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How to Apply

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.


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. Please refer to the OISE Graduate Studies Bulletin and the Graduate Admissions website for further information.
  • 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.


Preparing your Application

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 "Faculty Questions: CTL" below)
  • Resumé
  • Reference letters
Please ensure that your application is complete (including submission of all supporting documents) within seven business days of applying (including payment). If not, the application may be considered with documents missing.

Online application: 

We are moving to a new application system!  Therefore, some information through the links provided below are still being updated. Please check back when the application system opens for the most up-to-date information.


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

  • 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 official transcript of your academic record from each and every post-secondary institution that you have attended. Official transcripts are paper records received in the Registrar's Office in a sealed envelope, signed/stamped by the issuing institution.  Transcripts should be sent directly from the post-secondary institution to the Registrar's Office.  Also upload an electronic version of your transcripts to the Online Admissions Application web site.  Further information about submitting transcripts can be found here.

Statement of Intent (referred to as "Faculty Questions: CTL" in the online application system): 

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 change your referees, please email admissions.oise@utoronto.ca


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