Graduate Diploma in Education

The Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (GDE) programs are designed in collaboration with BC school districts for educators whose primary focus is school-based practice. The GDE provides educators with the opportunity to engage in focused, sustained, reflective inquiry into their practice within a 2-year cohort model. Classes run in all terms of the academic year (Fall, Spring, Summer) during the 2-year program. There is a one-week Summer Institute in August and no classes in July.

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.

The Graduate Diploma in Education can also be used for TQS Category Advancement.

Students can apply to use credits from a completed GDE program towards a Master of Education in Educational Practice (additional one year program).

Program Listed by Term

Program Start Program Application Status
Spring 2021 Inclusive Education (Langley) Deadline Extended: November 30, 2020
Spring 2021 Inquiry and Learning in the Early Years (Vancouver) Deadline Extended: November 30, 2020
Spring 2021 Place & Nature-based Experiential Learning (Sunshine Coast) Deadline Extended: November 27, 2020
Spring 2021 Social Emotional Well-being and Wholistic Trauma-sensitive Practices (Burnaby) Applications: Closed*
Summer 2021 Inclusive Education (Sea to Sky) Application Deadline: March 19, 2021
Fall 2021 Inclusion, interaction et connexion en classe de français (en ligne)
Inclusion, Interaction and Connection in the French Classroom (Online)
Fin des admissions : 23 juillet 2021
Application Deadline: July 23, 2021

*Under certain circumstances there may be the possibility of accepting a late application. Please contact Siân Owen at for more information.

Missed an information session? Learn more about how a GDE program works by downloading the general GDE slides. More specific information about an individual program can be found by visiting the program website and/or contacting the program's Faculty Associate.