Child Study and Education (Teaching)

Program Overview

The Master of Arts program in Child Study and Education (MA CSE) is offered by the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development (APHD) at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). Jackman ICS is a centre of professional teacher training and research in childhood and education, which includes an award-winning nursery-through-grade-6 Laboratory School. Emphasis on the child and development, special education, well-being, and the early years frame the Child Study and Education program.

Eligible graduates are recommended to the Ontario College of Teachers for a Certificate of Qualification, which qualifies the holder to teach in the primary and junior divisions of Ontario schools (junior kindergarten to grade 6). In this two-year, five-session program, students experience three 8-week practicum placements and an extensive 13-week practicum internship in a variety of elementary school settings. All MA CSE students undertake (well-supported) research activities in their coursework with emphasis on teacher leadership and using the inquiry process to continually improve teaching practice. Students consider the “why” behind everything they do in classrooms.

Globally renowned Jackman ICS faculty teach the majority of program courses. Laboratory School teachers supervise practicum placements and internships in their classrooms, making direct links between research and practice. (Exemplary teachers in the public and private schools also mentor students’ practicum placements/internships.) Other APHD faculty teach elective courses; students in the CSE program thus profit from participating in a research-oriented department.


Quick Facts

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Application payment deadline MA:

15-Nov-2019

MA:

15-Nov-2019

Supporting documents deadline MA:

15-Nov-2019

MA:

15-Nov-2019

Minimum admission average MA:

Mid-B

MA:

Mid-B

Is a supervisor identified before or after admission? MA:

MA-RIT – Before

MA-PBI – N/A

MA:

MA-RIT – Before

MA-PBI – N/A

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

MA-RIT – Applicant requests, unit assigns

MA-PBI – N/A

MA:

MA-RIT – Applicant requests, unit assigns

MA-PBI – N/A

Program length (full-time only) MA:

5 sessions

MA:

5 sessions


Master of Arts

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Child Study and Education Program is offered at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, a centre of professional teacher training and research in childhood and education, which includes a Nursery through Grade 6 Laboratory School.

The philosophy of this program is based on the belief that successful teaching requires an understanding of how children’s capacities, concerns, and behaviour change with age, how individual differences reflect developmental changes, and how social and physical environments influence children’s development.

The program introduces students to educational and developmental theory and research relevant to educational settings, showing how this research can inform classroom practice. Students also learn how to objectively study children, using both practical assessment and formal methods of inquiry. These areas of knowledge combined with knowledge of effective teaching methods (such as an inquiry-based approach) and learning environments result in educational practices that build on children’s current levels of development.

The non-thesis program requires two years of full-time study leading to a Master of Arts degree. Graduates are recommended to the Ontario College of Teachers for a Certificate of Qualification, which qualifies the holder to teach in the primary and junior divisions (junior kindergarten to grade 6) of Ontario schools.

This program offers two fields:

  1. Practice-Based Inquiry (PBI) in Psychology and Educational Practice

  2. Research-Intensive Training (RIT) in Psychology and Education

Field: Practice-Based Inquiry (PBI) in Psychology and Education Practice

The field is based on the use of collaborative inquiry and data-based decision-making to enhance teachers’ practice and student learning and success. This field will provide a foundation in the use of a broad range of information sources to address questions of practice using an inquiry cycle.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree (usually a four-year degree) with the equivalent of a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year.

  • Applicants are also expected to have experience working with groups of children, preferably in responsible positions.

  • Normally, an interview is required prior to admission.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 11.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including practicum placements and an internship as follows:

    • Year 1—7.0 FCEs as foll​ows:

      • ​APD 2200Y Child Study: ‪Observation, Evaluation, Reporting, and Research‬ (1.0 FCE).

      • ​APD 2201Y Childhood Education Seminar I (1.0 FCE).

      • APD 2210Y Introduction to Curriculum I: Core Areas (1.0 FCE).

      • ​APD 2220Y Teaching Practicum (1.0 FCE): three eight-week, half-day placements in kindergarten/early childhood, grades 1 to 3, and grades 4 to 6.

      • ​APD 2280Y Introduction to Special Education and Adaptive Instruction (1.0 FCE; Credit/No Credit), to be completed during the Spring/Summer session.

      • APD 1226H Foundations in Inquiry and Data-Based Decision Making (0.5 FCE).

      • ​1.5 elective FCEs (equivalent to three half courses) chosen from among master's-level courses in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development and, in some cases, other departments. Note: 0.5 elective FCE must be completed during the Fall/Winter session and 1.0 elective FCE must be completed during the Spring/Summer session.

      • Students without an undergraduate course in child development must take APD 1201H Child and Adolescent Development (0.5 FCE) as an elective.

      • ​​Registration in Year 2 of the program is contingent upon successful completion of all Year 1 work.

    • Year 2—4.0 FCEs as follows:

      • ​APD 2211H Theory and Curriculum I: Language and Literacy (0.5 FCE).

      • ​APD 2212H Theory and Curriculum II: Mathematics (0.5 FCE).

      • ​APD 2214H Curriculum and Pedagogies for Cross-Curricular Teaching (0.5 FCE).

      • ​APD 2221Y​ Advanced Teaching Practicum (1.0 FCE), a 12-week full-time internship to be taken in one session.

      • APD 2222H Professional Practice Project: Role A (0.5 FCE).

      • APD 2223H Professional Practice Project: Role B (0.5 FCE).

      • APD 2202H Childhood Education Seminar II: Advanced Teaching​ (0.5 FCE), taken during the internship session of Year 2.

Program Length

5 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W)

Time Limit

3 years full-time
 

Field: Research-Intensive Training (RIT) in Psychology and Education

The field provides concurrent training in research methods and educational practice for elementary teacher certification, including 600 hours of practicum in classrooms. It supports the development of expertise in scientific examination of educational and psychological issues and highlights the integration between science and classroom practice. RIT students must complete a Major Research Paper (MRP) by April of Year 2 in order to graduate.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree (usually a four-year degree) with the equivalent of a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year.

  • Applicants are also expected to have experience working with groups of children, preferably in responsible positions.

  • Normally, an interview is required prior to admission.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 11.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including practicum placements and an internship as follows (although a thesis paper is not required, students must complete a Major Research Paper):

    • Year 1—7.0 FCEs as follows:

      • ​APD 2200Y Child Study: ‪Observation, Evaluation, Reporting, and Research‬ (1.0 FCE).

      • ​APD 2201Y Childhood Education Seminar I (1.0 FCE).

      • APD 2210Y Introduction to Curriculum I: Core Areas (1.0 FCE).

      • ​APD 2220Y Teaching Practicum (1.0 FCE): three eight-week, half-day placements in kindergarten/early childhood, grades 1 to 3, and grades 4 to 6.

      • ​APD 2280Y Introduction to Special Education and Adaptive Instruction (1.0 FCE; Credit/No Credit), to be completed during the Spring/Summer session.

      • APD 1209H Research Methods and Thesis Preparation in AP&HD (0.5 FCE).

      • ​1.5 elective FCEs (equivalent to three half courses) chosen from among master's-level courses in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development and, in some cases, other departments. Note: 0.5 elective FCE must be completed during the Fall/Winter session and 1.0 elective FCE must be completed during the Spring/Summer session.

      • Students without an undergraduate course in child development must take APD 1201H Child and Adolescent Development (0.5 FCE) as an elective.

      • ​Registration in Year 2 of the program is contingent upon successful completion of all Year 1 work.

    • Year 2—4.0 FCEs as follows:

      • ​APD 2211H Theory and Curriculum I: Language and Literacy (0.5 FCE).

      • ​APD 2212H Theory and Curriculum II: Mathematics (0.5 FCE).

      • ​APD 2214H Curriculum and Pedagogies for Cross-Curricular Teaching (0.5 FCE).

      • ​APD 2221Y​ Advanced Teaching Practicum (1.0 FCE), a 3.5-month full-time internship to be taken in one session.

      • APD 2001Y0 Major Research Paper (1.0 FCE).

      • ​APD 2202H Childhood Education Seminar II: Advanced Teaching (0.5 FCE), taken during the internship session of Year 2.

Program Length

5 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W)

Time Limit

3 years full-time