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Online Programs for Education Professionals

Our online, part-time programs are designed for current teachers and education professionals who wish to go beyond traditional advanced qualification and professional development courses in taking their career to the next level. Our programs will help you improve your inquiry, decision-making, team and leadership skills.

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  • Part-time and online study only.
  • Step 1 is the graduate diploma, where professionals expand their knowledge of professional inquiry.
  • Step 2 is the professional master’s, for graduates of the diploma program, which will lead to advanced knowledge of organizational leadership and a specialization.
  • Step 1 & 2 offer students flexibility: you can complete the programs from anywhere as long as you have an internet connection; you can take and pay for one diploma course, or you can complete all diploma requirements and move on to the professional master’s degree.
  • For each course you will spend approximately 36 hours online with your professor & 70-100 hours independently over 7 weeks.
  • Program staff are available to assist students.
  • The minimum time for degree completion is 12 months (full-time) or 24 months (part-time), the average time is 18-24 months (full-time) and 36-48 months (part-time).
  • Degree requirements must be completed within 5 years of initial registration.
Step 1: Graduate Diploma in Professional Inquiry

Complete 3 required courses and 2 elective courses to achieve a graduate diploma and the opportunity to enroll in our Professional Master’s degree.

All descriptions of the courses offered in the Graduate Diploma in Professional Inquiry program are in the Academic Calendar.

All students take the following required courses:

You can select elective courses such as:

Step 2: Professional Master of Education Degree

All students specialize by choosing a concentration & completing the three courses within that concentration.

Aboriginal Education

  • Ways of Knowing: Aboriginal Knowledge in the Classroom
  • Policy and Models in Canadian Aboriginal Education: From Residential Schools to Culture-Based Education
  • Aboriginal Languages and Language Teaching

Assessment and Evaluation

  • Using Classroom and Large-Scale Assessment Data
  • Planning and implementing Classroom Assessment
  • Conducting Quality Program Evaluations

Classroom Specialist

  • Innovative Curriculum Planning
  • The Connected Classroom
  • Critical and Creative Thinking


  • Theoretical and Historical Foundations
  • Component Skills
  • Effective Intervention

Teaching Abroad

  • Culture, Curriculum and pedagogy
  • Approaches to Professional Learning
  • Professional Community Membership

Students also take a course in Organizational Leadership and they choose an elective from another concentration:

  • Ways of Knowing, Aboriginal Knowledge in the Classroom
  • Using Classroom and Large-Scale Assessment Data
  • Planning and Implementing Effective Classroom Assessment
  • Conducting Quality Program Evaluations
  • Innovative Curriculum Planning
  • The Connected Classroom
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Literacy: Theoretical and Historical Foundations
  • Culture, Curriculum and Pedagogy

The Professional Master of Education is a new program & is pending approval from the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance.

Application & Tuition Fees

There is a non-refundable application fee of $105.00 payable to the School of Graduate Studies. There are no registration fees, as students pay per course. Canadian students pay $1200.00 per course, and international students pay $2178.00 per course. Student activity fees are $16.67 per term. All fees are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Professional Inquiry are:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a recognized university
  • Graduation with a B- graduating average or higher (70% graduating average or a ranking in the top third of the graduating class where number grades are not available)
  • Under exceptional circumstances, consideration will be given to highly motivated individuals with relevant field experience who do not meet the B- requirement
  • Applicants whose native languages do not include English must obtain a minimum English language requirement of 580 or higher on the paper-based TOEFL exam; 237 Computer-based; 88 on the TOEFL iBT test or IELTS Band 7 or higher.

The admission requirement for the Professional Master of Education is successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Professional Inquiry.

Application Deadline & Start Dates
  • July 2014 (Application Deadline: April 30, 2014)
  • September 2014 (Application Deadline: August 15, 2014)
  • January 2015 (Application Deadline: October 31, 2014)
  • July 2015 (Application Deadline: April 30, 2015)

If the application deadline falls on the weekend, the deadline will be moved ahead to the next business day.

Applications will be considered for admission as soon as all documentation has been received.

Contact Us

Graduate Studies and Research Office
Angelina Gencarelli, Graduate Assistant
Room A106
Tel (613) 533-6000 ext. 78530
Fax (613) 533-6057