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.

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.

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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)
• 5 additional GS/EDUC courses (15.0)

MEd with MRP

Degree + Diploma = 21 credits* + MRP including:
• Diploma core course (3.0)
• 2 courses from approved course list (6.0)
• 4 additional GS/EDUC courses (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)
• 2 additional GS/EDUC courses (6.0)
• 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)
• 5 additional GS/EDUC courses (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

  • EDUC5200 3.0: Qualitative Methods
    • Intended for students doing MRP, thesis and dissertation, not for course only MEd option.
  • EDUC 5205 3.0: Policy Research in Education
  • EDUC 5230 3.0: Textual Analysis in EducationEDUC 5409 3.0: Policy Issues in Postsecondary Education
  • EDUC 5210 3.0: Quantitative Research in Education
  • EDUC 5216 3.0: Mixed Methods Research in Education
  • EDUC 5221 3.0: Life History Research Methods and Applications
  • EDUC 5410 3.0: History of Higher Education in Canada
  • EDUC 5414 3.0: Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Education
  • EDUC 5416 3.0: Globalization 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 5463 3.0: Comparative Perspectives on Global Migration and 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
  • EDUC 6205 3.0: Ethnography of Education

* Note: For methodology courses and courses not focused exclusively on higher education, students are required to focus their assignments and final papers on higher education issues to get credit applied to the PSE diploma. For any questions, please contact the PSE Diploma Coordinator.

Courses may be offered in an online, blended or face-to-face format. Course format is at the discretion of the faculty members who are teaching, so may  vary in each academic year.

View the Graduate Diploma Checklist for course information.

Note for graduate diplomas taken concurrently with degrees (Type 2): Following Senate guidelines, courses taken in fulfilment of degree requirements may count towards the graduate diploma, but some part of the graduate diploma requirements shall be additional to degree requirements. All the requirements for the degree as well as for the graduate diploma must be fulfilled before the graduate diploma is awarded. Normally, the graduate diploma will be awarded at the convocation at which the degree is awarded.

Note: Courses that are counted toward one Graduate Diploma cannot be double-counted towards an additional, separate Graduate Diploma. Students can take a maximum of two graduate diplomas concurrently with a degree program.

Note: Students completing this a Graduate Diploma in a direct-entry, stand-alone model (Option B) are not eligible for student funding.

For more information, contact the Graduate Program in Education