Place and Nature-based Experiential Learning (Vancouver) - Spring 2020

A Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (GDE), developed in partnership with School District #39, Vancouver for teachers who seek to deepen their understanding of urban environmental education.


  • Examine your own values, beliefs, and experiences relating to place and nature-based learning as well as how these may influence educational decisions and interactions
  • Critically examine current directions in BC education through the perspective of place and nature-based experiential learning and explore implications for practice
  • Learn from Indigenous worldviews and perspectives and how these can inform relationship with place and practice
  • Integrate place and nature-based experiential learning across subject areas in the context of individual and collective practice
  • Explore theories and principles of place and nature-based experiential learning and its place within educational change
  • Engage in teacher inquiry and reflective practice stemming from encounters with place and relationships with the natural world

This two-year, 30-unit program of study is for teachers whose primary focus is school-based educational practice. It provides the opportunity to engage in focused, sustained reflective inquiry. Completion of the diploma allows teachers to move from TQS category 4 to TQS 5 or from category 5 to 5+.

  • Location: SD #39, Vancouver
  • Suited for: Elementary, middle and secondary teachers
  • Start Term: Spring 2020 (Jan)
  • End Term: Fall 2021 (Sep)
  • Application Status: CLOSED
  • 2019/20 Tuition*: $314.00/unit
    (Students register for 5 units per term)
    *Subject to estimated 2% fee increase each September.


Additional information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page as well as in the Student Calendar.