Inquiry and Learning in the Early Years (Delivered Online) - Summer 2021


This interactive online Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (GDE) program is for K – 3 educators who are interested in actively participating in a supportive learning community. The program is relational in nature and built upon collaborative dialogue, connection, and mentorshipEducators who are part of this cohort-based program will engage in a living inquiry directly related to enhancing their practice, deepen their understanding of inquiry-based learning, foster learner’s curiosity and creativity, and develop their knowledge of holistic learning and pedagogical documentation.

GDE programs are designed in collaboration with British Columbia school districts for educators whose primary focus is school-based practice within BC. This interactive online program focuses on British Columbia’s Ministry of Education curriculum and the Early Learning Framework and explores how to teach it using relational and inclusive pedagogies.


  • 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+.

  • Suited for: Teachers, Grades K-3
  • Format: Interactive, experiential online sessions with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous classes. Potential that the one-week, Summer Institutes in August 2021 and August 2022 are face-to-face.
  • Classes: Tuesdays
  • Start Term: Summer 2021 (late April)
  • End Term: Fall 2022 (Dec)
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  • Application Deadline: March 19, 2021 
  • 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.