Graduate Diploma in Educational and Community Leadership
Applications for May 2022 and September 2022 are OPEN. This program is not available to international students.
Learn how to design and critically analyze educational environments that encourage rigour, creativity and care. This program equips graduates to shape the future.
You will explore teaching and learning contexts within and beyond the classroom, as you gain the leadership skills needed to enact change. This personalized approach will support you in your educational learning goals, whether you work in education or industry, community or public service. The part-time version of this program was designed especially for working professionals, and encourages you to chart your own course of study and follow it at your own pace.
Based in the School of Education, you will have the flexibility to pursue specific areas of interest and take some courses in other departments to broaden your experience. You will explore the significance of power, belonging, motivation, culture and more. Faculty members with expertise in a range of specialties will help you disc
Discover how you can apply your knowledge in your profession and in the community.
- Structure your studies around your existing professional commitments with evening classes and condensed summer course schedules.
- Benefit from an established record of strong partnerships with school boards and local community agencies and educational programs. Participate in colloquia and conferences.
- Prepare to design your own program, and to teach and engage with research that is meaningful to you.
- Part-time studies
- Course-based program
- January, May or September intakes
- 1-2 years to complete
- For other program options, please see M.ED
- Honours degree (a four year undergraduate bachelor's degree)
- General degree (3 years) plus domestic B.Ed. also eligible to apply
- Minimum B+ (73%) or equivalent in the work of the last four semesters or the last two undergraduate years (last ten full credits)
- Applications will also be considered in light of a range of other evidence that may, in some circumstances, mitigate a lower academic average
A GRE test score is not required for admission into this program
Post-secondary transcripts and graduation certificates (where applicable) of all previous undergraduate and graduate work are required. This includes transcripts for courses taken on a Letter of Permission, for transfer credit, or on an exchange program. Transcripts must show all course work completed and grades received. If applicable, evidence of degree completion is required. Transcript must include a grading scale or transcript legend.
Please note: Transcripts are not required to be official and final when applying to the School of Graduate Studies. Official transcripts are only required to be submitted if an applicant receives an offer of admission.
Previous or current Trent University students do not need to submit a transcript for degree and course work completed at Trent University. Transcripts must be submitted for any course work completed at another institution – i.e.) study abroad, letter of permission, transfer credit.
Two Letters of Reference
Academic references are preferred; however, professional references will be accepted. Links for your referees to submit an online reference will be sent directly to the referees you have provided on your application. We recommend you contact your referees prior to submitting an application to confirm their availability and contact information. If your referee does not receive the link, you can suggest that your referee check their junk email folder and email setting. The email may have unintentionally been blocked by their email server.
Proof of English Language Proficiency
Proficiency in English usage, both written and oral, is essential to pursue graduate studies at Trent University. It Is required for applicants to demonstrate an adequate level of English proficiency, regardless of their citizenship status or country of origin. Applicants who completed two or more years of post-secondary education at a university in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the USA are exempt from this requirement. If you have completed two or more years of post-secondary education at a university where the primary language of instruction is English, the School of Graduate Studies is prepared to consider alternate proof of English language proficiency.
For detailed information about English Language Proficiency requirements, see International Applications.
Proof of Citizenship (ie. copy of passport or birth certificate) will be requested, only if an offer of admission is made.
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