Adult Education and Community Development

Program Overview

The Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) offers the Adult Education and Community Development program, leading to the Master of Arts, Master of Education, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

The MA is a research-based degree and can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. During their program of study, MA students are expected to have exposure to both qualitative and quantitative approaches to research.

The MEd is a non-thesis degree program which can be taken on either a full-time or part-time basis.

The PhD degree program is designed to provide opportunities for advanced study in the theoretical foundations of adult education and community development and in the application of such knowledge to practice. This program offers both full-time and flexible-time options.

 


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Supporting documents deadline MA, MEd, PhD:

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Minimum admission average MA, MEd:

Mid-B in final year of bachelor’s

PhD:

B+ average in Master’s

MA, MEd:

Mid-B in final year of bachelor’s

PhD:

B+ average in Master’s

Direct entry option from bachelor's to PhD? PhD:

No

PhD:

No

Is a supervisor identified before or after admission? MA, PhD:

After

MEd:

At time of admission

MA, PhD:

After

MEd:

At time of admission

Is a supervisor assigned by the graduate unit or secured by the applicant? MA, PhD:

Graduate unit

MA, PhD:

Graduate unit

Program length (full-time only) MA:

6 sessions

MEd:

4 sessions

PhD:

4 years

MA:

6 sessions

MEd:

4 sessions


Master of Arts​

Program Description

The MA is a research-based thesis degree program which can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. The MA program focuses on learning that happens individually and collectively among adults in communities, workplaces, social movements, the street, and the virtual world—any place where people come together to create social change. The program serves individuals seeking to develop skills for education, community, and organizational roles in a wide range of settings in public, private, and voluntary sectors. Graduates work with newcomers, youth, women’s groups, LGBTQ agencies, organized labour, racialized people, and disenfranchised communities in positions that involve community engagement and education, policy development, leadership, mentorship, and organizational development. The department welcomes applicants with diverse but relevant backgrounds.
 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline or professional program from a recognized university, with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • Either LHA 1100H Introduction to Adult Education (0.5 FCE) or LHA 1102H Community Development: Innovative Models (0.5 FCE).

    • LHA 1183H Master’s Thesis Seminar (0.5 FCE).

    • At least one research methods course (0.5 FCE).

    • Coursework, taken mainly at the 1000 level or 5000 Special Topics level, of which at least 2.0 FCEs must be from the Adult Education and Community Development program. Additional courses may be required of some students.
  • A thesis based on original research, which may lay the groundwork for doctoral research.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S);
10 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

Master of Education

Program Description

The MEd is a non-thesis, course-based professional degree program which can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. The MEd program focuses on learning that happens individually and collectively among adults in communities, workplaces, social movements, the street, and the virtual world—any place where people come together to create social change. It serves individuals seeking to develop skills for education, community, and organizational development roles in a wide range of settings in public, private, and voluntary sectors. Graduates work with newcomers, youth, women’s groups, LGBTQ agencies, organized labour, racialized people, and disenfranchised communities in positions that involve community engagement and education, policy development, leadership, mentorship, and organizational development. The department welcomes applicants with diverse but relevant backgrounds.
 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline or professional program from a recognized university, with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • Either LHA 1100H Introduction to Adult Education (0.5 FCE) or LHA 1102H Community Development: Innovative Models (0.5 FCE).

    • Coursework, mainly taken at the 1000 level or 5000 Special Topics level, of which at least 2.5 FCEs must be from the Adult Education and Community Development program.

    • One research methods course is recommended (0.5 FCE).

Program Length

4 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F);
10 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy​

Program Description

The PhD is a research-based thesis degree program which can be taken on a full-time or flexible-time basis. Designed to provide opportunities for advanced study in the theoretical foundations of adult education and community development and in the application of such knowledge to practice, the PhD focuses on learning that happens individually and collectively among adults in communities, workplaces, social movements, the street, and the virtual world—any place where people come together to create social change.

Except for the time to completion, requirements for both the full-time and flexible-time programs are the same. The department welcomes applicants with diverse but relevant backgrounds.
 

PhD Program (Full-Time Option)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate master's degree from a recognized university in a relevant discipline or professional program, with a minimum standing equivalent to a University of Toronto B+.

  • Applicants who have completed an appropriate master's degree that did not include a thesis or research project are required to complete a Qualifying Research Paper (QRP) to a standard satisfactory to the admissions committee.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs), including:

    • LHA 3102H+​ Doctoral Thesis Seminar (0.5 FCE), recommended to be taken in the first session of the program

    • At least 1.5 FCEs must be from the Adult Education and Community Development program. Students with little background in the area of Adult Education and Community Development may be required to complete an additional 0.5 FCE providing such background.

    • At least one research methods course (0.5 FCE).

  • Comprehensive requirement. Normally, a major paper between 5,000 and 7,000 words in length (including tables, figures, and references), which consists of a comprehensive discussion of one or more literatures and/or debates of significance to Adult Education and Community Development.

  • Thesis.

  • Students must register continuously and pay the full-time fee until all degree requirements have been fulfilled.

  • Students cannot transfer between the full-time and flexible-time PhD options.

  • Students cannot normally transfer between the EdD and PhD programs.

Program Length

4 years

Time Limit

6 years

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.
 

PhD Program (Flexible-Time Option)

Applicants to the flexible-time option should be active professionals who demonstrate connections between their professional work and their proposed course program, and/or between their professional work and their proposed research. Capacity to secure blocks of time to enable concentrated study is required.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate master's degree from a recognized university in a relevant discipline or professional program, with a minimum standing equivalent to a University of Toronto B+.

  • Applicants who have completed an appropriate master's degree that did not include a thesis or research project are required to complete a Qualifying Research Paper (QRP) to a standard satisfactory to the admissions committee.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs), including:

    • LHA 3102H+​ Doctoral Thesis Seminar (0.5 FCE), recommended to be taken in the first session of the program.

    • At least 1.5 FCEs must be from the Adult Education and Community Development program. Students with little background in the area of Adult Education and Community Development may be required to complete an additional 0.5 FCE providing such background.

    • At least one research methods course (0.5 FCE).

  • Comprehensive requirement. Normally, a major paper between 5,000 and 7,000 words in length (including tables, figures, and references), which consists of a comprehensive discussion of one or more literatures and/or debates of significance to Adult Education and Community Development.

  • Thesis.

  • Students must register continuously until all degree requirements have been fulfilled. They register full-time during the first four years and may continue as part-time students thereafter, with their department's approval.

  • Students cannot transfer between the full-time and flexible-time PhD options.

  • Students cannot normally transfer between the EdD and PhD programs.

Program Length

6 years

Time Limit

8 years

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

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