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Delivery Model

Combining the best of short residencies and innovative web-based instruction, the MA in Environmental Education and Communication program allows both busy working professionals and those just beginning their careers to get the most out of their academic experience. This combination of learning experiences allows students to benefit from the intensity of the program while still being able to meet the demands of family and workplace.

Participants in the MA program take 11 courses (41 credits) including the thesis or major project. Six courses are taken on-campus, and five are delivered online.

We will utilize a range of educational methodologies, including case studies, field studies, cultural studies, team projects, lectures and seminar discussions, and online modules. RRU has become a leader in the delivery of web-based interactive distance education courses and these will be of great value during online study.

Residency

Over two years, MA students attend two separate 3-week residencies and one final 2-week residency. The first residency introduces the cohort of students to each other, faculty and the RRU style of education as they participate in their first two courses. The middle residency incorporates two courses, may have a more directed field-based orientation and helps prepare students for their thesis or major project research. The final residency allows completing students to present their thesis or major project findings to the larger environmental education and RRU community and incorporates their final courses, preparing them to be leaders in the field.

Students should expect to be fully occupied during the residency period. The regular classroom schedule is Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with homework, readings and team meetings done outside of these hours. There are activities during the regular workday and in the evenings. In addition to educational activities, there are a number of planned field trips and recreational events.

Online Courses

Online courses are delivered through the innovative use of web-based technologies. Students draw on a range of learning resources, while using online discussion groups and drop boxes to develop and complete the electronic submission of both individual and team assignments.

Students take one 9-week distance course at a time. Each distance course requires an average time commitment of 10-20 hours per week.

Program Laddering

The structure of the program is laddered so that individuals are able to complete a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or master's degree.

  • The graduate certificate program was designed to be taken on its own, or to ladder into the Graduate Diploma or MA in Environmental Education and Communication. The graduate certificate is awarded upon successful completion of a residency and one distance-based semester (approximately five months). Students may apply for transfer to the diploma or MA stream during the graduate certificate program, or apply to the graduate diploma or MA program once they have completed the graduate certificate.
  • The graduate diploma program was designed to be taken on its own, or to ladder into the MA in Environmental Education and Communication. The graduate diploma is awarded upon successful completion of two residencies and one distance-based semester (approximately 12 months). Students may apply for transfer to the MA stream during the graduate diploma program, or apply to the MA program once they have completed the graduate diploma.
  • The full two-year program leading to the MA is delivered through a combination of three residential periods, three distance-based semesters and a thesis or major project.
  • Please refer to the Academic Regulations pertaining to the laddering process.