Graduate Diploma in Education

Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (GDE) programs are designed in collaboration with British Columbia school districts for teachers whose primary focus is school-based practice. It provides the opportunity for teachers and teachers on call (TOC's) to engage in focused, sustained, reflective inquiry into their practice within a 2-year cohort model. The Graduate Diploma in Education offered by Field Programs in the Faculty of Education can also be used for TQS Category Advancement.

Program Design

  • Large Group Experiences:
    Teacher learners meet for classes each term facilitated by an instructional team.
  • Individual & Small Group Experiences:
    During Field Studies, each teacher learner develops and implements learning projects in their own area(s) of interest, implements these projects in their own educational setting, and critically reflects on growth and change in their practice.
  • Assessment & Evaluation Experiences:
    Teacher learners develop learning portfolios each term and maintain an ongoing portfolio throughout the program in order to synthesize and self-evaluate their learning. These portfolios are shared with their peers and mentors.
  • Other Learning Experiences:
    Teacher learners engage in weekly readings (chapters and/or articles), prepare responses for class discussions, and maintain a reflective journal throughout their program. Some programs may also include educationally significant field trips.

Program Capacities

Program capacities articulate learning goals and provide criteria for self-assessed learning. Throughout the program, teacher learners and their mentors will refer to the capacities to evaluate progress and to set new goals for further learning in field studies. As the end of the program, the comprehensive portfolio will include a synthesis of learning and self-assessment of growth in these capacities.

Capacities may include:

  • develop a disposition of inquiry and critical reflection to understand and develop their practice
  • explore, develop and implement teaching and assessment practices to support the learning of all students
  • engage in innovative practice, encourage risk-taking and support learning communities
  • situate the student at the centre of co-learning, co-planning, and co-teaching pedagogical pathways
  • collaborate purposefully with students, colleagues, parents and other educational partners
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