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Program Description

The Master of Arts in Environmental Education and Communication program is designed to empower and grow your leadership skills as you learn to create sustainable systems through education and communication. By learning with peers from diverse backgrounds, team projects and group discussions create an opportunity to share new and different perspectives on environmental issues and social dynamics.

Who It’s For

The MA in Environmental Education and Communication is for those interested in how education and communication can help develop environmentally sustainable social and economic systems. Learning how we can educate and communicate to engage those in our workplaces, communities and nations towards such a goal involves all sectors of society– agriculture, health, governance, media, business, architecture, community development, science, education, recreation and more.

Students likely already know about the complexities of our current unsustainability and the challenges faced by environmental educators and communicators trying to address this problem. Our program is designed for those who wish to widen their perspective on environmental and related social issues, deepen their understanding of those areas essential to a skilled educator and/or communicator, explore different ways of understanding the causes of our current unsustainable society, and develop attributes essential to effective leadership.

Participants seek opportunities to learn with others from diverse backgrounds, 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 a wide range of education and communication professionals.

Students are typically professionals with bachelor's degrees and at least two years' experience working or interest in environmental education and communication.

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 Process.

Graduates of the program have gone on to advance in a variety of fields, from creating schools within the public and private education systems, to leading communications sections within major national and international non-profit organizations, to advising senior government ministers and Premiers, to gaining their PhD degrees with one alumni recently taking on a professorial position in a North American university.

Field School

The highlight of the MA in Environmental Education and Communication is the 1-week field school where students are immersed in experiential and Indigenous learning in nature. Situated in traditional coastal territories and First Peoples communities, you will study within a “living laboratory.” Guest lecturers and Elders from the communities bring and share their knowledge in-situ, allowing you to explore ecological principles that govern ecosystem dynamics and sustainability alongside Indigenous customs, heritage and lands. Locations of this immersive experience change each year.

Outcomes

Graduates will return to their career with a range of theoretical knowledge and analytical and communications skills and competencies. Graduates have the skills and knowledge to develop and implement innovative programs to provide students, clients and other audiences with science-based information, psychologically-sound strategies, and culturally-appropriate, philosophically-nuanced and educationally-sophisticated approaches to current environmental issues.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Develop and implement programs to provide students, clients and other audiences with up-to-date, reputable scientific and technological information, as well as traditional knowledge, about current environmental issues and opportunities
  • Apply the best current knowledge of learning and cognition to the design, development, and implementation of programs about environmental education and communication
  • Design, develop and implement environmental communications and education programs using a range of formats and incorporating relevant current technologies and media
  • Evaluate the status of public information and prior knowledge concerning environmental values, issues and opportunities
  • Possess a sophisticated awareness of the range of perspectives (e.g., attitudes, beliefs, values) towards the environment and human activity in the environment
  • Evaluate environmental information and education programs
  • Develop and implement strategies to foster conflict resolution, constructive dialogue and community knowledge construction concerning environmental issues
  • Develop approaches to nurture effective and responsible environmental actions on the part of corporations, governmental and non-governmental organizations and citizens' coalitions
  • Provide up to date information about innovations in environmental communication and education
  • Possess a sophisticated awareness of the nature of contemporary human-environment issues and their implications for education and communications programs
  • Develop a systems perspective on problems in environmental education and communications
  • Develop an understanding of environmental education and communication functions within organizational contexts.