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The Graduate Diploma in Education in Urban Environments is designed to provide opportunities for graduate level study of theories and research in urban education. Included in the diploma’s programming are enriched experiences for teachers to continue to develop their expertise to meet the ongoing challenges of education in a cosmopolitan city.

Diversities include class, race, citizenship status, sexual orientation, religion and language, among others. Coursework within the programs may explore current theories and practices about urban spaces, issues in urban community education, and the development of group and individual identities within urban landscapes.

The diploma takes up urban education as an area of study and: provides students with the critical analytic skills needed for teaching and learning in urban environments; develops students’ expertise for teaching and learning in a cosmopolitan city marked by multiple aspects of diversity; and deepens students’ analytic abilities to theorize the experiences of living and teaching in urban environments.


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

  • Core course: EDUC 5440 3.0: Education in Urban Contexts (previously known as Urban Education)
  • EDUC 5025 3.0: Cosmopolitanisms: Re-imagining Multiculturalism and the Question of Belonging
  • EDUC 5225 3.0: (de)Colonizing Research Methodologies
  • EDUC 5250 3.0: Practitioner Research
  • EDUC 5310 3.0: Literacy and Social Context
  • EDUC 5311 3.0: Language in the Cosmopolis
  • EDUC 5383 3.0: Multilingual Education
  • EDUC 5402 3.0: Gender, Race and Class Relations in the History of Canadian Schooling
  • EDUC 5420 3.0: Race, Culture and Schooling
  • EDUC 5421 3.0: Discourses of Race and Racist Discourses
  • EDUC 5435 3.0: Studies of Adolescents and Cultural Experience
  • EDUC 5436 3.0: Transitions, Access and the Education of New Canadians
  • EDUC 5449 3.0: Adult and Community Education
  • EDUC 5462 3.0: Current Policy Issues in Ontario Schooling
  • EDUC 5463 3.0: Comparative Perspectives on Global Migration and Education
  • EDUC 5480 3.0: Families and Schools
  • EDUC 5615 3.0: Education and Social Justice in Postmodernity
  • EDUC 5720 3.0: Disability in Society
  • EDUC 6205 3.0: Ethnography of Education

Suggested courses from other graduate programs:

  • CMCT 6114 3.0: Communication, Culture and the City
  • EN 6570 6.0: Texts and Textual Cities
  • ENVS 6133 3.0: Plurality and Planning
  • FILM 5240 3.0: City as Cinema: Film and City Space
  • GEOG 5350 3.0: Geographic Perspectives on Immigration, Ethnicity and Race In Modern Cities
  • THEA 6315 3.0: Performing Arts in the City

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 gradprogram@edu.yorku.ca