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Online Programs for Education Professionals

Our online, part-time programs are designed for educators who wish to improve their professional practice and/or take their career to the next level.

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  • Step 1: the graduate diploma program, where professionals expand their knowledge of professional inquiry.
  • Step 2: the professional master’s degree program, for graduates of the diploma program, which will lead to advanced knowledge of organizational leadership and a concentration.
  • Courses are approximately 36 hours online with your professor & 70-100 hours independently.
  • To accommodate work schedules, the courses are 7 weeks in summer and 10 weeks in fall and winter.
  • The minimum time for degree completion is 12 months.
  • Degree requirements must be completed within 5 years of initial registration.
The Queen's Advantage


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. Courses have start and end dates, but you aren’t required to be on your computer at a set time every day. All materials and assignments are designed for study anytime.

Professional Inquiry & Concentrations

Queen’s is unique in offering a diploma in professional inquiry, which is the intentional examination of your practices or programs in order to understand more about them, solve problems or effect change. In both public and private education sectors, inquiry is critical for informing teaching practice and student learning. The master’s program offers concentrations in Aboriginal Education, Assessment and Evaluation, Classroom Specialist, Literacy, and Teaching abroad.

Interactive Courses

Unlike online courses where students just read the textbook and hand in a few assignments, our courses are truly interactive and collaborative. There is ample opportunity to interact with professors and peers to help you put your new knowledge and skills into practice and perspective. You’ll be engaged with your professor and peers in our community in our learning management system and, if you choose, using external tools such as social media. You’ll get to know your classmates, discuss ideas and work on team projects, and forge bonds that cross age groups and stages of life.

Vibrant Learning Community

Our priority is to build a close-knit community and quality learning experience. Our faculty members offer both research and online teaching expertise, and they work with an experienced instructional designer to ensure a quality learning experience and continuous development of the programs. Queen’s online courses attract students from a variety of settings—other universities, professions, and career transitions—which enriches everyone's experience. Because there are start dates, you’ll have a real class and be with the same group of students until course ends, an experience you can’t get from courses with variable start dates.

Guidance & Support

Rather than just providing a grade on your assignments, you’ll get valuable guidance and feedback on your learning from professors. In addition, our Graduate Studies manager is available to offer administrative and academic guidance and is able to provide the unique supports that online students need You can reach us on the phone as well as online. Our office will keep in contact with you over the term to make sure you have all the information you need to complete your course and advance your program You have access to all of the same Queen’s services and events as our on-campus students, such as the library and being invited to attend convocation.


Queen’s is regularly listed by Maclean’s magazine as one of the top five universities in Canada. Queen’s is a leader in distance education, offering distance courses since 1889, making it the longest-running distance education program in the country. We have been awarded 13 of the 60 courses – or 21 per cent of the total – funded by the Ontario Online Initiative, which was created to help universities and colleges design and host online courses.


Queen’s programs have been approved by the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance.

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

Literacy Education

  • 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
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. Fees may be waived for Queen's employees.

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
  • 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