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Collaborative Specialization in Comparative, International and Development Education

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Collaborative Specialization in
Comparative, International and Development Education

Collaborative Specialization in Comparative, International and Development Education Overview

Comparative, International and Development Education (CIDE) is one of the world's largest, most diverse and dynamic graduate specializations in the field of comparative education. Research interests span an exciting range of theoretical and practical issues, from the study of ethnicity and identity to the issues of globalization and global governance, from non-formal learning and citizenship education to concrete problems of educational reform, social equality, language education, conflict resolution, and community development. These issues are approached from a range of theoretical and disciplinary frames including: economic, political, sociological, historical, and philosophical approaches taught alongside vibrant interpretations of feminist, critical, post-structuralist, and cultural theories.

The broad and diverse scope of the CIDE graduate specialization will appeal to both Canadian and international students interested in applying a comparative and international lens in their professional and scholarly work at home or abroad.

CIDE students can take courses in multiple fields within education, political science, feminist studies, sociology, and geography. The CIDE collaborative specialization is linked with events and programming at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto.

Upon successful completion of the degree requirements of the participating home graduate unit and the collaborative specialization, students receive the notation 鈥淐ompleted Collaborative Specialization in Comparative, International and Development Education" on their transcript and parchment.

 


 

Participating Degree Programs

The CIDE is open to students enrolled in these programs:

Program Department Eligible Degrees
Adult Education & Community Development Department of Leadership, Higher & Adult Education MA, MEd, PhD
Curriculum & Pedagogy Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning MA, MEd, PhD
Educational Leadership & Policy Department of Leadership, Higher & Adult Education MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
Higher Education Department of Leadership, Higher & Adult Education MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
Language & Literacies Education Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning MA, MEd, PhD
Social Justice Education Department of Social Justice Education

MA, MEd, EdD, PhD

Comparative, International, & Development Education Centre (CIDEC)

CIDEC鈥檚 mandate is to promote excellence, collaboration, and innovation in comparative and international educational research at OISE. 

The CIDEC community includes over 50 faculty members, adjunct faculty, and visiting scholars.  More than 250 graduate student researchers with an interest in international issues and comparative methodologies in the field of education are affiliated with the Centre.

Collaborative Specialization in Comparative, International and Development Education Admission Requirements

Students who wish to enrol in the collaborative specialization must apply to and be admitted to both the collaborative specialization and a graduate degree program in one of the collaborating graduate units. Applicants should apply to the appropriate degree program in one (or more) of the collaborating graduate units that corresponds most closely to their general background and interests.

Students to the CIDE collaborative specialization are normally expected to have had at least one year of international or cross-cultural experience (includes Indigenous nation settings).

Students who develop an interest in admission to the Collaborative Specialization in Comparative, International and Development Education after they have been admitted to their home program may also apply during their course of study. To apply to the collaborative after being admitted into the home degree program, students will have to submit their letter of intent and the add-collaborative form to cidec.oise@utoronto.ca.

Requests from already enrolled applicants will be considered on a rolling basis.  

Additional Program Information

Please refer to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) website for the . 

  • Individual student programs of study must meet the requirements of both the home graduate unit and the collaborative specialization. Normally, a careful selection of cross-listed courses will satisfy this requirement without any additional course load.
  • Course requirements are as follows:
    • 0.5 full-course equivalent (FCE) required introduction: Introduction to Comparative, International and Development Education (CIE1001H). CIE1001H must be taken in Year 1 of the full-time student's academic course load, or within the first four courses of the part-time and flexible-time student's academic work.
    • 0.5 core FCE CIDE graduate course.
    • 1.0 FCE (equivalent to two half courses) other core CIDE or elective graduate courses. CIDE courses must be taught by CIDE affiliated graduate faculty members.
  • Regular participation in and attendance at the CIDE Seminar Series. Participation at a minimum of five seminars is required; some may be attended live online.
  • Students who write a thesis or major research paper as part of their program are also required to make at least one presentation to the CIDE community related to their research/development work.
  • In master's programs requiring a major research paper or a thesis, the topic must relate to and demonstrate master's-level understanding of the research/ theory base of CIDE. Participating CIDE faculty and the home graduate unit must be represented on the thesis committee.
  • Individual student programs of study must meet the requirements of both the home graduate unit and the collaborative specialization. Normally, a careful selection of cross-listed courses will satisfy this requirement without any additional course load.
  • Course requirements are as follows:
    • 0.5 full-course equivalent (FCE) required introduction: Introduction to Comparative, International and Development Education (CIE1001H), if not already taken, or equivalent if transferring from another university. CIE1001H must be taken in Year 1 of the full-time student's academic course load, or within the first four courses of the part-time and flexible-time student's academic work. Students who have completed CIE1001H at the master's level must select (in lieu, in addition to the requirements below) a 0.5 FCE course from the list of core courses, with approval from the CIDE Specialization Director at the time of course selection.
    • 0.5 FCE core CIDE graduate (preferably doctoral-level) course.
    • 1.0 FCE (equivalent to two half courses) additional core CIDE or elective graduate (preferably doctoral-level) courses. CIDE courses must be taught by CIDE affiliated graduate faculty members.
  • Regular participation in and contribution to the CIDE Seminar Series (at least one major presentation to the seminar group related to the student's thesis research/development work in addition to regular participation). Participation at a minimum of five seminars is required; some may be attended live online.
  • Completion of a thesis that contributes to the research/theory base of CIDE. Participating CIDE faculty and the home graduate unit must be represented on the thesis committee.

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