Graduate Diploma in Education

Two-year cohort programs designed in collaboration with BC school districts for K – 12 educators whose primary focus is school-based practice. It provides the opportunity for K – 12 educators to engage in focused, sustained, reflective inquiry into their practice. Classes are held on evenings or weekends (generally for blended cohorts outside the Lower Mainland) in a hosting district school.

The Graduate Diploma in Education can also be used for TQS Category Advancement.

Students can apply to use credits from a completed GDE program towards a Master of Education in Educational Practice (additional one year program).

GDE Tuition and Fees

Note: Specific programs may be ineligible for Government student loans and grants. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that the student and the program meets the eligibility requirements. Please contact Financial Aid Services at with any questions.

Tuition 2020/21*: $320.28 (per unit)
(Students usually register for 5 units per term)
*Subject to estimated 2% fee increase each September.

Other Fees  
Graduate Student Activity Fee $35.23
Graduation Fee (first 3 terms) $12.00
Universal Transit Pass (UPass)**
(Applicable only to students who live in, or whose program is based in, the Metro Vancouver area)
Materials Fee $10.20

Extended Health/Dental – for information please go to If students have existing extended health and dental coverage, an opt out process is required if no further coverage is required.
On leave information (per unit students).

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 in Education program.  For more information, please see the Tuition Fee Credits webpage.