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Students with an interest in language and literacy are invited to explore what it means to develop citizens whose personal, economic, and intellectual lives are enhanced by advancing their skills in language and literacy.

Course themes include:

  • Oral language in classrooms
  • Language and literacy in contexts
  • Second language and multilingual education
  • Language and literacy as practices
  • Language and literacy for specific groups of learners (e.g., young children, special populations)
  • Modalities and literacy
  • Children’s literature
  • The processes of the teaching of reading and writing


  • Concurrent (Option A): The requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Language and Literacy Education are completed concurrently with a Master’s or Doctoral degree.
  • Direct-entry (Option B): The Graduate Diploma in Language and Literacy Education 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)
  • 5 additional GS/EDUC courses (15.0)

MEd with MRP

Degree + Diploma = 21 credits* + MRP including:

  • Diploma core course (3.0)
  • 2 courses from approved course list (6.0)
  • 4 additional GS/EDUC courses (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)
  • 2 additional GS/EDUC courses (6.0)
  • 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)
  • 5 additional GS/EDUC courses (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.

Approved Course List

Core course: EDUC 5315 3.0: Frameworks for Language and Literacy Theory and Research

  • EDUC 5300 3.0: Oral Language Learning in the Classroom
  • EDUC 5310 3.0: Literacy as Social Practice
  • EDUC 5311 3.0: Language in the Cosmopolis: Theory and Method
  • EDUC 5320 3.0: Reading, Writing and Critical Literacy
  • EDUC 5330 3.0: Reading Theories–A Critical Analysis
  • EDUC 5340 3.0: Adolescent and Children’s Literature
  • EDUC 5341 6.0: Children’s Literature: Approaches and Issues
  • EDUC 5360 6.0: African-American Literature
  • EDUC 5370 3.0: Indigeneity and Territory in Cultural Traditions
  • EDUC 5380 3.0: Second Language Instruction
  • EDUC 5381 3.0: Reading and Writing in a Second Language: Theory to Practice
  • EDUC 5382 3.0: Listening and Speaking in a Second Language; Theory to Practice
  • EDUC 5383 3.0: Multilingual Education
  • EDUC 5385 3.0: Multimodal Literacies
  • EDUC 5520 3.0: Teaching Writing
  • EDUC 5521 3.0: Research on Writing
  • EDUC 5525 3.0: The Act of Writing
  • EDUC 5527 3.0: Creative Writing Pedagogy
  • EDUC 5530 3.0: Emergent Literacy
  • EDUC 5535 3.0: Family Literacy
  • EDUC 5550 3.0: Play, Language and Learning
  • EDUC 5730 3.0: Issues in Language and Literacy Education for Special Populations

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.

View the Graduate Diploma Checklist for course information. For more information, contact the Graduate Program in Education gradprogram@edu.yorku.ca