Inquiry-based Learning and the Reggio-Inspired Classroom, Burnaby

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Program Format

This two-year Graduate Diploma program is designed for teachers and provides the opportunity to investigate their practice in their own community.

  • Cohort model, usually 22-30 students with smaller mentor groups
  • Focused on improvement of practice through the study of educational theory and practice
  • A combination of coursework and field studies over six terms

  • classes are held at a location in the host school district
  • classes meet from 4:30-8:30 pm once a week
  • classes run from mid-September until mid-June plus a one-week summer institute in August (no classes in July)
  • no classes are held during the Christmas break or ministry-designated spring break

Program Schedule:*

Fall 2017    September–December    5 Credits

Courses:
Foundations of Teacher Inquiry
Frameworks for Reggio Emilia Inspired Practice

Field Study:
N/A this term

Assessment & Evaluation:
Baseline Portfolio

Spring 2018    January–April    5 Credits

Courses:
Holistic Approaches to Learning and the Image of the Child

Field Study:
Begins this term

Assessment & Evaluation:
Working Portfolio

Summer 2018    May–June**    5 Credits

Courses:
Learning through Material Encounters

Field Study:
Continues this term

Assessment & Evaluation:
Working Portfolio

Fall 2018    September-December    5 Credits

Courses:
Responsive Curriculum and Inquiry-based Learning

Field Study:
Continues this term

Assessment & Evaluation:
Working Portfolio

Spring 2019    January-April    5 credits

Courses:
Pedagogical Documentation and Communicating Student Learning

Field Study:
Completes this term

Assessment & Evaluation:
Working Portfolio

Summer 2019    May–June**    5 credits

Courses:
Relationships for Learning
Reflections on Teaching and Learning

Field Study:
N/A this term

Assessment & Evaluation:
Comprehensive Portfolio

  • * program schedule may be subject to change.

**Plus a one-week summer institute in August (note: no classes in July)

  • Location: S.D. #41 Burnaby, BC
  • Suited for: Elementary teachers
  • Start Term: Fall 2017 (Sep)
  • End Term: Summer 2019 (Aug)
  • Apply: Applications now closed
  • 2017/18 Tuition: $301.80/unit
    (Students register for 5 units per term)
  • Current Program Offerings

Contacts

Program Design

The Diploma interweaves different types of learning experiences, including:

Courses explore different approaches to teaching and learning while examining the research, theories and pedagogical principles on which effective educational practices are based. 

Field Studies provide an opportunity for you to develop an inquiry plan around a question or issue of particular importance to you. You will implement this plan in your educational setting and critically reflect on growth and changes in your practice. Field studies are supported by an experienced mentor, and you will meet regularly in small study groups. 

Assessment and Evaluation are the means for you to synthesize and self-assess your learning. You will develop and maintain a portfolio throughout the program that will be shared with peers and mentors and evaluated on a satisfactory / unsatisfactory basis. 

Additional information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page as well as in the Student Calendar.