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Collaborative Specializations

The University of Toronto offers a range of collaborative specializations involving the cooperation of two or more graduate units (departments, centres, or institutes).

Many OISE programs have connections to collaborative specializations. In order to participate, you must be enrolled in a graduate degree program.

Aboriginal Health

The Collaborative Specialization in Aboriginal Health involves the graduate programs listed below, as well as others across the University. Aboriginal Health is offered in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences' Aboriginal Studies program. The main objective is to provide graduate training in Aboriginal health research and practice while enhancing mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginal communities and organizations.

Participating OISE programs:
Adult Education & Community Development
MA, MEd, PhD
Counselling & Clinical Psychology
MA, PhD
Counselling Psychology
MEd, EdD
Social Justice Education
MA, MEd, EdD PhD

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Addiction Studies

The graduate program below, as well as others across the University, in collaboration with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, and the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, participate in the Collaborative Specialization in Addiction Studies at the University of Toronto. The purpose of the Addiction Studies specialization is to develop and integrate graduate training in the multidisciplinary field of addictions, an area that includes the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and psychoactive substances, as well as gambling and other addictive behaviours. Master's programs requiring a thesis, practicum, or research paper, and doctoral programs are included.

Participating OISE program:
Counselling & Clinical Psychology
MA, PhD

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Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course

The Collaborative Specialization in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course prepares students for specialization in the field of aging and/or the field of palliative and supportive care, with an emphasis on viewing aging and palliative issues within the perspective of the life course.

The collaborative specialization offers students two options of study:

  1. aging and the life course
  2. palliative and supportive care

Participating OISE programs:
Adult Education & Community Development
MA, MEd, PhD
Counselling & Clinical Psychology
MA, PhD
Counselling Psychology
MEd, EdD

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Community Development

The Collaborative Specialization in Community Development provides students with a multidisciplinary graduate education in community development. Community development involves working with community members and groups to effect positive change in the social, economic, organizational, or physical structures of a community that improve both the welfare of community members and the community's ability to direct its future.

Participating OISE programs:
Adult Education & Community Development
MA, MEd
Counselling & Clinical Psychology
MA
Counselling Psychology
MEd1

1Within the MEd program in Counselling Psychology, the Counselling and Psychotherapy Field participates in this collaborative specialization.

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Comparative, International and Development Education

Comparative, International and Development Education (CIDE) is one of the world's largest, most diverse and dynamic graduate specializations in the field of comparative education. Research interests span an exciting range of theoretical and practical issues, from the study of ethnicity and identity to the issues of globalization and global governance, from non-formal learning and citizenship education to concrete problems of educational reform, social equality, language education, conflict resolution, and community development. These issues are approached issues from a range of theoretical and disciplinary frames: more traditional, sociological, historical, and philosophical approaches are taught alongside vibrant interpretations of feminist, critical, post-structuralist, and cultural theories.

The broad and diverse scope of the CIDE specialization will appeal to both Canadian and international students interested in applying a comparative and international lens in their professional work at home or abroad.

Students can take courses in such fields as political science, feminist studies, sociology, and geography. The CIDE collaborative specialization is linked with events and programs at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.

Participating OISE Programs:
Adult Education & Community Development
MA MEd, PhD
Curriculum Studies & Teacher Development
MA, MEd, PhD
Education Leadership & Policy
MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
Higher Education
MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
Language & Literacies Education
MA, MEd, PhD
Social Justice Education
MA, MEd, EdD, PhD

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Diaspora and Transnational Studies

Diaspora in contemporary thought involves the shifting relations between homelands and host nations from the perspective of those who have moved, whether voluntarily or not. Diaspora emphasizes the inescapable lived translocal experiences of many migrant communities that exceed the boundaries of the nation-state. Questions of nostalgia, of the dynamics of co-ethnic identification, of the politics of homeland and host nation, and of the inter-generational shifts in responses to all these are central to studies of diaspora.

Transnationalism, on the other hand, focuses on flows and counterflows and the multistriated connections to which they give rise. It encompasses in its ambit not just the movement of people but also concepts of citizenship and multinational governance, the resources of information technology, and the realities of the global marketplace, among others.

Taken together, the two concepts of diaspora and transnationalism enable our understanding of the complex realities of vast movements of people, goods, ideas, images, technologies, and finance in the world today.

This collaborative specialization is designed to bring together both social science and humanities perspectives to augment our existing tri-campus undergraduate program and to contribute to increased research collaboration between participants in the collaborative specialization.

Participating OISE program:
Social Justice Education
MA, EdD, PhD

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Education, Francophonies and Diversity

The Collaborative Specialization in Education, Francophonies and Diversity will critically examine educational issues in the context of Francophone linguistic minorities in Ontario, in Canada, and in the world, with the notions of equity, diversity, and minoritization at the core of this critical examination. The emphasis will be on understanding social practices in education, looking specifically at how difference gets constructed, problematized, and transformed.

Participating OISE programs:
Curriculum Studies & Teacher Development
MA, MEd, PhD
Language & Literacies Education
MA, MEd, PhD
Social Justice Education
MA, MEd, EdD, PhD

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Educational Policy

The Collaborative Specialization in Educational Policy serves students interested in developing an understanding of the factors associated with educational policy development and implementation, with particular emphasis on developing theoretical and practical strategies for improving educational processes. The collaborative specialization's intellectual objectives include providing students with exposure to cross-field and cross-disciplinary approaches to educational problem framing and problem solving in order to broaden the possibilities for innovative and effective policy analysis; helping students understand how to apply theoretical concepts to particular social and educational problems in particular settings; and understanding the broader social, institutional, and policy contexts within which educational policy processes occur.

Participating OISE programs:
Adult Education & Community Development
MA, MEd, PhD
Curriculum Studies & Teacher Development
MA, MEd, PhD
Developmental Psychology & Education
MA, MEd, PhD
Education Leadership & Policy
MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
Higher Education
MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
Language & Literacies Education
MA, MEd, PhD
Social Justice Education
MA, MEd, EdD, PhD

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Engineering Education

The Collaborative Specialization in Engineering Education is an interdisciplinary specialization designed for students within home programs in engineering or education who are interested in pursuing courses and research in engineering education. This collaborative specialization allows students to join a small community of scholars interested in research and learning at the nexus of education and engineering practice. A core course provides students with an introduction to engineering learning, knowledge, assessment, and culture and community, while the theoretical foundations, methods, and topics related to engineering education research are explored in a seminar course.

Research is supervised by a graduate faculty member in the student’s home department. Opportunities exist to assess and apply research findings as part of instructional initiatives within the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.

Participating OISE program:
Curriculum Studies & Teacher Development
MA, PhD

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Environmental Studies

The graduate programs listed below, as well as others across the University, participate in the Environmental Studies (ES) Collaborative Specialization which is offered through the School of the Environment at the University of Toronto. Graduate students admitted to a participating graduate degree program in the respective degree-granting unit, also called the home department, can apply to the collaborative specialization and pursue coursework and research in environmental areas. The School of the Environment currently has graduate students from across the disciplinary spectrum.

The Collaborative Specialization in Environmental Studies provides students who have an interest in the environment with interdisciplinary learning that complements the discipline-based study they are doing in their home units. That learning takes place in both the formal courses offered by the School and in the informal contacts with other students and faculty at seminars and other School events. One of the compelling strengths of the specialization is the interdisciplinary environment in which teaching and research are conducted. For example, the core course ENV1001H typically has students from 10 to 20 academic disciplines and accordingly places an emphasis upon the challenges and rewards of interdisciplinary communication. Students are both able to specialize in an area of environmental research and gain exposure to a wide range of intellectual and methodological disciplines focused on environmental issues.

Participating OISE programs:
Adult Education & Community Development
MA, MEd, PhD
Social Justice Education
MA, MEd, EdD, PhD

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Ethnic and Pluralism Studies

Ethnic and Pluralism Studies at the University of Toronto offers students with interests in ethnic and pluralism studies the opportunity to widen their horizons, to expand their knowledge beyond a single disciplinary base, and to take advantage of the wealth and diversity of academic resources available at the University of Toronto—a great university situated in a large and culturally cosmopolitan city.

The graduate programs listed below, as well as others across the University, participate in the Collaborative Specialization in Ethnic and Pluralism Studies. They contribute courses and provide facilities and supervision for graduate research.

Participating OISE programs:
Education Leadership & Policy
MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
Language & Literacies Education
MA, MEd, PhD
Social Justice Education
MA, MEd, EdD, PhD

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Knowledge Media Design

The Collaborative Specialization in Knowledge Media Design (KMD) was launched in 2002 as the teaching arm of the Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI). KMD provides a specialization for graduate students from a variety of academic backgrounds to engage in the design, prototyping, evaluation, and use of knowledge media. In keeping with KMDI's human-centred approach, students explore the design and use of new media in the context of real-world practices of individuals and communities. Access to an intensely collaborative and cross-disciplinary faculty encourages students to take a broader view of technological and social change and to be constructively critical of technological utopian and dystopian visions alike. The goal is for students to take into account heritage and history, to understand the realities of today, and to design for tomorrow.

Students have access to a community of scholars and the network of relationships that the institute coordinates. They gain first-hand experience of a living network of innovation, an environment in which the resources are people and knowledge, and the social capital and value that are generated through collaboration.

The collaborative specialization is open to master's and PhD students in the collaborating graduate programs listed below, as well as others across the University.

Participating OISE programs:
Curriculum Studies & Teacher Development
MA, MEd, PhD
Language & Literacies Education
MA, MEd, PhD

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Neuroscience

The graduate programs listed below, as well as others across the University, participate in the Collaborative Specialization in Neuroscience.

Participating graduate units contribute courses and provide facilities and supervision for graduate research. Students must follow a plan of studies acceptable to both the participating unit and the Neuroscience collaborative specialization.

Students interested in joining the specialization should visit the Neuroscience website and complete the application form. Students should register within one month of initial registration in their participating degree unit. The Neuroscience website provides areas of research for all faculty in the collaborative specialization, their graduate unit affiliations and contact information, as well as additional information on neuroscience courses.

Students in the specialization receive the Neuroscience newsletter and notification about neuroscience lectures held on campus. The collaborative specialization runs a Distinguished Lectureship Series of talks by eminent neuroscientists and an annual research day; students are required to attend and present at this event.

Participating OISE program:
Developmental Psychology & Education
MA, PhD

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Sexual Diversity Studies

The Collaborative Specialization in Sexual Diversity Studies, offered by the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, is rigorously interdisciplinary and recognizes sexual diversity studies as an interdisciplinary field of inquiry. While it has emerged as an autonomous scholarly area, many of those who work within it engage questions of gender, ethnicity, race, Aboriginal status, (dis)ability, and class, to highlight the importance of exploring their interaction with sexual differences.

The graduate degree programs listed below, as well as others across the University, participate in the collaborative specialization. From their home departments, students may take up questions from their own disciplinary or programmatic perspective, but explore it through the theoretical and methodological lens of sexuality studies.

Participating OISE programs:
Adult Education & Community Development
MA, MEd, PhD
Counselling & Clinical Psychology
MA, PhD
Counselling Psychology
MEd, EdD
Curriculum Studies & Teacher Development
MA, MEd, PhD
Education Leadership & Policy
MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
Higher Education
MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
Social Justice Education
MA, MEd, EdD, PhD

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South Asian Studies

The interdisciplinary Collaborative Master's and Doctoral Specialization in South Asian Studies is designed for students who wish to acquire a nuanced understanding of South Asia as a secondary area of specialization while pursuing graduate studies in another discipline. The focus of South Asian Studies is necessarily broad in that it provides students with an understanding of ancient and modern history, social change, economic development, contemporary politics, religious traditions, literary culture, and a spectrum of related topics.

The Centre for South Asian Studies, which administers the collaborative specialization, provides a nucleus for the participation of South Asian Studies scholars from across the University. Students will benefit from the physical presence of the centre and its regular activities of research fora, conferences, and visiting lecturer and scholar programs. In addition, the University's library collection in South Asian studies is the largest in Canada.

Master's and doctoral students wishing to be admitted to the collaborative specialization must apply to one of the participating graduate programs.

Participating OISE program:
Social Justice Education
MA, MEd, EdD, PhD

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Women and Gender Studies

The Graduate Collaborative Specialization in Women and Gender Studies (CWGS) provides students with an opportunity for advanced feminist studies in concert with an MA or PhD degree in another discipline. The Collaborative Specialization offers a rich interdisciplinary environment in which to grapple with how gender and sexuality are entangled with questions of race, citizenship, embodiment, colonialism, nation, global capitalism, violence, political economy, cultural formations, aesthetics, and other pressing concerns.

The graduate programs listed below, as well as others across the University, participate in the Collaborative Specialization in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto. The collaborating units contribute courses and provide facilities and supervision for graduate research. The collaborative specialization is administered by the Women and Gender Studies Institute (WGSI), bringing together 34 graduate programs, more than 100 courses, and more than 100 graduate faculty members. Core faculty members bring transnational feminist commitments to the study of diverse sites and their interconnection with particular focus on Canada, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, and the United States.

Participating OISE programs:
Adult Education & Community Development
MA, MEd, PhD
Counselling & Clinical Psychology
MA, PhD
Counselling Psychology
MEd, EdD
Curriculum Studies & Teacher Development
MA, MEd, PhD
Education Leadership & Policy
MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
Higher Education
MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
Language & Literacies Education
MA, MEd, PhD
Social Justice Education
MA, MEd, EdD, PhD

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Workplace Learning and Social Change

The Collaborative Specialization in Workplace Learning and Social Change is particularly suited to students interested in developing their understanding of work and learning trends in Canada and internationally, with a focus on the relationships between workplace learning and social change. The collaborative specialization has three intellectual objectives: to situate workplace learning within broader social trends such as globalization, neo-liberalism, and organizational restructuring; to allow exploration of the connections between learning as an individual phenomenon and learning as a social/organizational and public policy phenomenon; and to highlight the learning strategies that seek to foster social change through greater equality of power, inclusivity, participatory decision-making, and economic democracy.

Applicants to participating programs who are interested in participating in the collaborative specialization must apply to and be accepted by both the departmental and the collaborative specialization. For admission, applicants should submit a statement of interest to the collaborative specialization director.

Participating OISE programs:
Adult Education & Community Development
MA, MEd, PhD
Social Justice Education
MA, MEd, EdD, PhD

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Interest in a collaborative specialization is indicated on the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) online application as part of your program selection. 

Not all collaborative specializations are available in all degree programs within a specific program or field.

Collaborative Specializations Chart

Collaborative Specializations

Adult Education &
Community Development
Counselling & Clinical Psychology Counselling
Psychology
Curriculum Studies
& Teacher Development
Developmental Psychology
& Education
Education Leadership & Policy Higher Education Language &
Literacies Education
Social Justice Education
Aboriginal Health MA, MEd
PhD
MA
PhD
MEd
EdD
          MA, MEd
EdD PhD
Addiction Studies   MA
PhD
             
Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course MA MEd
PhD
MA
PhD
MEd
EdD
           
Community Development MA MEd MA MEd 1            
Comparative, International and Development Education MA MEd
PhD
   

MA MEd
PhD

  MA MEd
EdD PhD
MA  MEd
EdD PhD
MA MEd
PhD
MA MEd
EdD PhD
Diaspora and Transnational Studies                 MA
EdD PhD
Education, Francophonies and Diversity       MA MEd
PhD
      MA MEd
PhD
MA MEd
EdD PhD
Educational Policy MA MEd
PhD
    MA MEd
PhD
MA MEd
PhD

MA MEd
EdD PhD

MA MEd
EdD PhD

MA MEd
PhD

MA MEd
EdD PhD
Engineering Education       MA
PhD
         
Environmental Studies MA MEd
PhD
             

MA MEd
EdD PhD

Ethnic and Pluralism Studies           MA MEd
EdD PhD
  MA MEd
PhD
MA MEd
EdD PhD
Knowledge Media Design       MA MEd
PhD
      MA MEd
PhD
 
Neuroscience         MA
PhD
       
Sexual Diversity Studies MA MEd
PhD
MA
PhD
MEd
EdD

MA MEd
PhD

  MA MEd
EdD PhD
MA MEd
EdD PhD
  MA MEd
EdD PhD
South Asian Studies                 MA MEd
EdD PhD

Women and Gender Studies

MA MEd
PhD
MA
PhD
MEd
EdD
MA MEd
PhD
  MA MEd
EdD PhD
MA MEd
EdD PhD

MA MEd
PhD

MA MEd
EdD PhD

Workplace Learning and Social Change

MA MEd
PhD
              MA MEd
EdD PhD

1Within the MEd program in Counselling Psychology, the Counselling and Psychotherapy Field participates in this collaborative specialization.