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


Program Format

This two-year Graduate Diploma program is designed for teachers and provides the opportunity to investigate their practice in their own community.

  • Cohort model, usually 22-30 students with smaller mentor groups
  • Focused on improvement of practice through the study of educational theory and practice
  • A combination of coursework and field studies over six terms
  • classes are held at a location in the host school district
  • classes meet from 4:30-8:30 pm once a week
  • classes run from early January until early June plus a one-week Summer Institute in August
  • no classes are held in July, during the Christmas break or ministry-designated spring break

Program Design

Courses explore different approaches to teaching and learning while examining the research, theories and pedagogical principles on which effective educational practices are based. 

Field Studies provide an opportunity for you to develop an inquiry plan around a question or issue of particular importance to you. You will implement this plan in your educational setting and critically reflect on growth and changes in your practice. Field studies are supported by an experienced mentor, and you will meet regularly in small study groups. 

Assessment and Evaluation are the means for you to synthesize and self-assess your learning. You will develop and maintain a portfolio throughout the program that will be shared with peers and mentors and evaluated on a satisfactory / unsatisfactory basis. 

  • 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)
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  • 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

Program Schedule (subject to change)*

Classes run in all terms (Fall, Spring and Summer) of the academic year during the 2-year program.

* Plus a one-week Summer Institute in August (note: no classes in July).

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