Place and Nature-based Experiential Learning Program - Online Info Session

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Join us for an Information Session about our Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (GDE) program.

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Attend an online information session to learn more about the GDE instructional team, program curriculum, admission requirements and application process.

Program: Place and Nature-based Experiential Learning, Delivered Online

Program Start: Summer 2021 (late April)

Apply by: March 19, 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

Ideally Suited For:

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+.

GDE Features: Range of Program Themes, Cohort Based, 2 years (6 terms), and TQS Upgrade Opportunity.

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