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The Graduate Diploma in Education in Early Childhood Education (ECE) gives formal recognition to those graduate students who have undertaken concentrated research and study concerning the education of young children (birth to age eight). This diploma does not lead to ECE certification.

Options

  • Concurrent (Option A): The requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education are completed concurrently with a Master’s or Doctoral degree.
  • Direct-entry (Option B): The Graduate Diploma in Education in Early Childhood Education 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.

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Diploma Structure


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

Courses

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: This diploma does not lead to ECE certification.

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 gradprogram@edu.yorku.ca