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Curriculum Development and Innovation at York

Curriculum is an organized plan for student learning.

In higher education, this plan includes the courses students are required to take and the courses that students can elect to take to fulfill their degree. Curriculum can also include required experiences and opportunities, such as Capstones and/or Internships, as well as optional curricular and extracurricular opportunities.

Being thoughtful about curriculum can enhance students' learning and provide greater cohesion in teaching and learning.

This work involves visioning the student experience in your program, establishing Learning Outcomes for what they will learn by the end, and ensuring that you have assessment plans in place for making sure students are learning what you have planned for them to learn.

Curriculum development is done when planning a new program, but can also take place when engaging in the Cyclical Program Review, when proposing the modification of an established program, or any time when the structure of a program could be reassessed and refreshed.

Contact the Office of the Vice Provost Academic for bespoke support in bringing the vision of your program into a curricular, outcomes-based structure that enhances students' learning.

Useful Contacts

Program and Curriculum Development Specialist

For overall curriculum renewal and innovation support.

York Quality Assurance Procedures (YUQAP)

For new programs, major modifications, and cyclical program review.

Office of Institutional Planning & Analysis (OIPA)

For data and support with market research and enrolment planning.

Teaching Commons

For support with enhancing teaching practices aligned with newly developed or renewed curriculum.


For policies, procedures, and regulations.

University Information Technology (UIT)

For technology support.

Have curriculum questions?

Explore our resources or contact our Program and Curriculum Development Specialist for support.