Inquiry-based Learning and the Reggio-Inspired Classroom, Burnaby

This Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (GDE) has been developed in partnership with School District #41, Burnaby for teachers who seek to deepen their understanding of learners aged 4–12 years.


  • Intentional design of instructional space and selection of materials
  • Reggio Emilia values and principles
  • Frameworks to support the holistic development of young children (e.g., learning through the arts)
  • Making learning visible and communicating learning through pedagogical documentation
  • Co-construction of curriculum with children and families
  • The community as a partner in learning
  • Deepening understanding through re-representation of learning
  • Responsive, inquiry-based learning
  • Image of the child as a citizen with rights

This two-year, 30-unit program of study is for teachers whose primary focus is school-based educational practice. It provides the opportunity to engage in focused, sustained reflective inquiry. Completion of the diploma allows teachers to move from TQS category 4 to TQS 5 or from category 5 to 5+.

  • Location: S.D. #41 Burnaby, BC
  • Suited for: Elementary teachers
  • Start Term: Fall 2017 (Sep)
  • End Term: Summer 2019 (Aug)
  • Apply: Applications now closed
  • 2017/18 Tuition: $301.80/unit
    (Students register for 5 units per term)


  • 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.