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The Graduate Diploma in Environmental/Sustainability Education is designed to provide opportunities for educators in schools, community organizations, cultural institutions and advocacy groups to develop expertise and to participate in research, theory and practice in the field of environmental and sustainability education.

The diploma responds to long-standing interest in environmental and sustainability education from teachers, graduate students, park interpreters and conservation authorities. It is an opportunity for participants to focus their studies on the environmental implications of education and the role of education in sustainability in its broadest sense.

The Graduate Diploma in Environmental/Sustainability Education is jointly offered by the Graduate Program in Education and the Graduate Program in Environmental Studies.


  • Concurrent (Option A): The requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Environmental/Sustainability Education are completed concurrently with a Master’s or Doctoral degree. In both the Faculties of Education and Environmental Studies.
  • Direct-entry (Option B): The Graduate Diploma in Education in Environmental/Sustainability Education can be completed as a stand-alone non-degree diploma, offered only in the Faculty of Education.

In order to be eligible to take the Diploma concurrently with a degree, students must first be admitted to the Graduate Program in Education.

In order to be eligible for the Direct Entry (stand-alone diploma), students must be admissible to the Graduate Program in Education.

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Diploma Structure

Course only MEd

Degree + Diploma = 27 Credits*, including:

  • 2 Diploma core courses (6.0)
  • 2 courses from approved course list (6.0)
  • Elective credits (15.0)

MEd with MRP

Degree + Diploma = 21 credits* + MRP including:

  • 2 Diploma core courses (6.0)
  • 2 courses from approved course list (6.0)
  • Elective credits (9.0)
  • MRP must address diploma topic

MEd with Thesis

Degree + Diploma = 15 Credits* + thesis including:

  • 2 Diploma core courses (6.0)
  • 2 courses from approved course list (6.0)
  • Elective credits (3.0 credits)
  • Thesis must address diploma topic

PhD with Dissertation

Degree + Diploma = 24 credits* + dissertation including:

  • 2 Diploma core courses (6.0)
  • 2 courses from approved course list (6.0)
  • Elective credits (12.0)**
  • 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:

  • 2 Diploma core courses (6.0)
  • 2 courses (6.0) 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: ENVS 6140 3.0: Environmental Education and either EDUC 5444 3.0: Education for Sustainability or EDUC 5445 3.0: Education, Sustainability and the Ecological Crisis
  • EDUC 5370 3.0: Environmental Themes in Storytelling and First Nations Traditions
  • EDUC 5440 3.0: Urban Education
  • EDUC 5446 3.0: Ecology, Ethics and Education
  • EDUC 5464 3.0: Issues in Globalization and Education
  • EDUC 5545 3.0: The Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education
  • EDUC 5611 3.0: ‘Indigenous’ Ways of Knowing
  • EDUC 5615 3.0: Education and Social Justice in Postmodernity
  • EDUC 5800 3.0: Critical Pedagogy
  • EDUC 5850 3.0: Science, Technology, and Society


  • ENVS 5164 3.0: Environmental Economics
  • ENVS 6150 3.0: Popular Education for Social Change, Part 1
  • ENVS 6151 3.0: Popular Education for Social Change, Part II
  • ENVS 6149 3.0: Culture and the Environment
  • ENVS 6153 3.0: Native/Canadian Relations
  • ENVS 6144 3.0: Action Learning
  • ENVS 6189 3.0: GIS Applications in Planning and Resource Management
  • ENVS 6114 3.0: Sustainable Development for Canada
  • ENVS 5010 3.0: Bioregional Field Course
  • ENVS 6118 3.0: Applied Ecology


  • GEOG 5015 3.0: Remote Sensing and Image Processing for Geographical Analysis and Environmental Monitoring
  • GEOG 5310 3.0: Applied Transportation Geography
  • GEOG 5350 3.0: Geographic Perspectives on Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity in Modern Cities
  • GEOG 5360 3.0: Geographies of Globalization and Development
  • GEOG 5370 3.0: Urban Social Policy
  • GEOG 5410 3.0: Resource Management
  • GEOG 5610 3.0: Biogeochemistry of Stream Ecosystem
  • GEOG 5630 3.0: Physical Hydrology and Water Resources
  • GEOG 5695 3.0: Fluvial Geomorphology


  • BIOL 5096 3.0: Pollution, Invaders and Global Change
  • BIOL 5097 3.0: Pollination Biology
  • BIOL 5098 3.0: Conservation Biology


  • CHEM 5710 3.0: Chemistry of the Natural and Polluted Atmosphere
  • CHEM 5720 3.0: Transport and Chemistry of Atmospheric Trace Gases

View the Graduate Diploma Checklist for course information.

Note for graduate diplomas taken concurrently with degrees (Type 2): Following Senate guidelines, courses taken in fulfillment 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 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