Graduate Diploma in Professional Inquiry
"We are excited about launching this part-time online graduate program in professional inquiry and creating a space for a new network of professional learners! We are reaching out to teachers and program practitioners who share the goal of being active agents in shaping the quality of practices and programs in their workplace.”
Dr Lyn M. Shulha, Professor, Faculty of Education
The Graduate Diploma in Professional Inquiry (GDPI) is a part-time program that addresses the inquiry skills fundamental to quality professional thinking and action. Specifically the GDPI curriculum is designed to improve professional problem solving and decision making processes at the individual, team, program, classroom and organizational levels.
Queen’s is developing a part-time online Professional Master of Education Degree (PMOE) for those interested in advanced inquiry for professional thinking and practice and want to focus their studies in a particular concentration. This program may be of interest to graduates of the GDPI who will be granted advanced standing. Visit our website for periodic updates on this new and exciting program.
The GDPI provides opportunities to synthesize theoretical and practical knowledge skills. Part-time and fully online, this program can be accessed without having to leave one’s work environment. The program is designed for those looking to become more effective self-regulated and collaborative learners, and skilled in using contextual knowledge and the skills of inquiry to improve professional practice.
Career paths – employment opportunities
This program is aimed towards pre-kindergarten to grade 12 classroom teachers and professionals across sectors who have educational and leadership responsibilities. For instance, in fields such as health sciences, the military, community colleges, social services, business and commerce.
Diploma: Part-time, minimum 12 months and must be completed within 5 years of initial registration.
Method of Completion
Coursework, participation in online discussions, and group exercises. Of a total of 36 hours of instructor supported learning, for each hour students will be required to invest 2-3 hours of extended reading, thinking and collaboration, or the production of materials. Students must successfully complete 3 required courses and 2 elective courses to obtain the GDPI diploma.
- GDPI 800 (3.0) Self Regulated Inquiry and Learning: Provides opportunities for exploration of current theories of self regulated learning. Self regulated learning requires autonomous management of learning through effective goal setting, resource allocation, valid self assessment, and goal revision.
- GDPI 801 (3.0) Collaborative Inquiry: This course will enable students to understand the foundational principles in professional practice. This, in turn, will lead to the creation of a collaborative learning community within the context of the course where the knowledge and skills of professional inquiry will be explored and demonstrated.
- GDPI 802 (3.0) Program Inquiry and Evaluation: This course will guide students in conducting systematic evaluative inquiry in support of the data-informed program decision making. Students will examine the multiple purposes of program evaluation applying the principles, methods and logic inherent in the needs of targeted program personnel and decision makers.
- GDPI 810 (3.0) Integrated Planning, Instruction, and Assessment: This course will enable students to inquire into the interconnected structure of planning, instruction, and assessment through an understanding of curriculum frameworks. Students will understand the complexities of their intended work environments and apply that understanding to analyse planning, instruction, and assessment to a specific context of practice.
- GDPI 811 (3.0) Innovation in Teaching and learning:This course will help students develop a foundational understanding of innovation in the workplace grounded in exploration of historical, sociological, and philosophical contexts and frameworks. Students will explore case studies and develop a plan of action rooted in the particular needs of their workplace.
- GDPI 812 (3.0) Organizational learning: The goals of this course are to examine theory, research, and case studies on organizations in public service sectors using professional inquiry approaches. Topics will include organizational theory, structure and bureaucracy, organizations and their environments, human resources, politics, decisionmaking, leadership and organizational change. Ultimately this course will prepare students to apply the concepts covered in the course to their professional contexts.
- GDPI 813 (3.0) Knowledge Translation and Organization: Knowledge translation (KT) and mobilization (KMb) includes efforts to strengthen connections between research, policy and practice in public sectors. This course looks at the theory, science and practice of KT/ KMb in order to enable practitioners to find, share, assess, and apply evidence in their particular professional setting.
- 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 language do not include English must obtain a minimum English language score of 580 (paper) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of 88/120 or 237 computer based or IELTS Band 7 or higher.
Key Dates and Deadlines
Application Deadline: January 31st. But late applications will be accepted until the end of April 2014 if there are spaces available after the first intake.
Notification of Admission: Late February to early March for 2nd July 2014 admission.
Program Start date: 2nd July 2014 or September 2014 or January 2015 or July 2015