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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.

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 2020, 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. 

​Your complete application will include the following:

  • Online application
  • Post-secondary transcripts
  • Resumé and experience chart
  • Statement of intent
  • Professional and academic reference letters
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, if required.


Please submit all support documentation in PDF format.
Online application
Please complete the online application form at the School of Graduate Studies University of Toronto Online Application website. Your first step will be to create an account with a  valid email address.  To apply to the MT Program on the SGS online application site, please select the following in the Program Selection drop-down menu:
- Graduate Unit:      Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
- Program:               Teaching
- Degree Program:  Master of Teaching
Remember to choose either the Primary-Junior division (Grades K-6), Junior-Intermediate division (Grades 4-10) or the Intermediate-Senior division (Grades 7-12).  If you wish, you can apply for several concentrations.  After payment, supporting documents are uploaded (Transcripts, Resumé​, Statement of Intent, Reference Letters) to the Online Admissions Application web site. 
Please submit an official transcript of your academic record from each and every post-secondary institution that you have attended. Transcripts should be sent directly from the post-secondary institution to the Office of the Registrar and Student Services.  Please also upload a scanned copy of your transcripts with your online application.  Official transcripts are paper records received in the Office of the Registrar and Student Services in a sealed envelope, signed/stamped by the issuing institution. Further information about submitting transcripts can be found here.
​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.  It should also include a chart that describes your past formal/informal instructional experiences. The 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 chart template, fill it out, and add it to your resumé.  
Statement of Intent: 
The Statement of Intent is a two-page document (single-spaced, Times New Roman font size 12 pt, ¾" margin) in which you answer the following questions:
  1. Why have you chosen to apply to the Master of Teaching program?
  2. Describe significant teaching and/or teaching-related experiences (up to a maximum of three experiences) you have had with one or more learners .  With reference to these experiences, please identify insights gained about teaching and learning and explain how these insights might contribute to the education of students in today's schools.
  3. Describe a challenging situation you had with a learner or group of learners during one of the experiences mentioned in question 2. What did you learn about teaching and learning from this specific interaction? What specific action(s) will you take to apply this learning to the education of students in today’s schools?
  4. Describe an area of educational research that you’d like to investigate during your Master of Teaching program.  Why are you interested in this area?  What questions would you like to pursue?

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 experiences that you describe in your Statement of Intent.  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 here. If one of your referees is involved in the strike action at one of Ontario's public colleges, please consult the guidelines provided by the Office of the Registrar and Student Services.