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 Summer 2021 term will be conducted online, through both synchronous and asynchronous methods. If there is the possibility of some optional face-to-face components, we will inform applicants. 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 Themes

Each Graduate Diploma program is developed and offered around a specific theme.  Each theme's curriculum is developed in collaboration with school districts and consultation with Faculty of Education faculty members.

Arts Education

Early Learning

French Education

Samples of programs offered in the past

Inclusive Education

Indigenous Education

Leadership and Mentoring

Learning Theory

Language and Literacy

Maker Pedagogy


Restorative Justice

Samples of programs offered in the past


Other Themes