Program Description

Program Description

Now more than ever, we need to invite everyone in society, of all ages, to be part of the solution. The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Education and Communication program will empower you, and give you the depth and insight to begin to lead and motivate others in developing a sustainable, environmentally sound society.

Who It’s For

The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Education and Communication program 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.

The Environmental Education and Communication program is laddered, which allows individuals to complete a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, or full Master's degree. A Graduate Certificate is awarded upon successful completion of one residency and one distance-based semester (approximately six months). The credits you earn in the Graduate Certificate can later be used towards the completion of another credential (e.g., a diploma or a Master's degree). Read more about laddering.


Graduates of this program will have good grounding in environmental studies and sustainability, learning theory, environmental education and communications, and educational program development.

Graduates return to their careers with a range of theoretical knowledge, analytical and communications skills, and competencies enabling them to employ a wide range of techniques and formats. They are able to develop and implement innovative programs to provide students, clients and other audiences with science-based information and educationally-sophisticated approaches to current environmental issues.

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