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SJE

Master of Education (MEd) in Social Justice Education

This program focuses on critical understandings of the social, historical, cultural, political, economic and ethical contexts of education. It is ideal for those interested in social justice, committed to social change, or aspiring to assume research-informed responsibilities in a school or community organization.

During their program of study, students are expected to have exposure to both qualitative and quantitative approaches to research. 

This program attracts students coming directly from undergraduate studies, as well as returning students, who are interested in professional development, lifelong education, or continuing on in higher education. Graduates of this program may have the opportunity to pursue doctoral-level studies. We welcome applicants with diverse but relevant backgrounds. 

 

Program Options:

Students may complete this MEd program by one of two options:
 

  • Coursework only
  • Coursework plus major research paper (MRP) *


* NOTE: Students accepted into this program are automatically assigned to Option I (coursework only). They may transfer to option II after they have started their program and secured a faculty supervisor for the MRP.
Transfer to the MEd 8 half course with Major Research Paper (MRP) is possible, if the student develops a research proposal for a Major Research Paper and has the strong support of a SJE faculty member for supervision. Transfer is a Departmental Admissions Committee decision and only possible after the student completes at least one half course. 

 



Study options: Full-time or part-time

Length: 1.5 years

Time Limit: 3 years full-time
                      6 years part-time

For detailed information about the program, please consult the School of Graduate Studies Calendar and the OISE Graduate Studies Bulletin

 

 

Curriculum 

 

Coursework only


1. Coursework: Students are required to complete 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs), including:
 

  • At least 2.5 of the FCEs must be in the Social Justice Education program.
     
  • Major Concepts and Issues in Education (SJE1903H, 0.5 FCE) is recommended.
     
  • Students who are registered in a collaborative specialization may apply to have their SJE course requirement reduced by 0.5 FCE.
     
  • Students must consult with their faculty advisor before enrolling in any out-of-department course for which they wish to receive credit. 
     
  • Students are strongly recommended to take Integrating Research and Practice in Social Justice Education (SJE1906H, 0.5 FCE) towards the end of their degree program. This course provides students an opportunity to complete a research project synthesizing their educational experience with their professional, intellectual, and/or community goals.

Coursework and major research paper

 

1. Coursework: Students are required to complete 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs), including:
 

  • At least 2.0 of the FCEs must be in the Social Justice Education program.
     
  • Major Concepts and Issues in Education (SJE1903H, 0.5 FCE) is recommended.
     
  • Students who are registered in a collaborative specialization may apply to have their SJE course requirement reduced by 0.5 FCE.
     
  • Students must consult with their faculty advisor before enrolling in any out-of-department course for which they wish to receive credit. 
     
  • Students are strongly recommended to take Integrating Research and Practice in Social Justice Education (SJE1906H, 0.5 FCE) towards the end of their degree program. This course provides students an opportunity to complete a research project synthesizing their educational experience with their professional, intellectual, and/or community goals.
     

2. Major research paper (SJE2001Y, 1.0 FCE)


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Collaborative specializations

Collaborative specializations provide graduate students enrolled in participating degree programs with an additional multidisciplinary experience as they complete their home degree program.

Learn more about the collaborative specializations offered to MEd students in the SJE program:
 

MEd Focus Streams

Master of Education (MEd) focus streams consist of lists of suggested courses that may be taken to complement the personal and academic interests of MEd students. The completion of these combinations of courses provide students the opportunity to maximize their learning experience in a particular area of study.

These include: 

 

  • Teaching in and for Diverse Classrooms
  • Disability and Critical Studies
  • Environmental and Sustainability Studies in Education
  • Media Literacy in Education 
  • Indigenous Studies in Education from Local to Global
  • Black Studies 
  • Race and Racial Formation Studies in Education

 

Click here for more information. 

Faculty

Faculty in the SJE program have multi-disciplinary teaching and research expertise in a wide range of fields, including but not limited to:
 

  • Anti-colonial and Indigenous education
  • Anti-racism education
  • Ethics and education
  • Critical race studies
  • Indigenous knowledges
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies
  • Queer and gender theory
     

To learn more, see our faculty profiles.


 

Tuition

The following are annual tuition fees for 2019-2020. These figures include all non-tuition related fees. 
 

  • Domestic full-time students: $11,718.65
  • Domestic part-time students: $3,916.13
  • International full-time students: $40,098.65
  • Please note: Master's programs at OISE have minimum degree fees.


For detailed and up-to-date information about tuition fees, funding, and financial support, visit Tuition and Financial Support.  

 

 

Admissions and application information

General information

Please visit the OISE Admissions website for detailed information about the application process, including general minimum admission requirements and supporting documents. 


Program-specific information

The Department of Social Justice Education’s admission guidelines are attentive to challenging barriers of systemic discrimination in education. Applicants may voluntarily self-identify as members of equity-seeking groups (women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability, sexual/gender minorities, francophone, etc.), if this is considered relevant to research interests or experience in social justice education.


Minimum admission requirements
 

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.
     
  • Admission to the MEd program requires an appropriate bachelor's degree in a humanities, social science, or cognate discipline from a recognized university, with standing equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year. 
     
  • At least one year of professional experience.
     


Required supporting documents


All applicants must submit: 
 

  • Transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended
     
  • Two letters of reference (one academic and one professional)
     
  • A résumé that provides clear and complete information about the applicant's work or field experience related to their proposed studies
     
  • A statement of intellectual interests and concerns relevant to the humanities, or social sciences, and social justice education as well as reasons for undertaking a program in the department, including a statement of preference for one or more faculty members whose research is best matched to the student’s research interests.
     
  • At least one sample of written work that demonstrates engagement with the humanities or social sciences, and social justice in education.
     


Deadlines
 

Applications open on September 25, 2020. The main application deadline is November 16, 2020. Applicants should submit their application and supporting documents by this date to guarantee consideration for admission. 

After November 16, admission to some programs may remain open. For the most up-to-date information on application deadlines, please visit OISE Admissions

 

Contact

Questions about applying? Please contact the OISE admissions office at 416-978-4300 or admissions.oise@utoronto.ca.

Questions about the program? Please contact us