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Program Description

This 2 year graduate program is delivered in a richly blended model of both online and face-to-face learning with the distinct benefit of three short on-campus residencies. An education of personal significance, you’ll study with masterful faculty to explore: creativity, beauty, despair & grief, systems thinking, change-making, diverse worldviews, ecological identity, communication & learning theory, and critically applied research methods. In each course in this program, you will have the chance to experience profound mentorship and peer-to-peer learning in and outside of class where important knowledge can accrue at a new, integral, and critical edge.

Transformational experiences are more likely to occur when a link is made, and capacity is built, between the interiority of the student and the external world. With time enough to deeply look into subjects rather than merely at the surface of things, we will immerse in the rich terrain of knowledge and intelligence derived from both intuition and analytical reasoning. Cultivate meaning from direct unmediated experiences as an education - faithful to your own interests and experiences - prepares you in meeting the dazzling complexities and challenges our world faces with the wisdom to act ethically and the passion to do so.

The Master of Arts in Environmental Education and Communication students critically examine the issues and perceptions of our world through various lenses, perspectives and multiple modalities revealing more of the interdependencies and correspondences that exist within the larger context rather than focus on what may be erroneously identified as “the problem”. And by the larger context, that means students often get outside – outside boxed-in mindsets and outside the classroom as well.

Who It’s For

Typically, you are a professional with a bachelor’s degree and at least two years' experience working or with significant interest in environmental education and communication. If you do not have the formal academic education to qualify for admission you may be assessed on the basis of both your formal education and your informal learning, in accordance with the Flexible Admission Process.

You are interested in:

  • Engaging with individuals, organizations, communities and nations to collaborate on what it means to educate and communicate across all sectors of society as an agent of change
  • Widening your perspective, applying multiple lenses and time enough to look ‘into’ rather than merely ‘at’ the intersections between the human and more-than-human world
  • Deepening your understanding of what is essential to a skilled environmental educator and communicator becoming a true citizen of the world
  • Exploring divergent ways to understand the underlying and root causes of our destructive human behaviours and practices in order to be responsive and effective in leading systemic change from the classroom to the pressroom and in all places in between
  • Seeking opportunities to listen and learn with and from others from diverse backgrounds, to participate fully in collaborative projects, team building, and group dialogue
  • Applying essential theoretical and applied knowledge and practice to the design, development, and implementation of innovative and creative environmental education programs and services
  • Facilitating a wide range of learning and engagement formats, relevant current technologies and media
  • Evaluating the status of public information and prior knowledge concerning environmental values, issues and opportunities
  • Learning about and connecting with those making innovative contributions and leading in the field at this time
  • Developing a systems thinking approach as to how we might live, work, and learn in a more connected, compassionate, and healthy world
  • Researching and implementing what you are passionate about and the world needs more of

Program features

Three outstanding residencies over three summers:

  • First residency: Builds the cornerstone foundations for the program as you meet your cohort and the community that supports this program
  • Second residency: One week at Field School living and learning in community with various Indigenous coastal peoples followed by a two week on-campus immersion into the field of ecopsychology
  • Third residency: Implementation of your thesis or major research project into action by living your learning

This program can be completed in one of two ways as a capstone to your degree:

  • Thesis
  • Major Research Project

Field School

A highlight of the MA in Environmental Education and Communication program is the 1-week field school where students immerse in the experience of Indigenous ways of being and knowing and learn in nature. Situated in traditional coastal territories within various Indigenous communities, you will study biodiversity and adaptation within a “living laboratory”. Guest lecturers and Elders from the communities bring and share their knowledge in-situ, allowing you to explore ecological principles that govern ecosystem dynamics and sustainability alongside Indigenous customs, heritage and lands. Locations may vary from year to year.

Living Our Learning

A synthesis of all you have learned in the Masters in Environmental Education and Communication is a course entitled, Implementation to Action: Living our Learning and makes up the entire final 2-week residency. This required course provides a unique blended opportunity to integrate the important learning that has occurred during the program. Using your thesis or major research project as a primary case study, you will review key learnings, identify current opportunities, and create an action plan to take the work forward in academic and applied settings. Designed to deepen self-awareness, nurture individual and collective action, optimize opportunities for peer exchange and encourage reflection on the pillars of life-long learning, this course takes the Royal Roads motto of “living our learning” as a call to action.