The Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (GDE) programs are designed in collaboration with BC school districts for teachers whose primary focus is school-based practice.

Interested in finding out more about GDE Fall 2018 programs?

We welcome you to our Information Session which features ALL Graduate Diploma in Education programs starting Fall 2018! 

Come meet our knowledgeable Faculty Associates and staff to learn more about SFU's Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (GDE) and to get all your questions answered!  

Date Time Location
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 4:00 – 5:00 PM (PST)
SFU Surrey Campus, SUR 3250 (250-13450 102nd Avenue, Surrey)

Our teacher-learners...

  • are self-directed: you decide what aspects of your practice you inquire, investigate, and research.
  • learn what matters: our programs have direct practical application to your classroom practice.
  • know community matters: as a member of this cohort model, you'll be in the same collaborative learning community throughout the two-year program.
  • utilize foundations of support: you will be supported by instructors and mentors who are or have recently been classroom teachers.
  • are teacher-inquirers: you'll engage in teacher-inquiry to investigate your interests and passions.
  • start where they are: all experience levels are welcome.
  • strive to be the teacher they want to be: you can work to better align your values and practice.
  • can apply for a salary upgrade! Completion of this program qualifies you for a salary upgrade from TQS category 4 to 5, 5 to 5+ or 6 to 6+ in districts with that category.

Our Program Offers

  • Extended professional development focusing on inquiry and professional questions of interest
  • Themed exploration of current theories and principles within content-specific and interdisciplinary learning
  • Combination of coursework and field studies throughout the program
  • A collaborative learning community (cohort) of 20-30 teacher learners
  • Ongoing support of a Faculty Associate, mentor and mentor group of 6-9 teacher learners
  • Optional opportunity to ladder diploma credits into a Master of Education in Educational Practice (Note: acceptance into the MEd EP is not guaranteed).

At A Glance

  • Start: Fall 2018 (September)
  • Apply by: July 6, 2018
  • Length: 2 years (6 terms)
  • Format: Evening or weekend classes. Classes run from early September until early June, plus a one-week Summer Institute in August (no classes in July).
  • Benefits: Opportunity for TQS Upgrade. Move from TQS category 4 to 5 or from category 5 to 5+.
  • Units: 30
  • Admission Requirements: Undergraduate degree CGPA of 2.5, BC Teaching Certificate
  • Tuition 2017/2018: $301.80/unit (approx. 5 units/term)

SFU acknowledges the traditional territories of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ), Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), and Kwikwetlem (kʷikʷəƛ̓əm) Nations, on whose lands the Burnaby campus resides.