Name: Lara Munro
Program: Masters of Teaching- Primary/Junior
What drew you to OISE’s program?
I applied to the MT program at OISE and to the one-year consecutive B.Ed program at a few other schools in Ontario. But, what drew me to the MT program at OISE is the fact that it’s a “two-in-one” program in the sense that I can get my teaching certification AND a masters degree, all in only two years. Also, since the MT program is two years, I have the opportunity of having four 4-week teaching practicum experiences, compared to only two in the B.Ed program. OISE is unique in that I haven’t seen this type of program at any other university when I was looking into programs at different universities within Quebec and Ontario. It was clear that the MT program was the right choice for me!
What did you love about the program and/or your professors and peers?
The MT program is fairly big, especially being in the Primary/Junior option, with aproximately 100 first-year students. Despite there being so many students in the program, I love the fact that we are divided into cohorts and that we have all of our classes with the same people. When I started at OISE in September I wasn’t sure if I would like the fact that we were “stuck” with the same people for the whole 2 years of the MT program. However, after spending a lot of time with my classmates and getting to know them better, I’d say they are one of the main reasons why my experience at OISE has been so positive. I feel like we are a family, and it really exemplifies a sense of community and inclusion- values which are clearly important and central to the mission and vision of the programs within OISE. Another great aspect about having a tight-knit “family” within our cohort at OISE is the relationships we are able to build with our professors. In contrast to undergraduate studies, where most classes took place in a big lecture hall and there was minimal interaction with the professors, OISE’s professors make a conscious effort to get to know each and every one of their students. Their warm and supportive demeanor makes it clear that they really want their students to do well and go on to be amazing teachers. They make themselves available to their students outside of class hours, and go above and beyond what is expected of them to help their students succeed.
What did you learn about yourself at OISE?
I learned a lot about myself in the short time that I’ve been at OISE. I’ve learned that I am more adaptable and open to new experiences than I had previously thought. Moving to a new city and starting a program without knowing anyone wasn’t easy, but the friendly and supportive environment that one immediately feels at OISE has helped me with this transition and grow as a person because of it. Most importantly, I have learned that I love kids, and I treasure the relationships that I am able to build with them through teaching and the impact that I will hopefully have on them. I haven’t always known that I wanted to be a teacher, but my experience at OISE has confirmed that this is definitely the right choice for me. Not only can I not see myself doing anything else, but I’ve never felt so motivated and excited to do anything than I do with teaching. I know it’s not an easy job, but I’m not looking for easy. I just want to be a teacher.
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