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The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Education and Communication is a leadership program that focuses on developing the competency and skill of educators and communicators who have an interest in, or responsibility for presenting environmental information to audiences.
This interdisciplinary program will build theoretical and practical knowledge and skills. The program will provide solid grounding in environmental studies and sustainability, learning theory, environmental education, educational program development, philosophical and cultural analysis, journalism and communications.
This program is laddered, which allows individuals to complete a graduate certificate, graduate diploma, or full master's degree.
Students have the option of a graduate certificate upon successful completion of a residency and one distance-based semester (approximately five months) or a graduate diploma upon successful completion of two residences and two distance-based semesters (approximately one year).
Who It’s For
Educators and communicators who are interested in, or responsible for presenting environmental information to audiences. Typically, students are engaged in occupations ranging from teachers, educators and journalists to communication professionals, public relations specialists, government policy analysts and non-governmental organization program developers.
As knowledgeable professionals, students should already know about the complexities of current problems and about the challenges faced by environmental educators and communicators. This program will allow them to widen their perspective on environmental issues, deepen their understanding of those areas essential to being a skilled educator and/or communicator, and develop attributes essential to effective leadership.
Applicants are seeking opportunities to work with similarly experienced professionals from different areas of environmental education and communication, to engage in core classes, co-operative projects, team planning, and group discussions to reach a better understanding of the language, expertise, and concerns of the widest possible range of environmental professionals.
Applicants who do not have the formal academic education to qualify for admission may be assessed on the basis of both their formal education and their informal learning, in accordance with the Flexible Admission Policy.
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