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Program Summary

Diploma programs are open to students in any relevant graduate program or to those who have a general interest in graduate-level work. For diplomas that are part of a graduate degree (concurrent), please contact the relevant graduate program office. For graduate diplomas that can be pursued on their own (stand-alone, direct entry), applications are submitted online. More

This Graduate Diploma invites students with an interest in language and literacy 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 and teaching of reading and writing

Who can complete this Graduate Diploma?

  • Graduate students who are currently enrolled in the Graduate Program in Education’s MEd or PhD who are interested in completing the Graduate Diploma concurrently
  • New part-time students who have been accepted to take the Graduate Diploma as a stand-alone program through the Graduate Program in Education


  • Option A – Concurrent: The Graduate Diploma in Language and Literacy Education is offered concurrently with the Master of Education (MEd) and Doctoral (PhD) degrees in the Graduate Program in Education. Applicants must be accepted as MEd or PhD graduate students in the Faculty of Education’s Graduate Program in Education: Language, Culture and Teaching.
    • NOTE: When applying to the concurrent option, applicants ONLY need to apply to the MEd or PhD program in Education; applicants do not need to submit a separate application for the Diploma.
  • Option B – Direct-Entry: Students can take a stand-alone, part-time direct entry Graduate Diploma, which is offered only within the Graduate Program in Education and is designed to provide opportunities for graduate level study of theory and research in Language and Literacy Education.


  • The direct-entry stand-alone diploma option is ONLY available on a part-time basis.
  • When applying to the direct-entry stand-alone Diploma, please note that application requirements are the same as for the part-time Master of Education (MEd) program.
  • Please note that graduate diplomas do not certify students in a particular field.
What You Need to Apply

What You Need to Apply

Application Checklist (PDF)
Application Form
Recommendation Form
and Supplementary Information Form
(Accessed through MyFile; forms will be available within 72 hours after you submit your application.)

Other Requirement(s)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation must be from academic references who can assess your academic potential; one may be from a professional reference.
  • Statement of Interest
  • Resumé/CV
  • One sample of written work

Completed Application Package means:

  1. Use York University's graduate studies online application
  2. Upload the required and supplementary documents and materials permitted for submission through MyFile. All other required documentation submitted by mail must be sent in a single package.
Exception: official transcripts sent to York directly from previous educational institutions. Official transcripts must come directly from, and bear the unbroken seal of, the issuing institution.
Mail or courier completed application package to:

York University
Office of Graduate Admissions

P.O. Box GA2300
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON
Canada M3J 1P3


York University
Office of Graduate Admissions

W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON
Canada M3J 1P3