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Physical and Health Education (Graduate Diploma)

Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Sport Science
Credits: 30.0
Length: Two years
Campuses: New Westminster
Credential: Graduate Diploma
Learning Format: Part-time, Partially Online
Offered: Fall
program overview
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.

curriculum framework

Program Content

Year 1
Fall
Sept to Dec
1 night/week

SPSC 5398 Dance Education 3.0
Year 1
Fall/Winter
Online
Sept to Mar
SPSC 5591 Health Education 3.0
Year 1
Spring
Apr to June
1 night/week
SPSC 5391 Physical Literacy I: Foundations 3.0
Year 1
Winter
Jan to Mar
1 night/week
SPSC 5499 Curriculum issues: Physical and Health Education 3.0
Year 1
Summer Institute
Weeks 1 & 2 of July
SPSC 5396 Alternative Environment Physical Education 3.0
Year 2
Fall
Sept to Dec
1 night/week
SPSC 5493  Physical Literacy II: Dynamic Systems Theory 3.0
Year 2
Fall/Winter
Online
Sept to Mar
SPSC 5495 Applied Studies in Physical and Health Education 3.0
Year 2
Winter
Jan to Mar
1 night/week
SPSC 5395  Games-centred approaches in PHE 3.0
Year 2
Spring
Apr to June
1 night/week
SPSC 5492  PHE Leadership Seminar 3.0
Year 2
Summer Institute
Weeks 1 & 2 of July
SPSC 5397  Developmental Gymnastics and Movement Education 3.0

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.

admission requirements

To enrol in the Graduate Diploma in Physical and Health Education, candidates must:

  1. meet a prerequisite condition, and
  2. 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 an educational or recreational setting (see notes 3 and 4).

and,

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 would 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 setting.

Notes

  1. Copy of teaching certificate and/or transcript should be submitted at time of application.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 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.
Preferential Admissions
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.

program cost

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.

curriculum guidelines

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.

Is the program for elementary, middle or secondary teachers?

2017 and 2018 intakes:
The priority admissions process for Fall 2017 is focused on elementary school teachers. If there are available seats, middle and intermediate teachers will be welcomed into the program. For the 2018 intake, priority will be given to secondary school teachers.

What are the career benefits?

Category 4 teachers: The 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. Category 5 teachers: TQS accepts the Graduate Diploma for a pay scale upgrade from category 5 to 5+.

TQS is the sole body responsible for issuing payscale upgrades in British Columbia all inquiry regarding unique personal circumstances should be directed to TQS.

What courses will I take?

The Graduate Diploma in Physical and Health Education is a dynamic learning experience that emphasizes practical applications of current physical and health education curriculum and pedagogy. Building on your experience and your teaching skill set, the program courses combine the latest theory and practice to help you become a confident physical and health education leader. Check out the Curriculum tab (above) for more information.

What are the time commitments of the program?

  1. One night class/week during the school year, with an extended holiday break during December and January
  2. One online course, Sept. to March of both years
  3. 2 week summer institute in July of each year

The program was designed by working teachers, for working teachers, and instructors are sensitive to the uneven workloads of teachers throughout the year.

What certification will I earn?

This is a graduate diploma - a diploma program for those who already have a bachelor's degree. You must also have your BC teacher's certificate, or experience working with children. Check the calendar for admission requirements.

Who are the Faculty?

Please see the Faculty page for details.

Who can I contact for more info?

Please contact the program coordinator, Dr. Brian Storey, by email.

upcoming info sessions
Thursday 5:00 PM November 15, 2018 NWC room: #N2201 register»
Thursday 5:00 PM December 06, 2018 NWC room: #N2201 register»