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Global Education Graduate Diploma

  • Program Length 
    2 Years
  • Credential 
    Graduate Diploma
  • Location Offered 
    Nanaimo, Online

Become an educational leader by weaving global perspectives into your teaching practice with VIU’s Global Education Graduate Diploma.

This two-year program focuses on responding to the increasing need for teachers to support students in becoming global citizens. Working with deeply experienced faculty who are passionate about their field of study, students develop the skills needed to develop and manage international education programs and practices.

Graduates find opportunities to work in international schools, support international students in school districts, and work in leadership positions in fields that range from social studies, social responsibility, social justice and First Nations studies.

The Global Education Graduate Diploma Program

We are currently not accepting applications for this program.

The Global Education Graduate Diploma is designed to provide teachers with a broad field of study that explores the urgent need for global education in schools. Through a critical study of worldly events and circumstances, teachers will learn to weave globally diverse perspectives into their practice and foster a sense of citizenship and recognition of the worlds' diversity among their students. Diploma graduates may enter the Masters of Education in Educational Leadership with 30 graduate credits completed. The GEGD program will accept an intake of students every two years. 

Year 1


Intersession Semester (Face-to-face courses in Nanaimo or Cowichan Campus)

GEGD 501 - (Community, Culture, & Environment)


GEGD 502 - (Perspective Consciousness)


Fall Semester (Online)

GEGD 503 - (Charters for Change)


Spring Session (Online)

GEGD 505 - (Research and Inquiry)


Total Credits


Year 2


Summer Semester (Face-to-face course in Nanaimo or Cowichan Campus)

GEGD 504 - (Leadership for Transformation)


Year-long Course

GEGD 506 - (Field Study - Full Circle)


Total Credits


Total Program Credits


Note: The GEGD program is offered as a part-time, cohort based and blended model for practicing teachers. Classes meet full-time on Nanaimo or Cowichan campus in the month of July for the summer sessions and are offered online in the Fall and Spring Semesters. Classes will alternate between the Cowichan and Nanaimo campuses.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Completion of a Bachelor of Education degree with a cumulative grade point average of "B" in the final two years.

Notes on Admission

  • Students who meet or exceed the minimum admission requirements may not be necessarily be admitted to the program.
  • This program is not currently available for international students.

Transfer from other Institutions

Applicants may apply to the Dean for possible transfer credits from other accredited graduate programs.

Graduates of the program will be highly qualified to assume school district curricular leadership positions in the areas of Social Studies, Social Responsibility, Social Justice, and BC First Nations Studies. As the number of international students in BC school districts increases annually, graduates will be well placed to work in these expanding programs. Finally, career opportunities in English language international schools are growing rapidly.

Domestic Fees

Tuition and Other Mandatory Student Fees

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for Year 1


Tuition (20 credits x $418.28 per credit)


Student Activity fee (20 credits x $9.41 per credit)


VIU Students' Union fee (12 months x $20.90 per month)




Fees for Year 2


Tuition (10 credits x $418.28 per credit)


Student Activity fee (10 credits x $9.41 per credit)


VIU Students' Union fee (12 months x $20.90 per month)





There will be additional costs for students wishing to complete an International Field Study for GEGD 506.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full-time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

Textbooks and/or course packages are required for each course. Contact the Education Department at 250-740-6223 for further information regarding books and supplies. 

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Domestic (Canadian)

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus Options
Accepting International Applications
Accepting Late Applications
Testing Required
Admissions Assistant

Name: Jennifer Calder
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 2585
Email: Jennifer.Calder@viu.ca


The Global Education Graduate Diploma program is not being offered at this time.

Please contact The Faculty of Education Department at 250-740-6221 for more information.

Previous versions of this program can be found in the Program Archive.