Language and Literacy Education

The Graduate Diploma in Language and Literacy invites students with an interest in language and literacy to explore what it means to develop citizens whose personal, economic, and intellectual lives are enhanced by advancing their skills in language and literacy. Course thematics include:

  • oral language in classrooms
  • language and literacy in contexts
  • second language and multilingual education
  • language and literacy as practices
  • language and literacy for specifi c groups of learners (e.g., young children, special populations)
  • modalities and literacy
  • children’s literature
  • the processes of and teaching of reading and writing

Option A: Degree Concurrent (Concurrently with a graduate degree)

This option is open to all graduate students at York University who are enrolled in an MEd or PhD program. You must successfully complete the regular course and research requirements in your respective programs plus one additional half course. Included in your courses must be: the diploma core course, EDUC 5315 6.0 Frameworks for Language and Literacy Theory and Research and three half course equivalents drawn from the approved list of courses linked to the study of Language and Literacy Education.

With the permission of the Diploma Coordinator, students may substitute up to two half-courses relevant to Language and Literacy Education offered in programs outside Education in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at York University or in graduate programs at other universities.

Students must write their major research project, thesis or dissertation on a topic in Language and Literacy Education as approved by the Coordinator of the Graduate Diploma in Language and Literacy Education.

Option B: Direct Entry

This option is offered as a direct-entry diploma in the Graduate Program in Education. Admission requirements are the same as requirements for entry into the Master’s or Doctoral Program and will be assessed on the basis of a statement of interest together with the information contained within the file as a whole. Consideration is given to the combined profile of demonstrated academic standing, background and experience, and potential to pursue and benefit from graduate studies. Admission for the Direct Entry option subject to approval by the Diploma Coordinator.

Students must successfully complete the core course, EDUC 5315 6.0 Frameworks for Language and Literacy Theory and Research, plus three half-courses from the approved list of courses linked to the study of Language and Literacy Education. Direct Entry Diploma students must complete research requirements for all of the courses in which they are enrolled.

Course Electives

Students must take three half course equivalents from the list below.

  • EDUC 5300 3.0 Oral Language Learning in the Classroom
  • EDUC 5310 3.0 Literacy as Social Practice
  • EDUC 5311 3.0 Language in the Cosmopolis: Theory and Method
  • EDUC 5320 3.0 Reading, Writing and Critical Literacy
  • EDUC 5330 3.0 Reading Theories — A Critical Analysis
  • EDUC 5340 3.0 Adolescent and Children’s Literature
  • EDUC 5341 6.0 Children’s Literature: Approaches and Issues
  • EDUC 5360 6.0 African-American Literature
  • EDUC 5370 3.0 Indigeneity and Territory in Cultural Traditions
  • EDUC 5380 3.0 Second Language Instruction
  • EDUC 5381 3.0 Reading and Writing in a Second Language: Theory to Practice
  • EDUC 5382 3.0 Listening and Speaking in a Second Language; Theory to Practice
  • EDUC 5383 3.0 Multilingual Education
  • EDUC 5385 3.0 Multimodal Literacies
  • EDUC 5520 3.0 Teaching Writing
  • EDUC 5521 3.0 Research on Writing
  • EDUC 5525 3.0 The Act of Writing
  • EDUC 5527 3.0 Creative Writing Pedagogy
  • EDUC 5530 3.0 Emergent Literacy
  • EDUC 5535 3.0 Family Literacy
  • EDUC 5550 3.0 Play, Language and Learning
  • EDUC 5730 3.0 Issues in Language and Literacy Education for Special Populations