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MT Program & Practicum

General Information

The Master of Teaching program offers teacher certification and a graduate level experience of teacher education. It is designed for people who are looking to become exceptional teacher-scholars. MT students engage in critical inquiry and research, and they learn with and from experienced teacher educators who are committed to evidence-supported instructional practice and to preparing teacher candidates for critical equity work in schools and beyond. This program offers a challenging academic culture that prioritizes collaborative inquiry and knowledge exchange Candidates can choose from among Primary/Junior, Junior/Intermediate, Intermediate/Senior program options. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be recommended to the Ontario College of Teachers for an Ontario Teacher's Certificate of Qualifications which certifies them to teach in Ontario schools. MT graduates will receive both their teacher qualification certificate and a graduate degree. 

Here is the list of the courses for Primary/Junior, Junior/Intermediate and Intermediate/Senior.

Start Dates & Schedules - FAQs

Q: Can I start the Master of Teaching program in January? 

A: The Master of Teaching program has student intake once per year, and the program begins in September.

The MT Program is an intensive teacher education program, with five consecutive sessions that build upon one another, and which incorporates a cohort system (students are organized into cohorts/groups and learn together in those cohorts). In addition, the MT Program has a concentrated and cumulative nature to its material and instruction; a cohort structure; and practicum periods interspersed with course work.  As such, transfers into the MT Program and/or January start dates are not permitted. 

Q: Can I complete the Master of Teaching program as a part-time student? 

A: No. The MT Program is a full-time, intensive graduate level teacher education program, with five consecutive sessions that build upon one another. Admission is only valid for the date stated on your offer of admission in the "Program Begins" section (e.g., September, 2020). 

Applicants who are unable to attend the session for which they have been accepted must re-apply and compete with other applicants for admission to a later session (see ORSS website for information on procedure for seeking approval for a deferral). It is not possible to enrol in courses or register for an alternate start date unless special approval is granted by the Office of the Registrar and Student Services (ORSS).  

Q: What is my daily schedule like in the MT program? 

A: Generally, classes during the Sept-April timeframe will occur Monday-Friday and run from 9:00-12:00 and/or 1:00-4:00. Two 4-week practicum blocks take place in November and February/March each year. Arrival and departure times for practicum will vary from school to school, and may begin as early as 8 am. Intercession (May-June) and summer courses (July-August) typically run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-12:00 AND 1:00-4:00.

MT Practicum

In the MT program the practicum is an evaluated 4-week full-time experience in a classroom with an Associate Teacher.  Practicum blocks take place in November and Feb/March in both Year 1 and Year 2 of the MT program. During practicum, TCs will be involved in a wide range of activities including observing the Associate Teacher, teaching the whole class, working with small groups of students, and working one-on-one with a student.  Associate Teachers assess the Teacher Candidate in all aspects of their practicum work: planning, teaching, assessment, classroom management, etc. Detailed information about the MT practicum is available on the MT Practicum website.

During practicum, TCs observe their Associate Teachers and gradually increase their teaching responsibilities.  They begin with just a few lessons and ease into fuller responsibilities over the 4-week placement. As part of the assessment and evaluation of the practicum, the Associate Teachers complete a Summative Evaluation. Each practicum is a quarter credit course in the MT Program and is evaluated as a Pass/Fail, noted as Credit/No Credit (CR/NCR) on a student’s transcript.

Police Record Checks

All  school boards require that Teacher Candidates placed in their schools have obtained a Police Record Check. Details about how to obtain a police check can be found on the Office of the Registrar and Student Services website at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/ro/Police_Checks/index.html

The police check:  If you are in Toronto, the Toronto Police Services requires a signed form obtained from OISE's Registrar's Office. You have to come and pick it up personally as you are required to show a proof of identification. Your partner will not be able to pick it up for you. Details about how to obtain the police check can be found: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/mtpracticum/Forms_Resources.html  

Other Requirements for Practicum

Each MT partner school board has specific requirements for the police record check and other important health and safety requirements. These requirements are listed in the School Board Requirements document which can be found on the Forms and Resources page of the MT Practicum website.

For TCs interested in Catholic Education

TCs can complete all placements in a Catholic board, or some placements in a Catholic board. Any TC interested in being placed in a  Catholic board is required to take the Religious Education course: Teaching in Ontario’s Catholic Schools through OISE’s Continuing and Professional Learning office. This course is required by the Catholic Boards as a pre-requisite for a job interview and as a condition of employment.  This course must be taken in the first year of the Master of Teaching program and is in addition to the degree's program requirements.

The Teaching in Catholic Schools course is administered through the Continuing and Professional Learning (CPL) division of OISE - a separate office from the MT Program. The course does not count as an additional credit for the MT program. Please visit the following site for more details http://uoft.me/TOCSMT   

If you are experiencing difficulty using the CPL site to enroll in their course, their office should be able to assist you.  The CPL contact information can be found: https://cpl.oise.utoronto.ca/#contactcpl

  • You must register in the Catholic course during Year 1
  • You will register in two electives of your choosing, one in each semester during Year 2 of the program. The Catholic course is not considered as one of your two electives.  This course is in addition to the requirements of the MT program, however, necessary in order to apply to Catholic Boards.  




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