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.

GDE Programs Open for Application

Program Start Program Application Deadlines
May 2018 Langue, curriculum et culture en classe de français, Vallée du Fraser Now – March 23, 2018  
September 2018 Curriculum Design and Learning
(Blended format: delivered online and in-person,
serving Powell River, Comox Valley and Sunshine Coast)
Now – May 18, 2018 Location: TBD

Meet Graduate Diploma in Education Students and Alumni:


  • Tanya Virani Secondary science teacher, mom and lifelong Girl Guide


  • John Keranen Exploring Arts Education GDE alumnus and elementary school teacher

  • Kristie Nielsen Grade 2/3 Teacher and completed the Teachers as Leaders and Mentors GDE program

  • Stacey Robinsmith GDE alumnus and secondary school teacher

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.