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Frequently Asked Questions

Each year, incoming teacher candidates send us questions about the Master of Teaching program. Below, we’ve summarized some of the more frequently asked questions, and our responses. We hope these questions and answers are helpful to you!

Q. When I complete the Master of Teaching program, what QECO / OSSTF category will I be placed in? 

Most Master of Teaching graduates are assessed by the Qualifications Evaluation Council of Ontario (QECO/COEC) and Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) at an A3 / Group 3 level, which is the second-highest rating. To obtain an A4 / Group 4 level (the highest rating) you need an Ontario College of Teachers Certificate of Qualification and Registration (which you will earn in the MT program), plus Additional Teacher Learning in the form of: a master’s degree completed independently of teacher certification OR a doctoral degree OR two three-part Specialist qualifications OR any of the other possibilities presented on the QECO website.

Note: A Master of Teaching degree cannot simultaneously count toward both i) Your Ontario College of Teachers Certificate of Qualification and Registration; and ii) Your Additional Teacher Learning requirements. It can only count toward one of these. 

Q. Will the MT program qualify me for a Principal’s Qualification Program (PQP)?

The prerequisites for PQP are established by the Ontario College of Teachers. The official list of prerequisites can be found in Regulation 176, section 32. Here is a simplified list: Postsecondary degree (e.g., four-year Honours BA) Initial Teacher Education, leading to an Ontario Teacher's Certificate Five years of successful classroom teaching experience in elementary or secondary education Qualifications in three divisions (e.g., Primary-Junior-Intermediate or Junior-Intermediate-Senior) Additional Teacher Learning, consisting of: a) Two Specialist Qualifications (either a 3-part Specialist or an Honours Specialist) OR b) A Master’s Degree or a Doctorate Degree (see the regulations for complete details) c) A member in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers Once you satisfy all of these prerequisites, you are eligible to take PQP Part 1. According to the Ontario College of Teachers, the university credits used for Initial Teacher Education (#2 above) cannot be the same credits that are used for the Master’s Degree (#5b above). Your MT degree is your "entry to profession" degree and therefore does not satisfy the "Additional Teacher Learning" requirement. 

Q. What is the deadline for paying for Fall/Winter term fees?

Your tuition fee is collected by the Fees department at the University of Toronto and not by OISE. The 2020-21 tuition fee schedule and information on paying fees will be available on the Student Accounts website in July.

Q. Is there a reading list?

We suggest that you give some thought to topics in the field of education that interest you and generate some sample questions that you might like to purse. However, there is no need to do anything beyond that. In the CTL7006 Educational Research 1 course, we’ll teach you how to access the University of Toronto’s extensive electronic library containing thousands of journals and other research resources. At that point, you will begin a review of the literature in your topic of interest.

Q. What does the Master of Teaching Student Association (MTSA) offer?

The MTSA is a great support system for MT candidates. The MTSA can answer any of your questions about the MT program and offer insight into student experiences. Each year, they schedule talks, workshops, social events, fundraisers, and many other events.

Q. What funding opportunities are available to MT students?

The Tuition and Financial Support website is a good resource to bookmark, providing you with up-to-date information on Tuition Fees, Student Employment Opportunities, OSAP & Student Loans, Scholarships and Bursaries: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/oise/Tuition_and_Financial_Support/index.html As a member of a graduate program, you will also be able to apply for sources of funding that are not available to undergraduate students; e.g., the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Program. For extensive list of funding opportunities, please also consult our Scholarships and Awards page.

Q. What are the opportunities for doctoral studies, once I complete the MT program?

Each year, a number of Master of Teaching graduates decide to extend their studies and apply for doctoral studies. We’ve established a dedicated FAQ about this topic for interested students.

Q. What will the research component of the MT program look like?

You do not require any previous experience with research when you begin the MT program. In the first year, you’ll take an introductory “research literacy” course. In the second year, you will build on this knowledge and conduct small-scale research study of your own. Here is a brief description of each course:

Year 1: CTL7006 Educational Research 1 – Research Literacy. This course fosters MT candidates’ research literacy and deepens their understanding of the role that research plays in the field of education. Candidates develop understanding of how to access, interpret, synthesize, and evaluate research literature, as well as what it means to enact research-informed practice. Candidates also deepen their understanding of how their own positionalities and experiences affect their identities and practices as teacher-researchers. In this course, candidates review the research literature in an area of education that interests them, and write a 15-20 research paper.

Year 2: CTL7015 Educational Research 2 – Research Methods Lab. In this course, candidates conduct a small scale qualitative research study using either semi-structured interviews or document analysis. This course gives special attention to research design, data collection, data analysis, and knowledge mobilization. Candidates produce a 15-20 page research paper that outlines their research studies and findings, and they present their research at the annual end-of-year MT Research Conference.

Q. Should I begin investigating a research field of interest over the summer, prior to the start of the program?

We suggest that you give some thought to topics in the field of education that interest you and generate some sample questions that you might like to purse. However, there is no need to do anything beyond that. In the CTL7006 Educational Research 1 course, we’ll teach you how to access the University of Toronto’s extensive electronic library containing thousands of journals and other research resources. At that point, you will begin a review of the literature in your topic of interest.

Q. Will I be assigned a research supervisor?

No. Graduates of the MT program do not produce a thesis, but rather generate two research papers (one in Year 1 and another in Year 2). The CTL7006 Educational Research 1 and CTL7015 Educational Research 2 course instructors and teaching assistants will provide you with instruction and guidance in this endeavour.

Q. I understand there are two electives. When do I take these courses?

You will take your two electives in your second year. Your first year will focus primarily on courses that help you develop your teaching competencies. In June of your second year, we will provide you with a long list of potential elective courses. You will take one of these electives in the fall term of your second year (Sept.-Dec., 2020) and the second elective in the winter term of your second year (Jan.-April 2021). Each year, we offer dozens and dozens of electives covering a wide range of topics. When taking these electives, MT students will have an opportunity to mix with students from other programs (e.g., M.Ed., M.A., Ed.D., and Ph.D).

Q. Are there opportunities for non-traditional practicum placements (e.g., overseas schools, community groups, Science Centres, etc.)?

To be certified, teacher candidates must do a minimum of 80 days of practical experience in regular classrooms approved by the Ontario College of Teachers. You will obtain these 80 days of experience during your four practicum placements. In April 2020, we plan to run a pilot of an optional fifth practicum, not for credit, that MT students can take once they have completed the 80-day requirement. The optional fifth practicum may include international schools, local NGO’s, outdoor/environmental education, special education settings, non-school education programs (e.g., ROM, AGO, etc.). At the conclusion of the pilot, we will decide whether to continue offering an optional “fifth practicum” on an ongoing basis.

Q. How much will I have to spend on textbooks?

We suggest you budget approximately $400-500 for textbooks. In most cases, materials will be available on Pepper, the online course environment for the MT program. You will learn more about textbook requirements during the first week of class when course outlines will be made available. 

We hope this list of questions and answers is helpful! If you have other questions, please contact us at mtinfo@utoronto.ca.