Get the practical knowledge you need to become a Physical and Health Education (PHE) Specialist for elementary, middle or high school. The Graduate Diploma in Physical and Health Education is designed to give teachers who do not have a specialty in PHE the knowledge, skills and practice necessary to become confident PHE leaders in their classroom and the wider school community. The program delivers a blend of theory and practical skills and emphasizes applications of current PHE theory.
Designed for working teachers, we offer advanced facilities and curriculum as well as a flexible course schedule. You'll enjoy specialized job opportunities and salary increases for TQS categories 4 and 5 upon program completion.
NOTE: International students are not currently eligible for this program. For more information, contact Douglas College International.
career transfer pathways
If you are a Category 4 teacher, British Columbia Teacher's Qualification Service (TQS) accepts the Graduate Diploma in Physical and Health Education as an "integrated" program which makes graduates of the Diploma eligible for a pay scale upgrade from category 4 to 5.
If you are a category 5 teacher, British Columbia Teacher's Qualification Service (TQS) accepts the Graduate Diploma in Physical and Health Education as an "integrated" program which makes graduates of the Diploma eligible for a pay scale upgrade from category 5 to 5+.
NOTE: Some districts require approval of a Graduate Diploma Plan before starting your program. Check with your Human Resource department to see if this applies in your district.
To enroll in the Graduate Diploma in Physical and Health Education, candidates must:
- meet a prerequisite condition, and
- submit a letter of intent.
1. Candidates must meet one or more of the prerequisite conditions:
- Hold a Professional Teaching Certificate in British Columbia (see note 1), or
- Have completed an undergraduate degree in an education-related field with practicum experience (see notes 2 and 4), or
- Have completed an undergraduate degree and have documented experience working with children in educational or recreational settings (see notes 3 and 4).
2. Candidates must submit a letter of intent that outlines:
- long and short-term career goals,
- years of teaching experience,
- your education background and why you'd like to upgrade your physical and health education curriculum and pedagogy, and
- a description of current and short-term future teaching contexts that demonstrates your access to teaching students in a physical and health education or activity settings.
- Copy of teaching certificate and/or transcript should be submitted at time of application.
- Examples of educational or recreational settings include, but are not limited to: daycares, community centres, summer camps, teen centres, group tutoring, teaching music or art lessons, etc.
- Two letters of reference are required for option 3. Letters should be submitted at the time of application and should speak to the candidate's (1) experience planning lessons or activities for children or teens, (2) experience implementing lessons and activities for children or teens, and (3) leadership traits demonstrated while working in an educational or recreational setting.
- Individuals who DO NOT hold a current teaching certificate must undergo a Criminal Record Search (CRS) - This program requires students to train in an environment that demands individuals provide proof of a satisfactorily completed, current CRS for the protection of students. To meet this requirement, prospective students must submit to a current CRS as a condition of entry to the program. Any CRS forms returned with a notation of a record will be reviewed by the Registrar to determine if there is any relevance to the program. In these cases, final determination of admission rests with the Registrar. All costs related to the completion of this search are the responsibility of the individual student.
Upon meeting condition 1, candidates' letters of intent will be scored and used for ranking purposes. Candidates who score highly on their letters of intent may be offered seats in the program prior to the admissions deadline.
Candidate's rankings are based on the following:
- Alignment of educational background teaching experience and program goals.
- Alignment of career goals and program goals.
- Access to physical and health education teaching contexts for the duration of the program.
- Years of teaching experience (candidates must have a minimum of 3 years full time to achieve full points).
When there is a tie in applicant rankings, the initial application date will break the tie. Where there is also a tie in application date, the registrar's decision will be binding.
Note: When offered a seat in the program, applicants must pay a $175 non-refundable, non-transferable tuition deposit to secure their seat.
You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page.
Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.
Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.