Teaching for Equity and Social Justice

Method of delivery:
Blended, Maple Ridge
Applications open:
January 5, 2022
Applications close:
January 23, 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
  • Combination of coursework and field studies
  • Blended online and in-person learning every Wednesday from 4:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Includes a one-week Summer Institute each August
  • 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

Spring 2023 (January - April)

  • Foundations of Teacher Inquiry
  • Issues in Social Justice

Summer 2023 (April - June, August)

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

Fall 2023 (September - December)

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

You also attend a one-week in-person Summer Institute each year (August 21-25, 2023 and August 19-23, 2024). No classes are scheduled in July.

Year 2

Spring 2024 (January - April)

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

Summer 2024 (April - June, August)

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

Fall 2024 (September - December)

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

You also attend a one-week in-person Summer Institute each year (August 21-25, 2023 and August 19-23, 2024). 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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