Early Childhood Education

The Graduate Diploma 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). Master’s and doctoral students may specialize in early childhood education and have this specialization noted on their transcripts. Students undertake one course (3.0 credit hours), Education 5540 3.0: Educating Young Children, in addition to the Master’s and doctoral degree requirements, complete three other courses from a selection approved for the program, and write their research project, thesis or dissertation on a topic in early childhood education, as approved by the Co-ordinator of the Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education.

There is also a direct entry option, separate from the master’s and doctoral degrees, which requires the completion of the course Education 5540 3.0: Educating Young Children and four courses from the approved selection.

Option A – Degree Concurrent

This option is offered in conjunction with the MEd or PhD degree.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for this option are the same as for the MEd and PhD degrees in Language, Culture and Teaching.

Requirements for the Diploma

  1. Core course EDUC 5540 3.0 Educating Young Children. This course constitutes a requirement in addition to the course requirements of the Master’s or Doctoral degree programs.
  2. Students must also successfully complete, as part of their MEd or PhD degree, three half courses from the following approved listing:
    • EDUC 5401 3.0 Education and Childhood in Canadian History
    • EDUC 5340 3.0 Adolescent & Children’s Literature – EDUC 5530 3.0 Emergent Literacy
    • EDUC 5530 3.0 Emergent Literacy
    • EDUC 5535 3.0 Family Literacy
    • 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
  3. Students must write their major research project, thesis or dissertation on a topic in early childhood education as approved by the Co-ordinator of the Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education.

With the permission of their supervisor, students may submit up to two half courses relevant to early childhood education offered in graduate programmes at York or other universities.

Option B – Direct Entry

This option is offered as direct-entry for the diploma only (no degree).

Admissions Requirements

The admission requirements for this option are the same as for the MEd degrees in Language, Culture and Teaching. The statement of interest for direct-entry applicants must address issues in early childhood education. A committee of two faculty members appointed to the diploma program will assess and make recommendations to the admissibility of applicants for the direct entry program.

Requirements for the Diploma

  1. Core course EDUC 5540 3.0 Educating Young Children.
  2. Students must successfully complete four half courses from the following approved listing:
    • EDUC 5401 3.0 Education and Childhood in Canadian History
    • EDUC 5340 3.0 Adolescent & Children’s Literature
    • EDUC 5530 3.0 Emergent Literacy
    • EDUC 5535 3.0 Family Literacy
    • 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

With the permission of their advisor, students may submit up to two half courses relevant to early childhood education offered in graduate programs at York or other universities.