Place and Nature-based Experiential Learning (Delivered Online) - Summer 2021


This interactive, online Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (GDE) is for K - 12 educators seeking to weave place and nature-based experiential learning opportunities into their practice. In this cohort program, educators will explore how the natural world informs who we are, how we relate to our students - and them to each other - and how we might braid holistic and Indigenous pedagogies into practice. The focus will be on deepening ecological knowledge, developing pedagogical approaches and fostering social-emotional well-being. 

GDE programs are designed in collaboration with British Columbia school districts for educators whose primary focus is school-based practice within BC. This online, site-based program focuses on environmental awareness through experiential pedagogies and local connections to place. 

Join us for a transformative journey into learning about how educational practice can be informed by the natural world and resources within local communities.


  • 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+.

  • Suited for: Elementary, middle and secondary teachers
  • Format: Interactive, experiential online sessions with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous classes. Potential that the one-week, Summer Institutes in August 2021 and August 2022 are face-to-face.
  • Classes: Tuesdays
  • Start Term: Summer 2021 (late April)
  • End Term: Spring 2023 (Jan)
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  • Application Deadline: March 19, 2021
  • 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.