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Bachelor of Arts (BA), Educational Studies - Domestic and International Students

BA Educational Studies graduates have a wide range of career options and job prospects ahead of them. Some common careers include working in care homes with elderly or young people, information and vocational learning, professional development, educational training and curriculum development.

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Education is a foundation for growth and achievement across all sectors. There are highly skilled educators at work anywhere human beings share knowledge.

These corporate trainers, instructors, coaches, learning consultants, tutors, academic advisors and career counsellors apply their knowledge of how and why people learn to contribute to their communities and succeed in their chosen fields.

The BA, Educational Studies program provides both domestic and international students with the depth of knowledge needed to understand education and its role in society today. Students in this program develop the essential skills necessary to succeed in educational work outside of the traditional classroom. They benefit from the Faculty of Education’s strength in the study of education and York University’s strength in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Please note: The program curriculum is the same for both domestic and international students. Click here for more information for international students.

The BA (Educational Studies) does not lead to teacher certification.

For information on teacher certification, please see our Bachelor of Education (BEd) program.

Study Options:

  • BA (Honours) with a major in Educational Studies (no minor)
  • BA (Honours) with a major in Educational Studies and a minor in another faculty
  • BA (Honours) with a major in Educational Studies and a major in another faculty (double major option)
  • A minor in Educational Studies, taken in conjunction with another degree

Visit Academic Calendars BA Educational Studies for degree requirements.
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Undergraduate Certificate in Educational Development

Students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Educational Studies) can take three courses within the degree program in order to concurrently achieve an Undergraduate Certificate in Educational Development. This path provides students with additional preparation and potential career options in the growing field of educational development! Courses include: 

  • ED/EDST3500 - Introduction to Educational Development (3.00)
  • ED/EDST3510 - Teaching & Supporting Teaching Online (3.00)
  • ED/EDST4998 - Advanced Studies and Practices in Educational Development (6.00)

Your Degree, Your Way

The BA – Educational Studies degree requires the completion of 120 credits (four years). Your courses will consist of Major courses in the three focal areas of Engagement, Values and Representation, General Education and Elective credits, as well as the Experience, Inquire, Contribute (EIC) component.

Year 1

First Year will introduce you to the university environment, provide you with general education courses, and allow options for you to study courses aligned with your own interests.

Year 2

In Second Year, you will continue your development in the fundamentals of Education.

Year 3

Third Year: Take your skills and knowledge into the field through your Community/Learning Placements within the community and or partnered organizations.

Year 4

In your Fourth Year, focus on the specialized courses in your field and take advantage of our faculty research opportunities.

York Courses | What You’ll Study | Courses Offered

The program includes an experiential component, the Experience, Inquire, Contribute (EIC) component, and course offerings clustered into three focal/topical areas:

  • Engagements - focused on the development of professional skills
  • Values - focused on who and why we educate
  • Representations - focused on understanding the idea of education
  • EDST 1000 3.00 - What Is Education For?
  • EDST 1100 3.00 - Situated Learning and Education
  • EDST 1200 3.00 - Place and Learning
  • General Education Courses
  • EDST 2450 3.00 - Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in Educational Contexts
  • EDST 2500 3.00 - Cultural Representations of Education
  • EDST 2700 3.00 - Non-Western Perspectives
  • EDST 3800 3.00 - Research Methods in Educational Studies
  • EDST 3999 6.00 - Experience, Inquire, Contribute I (EIC): Systematic Observation in Context
  • General Education Courses
  • EDST 4999 6.00 - Experience, Inquire, Contribute II (EIC): Inquiry Project
  • EDST 3700 3.00 - Educating for a Sustainable Future
  • EDST 3400 3.00 - Policy and Public Educational Institutions
  • EDST 3500 3.00 - Introduction to Educational Development
  • EDST 3510 3.00 - Teaching & Supporting Teaching Online
  • EDST 3720 3.00 - Critical Thinking
  • EDST 3730 3.00 - Education and Human Rights
  • EDST 3760 3.00 - Early and Family Literacy
  • EDST 3800 3.00 - Research Methods in Educational Studies
  • EDST 4010 3.00 - Educating for Activism
  • EDST 4020 3.00 - The Politics of Social Transformation
  • EDST 4040 3.00 - Professional Practice
  • EDST 4051 3.00 - Teaching Design Thinking
  • EDST 4100 3.00 - Theories, Strategies, and Challenges of Group Work
  • EDST 4300 3.00 - Policy and Practice
  • EDST 4500 3.00 - Ethics & Educating in Community & Work

Experiential Education

Students will participate in opportunities for learning placements within the community or in related organizations as part of the Bachelor of Arts (Educational Studies).

The Faculty of Education’s community-based learning offers students an opportunity to put theory to practice in the field of learning and education. As a student of our Educational Studies program, you’ll develop workplace-specific skills and enhance your professional networks – all while completing your degree.

York has partnered with 130 community organizations across the Greater Toronto Area, and over 4,600 York students have completed community placements.

Types of placements include:

  • Special Needs
  • Arts
  • Environmental Education
  • After School/Pathway Programs: Tutoring, Mentoring
  • Libraries and Museums
  • Community and Health Centres
  • Shelters
  • Early Learning Years Centers

Examples of community partner organizations: CLICK HERE

Student Support

Our inclusive approach honours diversity and the rich demographic mix of our school communities.


Students in the Bachelor of Arts (Educational Studies) are welcome to set up a one-on-one advising session with the Student Services Office any time in order to ensure that they are on track with their degrees.

Support for Students with Special Needs

Students of York University with any of the following conditions may access support through Counselling and Disability Services (CDS)

  • Learning Disability
  • Physical, Sensory and Medical Disability
  • Mental Health Disability

Students' Association & College Affiliation

Students who are registered in the Bachelor of Arts (Educational Studies) are also officially affiliated with Winters College and are encouraged to get involved in the Faculty of Education Student Association (FESA).

International Students

How to Apply

In order to apply to the Bachelor of Arts (Educational Studies) follow the application steps found at

If you have any questions or require advising, please contact the undergraduate Recruitment, Admissions and Student Services Office in the Faculty of Education.