Graduate Diploma in Education (GDE)
Graduate Diploma in Education
The Graduate Diploma in Education (GDE) isn't only for teachers. A GDE could contribute to an advancement, whatever your career.
The ICI Colombie-Britannique / Yukon team met up with the GDE students in North Vancouver to hear about their experience. They completed the program in April 2019.
The Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (GDE) is designed for teachers, in collaboration with BC school districts, and 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.
- 2-year 30-credit program
- allows teachers to apply Teacher Inquiry methods to improve their practice in teaching FSL (French as a Second Language), teaching in French Immersion or teaching in the Francophone programme
NOTE : Students who complete a GDE can apply for an additional year of study to get a Master in Educational Practice (MEd EP). This program is offered if there is a sufficient number of qualified candidates.
At a Glance
|Benefits||Opportunity for TQS Upgrade
Classes held in hosting School District
Use units (credits) from GDE to apply for 1 year MEd EP
|Format/Length||2 years (6 terms)
Evening or weekend classes (mid-Sept through mid-June) and 2 weeks in July or August
|Admission Requirements||Undergraduate degree CGPA of 2.5, BC Teaching Certificate|
(approx. 5 units/term)
* subject to Senate approval
Our Programs Offer
TQS Upgrade Opportunity
Completion of the 2-yr (6-term) 30-credit diploma allows teachers to:
- upgrade from TQS category 4 to TQS category 5 or
- from TQS 5 to TQS 5+ or
- from TQS 6 to TQS 6+ (in districts with that category)
Applicants should possess both an undergraduate degree and a valid British Columbia teaching certificate. Those without an undergraduate degree should review the requirements for professional upgrading before considering this program. (Credits from other programs or institutions are not transferrable into this program.)
Tuition Fee Credits
Teachers who are supervising SFU student teachers may use their Tuition Fee Credits (TFCs) to offset the cost of a Graduate Diploma program. The TFC value is calculated at the prevailing per-credit rate for undergraduate course fees, currently $192.03 per credit (2019-2020 rate). For more information, please see the Tuition Fee Credits webpage.
For more information, consult the Faculty of Education web page: Field Programs.