Caitlin, Master of Teaching

Hey! My name is Caitlin, but I also go by Caitee. I am a second year Master of Teaching student, studying Primary/Junior Education. I have a passion for technology, thrill seeking adventure and D-I-Y crafts. I am also an advocate for children’s rights, which compelled me to research more about it for my Masters of Teaching Research Paper. If you want to learn more about me, or my experiences throughout my program, here is a list of my postings:

Contact me

Email: oise.ambassador@utoronto.ca

14 thoughts on “Caitlin, Master of Teaching

  1. Oliver

    Hey Caitlin,

    Just checking out your blog and it has really made me smile. I just completed my undergrad in April and am now 2 months into a 10 month contract of teaching English in China (Zhengzhou waddup!). Although I submitted my application almost a month ago, there was a small part of me that was still unsure as to what exactly I would be getting into with the MT. Of course I did my own research and tried to see just how well the program lined up with my own expectations and goals, but I still seemed unsure. I did not have a chance to attend the open-house nor any information sessions (due to my geography…) but I felt that scouring the web would help. I’m glad to see that, after reading what you have written, my expectations are not too far off. I really am excited at the prospect of being challenged and pursuing what I love. Second language teaching for senior students would be my focus, so almost the opposite of what you do. Keep up the good work though! You can do it! Fingers crossed now to getting accepted…

    From one Toronto native to another, kind regards!

    Cheers,

    Oliver

    1. caitlin

      Hi Oliver,
      Your comment made me feel so happy on this chilly friday afternoon. Thank you so much for tuning into the blog and commenting! I really hope it gave you a glimpse into the life of an MT student. Your enthusiasm, drive and wit are incredible assets to have as a teacher and potential candidate for MT. Good luck with your application, and your contract in China!

  2. Joanne

    Hi Caitlin,

    My name is Joanne and I am currently a 3rd yr undergraduate psych student at Western.
    I read your blog and you motivated me so much! Thank you for sharing your hard work and awesome experiences with us!
    I have a few questions to ask you if you don’t mind.
    Ultimately, I would like to become a teacher. Like normal aspiring teachers, they finish their undergrad, then teacher’s college, and are finally eligible to teach. To apply to OISE’s Masters of Teaching program, do I have to get a BEd after undergrad before applying? Or is it true that I’d obtain a Masters of Teaching AND BEd from the program? (Would I be eligible to teach right after OISE’s program)?
    The admission requirements say I need to an academic standing of mid-B or better in my final yr of undergrad. Considering how competitive it is to get into this program, what do you think would be the minimum average to get accepted into the program?

    Sorry for bombarding you with my questions!!!

    Joanne

    1. caitlin

      Hi Joanne,
      Thanks for reading and the support for our blog!
      So our programs at OISE are special, especially for prospective students that are wanting to become teachers. OISE offers two Masters programs which allows students to pursue a master’s level degree and also gain qualifications to be recognized by the Ontario Teacher’s College. (To answer your question explicitly, OISE is your one stop to receive your qualifications and obtain a Masters degree). The two programs are mine, Masters of Teaching and the other is the Masters of Child Study and Education. Both are different so I would recommend you to look at the online view book to compare the two programs. http://ro.oise.utoronto.ca/Bulletin.pdf
      To answer your question about the minimum average, you would have to look at what your university considers a mid-B to be, and also what U of T considers it to be. I would try to aim your GPA higher than the minimum to set your application apart from the others.
      Goodluck with your 3rd year, and please feel free to ask me more questions!

  3. Yan

    Thank you Caitlin for this blog. I spend all my free time trying to get as much information as possible about the Master of Teaching program. I applied for entry in 2015 and am now waiting for an answer. Your blog is great for any student who want to better master the work load, the expectations and just get a feel of whether the program is the right one for them. You made me fall in love with it even more and I am planning to do what it takes to get it done. I just had a question about the schedule and timing of courses. I would have liked to work while studying because I also have a family to support. Would it be advisable? I assume that when you are doing the placement, that it would be monday to friday all day , but what about the OISE classes. Would you please be able to guide us on a typical week. Also, if I get in, I want to focus on excelling , and if it’s not advisable to work , then we will manage. I am so nervous about getting an answer and hope I hope don’t get disappointed. Looking forward to reading more on your blog.

    1. caitlin

      Hi Yan. Thanks for the support for my posts! I try to provide insight on all my experiences here at OISE. I will be answer this question in my next post, so look out for it next week!
      Spoiler: It is manageable if you have a boss that is flexible and understanding!

  4. Sarah

    Hello Caitlin!

    I was just wondering if you remembered approximately when you registered for your courses. Was it recently after you got accepted or near the summer?

    1. caitlin

      Hi Sarah. For the MT program, the courses are picked for your cohort by the administration team. They design the schedule of your courses based on the cohort you are placed in. A great resource I found was searching the Newly Admitted Student section on the RO website: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/ro/Graduate_Students/Newly_Admitted_Students/index.html. You can also consult with your Liaison Officer here at the Registrar’s Office to help you navigate through course selection, tuition fees, etc – everything related to being a new student here at OISE.
      Goodluck!

  5. Krystal

    Hi Caitlin! Not sure if this is something you can edit, but your very first blog post (September Recap from a Master of Teaching Student Viewpoint) links back to your About me and not the September recap post. 🙂

  6. Sarah

    Hello!

    I was wondering if OISE had a resource room for placement. For example materials that we would be able to take out to bring to our placement setting.

    1. caitlin

      Hi Sarah,
      Yes! The library is stocked with curriculum resources, children’s book, young adult books, puppets and activity sets! Its easy to get whatever you need! Also, many of your professors will have tons of resources and materials. All you have to ask, and I’m sure they could let you borrow material.

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