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Join us for an Information Session about our Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (GDE) program.

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Attend an online information session to learn more about the GDE instructional team, program curriculum, admission requirements and application process.

Program: Inclusive Education, Sea to Sky, Delivered Online

Program Start: Fall 2021 (September)

Apply by: July 23, 2021

This online Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (GDE) program, has been developed in partnership with School District #48, Sea to Sky, for educators interested in deepening their enduring understandings of inclusion as a right, diversity as a strength and personalization as a way forward. 

GDE programs are developed in collaboration with British Columbia school districts for educators whose primary focus is school-based practice within BC. This online program focuses on British Columbia’s Ministry of Education K-12 curriculum and highlights ways to engage with curriculum through inclusive, experiential, and relational pedagogies, in order to foster learning environments where all members feel that they belong and can participate in meaningful ways.

Our programs allow you to “live the work” in a collaborative learning community, with the support of colleagues, mentors, and instructors. Our cohorts tend to attract educators with a range of experiences and backgrounds, including new teachers and TTOCs. Join us for this unique opportunity to connect with educators from across the province who share your curiosity and passion for building belonging in your educational communities.

This program is regarded as a preferred qualification for support teaching roles within the Sea to Sky School District. 


  • Exploring developmental, constructivist and inclusive approaches to education 
  • Connecting educational purposes, beliefs, values and practices 
  • Examining theories, principles and frameworks of inclusive education, including Universal Designs for Learning and culturally responsive education
  • Designing for personalization and responsive classroom practices 
  • Supporting students through co-designing personalized learning plans 
  • Practicing co-planning, co-teaching and co-assessment of student learning
  • Creating inclusive environments, which includes understanding socio-cultural perspectives 
  • Engaging with Indigenous and holistic approaches to teaching and learning (First Peoples Principles of Learning) 
  • Collaborating, supporting, and strengthening relationships with students, colleagues, parents and other educational partners

Ideally Suited For:

This two-year, 30-unit program of study is for teachers whose primary focus is school-based educational practice. It provides the opportunity to engage in focused, sustained reflective inquiry. Completion of the diploma allows teachers to move from TQS category 4 to TQS 5 or from category 5 to 5+.

GDE Features: Range of Program Themes, Cohort Based, 2 years (6 terms), and TQS Upgrade Opportunity.

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