Professional Diplomas

Welcome to Professional Diplomas in Education

For teachers and non-classroom specific educators seeking meaningful professional growth, our graduate and post-baccalaureate diploma programs offer opportunities to upgrade, specialize and advance your educational practice. These programs are designed with the working professional educator in mind. Here, you’ll find diverse areas of study that align your unique interests and values, improve your practice through reflective inquiry and build professional connections in a welcoming and inclusive community.

Grow as an educator or professional

Advance your education and your career with our graduate diplomas and post-baccalaureate diplomas. Choose the theme that interests you most and explore what’s possible.

Graduate DiplomaS in Education (GDE) 

Graduate Diploma 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. Students can apply to use credits from a completed GDE program towards a Master of Education in Educational Practice (additional one year program). The GDE can also be used for TQS Category Advancement

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Post Baccalaureate Diplomas (PBD)

If you are a teacher looking to upgrade your skills or specialize, our post baccalaureate diplomas (PBD) are a great option. Designed to accommodate busy schedules, you can begin your PBD coursework in any semester. It is not always possible to complete a PBD in two or three semesters (based on course availability), so you will be given five years to complete a PBD at SFU.

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Graduate Diplomas in Education

Teaching for Equity and Social Justice (Maple Ridge, Blended)

Within a cohort of like-minded educators this GDE allows for the exploration of identity, belonging, diversity and inclusion, the systemic nature of oppression, and equity issues in education while engaging in a professional learning community focused on sustained reflective inquiry into school-based practice.

Designed for

Educators interested in deepening their pedagogical understanding of social justice, equity, identity and belonging.

Program Structure

Two-year, 30-unit program that combines online and in-person learning every Monday (late afternoon/early evening) with field studies. No classes in July, during the winter break or ministry-designated spring break.

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Indigenous Education: Wholistic Teachings and Transformative Pedagogies

Within a cohort of like-minded educators this GDE allows for the exploration of Indigenous worldviews and perspectives in education, Indigenous and wholisitic approaches to learning, teaching and well-being, and community-centred dialogue and leadership while engaging in a professional learning community focused on sustained reflective inquiry into school-based practice.

Designed For

Educators who are interested in developing their pedagogical practice while engaging in sustained reflective inquiry, all within the context of wholistic teachings and transformative pedagogies within Indigenous education. 

Program Structure

Two-year, 30-unit program that combines in-person learning once a week (late afternoon/early evening) with field studies. No classes in July, during the winter break or ministry-designated spring break.

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Leadership et pratique innovante en éducation francophone en milieu minoritaire (en ligne)

Ce programme de Diplôme d’études supérieures en éducation (DES) est conçu pour des éducateurs et éducatrices œuvrant dans le Conseil scolaire francophone (CSF) de la Colombie-Britannique qui désirent explorer le développement du leadership éducatif à travers l'innovation en contexte minoritatire.

À qui s'adresse ce programme?

Les enseignant·e·s désireux·euses d’analyser en profondeur leur pratique éducationnelle en milieu scolaire.  Il permet aux enseignant·e·s de pratiquer l’enquête réflexive de façon ciblée et soutenue.

Structure du programme

Combinaison de cours et d'études de terrain; Rencontre en ligne une fois par semaine dans des classes interactives et expérientielles qui combinent la livraison en mode synchrone et asynchrone; Aucun cours en juillet, pendant les vacances de Noël ou les vacances de printemps désignées par le ministère.

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Exploring Making: Art, Design and Technology in Education (Burnaby, Blended)

Within a cohort of like-minded educators this GDE allows for the exploration of building a culture of creativity, exploration, engagement, innovation and discovery, nurturing teacher Maker identity, fostering student expression through maker explorations, art, digital technologies and media design, and exploring traditional and diverse cultural models of making practices while engaging in a professional learning community focused on sustained reflective inquiry into school-based practice.

Designed for

Educators interested in making, creating, innovating, building, design thinking, contributing to the school community.

Program Structure

Two-year, 30-unit program that combines online and in-person learning every Monday (late afternoon/early evening) with field studies. No classes in July, during the winter break or ministry-designated spring break.

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Post Baccalaureate Diplomas (PBD)

Counselling and human development

This program provides a focused introduction to the core knowledge bases involved in counseling for students employed or seeking employment in a human services or health care profession.  

Designed for

Individuals who are seeking or employed in a human services or health care profession

Program Structure

Students take a total of 30 units of upper division coursework – five core courses and a choice of electives from Education and other related fields.

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Early learning

Develop the skills and knowledge needed to inspire young learners.

Designed for

Those interested in working with children aged three through eight.  

Program Structure

Students take a total of 30 units of upper division coursework – four core courses and a choice of Education electives.

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Environmental education

Explore environmental issues using a multidisciplinary approach and historical and contemporary issues in human-environment interaction that are related to diverse curricula.  

Designed for

Practicing teachers who want to assist students to develop a greater awareness and understanding of the broadly defined environment

Program Structure

Students take 30 units of upper division coursework from Education and related fields.

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Education (general)

Design and pursue a program of individualized study within the broad field of education.

Designed for

Practicing teachers seeking to upgrade their Teacher Qualification Service (TQS) category

Note: Students wishing to use the post baccalaureate diploma to raise their teacher qualifications should speak with the Teacher Qualification Service or their school district regarding acceptable courses.

Program Structure

Students take 30 units of upper division coursework 15 of which must come from Education courses.

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French and Education

This program explores pedagogy of French as a second language and includes courses that enhance previous language competence, or knowledge of French literature or linguistics. The Department of French and the Faculty of Education jointly offer this program comprising a set of courses for practising or future French teachers.

Designed for

Practising or future French teachers

Program Structure

For students who hold a Bachelor's or advanced degree this program allows the opportunity to design and pursue a program of individualized study, which includes 30 upper division units (300-400 level coursework). A minimum of 15 units must be Education coursework. 

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Special Education

This program offers educators and healthcare professionals who work with children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to consolidate course work in the area of lifespan development and special education.

Designed for

Educators and health care professionals who work with children and adults with disabilities

Program Structure

For students who hold a Bachelor's or advanced degree this program allows the opportunity to design and pursue a program of individualized study, which includes 30 upper division units (300-400 level coursework). A minimum of 15 units must be Education coursework. 

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Where to start? and where to go?

Use our interactive guide to explore programs that fit your interests and goals.

Academic and Professional Pathways

For teachers with all levels of experience, professional diplomas at SFU offers an opportunity to grow personally and professionally as you advance your school-based teaching practice.

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