Language and Literacies Education

Program Overview

The Language and Literacies Education program is offered by the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), leading to the Master of Arts (MA), Master of Education (MEd), and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

This program investigates questions around the relationships of literacies in language and language in literacies across communities, societies, instructional environments, and informal learning settings. The scope of the program encompasses the following within applied linguistics and literacies studies:

  • the learning, teaching, and use of first and additional (non-native) languages in diverse settings;
  • curriculum, instruction, and assessment related to the development of first and additional language and K-12 literacy skills;
  • the development of bilingual, multilingual, and translinguistic abilities;
  • language and literacy education policies and planning;
  • pedagogy oriented towards multiliteracies development, including early literacy and adolescent reading, writing, and oral language development, and
  • children’s literature across the curriculum;
  • social justice issues related to plurilingualism and cultural and linguistic diversity; and
  • pedagogical implications of the fact that language and literacy are infused into all aspects of learning in contexts characterized by linguistic diversity.
Specific resources related to the program include the OISE library’s Modern Language Collection, la Collection Franco-Ontarienne, the Children’s and Young Adult literature collection, and the Centre for Educational Research on Languages and Literacies.

Quick Facts

Domestic International
Application payment deadline MA, MEd, PhD:

TBA

MA, MEd, PhD:

TBA

Supporting documents deadline MA, MEd, PhD:

TBA

MA, MEd, PhD:

TBA

Minimum admission average MA, MEd:

B

PhD:

B+

MA, MEd:

B

PhD:

B+

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

No

PhD:

No

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

After

MEd:

N/A

MA, PhD:

After

MEd:

N/A

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

No

MEd:

N/A

MA, PhD:

No

MEd:

N/A

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

Applicant

MEd:

N/A

MA, PhD:

Applicant

MEd:

N/A

Program length (full-time only) MA:

6 sessions

MEd:

4 sessions

PhD:

4 years

MA:

6 sessions

MEd:

4 sessions

PhD:

4 years


Master of Arts​

Applicants expecting to pursue a doctorate in the future are advised to enrol in the MA (rather than the MEd) program in Language and Literacies Education (LLE). The MA program 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. Admission requires an appropriate bachelor's degree, with the equivalent of a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year, in a relevant discipline or professional program. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Ordinarily, applicants should have teacher certification and at least one year of relevant successful professional experience prior to applying.

  • All applicants must submit a resumé and a Statement of Intent describing their reasons for wishing to take the program, previous qualifications and professional experiences, particular research or professional interests, and future career goals.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) or eight half courses as follows.

    • A minimum of 2.0 FCEs in CTL 3000-level courses within the LLE program including CTL 3001H Research Colloquium in Language and Literacies Education (0.5 FCE). Part-time students are expected to be available to take CTL 3001H ​during daytime hours (usually Friday afternoons).

    • A research methods course relevant to the topic of the thesis (0.5 FCE). Any of the following courses can fulfil this requirement: CTL 1018H, CTL 1041H, CTL 1306H, CTL 1810H, CTL 1842H, CTL 3019H, CTL 3033H, CTL 3800H, CTL 3807H, CTL 3810H, APD 1296H, APD 3202H, APD 3228H, JOI 1287H, JOI 1288H, or SJE 1905H.

    • Students wishing to propose an alternative course to fulfil one of the LLE course requirements will be required to obtain the approval of both the LLE graduate program coordinator and either their faculty advisor or their thesis supervisor.

    • Additional courses may be required of some applicants.

  • 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 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, which specify an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university, with the equivalent of 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 should have teacher certification and at least one year of relevant successful professional experience prior to applying.

  • All applicants are required to submit a resumé and a Statement of Intent describing their reasons for wishing to take the program, previous qualifications and professional experiences, particular research or professional interests, and future goals.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. The MEd program consists of 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including:

    • A minimum of 2.5 FCEs in CTL 3000-level courses.

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​

Students participating in the PhD program must have a strong commitment to research. The Language and Literacies Education (LLE) program offers both full-time and flexible-time PhD options. Degree requirements for the full-time and flexible-time options are the same. Applicants must declare their preferred option when applying.
 

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.

  • An appropriate master's degree with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto B+ or better from a recognized university is required.

  • Admission is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a master's thesis, or the equivalent in the form of a scholarly piece of writing.

  • Ordinarily, applicants will have a minimum of two years of relevant professional experience prior to applying.

  • Applicants must submit a resumé and a Statement of Intent describing their reasons for wishing to take the program, previous qualifications and professional experiences, particular research or professional interests, and future career goals.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 3.5 to 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) depending on previous experience and academic qualifications, as follows:

    • A minimum of 2.0 FCEs within the LLE program, including CTL 3001H Research Colloquium in Language and Literacies Education (0.5 FCE) and CTL 3899H Proseminar in Language and Literacies Education (0.5 FCE), if not previously taken at the master's level. If CTL 3001H or CTL 3899H was taken at the master's level, students are not permitted to take it again and should substitute it with another LLE program course (0.5 FCE).

    • A research methods course relevant to the topic of the thesis (0.5 FCE). Any of the following courses can fulfil this requirement: CTL 1018H, CTL 1041H, CTL 1306H, CTL 1810H, CTL 1842H, CTL 3019H, CTL 3033H, CTL 3800H, ​CTL 3807H, CTL 3810H, APD 1296H, APD 3202H, APD 3228H, JOI 1287H, JOI 1288H, or ​SJE 1905H.

    • A student wishing to propose an alternative course to fulfil one of the LLE course requirements must obtain the approval of the LLE program coordinator and either their faculty advisor or thesis supervisor.

  • 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.

  • An appropriate master's degree with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto B+ or better from a recognized university is required.

  • Admission is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a master's thesis, or the equivalent in the form of a scholarly piece of writing.

  • Ordinarily, applicants will have a minimum of two years of relevant professional experience prior to applying.

  • Applicants must submit a resumé and a Statement of Intent describing their reasons for wishing to take the program, previous qualifications and professional experiences, particular research or professional interests, and future career goals.

  • Applicants should demonstrate that they are active professionals engaged in activities relevant to their proposed program of study.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 3.5 to 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) depending on previous experience and academic qualifications, as follows:

    • A minimum of 2.0 FCEs within the LLE program, including CTL 3001H Research Colloquium in Language and Literacies Education (0.5 FCE), if not previously taken at the master's level. If CTL 3001H was taken at the master's level, students are not permitted to take it again and should substitute it with another LLE program course (0.5 FCE).

    • CTL 3899H Proseminar in Language and Literacies Education (0.5 FCE), if not previously taken at the master's level. If CTL 3899H was taken at the master's level, students are not permitted to take it again and should substitute it with another LLE program course (0.5 FCE).

    • A research methods course relevant to the topic of the thesis (0.5 FCE). Any of the following courses can fulfil this requirement: CTL 1018H, CTL 1041H, CTL 1306H, CTL 1810H, CTL 1842H, CTL 3019H, CTL 3033H, CTL 3800H, CTL 3807H, CTL 3810H, APD 1296H, APD 3202H, APD 3228H, JOI 1287H, JOI 1288H, or ​SJE 1905H.

    • A student wishing to propose an alternative course to fulfil one of the LLE course requirements will be required to obtain the approval of the LLE program coordinator and either their faculty advisor or thesis supervisor.

  • 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

7 years

Time Limit

8 years

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