Students of the Teacher Leadership Graduate Diploma program sitting outside while working on a project

Teacher Leadership Graduate Diploma

  • Program Length 
    1 Year
  • Credential 
    Graduate Diploma
  • Location Offered 

The Teacher Leadership Graduate Diploma Program

Students interested in the diploma must apply to the Master of Education in Educational Leadership. Upon successful completion of the first year (15 credits) of the Master’s program, students will be eligible to receive the Teacher Leadership Graduate Diploma.

The Centre for Innovative Educational Leadership (CIEL) in the Faculty of Education offers the Teacher Leadership Graduate Diploma. This unique program will help prepare and equip school and system leaders to lead contemporary schools with a significant emphasis on new conceptions of learning and a deep commitment to quality and equity. Features of the program include a focus on international perspectives on learning, innovative learning environments, teamwork with lead colleagues and districts and the opportunity to explore new knowledge during the year-long school based inquiry. The program is readily accessible to students from all parts of British Columbia. Diploma graduates may enter the Master of Education in Educational Leadership program with 15 graduate credits completed.

Program Outline

The program begins with an intensive eight-day summer residency at the VIU Nanaimo Campus in mid-August. During the school year course work will be conducted online and the program concludes with a three-day residency on campus in Nanaimo in early July. Successful completion of the program will provide credit for the following graduate courses:

Teacher Leadership Graduate Diploma


MEDL 500 - (Foundations of Educational Leadership)


MEDL 580 - (Leadership in the BC Context)


MEDL 650 - (Leading Learning)


Total Program Credits


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Admission Requirements

  • Completion of a Bachelor of Education degree with a cumulative grade point average of "B" in the final two years.
  • Two years successful teaching experience.

Start Date and Application Deadline

Please refer to the Master of Education in Educational Leadership program.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program will be well-poised to assume formal and informal leadership positions in the education sector.

Domestic Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

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.

Program cost


Tuition (2 semesters x $2682.18 per semester)


Student Activity fee (15 credits x $8.87 per credit)


VIU Students' Union fee (12 months x $19.43 per month)


Textbooks and supplies (approximate cost)





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.

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