Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (GCES) is designed to help students develop English language and academic skills necessary to succeed in TRU’s Master of Education (MEd) program.

International students who require English upgrading will be required to successfully complete up to five levels of TRU’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program before entering TRU’s MEd program. In addition to the EAP courses, students will be required to successfully complete the three graduate level courses in the GCES.

Students who meet English language requirements, but require academic upgrading, will be required to complete three GCES graduate courses prior to admission in TRU’s MEd program.

Students wishing to upgrade their GPA in order to ease the transition to TRU’s MEd program may also choose the GCES program.

The GCES is considered a standalone Graduate Certificate that completes qualifications for admission into TRU’s MEd program. Note: Credits received in GCES do not transfer to the TRU MEd program.

Admission deadlines

ProgramStart DatesApplication Deadlines
    Domestic International
GCES May (Summer Semester) March 1 February 1
GCES September (Fall Semester) May 1 May 1
GCES January (Winter Semester) October 15 October 1

Admission requirements

  • four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  • GPA of 3.00 (but not lower than 2.50) on a 4.0-point scale
  • language requirements as outlined in the GCES brochure, below

Intended for two categories of students:

  • those with English skills insufficient for admission directly into TRU’s Master of Education (MEd)
  • those who meet English language requirements for admission to graduate studies at TRU and who need to upgrade their GPA and/or ease the transition to TRU’s MEd
Download the GCES brochure