Place and Nature-based Experiential Learning (Sunshine Coast) - Summer 2020

A Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (GDE), developed in partnership with School District #46, Sunshine Coast for educators looking to deepen their understanding of how place and nature-based learning can influence educational decisions and interactions.


  • Examine teacher values, beliefs, and experiences relating to place and nature-based learning and 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 #46, Sunshine Coast
  • Suited for: Elementary, middle and secondary teachers
  • Start Term: Summer 2020 (late Apr)
  • End Term: Spring 2022 (Jan)
  • Applications Status: CLOSED
    If you are interested in this program, please contact Siân Owen at or at 778-782-4892.
  • 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.