Place and Nature-based Experiential Learning (Sunshine Coast) - Spring 2021


A Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (GDE) program 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.

Due to current Health and Safety protocols, the Spring 2021 term will be conducted online, through both synchronous and asynchronous methods. Courses will embody the program's core foundations of relationship building, inquiry and collaborative learning.


  • 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 educators whose primary focus is school-based educational practice. It provides the opportunity to engage in focused, sustained reflective inquiry. Completion of the diploma allows educators to move from TQS category 4 to 5 or from category 5 to 5+.

  • Location: SD #46, Sunshine Coast
  • Suited for: Elementary, middle and secondary teachers
  • Start Term: Spring 2021 (Jan)
  • End Term: Fall 2022 (Dec)
  • Apply Now!
  • Application Deadline: November 13, 2020
  • 2020/21 Tuition*: $320.28/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.