Questions: CTL (previously referred to as a Statement of Intent)
A statement of intent is not required. Instead, you must enter your response to each question in the text box provided in the online application.  Do not upload a separate document. 

1. In 1,000-1,500 words, describe why you wish to undertake a research-oriented program of study. Discuss your academic interests, experience and professional concerns. We ask each applicant to:

  • Highlight research activities in which you’ve engaged (e.g., action research in your classroom, work as a research assistant on a funded research project). Discuss how you will build on these experiences or what you have learned that will inform your graduate work.
  • Write about professional experiences (teaching and those related to education), as well as contributions to education (e.g., involvement on curriculum-writing teams, mentoring new teachers), and discuss how you will build on these experiences in your graduate work.
  • Discuss any relevant publications you have.
  • Identify potential research topics for your thesis or dissertation, providing background information on why these topics are important to you. You may want to sketch out a potential research project to give reviewers a sense of your command of a particular topic, relevant literature , and how you would design a study of it.

2. Please visit the Language and Literacies Education program section of the faculty profiles web page and identify faculty members with similar research interests who might serve as your supervisor and list their names.  

3. Based on your described program of study, list 3-5 keywords to let us know your research interests.

4. If you will have funding from your home government, international organizations or funding agencies, please provide deatils (Name of funding agency, value and duration). If this does not apply, this section will remain blank.

5. Is there any additional information you want to share with the Admissions Committee that will inform their review of your application?

Your resumé should describe your education history (both academic and professional), research experience, employment history (including names of employers, job titles, position responsibilities, dates employed, whether full- or part-time), awards, business and professional achievements, community activities, as well as any special skills.

Reference letters:

The MA degree requires two reference letters: one academic and one professional.  The academic letter should be from a university professor who has taught you in the past.  If you are unable to secure an academic reference, the program will accept a second professional reference letter in its place (in this case you should direct the most suitable referee to include some comments pertaining to your intellectual abilities and potential).  Further information about submitting reference letters can be found here

On the application system, you will be required to enter information for two (2) referees.  Your referees will automatically receive a notification email that they have been requested to complete a reference for your application, along with instructions to submit their reference letter in the application system.  


If you need to send a reminder email to your existing referees, you can do so through your applicant portal after submitting your application.

International Students

Regrettably, our full-time funded Master of Arts program cannot accept International applicants at this time.  International students are invited to apply to the part-time Master of Arts program or the Master of Education (full-time or part-time) program. Any international applications for the full-time MA program will automatically be redirected to the full-time M.Ed. program for consideration. For more on international student admissions please review the Information for International Applicants web page on the OISE Registrar's office web site.
What happens after you submit your application?

Once you've completed your application, understand what happens next by visiting the "Application submitted" webpage. 


Newly Admitted Students information

Applicants who receive an official "Offer of Admission" result letter can view the Newly Admitted Students webpage for information on next steps.