Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Education (PBDE)

Growing as an educator means adapting to a rapidly changing world, honing your skills and opening your mind to new perspectives, experiences and knowledge. Learning is a way of life in the field of education.

The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Education (PBDE) is an innovative program that responds to the professional development needs of teachers and administrators. With your enrollment in the PBDE program, you will discover the most effective methods of practice and curriculum advances, taught by faculty members and often by individuals from the educational community, e.g. school division superintendents, school principals.

Certification | Flexible Program | Course Selection | Requirements | Admission & Application

Career Advancement & Certification
The PBDE is recognized by Manitoba Education for salary classification purposes. Further, the PBDE program provides the opportunity for teachers to follow courses of study leading to:

  • School leadership certificate
  • Special education certificate
  • School counsellor certificate
  • Partial fulfillment of the requirements of the school administrators’ (Level 1)
  • Principals’ (Level 2) certificate

These certificates are issued by Manitoba Education & Advanced Learning. For information regarding specialist certificates, contact:
Professional Certification Unit
Manitoba Education
Box 700, Russell, Manitoba  R0J 1W0

Call toll free at: 1-800-667-2378 , or 1-204-773-2998

Flexible Program
The PBDE is a flexible program designed for teachers and other educational professionals with busy schedules.

Unique to the PBDE program, students can:

  • Design their own program of study and tailor it to their own areas of interest;
  • Take courses at the Faculty of Education as well as at other faculties and schools at the U of M or other approved institutions;

Course Selection
A wide selection of courses are available through the University of Manitoba, which also includes courses in Summer Session, Distance Education, online courses, and Summer Institutes.

Here are some of the areas in which you may take courses:

  • Aboriginal Education
  • Adult & Post-Secondary Education
  • Expressive Arts (Art, Drama, Music)
  • Educational Technology
  • Counselling
  • Cross-Cultural Education
  • Early Years Education
  • Educational Administration
  • Inclusive Special Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Reading/Language Arts
  • Science Education
  • Second Language Education
  • Social Studies Education
  • Technical/Vocational Education

To see a complete list of courses and course names offered by the PBDE program, see the "Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Education" section of the Academic Calendar. Please note that some of these courses are not regularly offered.

To see courses that are offered to registered students for the upcoming term visit the course list for current students.

Getting your PBDE Diploma
The PBDE Program consists of 30 credit hours of course work, subject to the following requirements:

  • A minimum of 12 credit hours must be taken in the Faculty of Education at the 5000- level;
  • A maximum of 18 credit hours may be taken in the Faculty of Education below the 5000-level;
  • A maximum of 18 credit hours may be taken outside the Faculty of Education at the introductory or higher level of which six credit hours may be taken at the 1000-level. In the case of language study other than English or French, a maximum of 12 credit hours may be taken at the 1000-level provided both are in the same language;
  • A maximum of six credit hours may be earned through approved external field-led courses. These courses are Faculty-approved courses offered by approved partner organizations. Prior approval through the ‘Application for Letter of Permission’ will be required before taking courses and only students enrolled in the PBDE may take these courses;
  • PBDE students are not permitted to take graduate courses

Subject to approval by the faculty, up to 12 credit hours of courses may be transferred into the PBDE program from approved institutions other than the University of Manitoba.

The maximum time allowed for completing the PBDE program is six*years from the time of admission. In addition, a student will not be permitted to count toward the diploma any course completed more than six* years prior to the time of admission.

A minimum grade of C is required for each course that is to be included in the PBDE program.

*For students admitted prior to Sept. 2015, the maximum time allowed to complete the PBDE is nine years and courses cannot be older than nine years at the completion of the PBDE.

Effective September 2011, students must maintain a minimum degree grade point average (GPA) of 2.50.

Admission & Application to the PBDE Program
For detailed admission information see the PBDE section of the Academic Calendar.

For application documents and admission requirements visit the Enrolment Services (PBDE Program)

Student Advising, Admissions and Registration Inquiries:

Undergraduate Programs Office
Room 203, Education Building,
Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba
Ph: (204) 474-9004
Toll Free (MB): 1-800-432-1960 ext. 9004
Fax: (204) 474-7551

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.