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Child Study and Education

University of Toronto

20 months
41600 CAD/year
10070 CAD/year
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The Master of Arts in Child Study and Education Program at University of Toronto is offered at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, a centre of professional teacher training and research in childhood and education, which includes a Nursery through Grade 6 Laboratory School.


About this Degree

The philosophy of this Child Study and Education Program at University of Toronto is based on the belief that successful teaching requires an understanding of how children’s capacities, concerns, and behaviour change with age, how individual differences reflect developmental changes, and how social and physical environments influence children’s development.

The program introduces students to educational and developmental theory and research relevant to educational settings, showing how this research can inform classroom practice. Students also learn how to objectively study children, using both practical assessment and formal methods of inquiry. These areas of knowledge combined with knowledge of effective teaching methods (such as an inquiry-based approach) and learning environments result in educational practices that build on children’s current levels of development.

The non-thesis program requires two years of full-time study leading to a Master of Arts degree. Graduates are recommended to the Ontario College of Teachers for a Certificate of Qualification, which qualifies the holder to teach in the primary and junior divisions (junior kindergarten to grade 6) of Ontario schools. Research is embedded throughout the courses and the program.

This program offers two fields:

  • Practice-Based Inquiry (PBI) in Psychology and Educational Practice

  • Research-Intensive Training (RIT) in Psychology and Education (admissions have been administratively suspended)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Child Study: ‪Observation, Evaluation, Reporting, and Research
  • Childhood Education Seminar
  • Curriculum
  • Teaching Practicum
  • Special Education and Adaptive Instruction
  • Foundations in Inquiry and Data-Based Decision Making

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 20 months

Start dates & application deadlines


11 alternative credits

11.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs)


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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree (usually a four-year degree) with the equivalent of a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year.

  • Applicants are also expected to have experience working with groups of children, preferably in responsible positions.

  • Normally, an interview is required prior to admission.

  • A satisfactory vulnerable sector screening (VSS) police check is required prior to having direct contact with students. Without proof of a satisfactory VSS, schools will not allow teacher education candidates to participate in practice teaching.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    41600 CAD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 41600 CAD per year during 20 months.
  • National

    10070 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10070 CAD per year during 20 months.

Living costs for Toronto

1502 - 2563 CAD /month
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