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The Education and Society (E&S) Minor program provides students with opportunities to develop their understanding of the reciprocal relationship between social, cultural, historical, and political contexts of education.

Conceived as an interdisciplinary Minor program, E&S targets students from a broad array of Major and Specialist programs with interests in education, teaching, curriculum development, learning, child development, social justice, and international education.

The Minor program provides strong background for admission to a teacher education program and is required for admission to the Combined Degree Programs with OISE (Master of Teaching, and MA in Child Study and Education).

Students entering their first year may be interested in applying to the Education stream of Vic One. The Education stream allows students to earn credit towards the Education & Society Minor and provides an excellent introduction to topics that are explored in greater depth in the E&S program.


Program Contacts

Professor Julia Forgie
Program Coordinator

Chris de Barros
Academic Programs Liaison Officer

Program Requirements

Enrolment Requirements:

This is a limited enrolment program. In order to apply, students must meet the requirements listed below to enrol:

You must have completed 4.0 credits. You must complete:

  • one of PSY100H1 / SOC100H1 / VIC150Y1, with a grade average of at least 70%*
  • 3.0 credits must have a minimum grade average of 73%*

*Please note: a minimum grade or grade averages in required courses are needed for entry, and these minimums change each year depending on available spaces and the number of applicants. To ensure that admitted students are adequately prepared to succeed in the program, applicants with a final grade and grade averages lower than those listed in the required courses will not be considered for admission. Please note that obtaining this minimum final grade or minimum grade average does not guarantee admission to the program.

Special requirement
Program applicants will be required to submit a supplemental application including 2 short questions over the course of the enrolment consideration process. 

Completion Requirements

You will need to complete 4.0 credits, including 1.0 credit at 300+ level.

PSY100H1/​ SOC100H1/​ VIC150Y1

Up to 1.0 credit from PSY100H1, SOC100H1, or VIC150Y1 will count towards the total 4.0 credits needed for your Education and Society Minor.

Mandatory Education and Society Courses

You must complete all of the following courses, for a total of 2.0 credits:

EDS260H1 - Equity and Diversity in Education
EDS261H1 - Child and Adolescent Development in Education
EDS265H1 - Introduction to Teaching
EDS357H1 - Education in a Global Context

Internship Courses

You will need to complete one of the education internship courses, which will give you either 0.5 or 1.0 credit based on the length of your internship:

EDS360H1 - Education Internship (for internships lasting one semester)
EDS360Y1 - Education Internship (for internships that span two semesters)

Upper-Year Courses

You must complete 1.0 credit from the following Education and Society courses 

  • EDS356H1 - Multiple Literacies in Education
  • EDS358H1 - Residential Schools and Education in Canada
  • EDS361H0 - A Study of Chinese Literature and Culture (if applicable)
  • EDS363H1 - Teaching Math: The JUMP Approach
  • EDS368H1 / EDS369H1 - Special Topics in Education and Society
  • VIC451H1 - Capstone: Learning Communities and Higher Education


courses related to Education and Society at the 300+ level selected from the offerings in disciplines such as

  • Anthropology
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • Women & Gender Studies (Arts)

Please note:
In the event of discrepancies in program requirements between this website and the Faculty of Arts and Science Calendar, the Calendar shall take precedence.

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