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