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EdD Social Justice Education

 Course Level
Full Time

5 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

30030 CAD
8375 CAD

Application fee

International 120 CAD
National 120 CAD
Ontario Institute For Studies in Education
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)93
TOEFL-PBT (min)580

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About this course

SJE is an interdisciplinary graduate social science program. It is concerned with forms of social relations as they appear in specific historical, cultural, and political contexts. The program focuses on identifying new relationships and making connections by asking significant questions within and across disciplines. SJE addresses theoretical and empirical problems regarding in/equity in educational spaces broadly conceived, such as schools, universities, workplaces, government, unions, media, public cultures, and communities. The examination of social relations, knowledge, and power in these educational spaces is crucial to questions of justice in everyday life. In the face of these questions, learning to teach and teaching to learn take on new promise, particularly in relation to curricular and pedagogical possibilities. SJE engages with established and emergent questions and debates in research on, and at the intersections of, antiracism and critical race theory, culture and communication, feminism and gender, work and learning, class and poverty, aboriginal and indigenous studies, and francophone studies. Postcolonial and anti-colonial, diaspora and transnational, queer, and disability studies also constitute growing areas of inquiries.

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. 

Minimum Admission Requirements

The department welcomes applicants with diverse but relevant backgrounds. Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

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 standing equivalent to a University of Toronto B+ or better in master’s courses.
Applicants must have the equivalent of 12 months’ professional experience.

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 SJE, 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


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Eligibility Criteria

The TOEFL examination is offered in two formats: the traditional paper-based format (only offered on specific dates in a limited number of countries), and the Internet-based format (IBT). Applicants in countries where the Internet-based testing is not available must register for the paper-based TOEFL which includes the Test of Written English (TWE) component. The Internet-based tests automatically include an essay rating component which is similar to the TWE. All applicants must satisfy a minimum score requirement on the TOEFL and on the TWE/Essay Rating component to be considered for admission. The table below lists the minimum TOEFL score requirements set by each of the four SGS academic divisions.

Minimum required score: 7.0 (Academic)with at least 6.5 for each component.

The IELTS test is available in two test formats: Academic or General Training. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking modules. It is the Reading and Writing components that differ. The Academic version of IELTS measures English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher learning environment. This is the format that is required for an application to the University of Toronto.

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Course Modules

Program Requirements

  • The EdD degree may be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis.
  • 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs), of which at least 2.0 FCEs must be Social Justice Education (SJE) courses.
  • 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.
  • EdD students may begin their studies on a parttime basis. However, they must register full-time for a minimum of two consecutive sessions, not including summer, of on-campus study and then maintain continuous registration full-time subsequently until all degree requirements, including the thesis, are completed.

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How to Apply

Prepare in advance the following documents

  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statistics Requirement form for MPH Epidemiology and Social & Behavioural Health Science (Health Promotion) applicants
  • Application to the Masters Global Public Health Emphasis Program – Optional
  • Scanned Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate university studies
  • English Proficiency test scores (if applicable)

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