APHD: Developmental Psychology and Education MEd

Master of Education

Program Description

The Developmental Psychology and Education program offers studies leading to the MA, MEd, and PhD degrees. Students have an opportunity to construct an overall perspective on developmental psychology and human development and their implications for practice with children in educational and other applied settings. The Master of Education (MEd) program is designed for the reflective teacher or other practitioner in education or in any other field. This is a degree primarily designed for those working in applied settings and it does not include a research thesis.

Students take foundation courses in human development and research methodology. Elective courses cover a range of areas including cognitive, social, and emotional development; cognition and instruction (language, literacy, and mathematics); special education and adaptive instruction; program evaluation and mental health; advanced research methodology and evaluation; and early childhood policy and programs, including child care.

The MEd program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.

Delivery options: Although not all elective courses are offered in each modality, students may be able to complete the MEd degree program through one of three delivery modes:

  • in-person (students will mainly complete their coursework and other program requirements in-person, with up to one-third of their coursework online);
  • hybrid (students will experience a mix of modes of engagement, with some of their coursework and other program requirements in-person and between one-third and two-thirds of their coursework online); and
  • online (students will be able to complete all their coursework and other program requirements online) depending on their choice of emphases and elective courses.

Note: students should consult with their faculty advisor and/or graduate liaison officer regarding available options.

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 normally requires an appropriate bachelor's degree with standing equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B or better.

  • Applicants normally have at least one year of relevant professional experience.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • APD1200H Foundations of Human Development and Education (0.5 FCE).

    • APD2293H Interpretation of Educational Research (0.5 FCE).

    • 2.0 additional FCEs must be selected from the department electives list, available on the departmental website or in the Applied Psychology and Human Development program guidelines.

    • The remaining 2.0 elective FCEs may be taken from within or outside the department. Elective courses must be chosen in consultation with the student's faculty advisor. Students are asked to meet with their faculty advisor in the first session of their program.

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