Graduate Diploma in Education (GDE)


Graduate Diploma in Education

Graduate Diploma in Education: careers beyond the classroom

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.

Interview with Monica Tang, Claude Germain, Mandy Hua and Mia Mavor

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
Units: 30
Admission Requirements Undergraduate degree CGPA of 2.5, BC Teaching Certificate
Tuition 2019/2020
(approx. 5 units/term)
* subject to Senate approval

Our Programs Offer

  • 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 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 M.Ed. EP is not guaranteed)

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.