Now more than ever, we need to invite everyone in society, of all ages, to be part of the solution. The Graduate Diploma in Environmental Education and Communication program will empower you, and give you the depth and insight to begin to lead and motivate others in developing a sustainable, environmentally sound society.
Who It’s For
The Graduate Diploma 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 unsustainability 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.
Participants seek opportunities to learn with others from diverse backgrounds, to engage in core classes, co-operative projects, team planning, and group discussions to reach a better understanding of the language, expertise, and concerns of a wide range of education and communication professionals.
Students are typically professionals with bachelor's degrees and at least two years' experience working or interest in environmental education and communication.
Graduates will return to their career with a range of theoretical knowledge and analytical and communications skills and competencies. Graduates have the skills and knowledge to develop and implement innovative programs to provide students, clients and other audiences with science-based information, psychologically-sound strategies, and culturally-appropriate, philosophically-nuanced and educationally-sophisticated approaches to current environmental issues.
The Environmental Education and Communication program combines the best of short residencies and innovative web-based instruction to allow both busy mid-career professionals and those just beginning their careers to get the most out of their academic experience. This combination of learning experiences gives students a beneficial on-campus experience while still being able to meet the demands of family and workplace.
The first residency introduces the cohort of students to each other, the faculty, and the Royal Roads University
style of education. The second residency diploma may have a more directed field-based orientation.
Participants in the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Education and Communication program take nine courses.
A range of educational methodologies are utilized including case studies, field studies, cultural studies, team projects, lectures and seminar discussions, and online modules.
Distance courses are delivered through the innovative use of Internet technologies. Participants draw upon web resources as well as more traditional print media, while using online discussion groups and drop boxes to work towards the electronic submission of assignments. Normally, students take one distance course at a time, for a period of 10 - 12 weeks. Each distance course requires an average time commitment of 10 - 20 hours per week.
Students should expect to work hard during the residency period. The normal classroom schedule is Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Homework, readings, and team meetings are done outside these hours. There are some activities in the evenings, as well as during the normal workday. In addition to the educational activities, there are a number of planned recreational events.
Students may apply for transfer to the MA in Environmental Education and Communication during the Graduate Diploma program, or apply to the MA program once they have completed the Diploma. The Diploma is awarded upon successful completion of two residencies and one distance-based semester (approximately 12 months). Academic credit earned through the completion of one credential (e.g. certificate or diploma) accepted towards the completion of another credential (e.g. diploma or degree) within the same program area. Laddering agreements must be approved by Academic Council. Laddering agreements enable students to build upon previously earned credentials hence the content must be identical (e.g. course completed in a certificate program must contain the same content as those in the degree program). Students who are only registered in a degree program do not receive multiple credentials (e.g. certificate and degree). Students registered in a degree program must apply to the Dean should they wish to transfer to a certificate or diploma program. Similarly, students registered in a certificate or diploma program eligible for laddering must apply and be accepted into the higher level program.
In general, students have secured the necessary approvals to enter the program from their employer. Many employers will therefore be the sponsor and will, through the creation of a Learning Agreement, provide the student with the support and mentorship necessary to complete the program. However, a sponsor is not mandatory.
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. Two years of relevant work/volunteer experience. Applicants who do not meet the GPA requirement, will be required to take "Academic Writing and Critical Thinking" and obtain a minimum grade of B (73%). Applicants without academic qualifications can apply for Flexible Admission, assessed as follows: Six years of relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education/experience. Flexible admission applicants will be required to take "Academic Writing and Critical Thinking" and obtain a minimum final grade of B (73%).