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The Department of Social Justice Education offers a multi and interdisciplinary graduate program that provides students with critical understandings of the social, historical, cultural, political, economic and ethical contexts of education, broadly conceived.

We aim to equip our students with the interdisciplinary background, substantive knowledge, and theoretical language necessary to raise questions of critical importance to educational theory, practices, and society. In addition, we aspire to enable students to explore questions such as: "What was, what is, and what should be the relationship between education and society?" and "What kinds of knowledge do educators need to answer those questions?"

Students in our department pursue a wide range of studies, including: anti-racism; critical race theory; Indigenous and anti-colonial studies; aesthetics, media, and communication; feminist and gender studies; class and poverty studies; francophone studies; post-colonial, diaspora, and transnational studies; queer and disability studies; cultural and philosophical contexts in education; and democracy, ethics, and social class.


With four different degree programs to choose from, students from diverse backgrounds and professional interests find their home in Social Justice Education. Our different degree programs are designed to meet diverse intellectual and professional interests and needs.

Master of Arts
  Master of Education

Doctor of Philosophy
  Doctor of Education


Collaborative specializations emerge from cooperation between two or more graduate units and their graduate programs. Offered to graduate students across the University of Toronto, they provide a unique opportunity to explore a novel interdisciplinary area or a special development in a particular discipline.

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Watch the video below to hear graduate students in the SJE department discuss their experience at OISE, the broad areas of research available within different programs, and the types of courses available.