What will I learn?

The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Education and Communication is a leadership program that focuses on developing the competency and skill of educators and communicators who have an interest in, or responsibility for presenting environmental information to audiences.

This interdisciplinary program will build theoretical and practical knowledge and skills. The program will provide solid grounding in environmental studies and sustainability, learning theory, environmental education, educational program development, philosophical and cultural analysis, journalism and communications.

The program compliments, and builds on expertise in related degree programs at Royal Roads University in Environmental Management, Environmental Science, Conflict Resolution, and Leadership.

This program is laddered, which allows individuals to complete a graduate certificate, graduate diploma, or full master's degree.

Students have the option of a graduate certificate upon successful completion of a residency and one distance-based semester (approximately five months) or a graduate diploma upon successful completion of two residences and two distance-based semesters (approximately one year).

Who it’s for:

The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Education and Communication program is for those interested in how education and communication can help develop environmentally sustainable social and economic systems. Learning how we can educate and communicate to engage those in our workplaces, communities and nations towards such a goal involves all sectors of society– agriculture, health, governance, media, business, architecture, community development, science, education, recreation and more.

Students likely already know about the complexities of our current un-sustainability and the challenges faced by environmental educators and communicators trying to address this problem. Our program is designed for those who wish to widen their perspective on environmental and related social issues, deepen their understanding of those areas essential to a skilled educator and/or communicator, explore different ways of understanding the causes of our current unsustainable society, and develop attributes essential to effective leadership.

Outcomes:

Graduates of this program will have good grounding in environmental studies and sustainability, learning theory, environmental education and communications, and educational program development.

Graduates return to their careers with a range of theoretical knowledge, analytical and communications skills, and competencies enabling them to employ a wide range of techniques and formats. They are able to develop and implement innovative programs to provide students, clients and other audiences with science-based information and educationally-sophisticated approaches to current environmental issues.

Which department am I in?

School of Environment and Sustainability

Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (5 months)

Tuition fees
CAN $8,055 for the entire program. This fee is for 2019 and subject to change in the coming year.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

6 July 2020, 12 July 2021

Venue

Royal Roads University

2005 Sooke Road,

VICTORIA,

British Columbia (BC),

V9B 5Y2, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have four year (or comparable) undergraduate degree in a related field, from a recognized post-secondary institution. English Language Requirements: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic 6.5 overall with a minimum 6.5 in writing and speaking and 6.0 in listening and reading; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT 88 overall with a minimum 24 in writing and 20 in listening, reading and speaking; Pearson Test of English - Academic (PTE-A): 60 overall with a minimum 60 in writing and speaking and 58 minimum in listening and reading.

For international students

STANDARD ADMISSION

  • Four-year (or comparable) undergraduate degree in a related field, with a minimum GPA of 'B' (3.00/4.33), from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • At least two years of relevant work or volunteer experience.
  • Applicants who meet the degree requirement, but not the GPA requirement, will normally be required to complete "Academic Writing and Critical Thinking" several weeks prior to starting the program and obtain a minimum final grade of B (73%).

FLEXIBLE ADMISSION

Applicants who do not meet the Standard Admission requirements will be considered for Flexible Admission and assessed as follows:

  • Normally, six years of relevant work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • All flexible admission applicants will normally be required to complete "Academic Writing and Critical Thinking" several weeks prior to starting the program and obtain a minimum final grade of B (73%).

English Language Requirements:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic 6.5 overall with a minimum 6.5 in writing and speaking and 6.0 in listening and reading
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT 88 overall with a minimum 24 in writing and 20 in listening, reading and speaking
  • Pearson Test of English – Academic (PTE-A): 60 overall with a minimum 60 in writing and speaking and 58 minimum in listening and reading

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About this uni

Royal Roads is more than a university, it is a transformative learning and life-changing experience.

  • Set in a National Heritage Site on the Pacific coast
  • Innovative study model of personal & professional learning
  • Vibrant international student body from over 60 countries
  • Average class size of 35 allowing better access to instructors