Inquiry and Learning in the Early Years (Vancouver) - Spring 2021


This Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (GDE) program has been developed in partnership with School District #39, Vancouver, for educators looking to deepen their understanding of learners aged 4–8.

Due to current Health and Safety protocols, the Spring 2021 term will be conducted online, through both synchronous and asynchronous methods. Courses will embody the program's core foundations of relationship building, inquiry and collaborative learning.


  • Intentional design of environment and materials
  • Frameworks to support the holistic development of children, including Indigenous approaches to teaching and learning (First Peoples Principles of Learning)
  • Pedagogical narration and communicating student learning
  • Inclusive and responsive curriculum
  • Integral role of play with well-being and learning
  • Living inquiries as pathways for exploration and learning
  • Family and community as partners in learning

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 #39, Vancouver
  • Suited for: Teachers, Grades K-3
  • Classes: Tuesdays
  • Summer Institute: Aug 23-27, 2021
  • Start Term: Spring 2021 (Jan)
  • End Term: Fall 2022 (Dec)
  • Apply Now!
  • Application Deadline: November 13, 2020
  • 2020/21 Tuition*: $320.28/unit
    (Students register for 5 units per term)
    *Subject to estimated 2% fee increase each September.


  • Siân Owen
    GDE Program Assistant
  • Gina Wong
    District Literacy and Assessment Teacher
    School District #39, Vancouver

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