The blended program incorporates online learning with short on-campus summer residencies. You will have the opportunity to choose either a major research project or thesis as your final completion to the program.
The three on-campus residencies are strategically placed at the beginning, middle and end of the program to allow you a short but intensive immersion into a community of learning situated on one of the most naturally beautiful campuses in all of the country. Many students say this time together on the land is the highlight of their program.
You can expect to:
- Work hard during these residency periods;
- Have a typical classroom schedule, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
- Attend planned recreational and evening events;
- Take part in team meetings, homework, and readings outside of these hours.
Distance courses expand upon the important learning that accrues during the residency, allowing you to practice skills and expand your knowledge base as you connect with your cohort and instructors online over the Internet. These courses deliver much of the theoretical and information based material in the program. Prior to commencing each course, you are provided with a list of required readings.
You can expect to:
- Typically take one distance course at a time, for a period of approximately nine weeks each.
- Have an intensity level of effort of approximately 22-25 hours per week.
- At your convenience, work through the requirements of the course (although there are ‘real time’ deadlines for assignments and sometimes synchronistic class meetings and lectures scheduled in advance, etc.).
- Use a number of different delivery methods including textbooks, articles, podcasts, digital videos, case studies, and interactive learning using discussion threads (bulletin boards, etc.) for correspondence with classmates from around the world.
- experiential learning and field studies,
- arts- and nature-based inquiry,
- reflective and reflexive praxis,
- case studies,
- individual assignments and team-based projects,
- written and oral presentations,
- lectures and webinars,
- discussions and dialogic inquiry,
- social media and other technologies, and
- online modules
This program is structured so that you may ladder a completed environmental education and communication graduate certificate and/or an environmental education and communication graduate diploma into the master's degree.