University of Toronto: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

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Child Study and Education (MA)

University of Toronto: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

Faculty:OISE, Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development
Field of Study:Child Development
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Course Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $6,210
International: $27,520
Careers:Kindergarten TeachersPrimary School TeachersEarly Childhood Educators and Assistants


The Master of Arts in Child Study and Education (MA-CSE) is well-suited to those interested in child-centred, research-informed practice and an inquiry approach to teaching. Our graduates are qualified to teach from JK to Grade 6. You don't need to have a psychology or research background to apply. Our aim is to prepare students for careers as thoughtful, compassionate and equitable educators who can apply research and theory in child study to their teaching to meet the needs of diverse learners and schools. Our students consider the "why" behind everything they do in classrooms.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*73
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

    • A 4-year bachelor's degree with a mid-B, (73%-76%) or better in the final year from a recognized university (college, polytechnic or university level are all acceptable)
    • Your undergrad degree may be in any academic discipline.
    • If applying in your 4th year, the Registrar's Office will look at your 3rd year marks. Acceptance in this case would be conditional on 4th year marks.
    • If your bachelor's degree was completed on a part-time basis, the Registrar's Office will look at the average from your 10 most recent, senior-level half courses (or 5 full-year courses).
    • It's okay to apply if you are not a recent graduate. Second career applicants are welcome – see letter of reference information below.
    • Experience working with groups of children, preferably in responsible positions. This may be paid or volunteer work.
    • A satisfactory vulnerable sector police check is a requirement prior to having direct contact with students. Without a satisfactory check, schools will not allow teacher education candidates to participate in practice teaching.
    • Successful interview
    • The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from people in underrepresented groups and people who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on September 22, 2023