Inclusive Education (Surrey) - Fall 2020


This Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (GDE) program has been developed in partnership with School District #36, Surrey, for elementary and secondary teachers.

If you are a K-12 educator interested in deepening your understanding of Inclusive Education (Special Education as articulated by the Ministry of Education) as a classroom teacher, Learning Support Teacher or Integration Support Teacher, this program is for you. This program is regarded as a preferred qualification for support teaching roles within the Surrey School District.


  • 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
  • Facilitating dialogue for diversity, equity and educational change
  • 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 educators whose primary focus is school-based educational practice. It provides the opportunity to engage in focused, sustained reflective inquiry. Completion of the diploma allows educators to move from TQS category 4 to 5 or from category 5 to 5+.

  • Location: SD #36, Surrey
  • Suited for: Elementary, middle and secondary teachers
  • Classes: Mondays
  • Start Term: Fall 2020 (Sep)
  • End Term: Summer 2022 (May)
  • Application Status: Closed
  • 2020/21 Tuition*: $320.28/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.