Early Childhood Education

The Graduate Diploma in Education in Early Childhood Education gives formal recognition to those graduate students who have undertaken concentrated research and study concerning the education of young children (birth to age eight).

The Graduate Diploma is offered in two ways:

  • Concurrent (Option A): The requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education are completed concurrently with a Master’s or Doctoral degree.
  • Direct-entry (Option B): The Graduate Diploma in Education in Early Childhood Education can be completed as a stand-alone non-degree diploma.

Eligibility:
In order to be eligible to take the Diploma concurrently with a degree, candidates must first be admitted to the Graduate Program in Education.

In order to be eligible for the Direct Entry (stand-alone diploma), candidates must be admissible to the Graduate Program in Education.

More Information:

How to apply

To apply, follow the steps at http://futurestudents.yorku.ca/graduate/steps-apply

Graduate Diplomas offer students the opportunity to explore a topic of interest in education. They can be taken concurrently with a Master of Education (MEd) or Doctorate (PhD), or taken as a stand-alone non-degree program. It can supplement the learning in a graduate degree program or provide individuals with knowledge in a subject area and the opportunity to develop academic skills in writing and research.

Structure of the Diploma

Course only MEd

Degree + Diploma = 27 Credits*, including:
• Diploma core course (3.0)
• 3 courses from approved course list (9.0)
• Elective credits (15.0)

MEd with MRP

Degree + Diploma = 21 credits* + MRP including:
• Diploma core course (3.0)
• 2 courses from approved course list (6.0)
• Elective credits (12.0)
• MRP must address diploma topic

MEd with Thesis

Degree + Diploma = 15 Credits* + thesis including:
• Diploma core course (3.0)
• 2 courses from approved course list (6.0)
• Elective credits (6.0 credits)
• Thesis must address diploma topic

PhD with Dissertation

Degree + Diploma = 24 credits* + dissertation including:
• Diploma core course (3.0)
• 2 courses from approved course list (6.0)
• Elective credits (15.0)**
• Dissertation must address diploma topic

*Includes 1 extra course (3.0) beyond MEd or PhD degree requirements
**Includes Doctoral Seminar (EDUC 5100)

Direct Entry (Stand-Alone Diploma)

Diploma = 12 Credits including:
• Diploma core course (3.0)
• 3 courses (9.0) from approved course list

Approved Course List:

Core course: EDUC 5540 3.0: Educating Young Children

  • EDUC 5340 3.0: Adolescent & Children’s Literature
  • EDUC 5400 3.0: Education and Childhood in Canadian History
  • EDUC 5530 3.0: Emergent Literacy
  • EDUC 5535 3.0: Family Literacy
  • EDUC 5541 3.0: Studies in Childhood: Issues in Research and Representation
  • EDUC 5545 3.0: The Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education
  • EDUC 5546 3.0: Pedagogical Documentation in Early Childhood Education
  • EDUC 5550 3.0: Play, Language and Learning
  • EDUC 5725 3.0: Critical Perspectives on the Theory and Research on the Behaviour of Young Children
  • EDUC 5845 3.0: Mathematics and Sciences Understanding in Early Childhood

For more information, contact the Graduate Program in Education gradprogram@edu.yorku.ca

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