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Sep 07, 2018 jjamison
Professional Development &
Community Engagement

Back to School!

We hope you have enjoyed your summer, and are ready for another school year!

If you are local to the Vancouver area, then we hope you enjoyed the mostly sunny weather, shadowed only by a few hazy and cloudy days.

If you were feeling super productive and inspired, perhaps you took part in one of our Summer Institutes or registered for one of our online MOOCS? But no worries if not – we have plenty of offerings upcoming this fall!

Keep reading below for what we're offering in September.

In this issue:



BC Early Childhood Education Assistant & Basic Certificate 

Love working with kids? Become an early childhood educator!

Apply By: November 9, 2018
Begins: January 2019
Delivery: 100% Online 

With the recent commitment to universal childcare in British Columbia, there is a need for qualified Early Childhood Educators.

The Faculty of Education is currently offering two online certificates that are working to fill the need in BC for ECE professionals, and lead those with a passion for working with children to find rewarding careers in this field: 
  • BC ECE Assistant Certificate
  • BC ECE Basic Certificate



MET – International Online Graduate Program 

Create rich and engaging learning environments using educational technology

Apply By: November 6, 2018
Begins: January 2019
Delivery: 100% Online 

Not ready to commit to the MET master's program? Don't worry! There are also two online certificates, both of which can later transition into the MET master's degree.
  • Graduate Certificate in Technology-Based Distributed Learning (TBDL)
  • Graduate Certificate in Technology-Based Learning for Schools (TBLS)




Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education 

Engage with Indigenous knowledge keepers, educational leaders, and resources to enhance your understanding of practices that advance reconciliation.

This course will help you envision how Indigenous histories, perspectives, world views, and approaches to learning can be made part of the work we do in classrooms, organizations, communities, and our everyday experiences in ways that are thoughtful and respectful. In this course, reconciliation emphasizes changing institutional structures, practices, and policies, as well as personal and professional ideologies to create environments that are committed to strengthening our relationships with Indigenous peoples.

Teach Mental Health 

Fully online, self-guided resources to help teacher candidates and current teachers develop and expand their mental health literacy.

National surveys report that about 70% of Canadian teachers identify a need for more knowledge about mental health and mental illness, yet most Faculties of Education do not have a comprehensive mental health literacy curriculum resource. This online, self-paced resource addresses that gap. Pre-service and current teachers can take this 7-module course in its entirety, or simply the modules they are most interested in. Faculties of Education are welcome to use these resources to support their course and/or discussions on mental health in the same way. 
  • Registration is open!
  • Cost: FREE

Bringing Mental Health to Schools 

A self-guided, online, classroom-ready mental health curriculum resource for teachers.

In this course, educators will learn how to apply this classroom-ready, web-based, modular mental health curriculum resource as well as upgrade their own mental health literacy. Educators can then use this curriculum resource in their schools to successfully address mental health related curriculum outcomes designed to be delivered by usual classroom teachers to students in Grades 7–12.
  • Registration is open!
  • Cost: $20 (an additional $10 for an optional digital Certificate of Completion) 


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Educational Gerontology

Optimizing Learning for Older Adults. 

The Educational Gerontology Summer Institute will, unfortunately, not take place this summer as planned. Instead, Robert Wilson is planning a FREE one-day seminar at UBC Vancouver in the Fall!

This seminar will be to provide an introduction as to how the Arts and Transformative theory can be applied to optimize the older adult learning experience and to ignite conversation about this growing area of research and practice. This session will be of particular interest to those working or studying in the field of gerontology or adult education.

Interested? Email the instructor, Rob Wilson.
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Delivering a variety of relevant professional development options that will add value to, and increase your expertise in, a chosen specialization.


PDCE has recently introduced 3 Pillars that define and shape the work we do each day:


We support the development of educational programs and pedagogies that include people of all abilities, and recognize that inclusive communities enrich the lives of all citizens.


We are committed to continually improving the accessibility of our programs, both through our online mediums and our face-to-face programming.


We recognize and acknowledge that we learn and work on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people, and that we benefit from the rich history and learnings shared by local Knowledge Keepers.

Connect with Professional Development & Community Engagement in the Faculty of Education. We're here to support you in your professional development goals.

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