Curriculum & Pedagogy

Program Overview

The Curriculum & Pedagogy program is a forum for systematic reflection on curriculum, viewed in the broadest sense as educational experiences that occur in both formal and informal settings. This includes a critical examination of the substance (subject matter, courses, programs of study), purposes, and practices used for bringing about learning in educational settings.

The Curriculum & Pedagogy program includes three areas of interest, which reflect overlapping and intersecting areas of strength in the whole Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development Program. One of these areas of interest can be taken as part of an emphasis in Critical Studies in Curriculum and Pedagogy. See more details on the clusters.

Critical Studies in Curriculum & Pedagogy

Taking curriculum and pedagogy broadly defined as points of departure, the Critical Studies in Curriculum and Pedagogy cluster is a forum for systematic and interdisciplinary reflection on the myriad of processes and contexts related to educational experience, from schools and local communities, to media and transnational cultural contexts. The cluster encourages a critical exploration of educational phenomena, within and beyond the scope of schools, with a focus on power relations and social justice issues.

Learning, Schools, and Innovations

The Learning, Schools, and Innovations cluster emphasizes scholarship concerning the nature of learning and instruction in formal and informal settings, building on a broad academic literature in educational research, the learning sciences, evaluation and assessment, and learning and instruction within subject areas. The focus is to achieve a theoretical understanding of learning and instruction, embedding that theory in powerful innovations, and advancing the research.

Teaching and Teacher Education

This cluster focuses on the study of teaching and teacher learning across the curriculum. The term “teacher” is used broadly to include those who work in schools, district and government offices, and diverse settings (e.g., museum studies, outdoor education centres).​


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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

MA, PhD:

After

If a supervisor is identified after admission (as per question above), is admission conditional upon securing a supervisor? MA, PhD:

No

MA, PhD:

No

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

Applicant

MA, PhD:

Applicant

Program length (full-time only) MA:

6 sessions

MEd:

3 sessions

PhD:

4 years

MA:

6 sessions

MEd:

3 sessions

PhD:

4 years


Master of Arts​

The MA degree program is designed to provide academic study and research training related to curriculum and pedagogy. Applicants who anticipate going on to further study at the PhD level are advised to apply for enrolment in an MA rather than an MEd degree program. The MA can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Admission normally requires an appropriate bachelor's degree, with the equivalent of at least a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year, in a relevant discipline or professional program.

  • Ordinarily, applicants will have at least one year of relevant, successful, professional experience prior to applying.

  • Statement of Intent: Applicants should state the reasons they wish to undertake a research-oriented program of study in curriculum and pedagogy. The chief academic interests and experience, professional concerns, and career plans related to any aspect of curriculum and pedagogy should be discussed. In order to identify their research interests in their Statement of Intent, applicants should visit the Curriculum & Pedagogy program web page.

  • The Admissions Committee reviews this statement to determine the areas of study and/or problems of curriculum and pedagogy in which an applicant is most interested and to link the applicant to appropriate faculty advisors.

Program Requirements

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

    • At least 2.0 FCEs, normally CTL 1000-level courses undertaken in the Curriculum & Pedagogy program.

    • CTL 1000H Foundations of Curriculum & Pedagogy (0.5 FCE).

    • A research methods course (0.5 FCE) from an approved course listing.

    • Additional courses may be required of some applicants, depending on previous experience and academic qualifications.

  • Thesis.

  • Students are responsible for meeting deadlines to complete their course requirements, thesis committee formation, and thesis ethical review.

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​

The Master of Education (MEd) degree program is designed chiefly for the professional development of those who are already engaged in a career related to education, broadly defined. Applicants who anticipate going on to further study at the PhD level are advised to apply for enrolment in an MA rather than an MEd degree program. The MEd can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.

Note: The MEd is not a teacher certification program. Find out more about teacher certification programs.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies, which specify an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university. This degree must be completed with an academic standing equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Ordinarily, applicants will have at least one year of relevant, successful, professional experience prior to applying.

  • In the Statement of Intent, applicants should state the reasons they wish to study curriculum at the graduate level. The chief academic interests, professional concerns, and career plans related to curriculum studies and teacher development should be discussed. In order to identify their research interests in their Statement of Intent, applicants should visit the Curriculum & Pedagogy program web page. The admissions committee reviews this statement to determine the kind of focus or area of study in which an applicant is most interested and to link the applicant to appropriate faculty advisors.

Program Requirements

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

    • At least 2.5 FCEs, normally CTL 1000-level courses undertaken in the Curriculum & Pedagogy program.

    • CTL 1000H Foundations of Curriculum & Pedagogy (0.5 FCE).

  • Additional study may be required either within the degree program or prior to admission, depending on previous experience and academic qualifications.

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​

The PhD program demands a strong commitment to research. The Curriculum & Pedagogy program offers both full-time and flexible-time PhD program options. Degree requirements for both options are the same; only the length of time to completion differs (see Program Length below). Applicants must declare the option for which they wish to apply.

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A master's degree in education from a recognized university with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto B+ or better and in the same area of specialization as proposed at the doctoral level is required. Further documentation may be required to establish equivalence.

  • Applicants ordinarily have a minimum of two years' professional experience prior to applying.

  • Applicants are required to submit, along with the application:

    • ​​​Their master's thesis or a sample of single-authored scholarly writing; for details about what constitutes an appropriate writing sample, visit the Curriculum & Pedagogy program web page.

    • A Statement of Intent describing their intellectual interests and concerns relevant to curriculum and pedagogy, reasons for wishing to take the program, previous qualifications and professional experiences, and articulating their research and professional interests, and future career goals

    • Two letters of reference: one academic and one professional.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must normally complete 3.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • At least 2.0 FCEs, normally CTL 1000-level courses.

    • CTL 1899H C&P Doctoral Proseminar in Curriculum & Pedagogy (0.5 FCE).

    • Students are expected to take CTL 1000H Foundations of Curriculum & Pedagogy (0.5 FCE) if they did not complete it at the master's level

    • Additional courses may be required of some students.

    • One research methods course (0.5 FCE) from an approved course listing.

  • Comprehensive examination.

  • A thesis embodying the results of an original investigation, and a Doctoral Final Oral Examination on the content and implications of the thesis.

  • Students are responsible for meeting deadlines to complete their course requirements, thesis committee formation, comprehensive examination, and thesis ethical review.

  • Full-time PhD students must maintain full-time status throughout their program of study.

  • 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.

Program Length

4 years

Time Limit

6 years

 

PhD Program (Flexible-Time)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A master's degree in education from a recognized university with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto B+ or better and in the same area of specialization as proposed at the doctoral level is required. Further documentation may be required to establish equivalence.

  • Applicants ordinarily have a minimum of two years' professional experience prior to applying.

  • Applicants are required to submit, along with the application:

    • T​​heir master's thesis or a sample of single-authored scholarly writing; for details about what constitutes an appropriate writing sample, visit the Curriculum & Pedagogy program web page.

    • A Statement of Intent describing their intellectual interests and research concerns relevant to curriculum and pedagogy, reasons for wishing to take the program, previous qualifications and professional experiences, and articulating their research and professional interests, and future career goals.

    • Two letters of reference: one academic and one professional.

  • Applicants to the flexible-time PhD option are accepted under the same admission requirements as applicants to the full-time PhD option. However, in addition, applicants to the flexible-time PhD should demonstrate that they are active professionals engaged in activities relevant to their proposed program of study.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must normally complete 3.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs),as follows:

    • At least 2.0 FCEs, normally CTL 1000-level courses.

    • CTL 1899H C&P Doctoral Proseminar in Curriculum & Pedagogy (0.5 FCE).

    • Students are expected to take CTL 1000H Foundations of Curriculum & Pedagogy (0.5 FCE) if they did not complete it at the master's level.

    • One research methods course (0.5 FCE) from an approved course listing.

    • Additional courses may be required of some students.

  • Comprehensive examination.

  • A thesis embodying the results of an original investigation, and a Doctoral Final Oral Examination on the content and implications of the thesis.

  • Students are responsible for meeting deadlines to complete their course requirements, thesis committee formation, comprehensive examination, and thesis ethical review.

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

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

Program Length

8 years

Time Limit

8 years



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