Faculty of Education - Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Education

Program description

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.

The PBDE is recognized by Manitoba Education for salary classification purposes.


Program options

For a PBDE diploma students must complete 30 credit hours of course work. Students are offered variety and flexibility in this program and can acquire their credits by studying a variety of topics. However, the PBDE program does provide the opportunity for teachers to follow courses of study leading to:

  • School counselor certificate
  • Special education certificate
  • Principal’s (Level 2) certificates, and
  • Partial fulfillment of the requirements of the school administrator’s
    certificate (Level 1)

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

Interesting courses

Interesting courses are offered yearly and designed to address contemporary issues in the classroom. In order to keep the content current, courses may be offered on a one-time basis only. For a complete list of courses visit Aurora Student.

Summer Institutes are offered July – August and provide PBDE students a focused approach to their studies in areas that are relevant to today’s educators.
The PBDE program also provides unique opportunities for students to travel and study in countries like India, Ethiopia, and Thailand.

PBDE students can take up to 18 credit hours outside of the Faculty of Education as long as students meet the prerequisites for the course of interest.

PBDE students are also able to transfer up to 12 credit hours from another recognized institution (courses subject to approval). Please contact the Office of Graduate & Professional Programs, and Research in the Faculty of Education for more information.


Professional opportunities

For some students the PBDE program provides opportunities for career advancement, salary reclassification, and/or preparation for graduate studies in education.

In addition, the PBDE program also prepares students to become a:

  • Special Education Teacher
  • School Counsellor
  • Principal
  • An Education Administrator

Admission requirements

This 30 credit hour program is designed for Bachelor of Education graduates who are certified teachers or graduates of other undergraduate degrees who have two years of full-time or accumulated appropriate teaching/work experience.

More details on admission requirements, application dates and how to apply is available on the application for admission page.



What is unique about this program at the U of M?

Annually, the U of M PBDE program offers more courses than any other PBDE program in the province. With over 30 Fall & Winter term courses and more than 40 Summer Session courses offered on campus and on-line, PBDE students can choose courses that both interest them and fit into their busy schedules.

In addition, PBDE students can choose a focused approach to their studies through a variety of Summer Institutes that address the needs of educators.  There are also opportunities for travel study in the summer.

The PBDE program is designed to respond to the needs of teachers, school divisions, and educational authorities, by tailoring cohorts, course offerings, and course content to meet their needs.


Important links

Faculty of Education
Graduate Studies in Education
Professional Certification Unit