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Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Environmental Studies
Faculty of Fine Arts
Faculty of Pure and Applied Science
Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies
Osgoode Hall Law School
Schulich School of Business
Courses of Instruction
Glendon College

Certificate in Educational Studies

The General Certificate in Educational Studies is a 30 credit (five full courses) interdisciplinary program offering students an opportunity to explore education as a field of academic inquiry. The certificate is designed to provide students with an interdisciplinary approach to issues and contexts of educational theory and practice. The certificate prepares students to think about education broadly and critically, and seeks to develop an awareness of the relationship of education to various communities.

Courses are offered from units across seven Faculties/colleges/schools at York - including Arts, Atkinson, Education, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Glendon and Women's Studies. The required core courses offered through the Faculty of Education (ED/INLE 2200 3.0 and ED/INSC 2300 3.0) build a broad understanding of learning contexts and schooling practices.

All York University undergraduate students have the opportunity to earn a General Certificate in Educational Studies if they complete 30 credits (five full courses) with a cumulative GPA of 4.0 (C). Students must apply for the Certificate and will be admitted on a first-come first-served basis. Students will meet with the certificate coordinator to consider a plan of study. At least 18 credits must be at the 3000 or 4000 level. An up-to-date list of approved courses for the general education certificate is available from the Office of Student Programmes, Faculty of Education.

To earn a certificate students can choose either an open program in which 24 credits (four full course equivalents) are chosen from the approved list, or a focused program in which students specialize in a course of study approved by a Faculty or college. To date, two focused programs have been approved, one in environmental studies and the other at Atkinson in social sciences.

Students should consider entering the program if they are preparing for a career in which they will be delivering educational services inside or outside traditional schools. For example, students who are interested in working in museums, at historical sites, in arts organizations, in community centres or in advocacy organizations would profit from the program. Similarly, students who might work in human resources or in a training capacity in public or private sector organizations or companies would be excellent potential candidates.

For students interested in becoming teachers in Ontario the general certificate is not a substitute for the BEd program. However, the general certificate may advantage but does not guarantee a student's application to a Faculty of Education program leading to a BEd.

Application forms and a booklet of current course listings are available from:

Office of Student Programmes
Faculty of Education
S835 Ross Building

Students who are admitted to the program will be contacted by the coordinator of the program for an advising appointment.

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