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Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education & Practice (ISTEP)


ISTEP is U of T Engineering's newest extra-departmental unit and the first institute of its kind in Canada. Bringing together the strengths of several U of T Engineering programs in leadership, technical communication and entrepreneurship, ISTEP is a leader in pedagogical innovation and transdisciplinary engineering education.

ISTEP provides an academic home for the Engineering Communication Program (ECP), Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (Troost ILead), Collaborative Specialization in Engineering Education (EngEd), Certificate in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Small Business, Engineering Business Minor and some first-year instruction.

At the undergraduate level, ISTEP’s faculty deliver courses to support and enrich student learning which can culminate in minors and certificates in leadership, communication, entrepreneurship and business. These include the Engineering Business Minor, the Certificate in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Small Business, the Certificate in Communication and the Certificate in Engineering Leadership. ISTEP is also working to integrate more opportunities for students to learn transdisciplinary competencies throughout the core curriculum of all the undergraduate engineering programs.

At the graduate level, ISTEP’s faculty deliver the Collaborative Specialization in Engineering Education, the Prospective Professors in Training and OPTIONS programs along with courses in leadership and engineering education.