Inclusive Education (Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows) - Spring 2020


This Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (GDE) has been developed by Field Programs in partnership with School District #42, Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows for elementary and secondary teachers.

If you are a K-12 teacher looking to deepen your understanding of Inclusive Education (Special Education as articulated by the Ministry of Education), or in becoming a learning support teacher, while engaging in a professional learning community focused on sustained reflective inquiry into school-based practice, this program is for you.


  • Exploring developmental, constructivist and inclusive approaches to education
  • Connecting educational purposes, beliefs, values and practices
  • Examining theories, principles and frameworks of inclusive education, including English Language Learning and culturally responsive teaching
  • Exploring proactive approaches to assessing student behaviour and
    strategies for support
  • Designing responsive classroom practices
  • Designing quality educational plans for students with complex needs
  • Linking assessment and instruction to address diverse learning profiles
  • Building and sustaining collaborative learning communities
  • Creating inclusive environments, which includes understanding
    socio-cultural perspectives
  • Engaging with Indigenous and holistic approaches to teaching and learning
    (First Peoples Principles of Learning)
  • Collaborating, supporting, and strengthening relationships with students, colleagues, parents and other educational partners

This two-year, 30-unit program of study is for teachers whose primary focus is school-based educational practice. It provides the opportunity to engage in focused, sustained reflective inquiry. Completion of the diploma allows teachers to move from TQS category 4 to TQS 5 or from category 5 to 5+.

  • Location: SD #42 Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows
  • Suited for: Elementary, middle and secondary teachers
  • Start Term: Spring 2020 (Jan)
  • End Term: Fall 2021 (Dec)
  • Application Status: CLOSED
  • 2019/20 Tuition*: $314.00/unit
    (Students register for 5 units per term)
    *Subject to estimated 2% fee increase each September.


Additional information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page as well as in the Student Calendar.