Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

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Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto
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Established 1847: Provincial Normal School (1847-1979)
1920: Ontario College of Education, U of T (1920-1972)
1973: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (1973-present)
Type Public Teachers' college
Academic staff
136 tenured/tenure stream[1]
13 lecturers[1]
Sessional instructors:[1]
23 seconded,
130 contract,
450 Additional Qualifications
Undergraduates 1,300 teacher education students[1]
6,500 continuing education students[1]
Postgraduates 1,800 graduate students, with 750 PhD and EdD and 675 MEd[1]
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Colours Red and white          
Affiliations University of Toronto Schools, Institute of Child Study Laboratory School, AUCC, IALEI, IAU, COU, CIS, CUSID, OUA, OCGS.
Website Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT) is Canada's only all-graduate institute of teaching, learning and research located in Toronto, Ontario. It is located directly above the St. George Subway station, with the OISE Institute of Child study located on Walmer Street by the Spadina (TTC) station.


OISE/UT traces its origins to the founding of the Provincial Normal School in 1847. The Normal School evolved into the Toronto Teacher's College, whose facility was expanded in 1924.[2] It merged into the Faculty of Education in the University of Toronto in 1979.

The current OISE/UT institution was founded in 1996 as a merger of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and the Faculty of Education in the University of Toronto (which from 1920 to 1972 was known as the Ontario College of Education, U of T). In 1951, the Ontario College of Education offered the first adult education graduate course in Canada. FEUT was the preservice teacher's college offering first professional degrees in teaching. OISE was the graduate and research institution. OISE was a freestanding public degree-granting school before the merger. In 1965, the OISE introduced a masters and doctoral program in adult education. In 1967, OISE introduced the first graduate course in comparative studies in adult education, which was taught by J. R. Kidd.


OISE/UT offers graduate programs in teaching, psychology, educational theory, history and administration, and Honours Specialist, technical education diploma, and Additional and Principal Qualification programs. Master of Education and Doctor of Education degrees as well as Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are available. Master of Teaching degrees are also offered. OISE also offers a concurrent education program.

As a result of government's decision to extend teaching degree programs from existing one year into two years province-wide, OISE announced that they will shift towards graduate programs. By 2015, undergraduate teaching programs will be completely eliminated and OISE becomes graduate school.[3]


OISE has been accused of promoting radical Marxist activism in its programs such as Sociology and Equity Studies in Education.[4] In 2010 a major controversy erupted when an OISE thesis was denounced as anti-Semitic in the Ontario Legislature by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.[5]


OISE is a founding member of the prestigious International Alliance of Leading Education Institutes, which is an international organization of premier education institutes whose focus and mandate is to explore educational issues of global consequence, particularly in matters of teacher education and educational policy.[6] IALEI membership is selective, limited, and by invitation only, based on a member's status as both a world-leading institute, including its "strength in breadth and depth of staff with exceptional publications and significant impact", and as a regional/national centre of excellence in teacher education and consonant educational research, amongst other criteria.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/oise/About_OISE/Facts_Figures.html
  2. ^ "Addition to Ontario College of Education" 17 (8). Toronto: Construction (Toronto). Aug 1924. pp. 245–47. 
  3. ^ Singh, Amitpal (2014-05-11). "OISE set to become "all-graduate institute of teaching, learning and research"". The Varsity. 
  4. ^ http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2010/12/12/jonathan-kay-the-jenny-peto-scandal-shows-that-its-time-to-clean-house-at-oise/
  5. ^ http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/903408--minister-slams-student-thesis-on-holocaust-education)
  6. ^ International Alliance of Leading Educational Institutes http://www.intlalliance.org/home/
  7. ^ "The Copenhagen Document from January 2010, modified in Singapore on the 6 October 2010", IALEI http://www.intlalliance.org/aboutialei/thecopenhagendocument/
  8. ^ "Memorandum of Understanding", IALEI http://www.intlalliance.org/fileadmin/user_upload/documents/ialei_memorandum_aug_2008.pdf

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