Teaching for Equity and Social Justice

Method of delivery:
Applications open:
January 5, 2022
Applications close:
March 30, 2023
Next start date:
Fall 2023

This blended-delivery Graduate Diploma in Advance Professional Studies in Education (GDE) was developed in partnership with School District 42, Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows.  

Program Overview

Designed For

This GDE was developed for educators interested in deepening their pedagogical understanding of social justice, equity, identity and belonging while engaging in focused, sustained reflective inquiry as part of a supportive community of fellow teacher-learners.

Program Format

  • Two-year, 30-unit program
  • Online and in-person learning every Wednesday from 4:30-8:30 p.m. (Option for hybrid participation during in-person classes)
  • Includes a one-week in-person Summer Institute in Maple Ridge, B.C. during the weeks of August 19-23, 2024 and August 18-22, 2025.
  • Option for online (hybrid) participation during summer institutes (applicants outside the lower mainland will be given preference)
  • No classes in July, during the winter break or ministry-designated spring break.

Program Design

Program Themes

  • Teacher inquiry and reflective practice
  • Identity, belonging, diversity, and inclusion
  • Equity issues in education
  • Systemic nature of oppression
  • Indigenous and holistic education
  • Critical multiculturalism
  • Racial inclusivity
  • Gender identity and sexual orientation
  • Anti-racism, race, and intersectionality
  • Cultural humility
  • Pedagogies that support teaching for social justice
  • Integrating global perspectives into the classroom
  • Assessment to support the learning of all students in multiple sociocultural contexts

Program Capacities

Program capacities provide a reflective focus for documenting and self-assessing learning. At frequent intervals throughout the program, participants and their mentors refer to the capacities to assess progress, to set new goals and to create direction for further learning in field studies. At the end of the program, each participant’s comprehensive portfolio includes a synthesis of learning and self-assessment of growth in these capacities, supported by evidence of learning. This program provides opportunities to develop these capacities:

  • Develop orientations of inquiry and critical reflection that foster understanding of social justice with a view to developing one's practice.
  • Investigate and evaluate educational theories and philosophies in equity studies to inform and transform one's practice
  • Foster dispositions of pedagogical sensitivity and relationality in multicultural, multilingual contexts
  • Cultivate teaching, learning and assessment practices to support the learning of all students in multiple sociocultural contexts
  • Collaborate within and provide support to learning communities and demonstrate teacher leadership through mentoring opportunities
  • Engage in innovative practices, encourage risk-taking and develop capacities to create inclusive and just communities.

Schedule & Courses

Classes run in the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms of the academic year during the 2-year program.  

Year 1

Fall 2023 (September - December)

  • Foundations of Teacher Inquiry
  • Issues in Social Justice

Spring 2024 (January - April)

  • Frameworks for Equity in the Classroom
  • Field Studies (Practitioner Inquiry)

Summer 2024 (April - June, August)

  • Supporting Learning for Diverse Classrooms
  • Field Studies (Practitioner Inquiry)

You also attend a one-week in-person Summer Institute each year (August 19-23, 2024 & August 18-22, 2025). No classes are scheduled in July.

Year 2

Fall 2024 (September - December)

  • Deepening Understanding for Social Justice
  • Field Studies (Practitioner Inquiry)

Spring 2025 (January - April)

  • Integrating Gloabal Perspectives in the Classroom
  • Field Studies (Practitioner Inquiry)

Summer 2025 (April - June, August)

  • Reflections on Teaching and Learning
  • Mentoring and Leading for Social Justice

You also attend a one-week in-person Summer Institute each year (August 19-23, 2024 & August 18-22, 2025). No classes are scheduled in July.

Minimum Technical Requirements for Online Courses: Operating system - Windows 10 or Mac OSX 10.4 (or higher); high-speed internet connection; webcam and access to a printer.

Program Collaborators

Faculty Members

District Partners

  • Jovo Bikic, Assistant Superintendent of SD 42 (Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows)

Future Pathways

Where this program can take you: The world is changing rapidly and so is the full range of career and academic opportunities that await. 

TQS Upgrades

Completion of the diploma allows educators to move from TQS category 4 to 5 or from category 5 to 5+.

Further Studies

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

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