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The Master of Teaching is a graduate level teacher education program 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.

Apply Now for a Master of Teaching Degree

Applications for Fall 2022 admission are now available!

Application Staus:

  • Primary/Junior: Open
  • Junior/Intermediate: Open
  • Intermediate/Senior: Open

Application deadlines and closing dates

There are two possible ways to apply to the program depending on your current status: 

  1. If you have completed an undergraduate degree, or if you will complete your degree by June 2022, please continue reading our Preparing your Application information below. 
  2. If you are currently a University of Toronto undergraduate student in your 3rd year, you may be interested in our Combined Degree Program option. See whether you're eligible by reading our MT Combined Degree Program Information handout.

IMPORTANT: 

You cannot apply to the Master of Teaching program through the Teacher Education Application Service (TEAS) run by OUAC (Ontario Universities' Application Centre).

Preparing your Application

At the University of Toronto, we strive to be an equitable, diverse and inclusive community. Our teaching, scholarship and other activities take place in the context of a highly diverse society. Reflecting this diversity in our own community contributes to the diversification of ideas and perspectives and thereby enriches our scholarship, teaching and other activities. OISE is dedicated to admitting qualified candidates who reflect the ethnic, cultural and social diversity of Toronto’s schools.

We are looking for applicants who have sound academic backgrounds, a deep interest in equitable education and socially just practices, as well as previous experience as an instructor, mentor, or tutor. Since this is a teaching certification program, you should not apply if you already have teaching qualifications in Canada. (i.e. Ontario College of Teachers certification, Bachelor of Education)

For detailed information on application steps visit the Office of the Registrar and Student Services website. 

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. 

Your complete application must include the following:

  • Online application
  • Post-secondary transcripts
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, if required.
  • Completion of program application questions (see “Faculty Questions: CTL” below)
  • Resumé/CV
  • Instructional Experience chart (MS Word document)
  • Professional and academic reference letters

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 to the MT Program 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 (Please note: The MT program only begins in the Fall session)
  • Graduate Unit: Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
  • Attendance Type: Full-time
  • Program of Study (Choose from 3 options): Master of Teaching in Teaching (Primary/Junior); Master of Teaching in Teaching (Junior/Intermediate); Master of Teaching in Teaching (Intermediate/Senior)

For applicants applying to the Junior/Intermediate (J/I) and/or Intermediate/Senior (I/S) divisions, you will be asked to identify one (1) J/I teaching subject or two (2) I/S teaching subjects. Remember to review the teachable prerequisite requirements prior to applying.

For I/S applicants, you are required to select two different teaching subjects.

  • All applicants must submit their application through the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies online application system.
  • 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.
  • To view the status of your application, including outstanding requirements, please log in to your account to view your applicant status portal. 
  • You can upload application materials, including unofficial transcripts, instructional experience chart, and more, through your applicant status portal after submitting your application. An application is officially submitted only after payment of both application fees (total $235 CAD). 

Applicants to OISE can submit up to three (3) separate applications for consideration to OISE graduate programs. In the Master of Teaching program, there are three divisions to choose from – Primary/Junior (Grades K-6), Junior/Intermediate (Grades 4-10), and Intermediate/Senior (Grades 7-12). The online application system requires a separate application for each division. If you’re applying to more than one MT division, please be sure to use the exact same applications materials (resumé, responses to faculty questions, referees, transcripts, instructional experience chart).

Transcripts

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.

For applicants with international academic credentials, the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies has provided a minimum admission requirements tool that allows applicants to determine equivalency of their academic credentials. 

Rank Order your MT Divisional preference(s)

You will be asked to rank order your divisional preference(s). If you are applying to more than one division, each application should reflect a different ranking. 

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.

In the Master of Teaching (MT) Program, there are three divisions to choose from - Primary/Junior, Junior/Intermediate, and Intermediate/Senior. The online application system requires a separate application for each division. If you’re applying to more than one MT division, please be sure to use the exact same applications materials (resumé, responses to faculty questions, referees, transcripts, instructional experience chart). You will need to copy and paste your responses to the Faculty Questions to subsequent MT division applications, therefore, keep a copy to reuse.

OISE is committed to admitting teacher candidates who show openness and commitment to working towards equity and socially just practices within diverse classrooms, schools, families, and communities. See the OISE Guiding Principles on Equity and Diversity. You will be asked to answer the following three questions in 1000-1500 words (total). Question 4 is optional and not included in the word count.

Question 1: Describe significant teaching and/or teaching-related experiences (up to a maximum of three experiences, at least one with a group) you have had with learners in school, work, or community settings. Reflecting on the insights that you have gained; how can you contribute to supporting and teaching students in school? How does this relate to what you can bring to the teaching profession?

Question 2: Describe a challenging situation you had with a learner or group of learners during one of the experiences mentioned in Question 1 above. How did the challenging situation impact the learner(s)? What did you learn about teaching and learning from this specific situation?

Question 3: Describe an experience that deepened your understanding of equity and social justice (you may wish to reference your own identities). How might this knowledge enable you to support the growth and success of diverse classrooms, schools, communities and/or learners? 

Question 4 (optional): Is there any additional information you want to share with the Admissions Committee that will inform their review of your application? 

Resumé

Your resumé should describe in detail your education history (both academic and professional), 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 and/or transferrable skills you have acquired. 

Professional and Academic Reference Letters

The MT program requires two reference letters (1 professional and 1 academic). The professional reference letter should preferably be written by a person who supervised you during one of the teaching-related experiences that you described in your responses to the Faculty Questions. The academic letter should come from a University professor who has taught you in the past. If you graduated more than 3 years ago, 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). Full information about submitting reference letters can be found in Step 5: Submit supporting documents.

  • 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.

Instructional Experience Chart

You are also required to include an instructional experience chart that describes your past formal/informal instructional experiences. The instructional experience chart should include dates, number of hours working with learners, locations of experience, and role. You will ideally have experience working with groups of learners, preferably at the age level you wish to teach. Please download the instructional experience chart.

You will be asked to upload the chart through your Application Status portal after you submit your application.

Under “Upload Materials”, select “Instructional Experience Chart” from the drop-down list. Then upload your experience chart. Please note, you will want to refresh your page after uploading to update the Application Checklist.

Entrance Awards

There are some entrance awards available through the generous contribution of our donors. To determine whether you could be considered for the awards, please visit the “OISE Internal Awards” website for detailed information on the qualifying criteria. You will want to look under “Master of Teaching”. Note that there may be different application processes for each award. Some may indicate that you can apply through your admission application and others may indicate a separate application that is emailed to our office. Please review this information prior to submitting your admission application. The deadline for Entrance Award consideration is November 15, 2021.

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 about the next steps.

International Students

We welcome applications from outside Canada. International students will graduate with a Master of Teaching Degree and will be recommended to the Ontario College of Teachers to receive a Certificate of Qualification for Teaching in Ontario. Please review the Information for International Applicants web page. The University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies has provided an assessment tool that allows International Applicants to determine the equivalency of their academic credentials.

International students will be required to purchase a University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) for the duration of their academic study. Please note that UHIP does not cover all the costs in an Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). Contact the UHIP office for more information about the plan's coverage and fees.

As an International Student, available funding is limited. International students will not be able to apply for OSAP but can apply for bursaries and emergency funding. Please contact Student Services on the 8th floor of the OISE building.

Services and Organizations for International Students

Centre for International Experience - The Centre is located at 33 St. George Street. The Centre provides guidance for International Students studying abroad in Toronto including visas, health insurance, financial aid, and housing. The center is also used by both International and domestic students for many events including social and cultural.

Family Care Office - The office is located on 214 College St. The Family Care Office offers referrals, support groups, workshops, and consultation services for students, faculty, and their families. The office offers information on a variety of family-related issues such as child care, elderly care, maternity leave, and lesbian and gay parenting. The office provides contact information for emergency child care and emergency aid for students (i.e. emergency food and clothing).

For more resources on student life or organizations around the University of Toronto, St. George Campus, please visit the Current Students page.