Develop your knowledge and skills in facilitating meaningful education and developmental experiences.
Do you work in formal or informal education, outdoor activity guiding, youth work, counselling, health and well-being, or other human service areas? Do you want to bring authentic, inspiring, co-operative outdoor experiences into your education or development work? Do you have questions about meaningfully addressing issues of environmental sustainability, Truth and Reconciliation, and Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and relating in outdoor adventure education? Are you looking for a short duration graduate-level program with a small group size?
The Adventure Education Post-Degree Diploma could be ideal for you. Over the course of 13 months you will develop your understanding and skills in outdoor, experiential, environmental, and adventure-based learning in order to expand and deepen your professional capabilities.
Designed for working professionals
Adventure Education is a graduate-level, 30-credit post-degree diploma delivered in a blended format with the majority of the course delivery online and two, two-week in-person summer residencies. 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.
The summer terms at the start and end of the program consist of online components and a two-week face-to-face residency. Courses in each fall and winter term are delivered fully online. The cohort model and small group size means you will build strong relationships with your fellow students that support your learning as you progress through the program together.
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.
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.
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.