Social Justice Education

Social Justice Education: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Faculty Affiliation

Ontario Institute for Studies in Edu​cation (OISE)​

Degree Programs

Social Justice Education

​MA​
​MEd
​EdD
​PhD​

Collaborative Specializations

The following collaborative specializations are available to students in participating degree programs as listed below:

  1. Aboriginal Health
    • Social Justice Education, MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
  2. Comparative, International and Development Education
    • Social Justice Education, MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
  3. Diaspora and Transnational Studies
    • Social Justice Education, MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
  4. Education, Francophonies and Diversity
    • Social Justice Education, MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
  5. Educational Policy
    • Social Justice Education, MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
  6. Environmental Studies
    • Social Justice Education, MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
  7. Ethnic and Pluralism Studies
    • Social Justice Education, MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
  8. Sexual Diversity Studies
    • Social Justice Education, MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
  9. South Asian Studies
    • Social Justice Education, MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
  10. Women and Gender Studies
    • Social Justice Education, MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
  11. Workplace Learning and Social Change
    • Social Justice Education, MA, MEd, EdD, PhD

Overview

The Department of Social Justice Education offers a multi- and interdisciplinary graduate program developed from the past programs of History and Philosophy of Education as well as Sociology and Equity Studies in Education. It is an intellectual community committed to producing and advancing knowledge on social justice education in Canada and beyond. Social justice education is a robust term, allowing for diverse meanings and methodologies.

This graduate program is concerned with both theoretical and empirical problems regarding in/equity in educational spaces, broadly conceived. Faculty and students approach their inquiries from disciplinary (e.g., anthropology, history, philosophy, political science, or sociology) and/or interdisciplinary (e.g., anti-colonial, critical race, disability, feminist, francophone, indigenous, or queer) perspectives. They focus on identifying new relationships and making connections by asking significant questions about social justice education within and across disciplines. Hence, they foreground research and teaching in social justice education, pursued through analytical and empirical tools from the humanities and social sciences.

The department's vision is to enable both graduate students and initial teacher education students to explore questions such 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 students with the academic knowledge and skills necessary to engage and raise questions of critical importance to educational theories and practices, and their relationship to individuals, communities, and societies.

Contact and Address

Admissions

Initial inquiries regarding admission to graduate studies in the Department of Social Justice Education (SJE) should be made directly to:

Web: www.oise.utoronto.ca/orss
Email: admissions.oise@utoronto.ca
Tel: (416) 978-4300
Fax: (416) 323-9964

Office of the Registrar and Student Services
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street West, Room 8-225
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1V6
Canada

Program

Web: www.oise.utoronto.ca/sje​

Department of Social Justice Education
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street West, 12th Floor North
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1V6
Canada

Social Justice Education: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Bakan, Abigail - BA, MA, PhD (Chair and Graduate Chair)
Boler, Megan - BA, PhD
Cannon, Martin - MA, PhD
Coloma, Roland Sintos - TD, BA, MA, MA, PhD
Dei, George JS - BA, MA, PhD
Farmer, Diane - BA, MSS, PhD
Gaztambide-Fernandez, Ruben - BM, MEd, EdD
Georgis, Dina - PhD
Heller, Monica - BA, MA, PhD
McCready, Lance - BA, MA, PhD
Mirchandani, Kiran - BA, MPH, PhD
O'Sullivan, Julia - BA, MA, PhD
Olson, Paul - BA, MA
Portelli, John - MEd, PhD
Sawchuk, Peter - BSc, BEd, PhD
Song, Jesook - BA, PhD
Titchkosky, Tanya - BA, MA, PhD
Todorova, Miglena - BA, MA, PhD
Trifonas, Peter Pericles - BE, BA, PhD
Tuck, Eve - BA, PhD
Walcott, Rinaldo - BA, MA, PhD
Wane, Njoki - BE, MSc, MEd, PhD

Members Emeriti

Dehli, Kari - BA, MA, PhD
Eichler, Margrit - MA, PhD, LLD
Livingstone, David - BA, PhD
Misgeld, Dieter - BA, PhD
Smith, Dorothy - BSc, PhD, LLD

Associate Members

Desbiens, Brian - AB, MA, PhD
Di Paolantonio, Mario - AM, PhD, PhD
Dion, Susan - PhD
Fung, Richard - BA, MEd
Gorman, Rachel - BA, MA, PhD
Hellman, Judith Adler - BA, MPH, PhD
Heron, Barbara - BA, MSW, PhD
Joshee, Reva - BLitt, MA, PhD
Kempadoo, Roshini - BA, MA, MPH, PhD
Kumsa, Martha - BA, BSW, MSW, PhD
Matsuoka, Atsuko Karin - BA, MA, PhD
Trotz, Alissa - AB, MPH, PhD
Zoric, Terezia - BEd, BA, MA

Social Justice Education: Social Justice Education MA

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 FCE 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

Social Justice Education: Social Justice Education MEd

Master of Education​

Program Description

The Department of Social Justice Education (SJE) welcomes applicants with diverse but relevant backgrounds. The 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-tim​e

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-tim​e

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-tim​e

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

Social Justice Education: Social Justice Education MA, MEd Courses

Not all courses are offered every year. Please consult the Office of the Registrar and Student Services' course schedule​​.

Master's Level

​SJE 190​0H
​Introduction à la soci​ologie de l'éducation
​SJE 1900H
Introduction to Sociology in Education​
​SJE 1902H
​Introductory Sociological Research Methods in Education
​SJE 1903H
​Major Concepts and Issues in Social Justice Education
​SJE 1905H
Qualitative Approaches to Sociological Research in Education​
​SJE 1906H
​Integrating Research and Practice in Social Justice Edu​cation
​SJE 1909H
​Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice 1
​SJE 1911H
​Sociologie de l'éducation inclusive​
​SJE 1912H
​Foucault and Research in Education and Culture: Discourse, Power, and the Subject
​SJE 1915H
Education and Popular Culture​​
​SJE 1919H
​Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice 2
​SJE 1921Y
​The Principles of Anti-Racism Education
​SJE 1922H
​Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
​SJE 1923H
​Racism, Violence, and the Law: Issues for Researchers and Educators
​SJE 1924H
​Modernization, Development, and Education in African Contexts
​SJE 1925H
​Indigenous Knowledge and Decolonization: Pedagogical Implications
​SJE 1925H
​Savoir indigène et dé​colonization
​SJE 1926H
​Race, Space, and Citizenship: Research Methods
​SJE 1927H
​Migration and Globalization
​SJE 1929H
​Theorizing Asian Canada
​SJE 1930H
​​Race, Indigeneity, and the Colonial Politics of Recognition
​SJE 1931H
​Centering Indigenous-Settler Solidarity in Theory and Research
​SJE 1951H
​L'École, la participation parentale et la communaut​é
​SJE 1951H
​The School and the Community​
​SJE 1954H
​Marginality and the Politics of Resistance
​SJE 1956H
​Social Relations of Cultural Production in Education
​SJE 1957H
​Disability Studies: An Introduction
​SJE 1958H
​The Cultural Production of the Self as a Problem in Education
​SJE 1959H
​Theoretical Frameworks in Culture, Communications, and Education
​SJE 1961H
​Spirituality and Schooling
SJE 1970H Applied Ethics in Higher Education
SJE 1971H Identity and Education
SJE 1972H Contemporary Ethical Issues in Schooling and Education
SJE 1973H Liberalism and its Critics
SJE 1974H Truth Commissions Reconciliation and Indian Residential Schools
SJE 1975H Indigenous Settler Relations Issues for Teachers
SJE 1976H Critical Media Literacy Education
SJE 1977H Sociology of Indigenous and Alternative Approaches to Health and Healing Practices: Implications for Education
​SJE 1982H
​Women, Diversity, and the Educational System
​SJE 1989H
​Black Feminist Thought
​SJE 1992H
​Feminism and Poststructuralism in Education
​SJE 1993H
​Militarism and Sustainability: Concepts of Nature, State, and Society
​SJE 2001Y0
​Major Research Paper
​SJE 2910H
​Changes in Families and Policy Consequences for Government and Education
​SJE 2941H
​Bourdieu: Theory of Practice in Social Sciences
​SJE 2942H
​Education and Work
​SJE 2996H
​Special Topics in Social Justice Research in Education
​SJE 2998H
​Individual Reading and Research in Social Justice Education: Master's
​SJE 5000H
​Special Topics in Social Justice Research in Education: Master's Level
​JHS 1916H
​The Graduate Student Experience
​JTE 1952H
​Language, Culture, and Education
​JTE 1952H
​Langue, culture, et ​éducation

​​​​​0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded when completed.

Social Justice Education: Social Justice Education EdD

Doctor of Education​

Program Description

The 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 Department of Social Justice Education (SJE) 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. Students 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 a thesis committee under the direct supervision of an SJE supervisor. The thesis must constitute a significant contribution to the knowledge of the area of study. Full-time students must have an approved thesis topic, supervisor, and an approved thesis committee by the end of the Year 3 and must have completed all other program requirements; part-time EdD students should have formed their thesis committee by the end of Year 4. 

  • 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

Social Justice Education: Social Justice Education PhD

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 program 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 annually 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 annually 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

Social Justice Education: Social Justice Education EdD, PhD Courses

Not all courses are offered every year. Please consult the Office of the Registrar and Student Services' course schedule​​.

Doctoral Level

SJE 3903H
SJE Learning to Succeed in Graduate School
SJE 3904H
Introduction to Advanced Sociological Theory in Education
SJE 3905H
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Humanities Social Science: Theory and Praxis
SJE 3910H
Advanced Seminar on Race and Anti-Racism Research Methodology in Education
SJE 3911H
Cultural Knowledges, Representation and Colonial Education
SJE 3912H
Race and Knowledge Production: Research Methods
SJE 3914H
Anti-Colonial Thought and Pedagogical Challenges
SJE 3915H
Franz Fanon and Education
SJE 3916H Women in Leadership Positions: Intersectionalities and Leadership Practices; Sociological Implications in Education
SJE 3929H
Advanced Disability Studies: Interpretive Methods, Interpreted Bodies—Research Methods
SJE 3933H
Globalisation and Transnationality: Feminist Perspectives
SJE 3996H
Special Topics in Advanced Social Justice Research in Education
SJE 3997H
Practicum in Social Justice Education
SJE 3998H
Individual Reading and Research in Sociology Justice Education
SJE 6000H
Special Topics in Social Justice Research in Education: Doctoral Level
JSA 5147H
Language, Nationalism, and Post-Nationalism

The following courses are accepted for credit in the SJE program and will satisfy that program's specialization requirements:

SJE 1419H
Historiography and the History of Education
SJE 1433H
Freedom and Authority in Education
SJE 1436H
Modernity and Postmodernity in Social Thought and Education
SJE 1438H
Democratic Approaches to Pedagogy
SJE 1440H
An Introduction to Philosophy of Education
SJE 1441H
Philosophical Dimensions of Moral Education
SJE 1443H
Troubling Knowledges in Education: the Politics of Claiming Truths
SJE 1447H
Technology in Education: Philosophical Issues
SJE 1452H
Individual Reading and Research in the History of Education: Master's Level
SJE 1453H
Individual Reading and Research in the Philosophy of Education: Master's Level
SJE 1461H
Special Topics in History of Education
SJE 1465H
Special Topics in Philosophy of Education
SJE 1471H
Critical Issues in Education: Philosophical Perspectives
SJE 1472H
Philosophical Questions about the Teaching of Philosophy
SJE 3417H
Research Seminar in Feminist Criticism, Aesthetics, and Pedagogy
SJE 3436H
Aesthetics and Education
SJE 3452H
Individual Reading and Research in the History of Education: Doctoral Level
SJE 3453H
Individual Reading and Research in the Philosophy of Education: Doctoral Level
SJE 3480H
EdD Seminar in the Philosophy of Education I
SJE 3481H
EdD Seminar in the Philosophy of Education
SJE 3490H
EdD Seminar in the History of Education I
SJE 3491H
EdD Seminar in the History of Education II