Early Childhood Education
Diploma programs are open to students in a 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 >>
The Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education gives formal recognition to those graduate students who have undertaken concentrated research and study concerning the education of young children (birth to age eight).
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 Early Childhood Education is offered concurrently with a Master of Education (MEd) or 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 Graduate 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 Early Childhood 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.