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A Specialization in Comparative, International & 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 from a range of theoretical and disciplinary frames including: economic, political, sociological, historical, and philosophical approaches taught alongside vibrant interpretations of feminist, critical, post-structuralist, and cultural theories.

The broad and diverse scope of the CIDE graduate 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.​

CIDE students can take courses in multiple fields within education, political science, feminist studies, sociology, and geography. The CIDE collaborative specialization is linked with events and programming at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto.​

Upon successful completion of the degree requirements of the participating home graduate unit and the collaborative specialization, students receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Comparative, International and Development Education" on their transcript and parchment.


Participating Degree Programs

Adult Education and Community Development—MA, MEd, PhD
Curriculum and Pedagogy—MA, MEd, PhD
Educational Leadership and Policy—MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
Higher Education—MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
Language and Literacies Education—MA, MEd, PhD
Social Justice Education—MA, MEd, EdD, PhD

Master of Teaching Program

Besides our graduate program, CIDE faculty are very active in the Master of Teaching (MT) program at OISE. Although not officially affiliated with the CIDE specialization, several related studies courses focus on comparative and international education, particularly an introductory course "International and Comparative Education: Issues for Teachers" that is taught each Fall term by a CIDE faculty member.

CIDEC welcomes MT students interested in participating in our activities. The CIDE for Teachers webpage details all the opportunities that CIDEC offers interested students. Join our listserv.

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