Douglas College - Graduate Programs

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Physical and Health Education

Douglas College - Graduate Programs

Faculty:Science & Technology
Degree:Diploma; Advanced
Field of Study:Health Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Length:2 Year(s)


The Graduate Diploma in Physical and Health Education is designed to give you the practical knowledge and real-life experience you need to become a Physical and Health Education (PHE) Specialist for elementary, middle or high school classrooms. Designed for working teachers, classes are offered in a blend of online and face-to-face formats that don’t interfere with the regular K-12 school schedule. The program delivers a blend of theory and practical skills through health education, movement education, dance, games-centered approaches, physical literacy, outdoor education and school-based leadership.

The GDPHE community at Douglas College is committed to the continuous pursuit of principles and practices that support and promote equity, diversity and inclusion throughout our program structure, curriculum and pedagogy.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Candidates must meet one or more of the prerequisite conditions:
  • Hold a Professional Teaching Certificate in British Columbia, or
  • Have completed an undergraduate degree in an education-related field with practicum experience, or
  • Have completed an undergraduate degree and have documented experience working with children in educational or recreational settings.

  • Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Statement of Research Interests
    • Work Experience
    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.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on October 10, 2022