Postsecondary Education: Community, Culture & Policy

The Graduate Diploma in Postsecondary Education: Community, Culture and Policy invites students with an interest in the study of universities, colleges, adult and community-based education to deepen their knowledge of and research expertise in these areas.

Course themes include:

  • The history and philosophy of postsecondary education;
  • Student transitions from schooling to college, university and the world of employment;
  • Access, equity and the education of new Canadians;
  • The student experience;
  • Disabilities and postsecondary education;
  • Adult and community education;
  • Gender and postsecondary education;
  • The political, economic and legal dimensions of university and college life;
  • Professionalization;
  • The scholarship and practice of teaching and learning; and
  • The internationalization of higher education.

The Graduate Diploma is offered in two ways:

  • Concurrent (Option A): The requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Postsecondary Education: Community, Culture and Policy are completed concurrently with a Master’s or Doctoral degree.
  • Direct-entry (Option B): The Graduate Diploma inPostsecondary Education: Community, Culture and Policy 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 5412 3.0: Changing Currents in Postsecondary Education

  • EDUC 5205 3.0: Policy Research in Education
  • EDUC 5230 3.0: Textual Analysis in Education
  • EDUC 5409 3.0: Policy Issues in Postsecondary Education
  • EDUC 5410 3.0: History of Higher Education in Canada
  • EDUC 5416 3.0: Globalisation and Comparative Higher Education
  • EDUC 5417 3.0: Internationalization of Higher Education
  • EDUC 5436 3.0: Transitions, Access, and the Education of New Canadians
  • EDUC 5449 3.0: Adult and Community Education
  • EDUC 5451 3.0: Women in Higher Education
  • EDUC 5455 3.0: Students Experiences and Outcomes in Colleges and Universities
  • EDUC 5461 3.0: Sociology of Professional Education
  • EDUC 5715 3.0: Students with Disabilities in Postsecondary Education
  • EDUC 5860 3.0: Issues in Digital Technology in Education
  • EDUC 5930 3.0: Engaged Scholarship: Using Knowledge Mobilization to Bridge the Gap Between Academia, Policy and Practice

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

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