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Master of Arts in Child Study and Education


Current Students - Courses and Electives



The MA CSE is comprised of the equivalent of 18 half-courses, including approximately 600 hours of in-class practical experience. Required and recommended elective CSE MA courses are outlined on the Course List. 

First Year Courses

In the first year, all students take the following required courses:

APD2200Y   Child Study: Observation, Evaluation, Reporting, and Research

APD2201H   Childhood Education Seminar

APD2210Y   Introduction to Curriculum I: Core Areas

APD2220H   Teaching Practicum

APD2280H   Introduction to Special Education and Adaptive Instruction

All students must all take two 1/2 course electives in their first year (often in the spring or summer intersessions).

Students in the PBI field must also complete the following course in Year 1: APD1226 Foundations in Inquiry and Data-based Decision-Making.

Students in the RIT field must also complete the following course in Year 1: APD1209H: Research Methods and Thesis Preparation in AP&HD.

NOTE:  Students without undergraduate courses in child development must take APD1201H (Child and Adolescent Development) as one of their electives.
 Students who wish to teach in the Roman Catholic Separate Schools of Ontario are required to take a religious education course in addition to their regular electives (fee applies). Students interested in this option should contact the Continuing Education Department at OISE.

Second Year Courses

Academic Term:

The following required courses are to be taken:

APD2211H   Theory and Curriculum I: Language and Literacy

APD2212H   Theory and Curriculum II: Mathematics

APD2214H   Introduction to Curriculum II: Special Areas

Internship Term:

The following required courses are to be taken:

APD2202H   Childhood Education Seminar II: Advanced Teaching

APD2221Y   Advanced Teaching Practicum (full course)

Students in the PBI field in the second year must also complete the full year course APD1227Y: Professional Practice Project in Year 2 of the program.

Students in the RIT field in the second year must also complete APD 2001Y: Major Research Paper

In addition, all students in our program must demonstrate knowledge of the acts and regulations respecting education in Ontario.  

Registration in the second year is contingent upon successful completion of all first year work.

Depending on their career goals, students in either PBI or RIT may wish to select courses and placements to focus on particular areas.

Special Education

Students planning a career in special needs education may consider Special Education as a focused area of study. 

All students interested in special education are encouraged to take 2 of the recommended special education electives.  Graduates who followed the Special Education recommendations are eligible to take a condensed Special Education Part I Additional Qualifications (AQ) course at OISE in the spring following successful completion of the program.

Early Childhood

Students interested in Kindergarten and Early Childhood programs may consider Early Childhood as a focused area of study.  Such students are strongly encouraged to complete one recommended ECE elective course, an internship in a Kindergarten class and a tandem seminar series and infant or toddler placement. These students may opt to apply for CECE membership for the registered early childhood educator designation after completing the program (fee applies).  


Practicum Placements & Internship

2016-2017 Practicum Information Booklet   2016-17_Practicum_Handbook

Practicum placements are designed to provide the teacher candidate with diverse experience in different school communities. This experience is a crucial part of acquiring the knowledge and skills to become a successful classroom teacher, and it is the 'laboratory' for applying ideas and connecting research to practice. Placements provide the opportunity to work across a variety of schools, neighbourhoods and settings, different grade levels, special needs settings, research classrooms, and early years programs. Placements take place in Toronto, within a half hour by public transit or within walking distance from Jackman ICS.

  • First year students are required to complete several teaching blocks on Monday-Thursday mornings throughout the year. 

  • Students must complete an early years placement (nursery, junior kindergarten, senior kindergarten), a primary placement (grades 1-3), and a junior placement (grades 4-6). 

  • An optional full-time teaching placement in May is available for first year students.

  • Second year students complete a full-time teaching internship in one of the terms (fall or winter) in one setting (full days on Mondays and Tuesdays, mornings only on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays). The internship allows students to develop the range of skills and experiences necessary to lead a classroom. The alternate, non-teaching term is an academic term.


Criminal Record Check

Students participating in practicum placements in Ontario schools are required to complete a full disclosure vulnerable sector police record check prior to having direct contact with children. Students without a completed check will not be permitted to participate in practicum placements. Specific instructions on how to obtain a police check will be communicated to all successful applicants.

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