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Postular bien informados

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¡Hola, bienvenidos!

En este segundo post conversaremos sobre algunos asuntos muy importantes al momento de postular a OISE. Al ser estudiantes internacionales, es trascendental que hayamos comprendido correctamente información relacionada a los programas y  los costos. Como Vicepresidenta de la asociación de estudiantes internacionales de OISE, he escuchado muchas historias, algunas de las cuales he vivido, sobre lo difícil que pueden ser las primeras semanas si es que no hemos revisado y solicitado toda la información que necesitamos. Por ello, nunca está de más preguntar y repreguntar a los encargados de tu departamento o a la Oficina de Registro sobre cualquier detalle que no te haya quedado claro.

Los Programas

OISE ofrece distintos tipos de programas entre maestrías y doctorados. Dentro de las maestrías se encuentran los distintos Masters of Arts (M.A) y Masters of Education (M.Ed). Además, OISE cuenta con Teaching Certification Degrees (programas que te certifican para ser profesores en Ontario, Canadá), dentro de los que se encuentran el Master of Teaching (M.T) y el Master of Arts Child Studies (MA-CSE). En el nivel doctoral, tenemos a los PhD y a los EdD. Para saber más de lo que ofrece OISE consulta las siguientes páginas en español y en inglés: Prospective International Students y Admissions.

Al momento de postular, debes de tener en cuenta que los M.A y los PhD tiempo completo (full-time) vienen con financiamiento de la Universidad. Los M.Ed., los PhD tiempo parcial y los EdD no, a pesar de que se llevan los mismos cursos durante toda la carrera. Ante ello, debes tomar tus precauciones cuando elijas los programas que quieras estudiar. Además, una diferencia muy MUY IMPORTANTE es que los M.A duran solo un año académico, mientras que los M.Ed. pueden duran un año y medio. Eso quiere decir, que mientras el costo del M.A es de dos semestres académicos, el costo del M.Ed. puede ser hasta de TRES semestres académicos. Más información sobre el M.Ed. aquí: Master of Education.

Los costos

Este tema es muy muy importante. Al ser estudiantes internacionales, los costos que tenemos que pagar por la pensión son tres veces más caros que los estudiantes canadienses. Además, estos costos cambian todos los años, lo cual hace un poco complicado planificar con tiempo nuestros presupuestos.

Hay que tener muchísimo cuidado al entender cuánto duran los semestres académicos en Canadá. En este país, existen 4 semestres: Fall (setiembre a diciembre), Winter (enero a abril), Spring (mayo a junio), y Summer (julio agosto). La buena noticia es que si eres un estudiante de tiempo completo, y quieres llevar cursos en el verano, ya no  tienes que pagarlos. Están incluidos en la pensión del primer año. Yo estoy en el M.Ed en Social Justice Education. Mi programa dura 1.5 años, lo cual implica que llevaré cursos de la siguiente manera: Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring y Summer 2016 (esto es opcional), y finalmente Fall 2016. Yo he elegido llevar cursos en el verano para reducir la cantidad de cursos en los semestres del Fall y del Winter. Lo bueno, como ya lo mencioné, es que no tengo que pagar por esos cursos. Lo malo, es que a pesar de que yo termino mis cursos en agosto, aún así tengo que pagar la pensión del siguiente Fall. Esas son las reglas de la universidad, si tu programa es de 1.5 años, y lo acabaste en 1 año, tienes que pagar el medio año que te falta.

ATENCIÓN A ESTA INFORMACIÓN

Este sistema puede ser un poco confuso al momento de realizar los pagos, pues cuando revises la información correspondiente, aparecerán solo por año académico. CUIDADO CON ESTO. Yo, por ejemplo, pagué la totalidad del año académico 2015-2016, y voy a pagar la mitad del año académico 2016-2017. Para tener una noción de los precios y características de los programas, revisa el OISE VIEWBOOK

Para mayor información, contacta a la Oficina de Registro


In English: For a better application process

 

For a better application process

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Hello and welcome!

In this second post, we will explain some important issues to be taken into consideration before applying to OISE. As international students, it is crucial that we understand correctly all the information regarding what programs OISE offers and all the costs involved. As Vice President of the International Students Association (ISA) of OISE, I have heard many stories, some of which I lived, about how difficult it can be to find information in the webpage for specific details, like for example, tuition fees. Therefore, it never hurts to ask in your department of choice or the Office of the Registrar for a better explanation about important information before applying.

 The programs

OISE offers different types of programs between masters and doctoral degrees. There are different types of masters, like the Masters of Arts (M.A.) and the Master of Education (M.Ed). In addition, OISE has a Teaching Certification Degree (certification to become teachers in Ontario, Canada), within which are the Master of Teaching (M. T) and Child Studies Master of Arts (MA-CSE). At the doctoral level, OISE has the PhD program and the EdD program. To learn more about OISE’s programs see the following pages in Spanish and English: Prospective International Students and Admissions

While working on your application, you must keep in mind that the full time M.A. and PhD programs come with funding from the University. The M.Ed., Flextime PhD and EdD do not, although courses are the same to all programs. Thus, you should take precautions when you choose the programs you want to study. In addition, a very important difference is that the M.A lasts only one academic year, while some M.Ed. last a year and a half. That means tuition fees cost for the M.A program is two academic semesters, while tuition fees for t some M.Ed.  programs can be for three academic semesters. More information about the M.Ed. here: Master of Education.

Tuition Fees

This issue is very important. As international students, tuition fees are three times more than Canadian students. Moreover, prices change every year, which makes it difficult to plan ahead and budget.

We must be very careful to understand the length of the semesters in Canada. In this country, there are 4 semesters: fall (September to December), winter (January to April), spring (May-June), and summer (July-August). Good news, if you are a full-time student, you do not have to pay tuition in order to take courses in the spring and summer sessions.

I am in the M.Ed. in Social Justice Education. My program length is 1.5 years, which means that I took courses as follows: fall 2015, winter 2016, spring and summer 2016 (optional), and finally, fall 2016. Even though the courses I am taking in the spring and summer will reduce the number of courses that I need to take in fall 2016, I will still have to pay the full fee for that semester. There is a minimum fee for the M.Ed. in Social Justice Education that I am taking program, and is at least 1.5 years. Even if you finish your degree in 1 year!

ATTENTION TO THIS INFORMATION

This system can be a bit confusing when making payments. This is because payments are presented for academic year, not for the totality of the program. CAREFUL WITH THIS. For example, since I’m a M.Ed. student, I paid tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year, and half of the tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year. For better information about prices and program’s features, check the OISE VIEWBOOK.

If you have any questions, please contact OISE’s Office of the Registrar and Student Services


En Español: Postular bien informados

Master of Education FAQ

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by Wook
Master of Education student
Developmental Psychology and Education

Thinking about pursuing a graduate degree? Our Master of Education programs are still open for 2015 Fall intake! Please visit here to see which programs are open for 2015 Fall admission.

Here are some frequently asked questions regarding Master of Education (M.Ed.):

1. Do I need to have a Bachelor of Education to apply? 

No, Master of Education is for students who would like to further their education, teachers who would like to enrich their knowledge in their field of interest, or people in the industry with passion for education, psychology, language, or social justice.

2. Do M.Ed. programs require thesis? 

No, Master of Education is a course based degree. If you are looking for a research intensive degree, I would encourage you to take a look at our M.A. or PhD programs.

3. Can M.Ed. students engage in research projects?

Yes! Although M.Ed. programs do not require students to conduct their own research, there are plenty of opportunities for M.Ed. students at OISE. Some departments allow M.Ed. students to pursue research projects if they can find a faculty member who is willing to supervise. In addition, there are tons of research opportunities at UofT. Students can work or volunteer as a research assistant and engage in various projects that suits their interests.

4. After I graduate with a Master of Education, would I be able to teach in Ontario?

No, Master of Education programs at OISE are not for teacher training. If you are interested in Teacher Education, please visit here.

Are you curious about OISE student experience? Contact me:

Email: oise.ambassador@utoronto.ca

 

Fall Practicum Report 4: The Power of Flexibility

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by Caitlin
Master of Teaching student

If you thought this post would be about my recent interest in gymnastics, you are horribly misguided. Unfortunately, I have not enrolled in a tumbling class but have instead expanded my duties outside of the grade 3 classroom.

I am going to share with you two experiences which occurred this week. These two experiences only happened because I decided to leave my classroom and enter another.

I was asked to teach a photography lesson to Grade 7 and 8’s. Although I am confident in my photography skills and abilities, I was nervous to teach a room full of teenagers. I kept having flashbacks to when I was in elementary school, and how obnoxious my classmates were in Grade 8. But it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The class enjoyed taking pictures, using the school’s iPads, and learned the various elements of design. To manage the class, I just adapted the strategies I used with my Grade 3’s and adjusted the tone of my voice from time to time. Since I haven’t taken a “how to teach intermediate students 101” I think I did great.

The second experience I had was introducing a math program called Math Prodigy to neighbouring Grade 3/4 class. Math Prodigy is an interactive math program that has been slowly introduced to the classrooms in my school. Aside from the initial battle of username and password entries, the students enjoyed the challenges and levels in the game. It also allowed me to sit one-on-one with students that had difficulty with the challenges. The experience also allowed me to learn some of the students names in this new class.

These two experiences allowed me to challenge myself outside of my own classroom. I was able to use a range of strategies for classroom management, lesson design and lesson implementation. And here I turn this to you; how flexible is your application?

I know we are only a few weeks away from the final submission of applications. Does your letter of intent represent your flexibility in approaching education? As many of you know, education is not a fixed concept. It is fluid, ever changing and dynamic. OISE is looking for individuals that are able to be flexible and resilient to the changes in education. Whether it is teaching adults, a different classroom or researching a topic, OISE students have to use their power of flexibility.

 

Are you  curious about the OISE student experience? Contact me:

Email: oise.ambassador@utoronto.ca

Preparing Your Application

Wook
by Wook
Master of Education student
Developmental Psychology and Education

The application process can be stressful for many prospective students. As a person who went through the application process just a year ago, I wanted to share few points that might help some students. While I provide these suggestions based on my application experience,  it’s a good idea to make sure you follow OISE’s Graduate Studies Admission website to help you navigate through the admission requirements and application process. Here are my 3 suggestions:

Be who you are

Although this is cliché, it is important to present your authentic self when you write your statement of purpose. As I mentioned in my other post about OISE’s diversity, students at OISE are coming from different backgrounds. There is no clear definition of an ideal candidate because the institute values experiences that students bring from working with various community organizations and education systems.

Describing why your own unique experiences are suitable for the program is the best way to write your personal statement rather than trying to sound like a person you think the program will accept. If you are passionate about your field of interest and have sufficient work or academic background, it will definitely show in your writing.

Get a second opinion

Preparing your statement of purpose and resume can be a challenging process. When you look at something you’ve been working on for a long time, they eventually sound the same every time you read them. Rather than trying to figure out what to add or take out from your resume and statement of purpose all by yourself, approach your mentors, friends, or family members to take a look at your application materials. Sometimes getting a second opinion can help you and it may give you a chance to realize a missing component that you needed to spice up your application.

The website has all the information

Visit the Registrar’s Office’s website for all the resources you need to have a successful application experience! What you need to submit and when you need to submit are all clearly outlined for each program. Carefully examine and investigate which program you want to apply and make sure you have everything you need. If you cannot find the information, call Registrar’s office or contact us! Our staffs are available to help prospective students with accurate information.

Students are probably aware of these three points that I just outlined, but I am here to tell you that all these clichés are actually worth being aware of! Present yourself in the most authentic way, get another person to look over your application materials, and obtain accurate information from our website to successfully complete your application. Finally and most importantly, DO NOT BE STRESSED! You made a huge decision to further your studies at OISE and this experience should be a very exciting process!

 

Are you  curious about the OISE student experience? Contact me:

Email: oise.ambassador@utoronto.ca