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The Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (GCES) is designed to help students develop the English language and academic skills necessary to succeed in the Thompson Rivers University’s Master of Education (MED) graduate program.

Obtaining a GCES certificate can provide diversity in future employment directions; for example, in all levels of education system management and teaching (primary – university), education project director, academic researcher, education consultant, teaching director, dean, etc.

Download the RBCo – TRU pathway program brochure.

Small Class Sizes

31 students is the average class size for academic courses.

Diverse Learning

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Royal Bridge College


TRU is a 45 minute flight or four hour drive to Vancouver.

Flexible Options

31 is the average class size for academic courses.

Program Structure

Program details

  • Program length: 8 months

  • Program start dates: January / May / September

  • Program type: Blended

  • Transition to Thompson Rivers University’s MEd after graduating from the GCES program

  • Small instructor-led classes

  • Flexible scheduling


  • Four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited institution

  • GPA of 2.5 on a 4-point scale

  • IELTS 5.5 (no bands below 5.0), or TOEFL 530 (paper-based test), or 197(computer-based test), or 71 (IBT)

  • Letter of intent (250 words)

  • Three letters from professional or academic referees

Why Study with RBCo and TRU?

Royal Bridge College is located in the centre of Coquitlam, BC. It has an independent teaching building, a beautiful living environment, and convenient transportation. Royal Bridge College is the only teaching facility offering programming taught by Thompson Rivers University faculty in the Great Vancouver Area.

At TRU, student success is our priority. We empower our students to reach their goals with on-campus and online learning options, individualized student services, hands-on learning opportunities, and a diverse, inclusive environment.

Apply Now

Applications for the Royal Bridge College, Thompson Rivers University pathway program for 2021 are now open.

Documents required for student applications include:

  • Official transcripts;
  • A copy of the student’s passport personal information page;
  • A copy of Care card (if applicable);
  • One Passport Size Photo;
  • A TOEFL or IELTS test scores