Living Inquiries: Engaging with Reggio-Inspired and Local Pedagogies

Method of delivery:
Applications open:
December 1, 2022
Applications close:
July 17, 2023
Next start date:
Fall 2023

This Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (GDE) program has been developed in partnership with School District #41 (Burnaby) and School District #39 (Vancouver).

Program Overview

Designed For

Educators who take this Graduate Diploma in Education (GDE) will engage in a living inquiry directly related to enhancing their practice, deepening their understanding of inquiry-based learning, fostering learner’s curiosity and creativity, and developing their knowledge of Reggio-inspired and local pedagogies, holistic learning, Indigenous approaches to teaching and learning, and pedagogical narration.

Program Format

  • Two-year, 30 unit program
    • Cohort model, typically 20-30 students with smaller mentor groups
  • In-person learning, (Tuesday 4:30-8:30) per semester
  • Includes a one-week Summer Institute each August
  • No classes in July, during the winter break or ministry-designated spring break

Program Design

Themes of Study

  • Responsive, inquiry-based learning
  • Reggio Emilia values and principles
  • Frameworks to support the holistic development of children, including Indigenous approaches to teaching and learning
  • Making learning visible and communicating learning through pedagogical narration
  • Co-construction of curriculum with children and families
  • The community as a partner in learning
  • Deepening understanding of holistic literacies through re-representation of learning (100 Languages)
  • Fostering creativity, curiosity, experiential and participatory learning
  • Image of the child as a citizen with rights 


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 a disposition of inquiry and critical reflection to understand and develop your practice.
  • Collaborate in learning communities to support your pedagogical intentions and practice.
  • Investigate educational theories and philosophies to strengthen/deepen your practice.
  • Explore frameworks that support and respond to learner’s needs.
  • Engage in dialogue and participation with families and communities to deepen an understanding of children as citizens.
  • Foster holistic, relational learning to support the well-being of children, communities, and that natural world.

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
  • Frameworks for Reggio Emilia Inspired and Local Pedagogies

Spring 2024 (January-April)

  • The Image of the Child: Holistic Learning and Teaching

Summer 2024 (April-June; August)

  • Living Inquiries and Responsive Curriculum

*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)

  • Reciprocal Relationships with Materials

Spring 2025 (January-April)

  • Pedagogical Narration and Making Learning Visible

Summer 2025 (April-June; August)

  • Relationships for Learning
  • Reflections on Teaching and Learning

*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.

Program Collaborators

Faculty Members

District Partners

  • Angela Meredith District Learning Lead of SD #41 Burnaby
  • Gina Wong District Literacy and Assessment Teacher of SD #39 Vancouver

Future Pathways

Where can this program 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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