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Students focus on mathematics education as an area of study grounded in the critical examination of teaching practice, learning theories, and curriculum, supported by analyses of socio-cultural, equity, and gender issues in the teaching and learning of mathematics.

Mathematics education is designed to provide opportunities for graduate level study of theories and research in Mathematics Education, as well as enriched mathematical experiences, to practising teachers and administrators and to people in the community whose work involves developing mathematical literacies. The Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education is jointly offered by the Graduate Program in Education and the Graduate Program in Mathematics and Statistics


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

More Information:

Diploma Structure

Course only MEd

Degree + Diploma = 27 Credits*, including:

  • 2 diploma core course (6.0)
  • 2 courses from approved course list (6.0)
  • 5 additional GS/EDUC courses (15.0)

MEd with Thesis

Degree + Diploma = 15 Credits* + thesis including:

  • 2 Diploma core courses (6.0)
  • 2 courses from approved course list (6.0)
  • 1 additional GS/EDUC course (3.0)
  • Thesis must address diploma topic

MEd with MRP

Degree + Diploma = 21 credits* + MRP including:

  • 2 Diploma core courses (6.0)
  • 2 courses from approved course list (6.0)
  • 3 additional GS/EDUC courses (9.0)
  • MRP 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)
  • 4 additional GS/EDUC courses (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:

  • 1 Diploma core course (3.0)
  • 3 courses from approved course list (9.0)


Approved Course List:

Core courses: Either EDUC 5840 3.0/MATH 5840 3.0: Mathematics Learning Environments OR EDUC 5841 3.0/MATH 5900 3.0: Thinking about Teaching Mathematics and Either EDUC 5210/MATH 5910 3.0: Quantitative Research Methods in Education OR EDUC 5200 3.0: Qualitative Research Methods in Education


  • EDUC  5215 3.0: Research in Mathematics Education
  • EDUC 5845 3.0: Mathematics Understanding in the Classroom
  • EDUC 5848 3.0: Technology and Mathematics
  • EDUC 5900 3.0: Independent Reading (Related to Mathematics Education)
  • EDUC 5860 3.0: Issues in Digital Technology in Education


  • MATH 5020 6.0/EDUC 5830 3.0: Fundamentals of Mathematics for Teachers
  • MATH 5100 6.0/EDUC 5831 6.0: Mathematical Literature Seminar for Teachers
  • MATH 5400 6.0/EDUC 5833 6.0: History of Mathematics for Teachers
  • MATH 5410 6.0/EDUC 5834 6.0: Analysis for Teachers
  • MATH 5420 6.0/EDUC 5836 6.0: Algebra for Teachers
  • MATH 5200 6.0/EDUC 5835 6.0: Problem Solving
  • MATH 5300 6.0/EDUC 5839 6.0: Computation in Mathematics for Teachers
  • MATH 5430 6.0/EDUC 5838 6.0: Statistics and Probability for Teachers
  • MATH 5450 6.0/EDUC 5837 6.0: Geometry for Teachers
  • MATH 5500 6.0/EDUC 5832 6.0: Topics in Mathematics for Teachers

Note: to enrol in any GROUP 2 Course:

  1. Students require permission of the instructor unless a) they have a degree in mathematics, or b) they are enrolled in the MA program in Mathematics for Teachers.
  2. It is strongly recommended that students have completed at least 12 university level credits (two full courses) in mathematics. For students without this background, the following two undergraduate half courses are suggested as preparation: MATH 2221 3.0: Linear Algebra with Applications I and MATH 2222 3.0: Linear Algebra with Applications II

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: 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