Inclusive Education (Delivered Online)


This online Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (GDE) program has been developed in partnership with School District #48, Sea to Sky, is designed for educators interested in deepening their enduring understandings of inclusion as a right, diversity as a strength and personalization as a way forward. 

GDE programs are developed in collaboration with British Columbia school districts for educators whose primary focus is school-based practice within BC. This online program focuses on British Columbia’s Ministry of Education K-12 curriculum and highlights ways to engage with curriculum through inclusive, experiential, and relational pedagogies, in order to foster learning environments where all members feel that they belong and can participate in meaningful ways.

Our programs allow you to “live the work” in a collaborative learning community, with the support of colleagues, mentors, and instructors. Our cohorts tend to attract educators with a range of experiences and backgrounds, including new teachers and TTOCs. Join us for this unique opportunity to connect with educators from across the province who share your curiosity and passion for building belonging in your educational communities.

This program is regarded as a preferred qualification* for support teaching roles within the Sea to Sky School District. 

*Please contact SD #48 Human Resources for more information about Learning Support qualifications.


  • Exploring developmental, constructivist and inclusive approaches to education 
  • Connecting educational purposes, beliefs, values and practices 
  • Examining theories, principles and frameworks of inclusive education, including Universal Designs for Learning and culturally responsive education
  • Designing for personalization and responsive classroom practices 
  • Supporting students through co-designing personalized learning plans 
  • Practicing co-planning, co-teaching and co-assessment of student learning
  • 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+.

  • Suited for: Educators, Learner Support Teachers, Collaborative Support Teachers
  • Format: Interactive, experiential online sessions with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous classes. Potential that the one-week, Summer Institutes (August 22-26, 2022 and August 21-25, 2023) are face-to-face.
  • Classes: Tuesday evenings
  • Start Term: Fall 2021 (Sep)
  • End Term: Summer 2023 (Aug)
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  • Application Deadline: July 23, 2021
  • 2021/22 Tuition*: $326.69/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.