Elective Courses

Undergraduate courses with an international focus

Students who are taking the Bachelor of Education program are required to take both compulsory and elective courses. The following undergraduate elective courses have an international focus. These courses can also be combined with other experiences in order to earn a Specialization Option in International Education.

ED/EDUC 2700 3.00 Teaching Internationally and Inter-culturally

This course engages students in a comparative and international exploration of cultural traditions and beliefs, as well as their reflection on schooling and teaching practices. Throughout the course, students will examine diverse cultural and educational contexts in Canada and around the world in relation to imperialism, globalization, and internationalization, and raise questions about critical issues such as social class, race, ethnicity and gender. Students will be encouraged to develop an understanding of education in political, social, economic, linguistic, and cultural contexts around the world and search for effective pedagogical practices for teaching students of diverse cultural, class, racial, ethnic, and language backgrounds both locally and internationally.

ED/EDUC 3910 3.00 Reflecting On and Interpreting the International Educational Experience (formerly EDUC 2710)

This course is designed specifically for York University students whose undergraduate program has included an international education experience. A wide range of theories in international and intercultural education, cross cultural psychology, internationalization, globalization and postcolonial studies will provide a critical analytical framework to promote student reflection and interpretation of their international experiences. It will encourage students to integrate experiential learning into the theory and practice of their respective academic disciplines.

Please note: International experience is required prior to taking this course!

This course is also available for students outside the Faculty of Education.

ED/EDUC 3710 3.00 Global Issues and Education

This course provides analysis of the process of globalization and its impact on life in Canada and abroad including its impact on education. Students will explore how global issues can be incorporated into curriculum thinking about teaching and learning.

ED/EDUC 2720 3.00 Teaching English in International Contexts

This course addresses key dimensions of teaching English in international contexts. It examines theoretical and practical aspects of teaching English, including feedback and assessment, learner profiles, student agency, and e-learning approaches in environments where English is not the majority language.

Professional Development Courses for Students

Faculty of Education students from any university can take our professional development courses that have an international focus, even before graduating. Some courses are also open to university students from any Faculty at any university!


Preparing to Teach Internationally

A five-day professional development program to help educators prepare for teaching in an international location.

Internationalizing Your Curriculum

This interactive 15-hour professional development program is designed for educators who are interested in learning how to internationalize their curriculum and kindle critical thinking in the classroom by bringing in a global context.  This program is open to all teachers (elementary, secondary, adult and post-secondary), pre-service teachers from any Faculty of Education, principals and other educators.


Educators will gain access to resources and practical strategies that will help them build appropriate learning opportunities for their students to develop international and intercultural competencies, as well as develop their own notions of “global citizenship”.


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