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About Our Program

The Language and Literacies Education program investigates questions about the relationships of literacies in language and language in literacies across communities, societies, instructional environments, and informal learning settings.

Language and Literacies Education courses address current issues in the study of applied linguistics and literacies, such as:

  • The learning, teaching, and use of Indigenous, official, international/heritage, and sign languages and literacies;

  • Curriculum, instruction, and assessment related to the development of first and additional language and K-12 literacy skills;
  • The development of bilingual, multilingual, and translinguistic abilities;
  • Language and literacy education policies and planning;
  • Pedagogy oriented on multiliteracies development, including early literacy and adolescent reading, writing and oral language development, and children’s literature across the curriculum;
  • Social justice issues related to plurilingualism and cultural and linguistic diversity; and
  • Pedagogical implications of the fact that language and literacy are infused  into all aspects of learning  in contexts characterized by linguistic diversity.

Program Structure

The Language and Literacies Education program is designed for flexibility.  Choose courses that best meet your needs.  The program details are as follows:

  • The LLE M.Ed degree requires ten completed courses.  There is no thesis requirement.
  • At least five of the ten courses must be Language and Literacies Education courses.  LLE courses are identified with CTL3000-level course codes (i.e. CTL3000H to CTL3999H) and Special Topics courses in LLE are identified as CTL5300H to CTL5699H (Masters Level) and CTL6300H to CTL6999H (Doctoral Level).
  • Non-LLE courses (if you choose to take them) can include Masters-level courses from the Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development program or courses from any other OISE departments: Social Justice Education, Applied Psychology and Human Development, and Leadership, Higher, and Adult Education


The LLE Program offers a wide variety of courses (click here to view course titles). Our classes typically consist of 15 to 25 students.

The LLE M.Ed. can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students usually take three courses in the fall and winter sessions. Part-time students take one course per session. A typical course involves 12 classes. During the fall and winter session, a class will meet once each week. The summer session has a first term (May to June) and a second term (July to August), during which time if you choose to take courses, classes meet twice a week for six weeks per term. Classes are normally scheduled for the early evening (e.g., 5pm to 8pm) or the early afternoon (e.g., 1pm to 4pm), Monday through Thursday. We also offer a large selection of online courses, which allow you to participate from home.

Optional Program Concentration in Language Teaching

Are you interested specifically in advancing your career as a language teacher? Then consider this concentration in Language Teaching within the LLE M.Ed. Students pursuing this field will graduate with:

  1. a solid theoretical and intellectual grounding in LLE research;
  2. a course-based, practitioner focus on language teaching; and
  3. the opportunity to gain practical experience in a language-education context.

This combination of theoretical, scholarly and practical experiences allows graduates to apply for teaching positions and/or progress in their career in a number of language-education contexts, such as English as a Foreign Language settings internationally, English as an Additional Language in North American settings, teaching International Languages at the elementary level in Ontario, teaching Indigenous language in Canada and elsewhere, and teaching additional languages in Canada and elsewhere. For those graduates already working as language teachers, the field in Language Teaching clearly noted on graduates' transcripts will support their career advancement.

Please note: this concentration does NOT lead to certification with the Ontario College of Teachers, and it does NOT lead to TESL Ontario certification.

The LLE M.Ed. Concentration in Language Teaching can be taken on a full-time basis only. If you apply to this concentration in Language Teaching, you still must take 10 half courses, and 5 of those courses must be in LLE. However, the 5 LLE courses you take must conform to the following guidelines:

  1. You are required to these two LLE courses:
    • CTL3002H: Second Language Teaching Methodologies
    • CTL3010H: Language Learning
  2. Your other three LLE courses must be chosen from the following list of courses:
    • CTL3000H: Foundations in Bilingual and Multicultural Education
    • CTL3003H: Planning and Organizing the Second Language Curriculum
    • CTL3008H: The Role of Instruction in Second Language Acquisition
    • CTL3013H: Language Assessment
    • CTL3020H: Writing in a Second Language
    • CTL3101H: Language Awareness for Language Educators
    • CTL3797H: Practicum in Language and Literacies Education: Master's Level
    • CTL5305H: EAP for Language Educators

For the other 5 half courses that comprise the MEd, candidates may choose other LLE or non-LLE courses.

For candidates pursuing this Language Teaching concentration in the LLE MEd who are more novice language teachers, we offer a practicum placement (CTL3797H: Practicum in Language and Literacies Education: Master's Level). This practicum placement would take place no sooner than the May-June Intersession after you begin the program. The placement comprises 20-30 hours in a professional language education setting. During your placement, you observe and shadow the host teacher, and then carry increasing levels of responsibility for language teaching. The placement is overseen by an experienced language teacher in the practicum setting, as well as by an LLE faculty member teaching the practicum course. 

Practicum settings can include:

  • Private adult ESL schools in the GTA;
  • Private classroom settings at all levels (i.e., for children, youth, and/ or adults) to learn French as an additional language;
  • ESL classroom settings in independent schools at the elementary and secondary level;
  • Private school settings for children and adults to learn additional languages;
  • International languages - Elementary programs run by publicly-funded school boards (these programs do not require OCT certification);
  • Adult learning centres run by publicly-funded school boards; or
  • English for Academic Purposes classroom settings.


Specific resources related to the program include the OISE library’s Modern Language Collection, la Collection Franco-Ontarienne, the Children’s and Young Adult literature collection, and the Centre for Educational Research on Languages and Literacies.