Graduate Diploma

A perfect combination of theory and practice

If you are looking for general information in English about the Graduate Diploma in Education (GDE), please visit the Faculty of Education GDE website.

For specific information about the GDE programs delivered in French, see below:

Program Overview

Who is the GDE for?

Primarily for in-service teachers and those teaching on call in the following areas:

  • Core French
  • French Immersion
  • Francophone schools

Level of French required

  • According to the program: from beginner to advanced

Duration and Format

  • 2 years (6 terms) – 30 units
  • Cohort of September 2020 - Program offered online


  • Evaluation method based on the "pass or fail" grading scheme
  • Allows you to change your TQS salary category
  • Possibility of doing a MEd EP (1 year) after the GDE
  • When the GDE is offered regionally, the courses are given in the host school district, which means they are close to home, whether you are in the Greater Vancouver area or elsewhere in the province.

Why choose SFU?

  • The expertise of the Faculty of Education's teaching fellows
  • The only university in BC to offer higher education in French to all communities outside the Vancouver area that request it.

Programs offered in French (or bilingual)

Visit the Faculty of Education GDE website for details on past and future GDE programs.

Inclusion, Interaction and Connection in the French Classroom (Online)
Bilingual program (French and English), online

Location: Online
Start: September 2023
Admission: Applications closed

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GDE Inclusion, Interaction and Connection in the French Classroom

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Bursaries and Awards

By pursuing graduate studies at SFU, you may be eligible for a variety of bursaries specific to studies in French, in addition to those available through your faculty.
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French Language Support

Tutoring for academic writing in French, library resources, proofreading software: several services in French are available for free.
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Contact us

Have questions or want to learn more about this program? Contact us:
Paula Rosehart 
Associate Director, Advanced Professional Studies
Siân Owen
Admissions, enrollment inquiries

what graduates think of the program

ICI Colombie-Britannique / Yukon went to meet with students in the Graduate Diploma in Education (GDE) to learn more about their experience in this Faculty of Education program. They completed the program in April 2019 (North Vancouver cohort). Interview with Monica Tang, Claude Germain, Mandy Hua and Mia Mavor.