Social Justice Education

Program Overview

Social Justice Education is a multi- and interdisciplinary graduate program leading to the Master of Arts (MA), Master of Education (MEd), Doctor of Education (EdD), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees.

The program is offered by the Department of Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), providing students with critical understandings of the social, historical, cultural, political, economic, and ethical contexts of education, broadly conceived. Based on the diverse intellectual traditions of the humanities and social sciences, the department is committed to multi- and interdisciplinary studies in education, with a focus on equity and social justice in educational studies from a variety of perspectives including history, philosophy, sociology, and social justice education.

Through humanities, social sciences, and/or social justice education, faculty and students may pursue studies including anti-racism, critical race theory, and Indigenous studies; aesthetics, media, and communication; feminist and gender studies; class and poverty studies; francophone studies; post-colonial, diaspora, and transnational studies; queer and disability studies; cultural and philosophical contexts in education; and democracy, ethics, and social class and/or may follow traditional disciplinary inquiry.

The department’s vision is to enable students to explore such questions as “What was, what is, and what should be the relationship between education and society?” and “What kinds of knowledge do educators need to answer those questions?” The department aims to provide graduate students and initial teacher education students with the disciplinary background, substantive knowledge, and theoretical language necessary to raise questions of critical importance to educational theory, practices, and society.


Quick Facts

Domestic International
Application payment deadline EdD, MA, MEd, PhD:

15-Nov-2019

Please see http://uoft.me/oisedeadlines for more information

EdD, MA, MEd, PhD:

15-Nov-2019

Please see http://uoft.me/oisedeadlines for more information

Supporting documents deadline EdD, MA, MEd, PhD:

15-Nov-2019

Please see http://uoft.me/oisedeadlines for more information

EdD, MA, MEd, PhD:

15-Nov-2019

Please see http://uoft.me/oisedeadlines for more information

Minimum admission average MA, MEd:

mid-B or better in the final year

EdD, PhD:

B+ or better in master’s courses

MA, MEd:

mid-B or better in the final year

EdD, PhD:

B+ or better in master’s courses

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

Supervisor interest identified

EdD, MA, MEd, PhD:

Supervisor interest identified

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

No

EdD, MA, MEd, PhD:

No

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

Advisor assigned likely to be supervisor. After coursework completed, advisor either signs to be supervisor or helps student find thesis supervisor

MEd:

Advisor assigned for non-thesis M.Ed. Admission. No supervisor required for all coursework M.Ed.

EdD, PhD:

Advisor assigned likely to be supervisor. After coursework completed, advisor either signs to be supervisor or helps student find thesis supervisor

MA:

Advisor assigned likely to be supervisor. After coursework completed, advisor either signs to be supervisor or helps student find thesis supervisor

MEd:

Advisor assigned for non-thesis M.Ed. Admission. No supervisor required for all coursework M.Ed.

EdD, PhD:

Advisor assigned likely to be supervisor. After coursework completed, advisor either signs to be supervisor or helps student find thesis supervisor

Program length (full-time only) MA:

6 sessions

MEd:

​5 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W); 6 sessions (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S); 4 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F)

EdD, PhD:

4 years

MA:

6 sessions

MEd:

​5 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W); 6 sessions (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S); 4 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F)

EdD, PhD:

4 years


Master of Arts

Program Description

The Social Justice Education (SJE) program welcomes applicants with diverse but relevant backgrounds. The MA program is a research-based degree program which 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's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Admission to the MA program requires an appropriate bachelor's degree in a humanities, social science, or cognate discipline from a recognized university, with standing equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year.

  • Applicants are required to submit the following; incomplete applications may be subject to processing delays or rejection:

    • A careful statement of intellectual interests and concerns relevant to the humanities, or social sciences, and social justice in education as well as reasons for undertaking a program in the department, including a statement of preference for one or more faculty members whose research is best matched to the student's research interests.

    • Two letters of reference, preferably from university instructors with whom the applicant has studied or worked.

    • At least one sample of written work that demonstrates engagement with the humanities, or social sciences, and social justice in education.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • Subject to consultation with a faculty advisor, SJE 1903H Major Concepts and Issues in Social Justice Education (0.5 FCE) is recommended.

    • 2.5 other FCEs, of which at least 1.5 FCEs must be SJE courses.

    • Students who are registered in a collaborative specialization may apply to have their SJE course requirement reduced by 0.5 FCE.

    • Students must consult with their faculty advisor before enrolling in any out-of-department course for which they wish to receive SJE credit.

    • Additional courses may be required of some students, and some students may be required to take specified courses in research methods and/or theory.

  • Students complete a thesis 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 Department of Social Justice Education (SJE) welcomes applicants with diverse but relevant backgrounds. The Master of Education (MEd) program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.

Students may complete the MEd program by one of three options:

  • Option II: coursework plus a Major Research Paper (MRP)
  • Option III: coursework plus a thesis
  • Option IV: coursework

Students who are accepted into the MEd program are automatically assigned to Option IV (courses only). They can transfer to another option (II or III) after they begin their program and have secured an SJE faculty supervisor for the MRP or thesis.
 

MEd Program (Option II: Coursework Plus a Major Research Paper)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the department's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Admission to the MEd program requires an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university, with a standing equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year.

  • Applicants must have the equivalent of 12 months of professional experience.

  • Applicants must submit the following; incomplete applications may be subject to processing delays or rejection:

    • ​​​A careful statement of intellectual interests and concerns relevant to the humanities or social sciences, and social justice in education as well as reasons for undertaking a program in the department, including a statement of preference for one or more faculty members whose research is best matched to the student's research interests.

    • Two letters of reference, preferably from university instructors with whom the applicant has studied or worked; the second letter of reference may be written by a work or community-based supervisor.

    • At least one sample of written work that demonstrates engagement with the humanities or social sciences, and social justice in education.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCES) including:

    • Subject to consultation with a faculty advisor, SJE 1903H Major Concepts and Issues in Social Justice Education (0.5 FCE) is recommended.

    • At least half of the FCEs in an MEd program must be SJE courses.

    • Students who are registered in a collaborative specialization may apply to have their SJE course requirement reduced by 0.5 FCE.

    • Students must consult with their faculty advisor before enrolling in any out-of-department course for which they wish to receive SJE credit.

  • Major Research Paper (MRP): SJE 2001Y0 Major Research Paper.

Program Length

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

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time
 

MEd Program (Option III: Coursework Plus a Thesis)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the department's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Admission to the MEd program requires an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university, with a standing equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year.

  • Applicants must have the equivalent of 12 months of professional experience.

  • Applicants must submit the following; incomplete applications may be subject to processing delays or rejection:

    • A careful statement of intellectual interests and concerns relevant to the humanities or social sciences, and social justice in education as well as reasons for undertaking a program in the department, including a statement of preference for one or more faculty members whose research is best matched to the student's research interests.

    • Two letters of reference, preferably from university instructors with whom the applicant has studied or worked; the second letter of reference may be written by a work or community-based supervisor.

    • At least one sample of written work that demonstrates engagement with the humanities or social sciences, and social justice in education.

Program Requirements

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

    • Subject to consultation with a faculty advisor, SJE 1903H Major Concepts and Issues in Social Justice Education (0.5 FCE) is recommended.

    • At least half of the FCEs in an MEd program must be SJE courses.

    • Students who are registered in a collaborative specialization may apply to have their SJE course requirement reduced by 0.5 FCE.

    • Students must consult with their faculty advisor before enrolling in any out-of-department course for which they wish to receive SJE credit.

  • Thesis.

Program Length

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

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time
 

MEd Program (Option IV: Coursework)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the department's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Admission to the MEd program requires an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university, with a standing equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year.

  • Applicants must have the equivalent of 12 months of professional experience.

  • Applicants must submit the following; incomplete applications may be subject to processing delays or rejection:

    • A careful statement of intellectual interests and concerns relevant to the humanities, or social sciences, and social justice in education as well as reasons for undertaking a program in the department, including a statement of preference for one or more faculty members whose research is best matched to the student's research interests.

    • Two letters of reference, preferably from university instructors with whom the applicant has studied or worked; the second letter of reference may be written by a work or community-based supervisor.

    • At least one sample of written work that demonstrates engagement with the humanities or social sciences, and social justice in education.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCES) including:

    • Subject to consultation with a faculty advisor, SJE 1903H Major Concepts and Issues in Social Justice Education (0.5 FCE) is recommended.

    • At least half of the FCEs in an MEd program must be SJE courses.

    • Students who are registered in a collaborative specialization may apply to have their SJE course requirement reduced by 0.5 FCE.

    • Students must consult with their faculty advisor before enrolling in any out-of-department course for which they wish to receive SJE credit.

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 Education​

Program Description

The Doctor of Education (EdD) degree program 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.

The EdD in Social Justice Education (SJE) is ideal 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. Those interested in the degree program will be working 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.

The Department of Social Justice Education welcomes applicants with diverse but relevant backgrounds. The EdD 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. Applicants must also satisfy the department's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Admission to the EdD program requires a University of Toronto MEd or MA in education, or its equivalent from a recognized university, in the same field of specialization proposed at the doctoral level, completed with a standing equivalent to a University of Toronto B+ or better in master's courses.

  • Applicants must have the equivalent of 12 months of professional experience.

  • Applicants must submit the following; incomplete applications may be subject to processing delays or rejection:

    • A​​​ careful statement of intellectual interests and concerns relevant to the humanities or social sciences, and social justice in education as well as reasons for undertaking a program in the department, including a statement of preference for one or more faculty members whose research is best matched to the student's research interests.

    • Two letters of reference, preferably from university instructors with whom the applicant has studied or worked; the second letter of reference may be written by a work-based supervisor.

    • At least one sample of written work that demonstrates engagement with the humanities or social sciences, and social justice in education.

Program Requirements

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

    • Required half course (0.5 FCE): SJE 3997H Practicum in Social Justice Education (72 hours).

    • Subject to consultation with a faculty advisor, SJE 3905H Interdisciplinary Approaches to Humanities and Social Sciences: Theory and Praxis (0.5 FCE) is recommended.

    • Students who have completed the recommended course SJE 3905H must take 3.0 other FCEs, of which at least 1.5 FCEs must be SJE courses.

    • Students who are registered in a collaborative specialization may apply to have their SJE course requirement reduced by 0.5 FCE.

    • Students must consult with their faculty advisor before enrolling in any out-of-department course for which they wish to receive SJE credit.

  • Thesis (dissertation in practice). Students submit a thesis and defend it at a Doctoral Final Oral Examination. The thesis (dissertation in practice) is the culminating component of the EdD degree in Social Justice Education that shall include an identification and investigation of a problem of practice, the application of theory and research to the problem of practice, and a design for action to address the problem of practice. Specifically, the thesis (dissertation in practice) is expected to be the product of original research, designed and implemented in the form of an innovative, impactful, and potentially sustainable plan, policy, guideline, advocacy or activism model, relevant to an educational setting, broadly defined, and aimed at improving practice on a local, regional, national or international scale.

  • Students may begin their studies on a part-time basis. However, they must register full-time ​for a minimum of two consecutive sessions, not including Summer, of on-campus study. Once enrolled full-time, students must maintain continuous registration full-time and pay full-time fees until all degree requirements, including the thesis, are completed.

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

Program Length

4 years full-time; 6 years part-time

Time Limit

6 years full-time; 6 years part-time



Doctor of Philosophy​

Program Description

The PhD degree program is designed to provide opportunities for advanced study, original research, and theoretical analysis. The PhD program can be taken on a full-time or flexible-time basis. The Department of Social Justice Education (SJE) welcomes applicants with diverse but relevant backgrounds.

The flexible-time PhD degree is designed to accommodate demand by practising professionals for a PhD degree that permits continued employment in areas related to their areas of research. Degree requirements for the flexible-time and full-time PhD programs are the same. Flexible-time PhD students register full-time during the first four years and part-time during subsequent years of the program.
 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the department's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • PhD students who are admitted without sufficient previous study in a humanities, social science, or a cognate discipline may be required to take additional courses.

  • Applicants are required to submit the following; incomplete applications may be subject to processing delays or rejection:

    • ​​​​A careful statement of intellectual interests and concerns relevant to the humanities or social sciences, and social justice in education as well as reasons for undertaking a program in the department, including a statement of preference for one or more faculty members whose research is best matched to the student's research interests.

    • Two letters of reference, preferably from university instructors with whom the applicant has studied or worked.

    • At least one sample of written work that demonstrates engagement with the humanities or social sciences, and social justice in education.

Program Requirements

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

    • Subject to consultation with a faculty advisor, SJE 3905H Interdisciplinary Approaches to Humanities and Social Sciences: Theory and Praxis (0.5 FCE) is recommended. Additional courses may be required, and some students may be required to take other specified courses in research methods and/or theory.

    • At least 2.0 FCEs must be taken within SJE.

    • Students who are registered in a collaborative specialization may apply to have their SJE course requirement reduced by 0.5 FCE.

    • Students must consult with their faculty advisor before enrolling in any out-of-department course for which they wish to receive SJE credit.

  • Comprehensive examination:

    • ​​​​​Students are encouraged to take, as part of their program requirements, one half course (0.5 FCE) focused on the substantive area on which they will be examined.

    • Students choose one of the following:

      • ​​​​​a major paper (30 to 40 pages); or

      • a substantive course outline (30 to 40 pages) for a topic of interest to the student within the area of social justice education; or

      • a solid draft of a scholarly article.

    • The option selected and the date for the comprehensive exam will be decided by the student and the supervisor. The comprehensive exam should be taken no later than the end of Year 3.

    • A student who fails the comprehensive exam will be permitted one additional attempt to pass. A second failure will result in the recommendation for termination of the student's registration.

    • Comprehensive exams will be graded on a pass or fail basis.

  • Students must submit a thesis and defend it at a Doctoral Final Oral Examination. The thesis must embody the results of original investigation conducted by the student under the direction of an OISE thesis committee. The thesis must constitute a significant contribution to the knowledge of the field of study. The student must have an approved thesis topic, supervisor, and an approved thesis committee by the end of Year 3, and must have completed all other program requirements.

  • PhD 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 program and PhD programs.

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's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • PhD students who are admitted without sufficient previous study in a humanities, social science, or a cognate discipline may be required to take additional courses.

  • Applicants are required to submit the following; incomplete applications may be subject to processing delays or rejection:

    • ​​​​A careful statement of intellectual interests and concerns relevant to the humanities or social sciences, and social justice in education as well as reasons for undertaking a program in the department, including a statement of preference for one or more faculty members whose research is best matched to the student's research interests

    • Two letters of reference, preferably from university instructors with whom the applicant has studied or worked

    • At least one sample of written work that demonstrates engagement with the humanities or social sciences, and social justice in education.

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

Program Requirements

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

    • At least 2.0 FCEs taken in SJE, with the possibility to apply for a reduction of 0.5 FCE in the SJE course requirement if the student is also registered in a collaborative specialization.

    • Subject to consultation with a faculty advisor, SJE 3905H Interdisciplinary Approaches to Humanities and Social Sciences: Theory and Praxis (0.5 FCE) is recommended.

    • Students must consult with their faculty advisor before enrolling in any out-of-department course for which they wish to receive SJE credit.

  • Comprehensive examination:

    • ​​​​​Students are encouraged to take, as part of their program requirements, one half course (0.5 FCE) focused on the substantive area on which they will be examined.

    • Students choose one of the following:

      • ​​​​​a major paper (30 to 40 pages); or

      • a substantive course outline (30 to 40 pages) for a topic of interest to the student within the area of social justice education; or

      • a solid draft of a scholarly article.

    • The option selected and the date for the comprehensive exam will be decided by the student and the supervisor. The comprehensive exam should be taken no later than the end of Year 4.

    • A student who fails the comprehensive exam will be permitted one additional attempt to pass. A second failure will result in the recommendation for termination of the student's registration.

    • Comprehensive exams will be graded on a pass or fail basis.

  • Students must submit a thesis and defend it at a Doctoral Final Oral Examination. The thesis must embody the results of original investigation conducted by the student under the direction of an OISE thesis committee. The thesis must constitute a significant contribution to the knowledge of the field of study. The student must have an approved thesis topic, supervisor, and an approved thesis committee by the end of Year 3, and must have completed all other program requirements.

  • Students must register continuously until all degree requirements have been fulfilled. Students 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.

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

Program Length

6 years

Time Limit

8 years



Catia Corriveau-Dignard

“Studying in Toronto means also I can enjoy the rich cultural life.”

Catia Corriveau-Dignard
PhD Student, Spanish
Full Profile