Doctor of Education (EdD) in Social Justice Education
Doctor of Education (EdD) in Social Justice Education Overview
Transform education and social justice for the next generation
The EdD in Social Justice Education (SJE) is designed for those with an interest in professional and/or voluntary practice in relevant field domains where there is an interface between theory and practice and where the vision, skills, and commitment of dedicated and research-informed practitioners are pivotal to outcomes.
It is distinct from the PhD in that students are encouraged to orient towards applied and theoretical dimensions of professional educational practice understood as knowledge, teaching, and learning which takes place within or beyond schooling.
This program allows students to integrate doctoral level studies alongside social change work and praxis; the EdD attracts a diverse range of professionals, including teachers, school and community leaders, health and legal professionals, and those working, volunteering, or seeking employment in related fields in social justice education.
For detailed information about the program, please consult the School of Graduate Studies Calendar.
At a Glance
Full-time (4 years)
Part-time (6 years)
Coursework plus thesis
Funding and Tuition
For detailed and up-to-date information about tuition fees, funding, and financial support, visit Tuition and Financial Support.
Applications to the EdD in Social Justice Education for 2022-2023 admissions cycle is set to open early October 2021.
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Why I Chose Social Justice Education
Marie Laing (Master of Arts 2018)
Writer, educator, and youth leader, Native Youth Sexual Health Network
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Award recipient
I was hungry for language to describe settler-colonialism and how it relates to my queer, two-spirit and trans Indigenous community. I was also eager to see how leading scholars were applying anti-racist education in a variety of contexts to create positive change. OISE’s Department of Social Justice Education was one of the few places I found where I could engage in all of these intellectual projects at once.
Doctor of Education (EdD) in Social Justice Education Admission Requirements
General Admission Requirements
Please visit the OISE Admissions website for detailed information about the application process, including general minimum admission requirements and supporting documents.
Program-specific information (Minimum admission requirements)
- Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.
- Admission requires a University of Toronto Master of Arts or Master of Education in Education, or its equivalent from a recognized university in the same field of specialization proposed at the doctoral level, completed with standing equivalent to B+ or better.
- Students who are admitted without sufficient previous study in a humanities, social science, or a cognate discipline may be required to take additional courses.
- At least one year of professional experience.
Required supporting documents
All applicants must submit:
- Transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended.
- A résumé that provides clear and complete information about the applicant's work or field experience related to their proposed studies.
- Two letters of reference, preferably from university instructors with whom the applicant has studied or worked, although one professional reference letter and one academic reference letter would also be acceptable.
- Statement of Intent (Applicants are asked to answer each of the following questions in an essay format [bullet points are not acceptable]. Not only will the content of your responses be used in the assessment of the application, but so will the quality and clarity of your writing. Please limit responses to 200-250 words per question.)
- What research interests do you intend to pursue in your graduate studies?
- How did you become interested in this area of research? (Please feel free to refer to any relevant literature and/or personal experiences.)
- Why is Social Justice Education at OISE the best place to pursue your research interests?
- What faculty members in Social Justice Education could support your graduate studies and chosen research direction?
- What previous experiences, skills, and strengths will support you in your graduate studies?
- At least one sample of written work that demonstrates engagement with the humanities or social sciences, and social justice in education.
Additional Program Information
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