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.

Why Choose a Graduate Diploma?

What makes our teachers unique? 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.

Meet Graduate Diploma in Education Students:

Use Your GDE to Earn an MEd in Educational Practice

Use the credits you've earned completing one of our GDE programs towards earning a Master of Education in Educational Practice (MEd EP). Learn more about the one-year MEd EP program.