Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (GDE)

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).

Why Choose a Graduate Diploma?

What makes our teachers unique? Our teacher learners...

are self-directed:

you decide what aspects of your practice you inquire, investigate, and research.

learn what matters:

our programs have direct practical application to your classroom practice.

know community matters:

as a member of this cohort model, you'll be in the same collaborative learning community throughout the two-year program.

utilize foundations of support:

you will be supported by instructors and mentors who are or have recently been classroom teachers.

are teacher-inquirers:

you'll engage in teacher-inquiry to investigate your interests and passions.

start where they are:

all experience levels are welcome.

strive to be the teacher they want to be:

you can work to better align your values and practice.


can apply for a salary upgrade!

completion of this program qualifies you for a salary upgrade from TQS category 4 to 5, 5 to 5+ or 6 to 6+ in districts with that category.

Meet Graduate Diploma in Education Students:

  • Tanya Virani GDE alumnus, Secondary Science Teacher, Mom and lifelong Girl Guide.

  • John Keranen GDE alumnus in Exploring Arts Education and elementary school teacher.

  • Kristie Nielsen GDE alumnus and Grade 2/3 Teacher.

  • Jen Beauchene GDE alumnus in Inclusive Education and Grade 3 Teacher.

  • Alicia McCormick GDE alumnus in Inclusive Education and bilingual teacher-librarian in the Surrey school district.

Use Your GDE to Earn an MEd in Educational Practice

Use the credits you've earned completing one of our GDE programs towards earning a Master of Education in Educational Practice (MEd EP). Learn more about the one-year MEd EP program.