Adventure Education, Post-degree Diploma

Teach & learn through adventure education principles

Program at a glance

Credential

Post-Degree Diploma

Area of Study

Sport & Exercise

Study options

Part-time

Work experience

None

Open to International

Yes

Length

13 months

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Adventure Education forest

Explore the potential of outdoor, experiential and adventure-based learning

Start in July!

Develop your knowledge and skills in facilitating meaningful education and developmental experiences appropriate to your professional setting.

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The Adventure Education post-degree diploma is designed with educators and development workers of all kinds in mind. Whether you work in formal or informal education, outdoor activity guiding, youth work, counselling, health and well-being, or other human service areas, this program is ideal for you. We will help you develop your understanding and skills in outdoor education, experiential education, and adventure-based learning in order to expand and deepen your professional capacities.

The mix of face-to-face and online learning enables you to continue working wherever you are located while furthering your education at the same time. Face-to-face courses take place for two weeks in July at both the beginning and end of the 13-month program. Online courses are scheduled in the Fall and Winter terms. The program is a graduate-level, 30-credit post-degree diploma.

Teachers and Educators

Are you looking to reinvigorate your teaching, provide authentic and engaging learning experiences, connect students to nature, explore inter-disciplinary learning possibilities, promote healthy lifestyles, or lead students on outdoor trips? Through this program, you will develop skills to implement outdoor experiential learning in your curriculum and envision new possibilities for teaching and learning through adventure education principles.

Note: BC Teacher Qualification Service (TQS) considers this post-degree diploma an acceptable Integrated Program that may meet requirements for category upgrading. Pre-approval with BC TQS is recommended.

Outdoor Activity Leaders and Guides

Are you already working in the outdoor adventure field and want to expand the purpose and potential of your work? This program will guide you through a range of concepts and theories that underpin outdoor, adventure, and experiential education and will develop your understanding so you'll be better able to explain what it is you do and why you do it. This academic training will help you to re-configure, expand, re-build or re-design your work in a variety of possible directions. From personal growth to theories of learning, evaluative practices to human-nature relationships, the courses in this program will support the development of your coaching, consulting, or guiding career.

Counsellors, Youth Workers & Human Service Professionals

We know that our physical environment has a fundamental influence on our health and well-being. Counsellors, therapists, youth workers and other professionals are increasingly finding themselves drawn to the potential of working outdoors with their clients and can attest to the positive changes afforded by working in natural spaces. In this program you will learn how to move your professional practice into outdoor spaces or expand the bounds of the work that you already do outdoors.

Invest in yourself!

Camosun will prepare you to create and facilitate experiential, adventurous, and impactful programs for your participants.

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Estimated Program Tuition

$14,419

International Students: 

The Post-Degree Diploma in Adventure Education accepts applications from International students for the same tuition costs as listed above. For the most up-to-date information on studying in Canada, please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website. You are responsible for keeping valid documents and following the rules/conditions of CIC, so always double-check.

Additional Costs:

  • Application fee
  • Student Society fees
  • Special equipment:
    • Regular and dependable access to technology including a computer/tablet with a webcam and microphone for the online duration of the program. High-speed internet is an asset.
    • Appropriate outdoor clothing, footwear, sleeping bag, tent, backpack, sleeping mat and other personal camping equipment. A full list will be provided to registered students prior to the program commencement. You should not need to incur significant expenses for required equipment. Please consider borrowing or renting equipment. If you have any questions about required equipment, clothing or other items, please contact us at sported@camosun.ca.

What to expect

The 13-month post-degree diploma starts each July and is delivered off-campus through online and face-to-face learning. The program consists of four terms including two field components in the summer terms at the beginning and end of the program. Summer terms use a blend of online and face-to-face learning in an outdoor setting. Fall and Winter terms are entirely online.

Summer Term 1 

July - August

Your first term is comprised of three courses taught in an integrated format across a two-week immersive face-to-face field component and three weeks of online engagement. You will (re-)examine and practice foundational ideas essential for working with people in the outdoors.

Fall Term 

September - December

Your second term is comprised of two online courses focused on contemporary issues and the variety of possible approaches to adventure-based learning, and developing and evaluating safe, effective programs.

Winter Term 

January - April

Your third term is comprised of two online courses. You will learn about the importance of professional reflective practice, growth and development, and human-environment relationships.

Summer Term 2 

July - August

Your fourth term is comprised of three courses taught in an integrated format across a two-week immersive face-to-face field component and three weeks of online engagement. You will study ideas associated with transformative learning and wilderness experiences.

Curriculum & courses

Course list

Course
Course name
Credits
Tuition

Admission Requirements

When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the following admission requirements:

All of:

  • Proof of a Baccalaureate degree

For more detailed information about this program and specific admission requirements, see the Academic Calendar.

Academic Calendar

Teaching Staff

Camosun College is extremely proud of the excellent quality of its instruction. Our teaching staff are experienced, inspiring and supportive of our students' individual journeys.  For more information on our faculty, please visit our CSEE homepage.

Contact Us

Faculty/staff profile

Gord Inglis

Gord Inglis

Chair

MSc. - Physical Education - Washington State University B. Business Administration - University of Idaho Areas of instructional expertise: Biomech ... Read more

Faculty/staff profile

John Telford, Program Leader

John Telford

Program Leader

Background Over 20 years working in formal and non-formal education settings with people of all ages and backgrounds working towards curricular, ... Read more
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Learn more

Find a full list of courses and specific admission requirements.

Contact information

Centre for Sport & Exercise Education

We want to hear from you!

Campus location

Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1

Location link

About Interurban Campus

250-370-4700

sported@camosun.ca