Program at a glance
Area of Study
Sport & Exercise
Open to International
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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.
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.
Estimated Program Tuition
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.
- 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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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
When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the following admission requirements:
- Proof of a Baccalaureate degree
*If you do not have a Bachelor’s degree but have significant experience in adventure/outdoor/environmental/experiential education or an equivalent field and feel confident at being able to work at post-Bachelor academic level please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
During the course of the program, you will be required to submit:
- Statement of Intention: Submission of a 400-500 word statement outlining career goals and motivation to enter the program. This statement will assist in ensuring student alignment with the program.
- CPR-C and Standard First Aid: On the first day of class you are required to submit documentation of current certification and must ensure that it remains current for the duration of the program.
- Criminal Record Check: You'll need to complete a Criminal Record Check (CRC) through the BC Government's Criminal Record Review program. This is a program participation requirement. Camosun will send you information on how to complete your Criminal Record Check after you've been accepted to your program. CRC's completed outside of the college process are not accepted. You are responsible for all associated costs.
- Technology: Access to current technology including a computer/tablet with a webcam and microphone. High-speed internet is an asset.
- Equipment: You need to have access to appropriate outdoor clothing and camping equipment (e.g., hiking boots, sleeping bag). A full list of required and recommended items will be provided to registered students prior to the program commencement. You should not need to incur significant expenses. Please consider borrowing or renting equipment. If you have any questions about required equipment, clothing or other items, please contact us at email@example.com.
Program Completion Requirements
You must complete all 10 courses, with a minimum letter great of C in each course, in order to graduate with a Post-Degree Diploma in Adventure Education.
For more detailed information about this program and specific admission requirements, see the Academic Calendar.
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.
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