Diploma in Education – Outdoor Environmental Education

Diploma in Education – Outdoor Environmental Education

Develop awareness and understanding of a range of skills and processes related to design, facilitation, and evaluation of OEE programming and curriculum?

The UBC Outdoor Environmental Education (OEE) diploma program is designed for teachers and other professionals who wish to specialize in using the natural outdoor environment for integrated learning experiences.  The OEE courses will help educators incorporate outdoor learning into their daily practice incorporating place-based learning, nature learning and sustainability learning.

The curriculum will support educators in facilitating outdoor learning experiences that enhance their students’ knowledge and connections to the natural world.


The Diploma in Education (OEE) consists of 30 credits at the 300-400 level within the thematic areas of:

  • Environmental
  • Indigenous
  • Healthy Living
  • Outdoor Skills

The diploma program includes 12 credits of required courses, and  18 credits of pre-approved electives. Students must complete a cluster of courses in OEE which may be selected from any of the thematic areas.

NOTE: A maximum of 12 credits may be used for transfer credit to the Diploma in OEE from another post-secondary institution, such as TRU Open Learning or Athabasca University, which are 300-400 level. These must be approved by the UBC Program Coordinator.

Required Courses:

12 credits total, 3 credits each

  • EDCP 323* – Outdoor Environmental Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • EDCP 423* – Advanced Methodology in Outdoor Environmental Education
  • EDCP 328** – Environmental Education
  • 3 credits from a course from Indigenous Studies thematic area

Suggested plan:

  • *EDCP 323 & 423 are offered on a rotational basis ever second year in Summer session
  • **EDCP 328 is scheduled every Summer session, term 2

Pre-Approved Elective Courses from Thematic Areas:

18 credits total
Pre-approved electives from one of the thematic areas listed below:

  • AGRO 444 - Agroforestry
  • APBI 324 - Introduction to Seed Plant Taxonomy
  • APSC 364 - Applied Sustainability: UBC as a Living Laboratory
  • ASTU 360 - Community-Based Research and Knowledge Creation
  • BIOL 302 - Community and Ecosystem Biology
  • BIOL 306 - Advanced Ecology
  • BIOL 343 - Plants and Peoples
  • BIOL 371 - Flora of British Columbia
  • BIOL 416 - Principles of Conservation Biology
  • BIOL 427 - Ornithology and Herpetology
  • CONS 330 - Conservation Science and Sustainability
  • CONS 481 - Conservation Planning and Wildland Recreation
  • EDCP 329 - Agriculture in the Classroom
  • EDCP 353 - Curriculum and Pedagogy in Agricultural Sciences: Secondary
  • EDCP 356 - Curriculum and Pedagogy in Earth and Space Science: Secondary
  • EDCP 380 - Research and Practice in Outdoor Environmental Education
  • EDCP 400B - Field Based in OEE approved thematic
  • EDCP 453 - Biology for Teaching: Topics and pedagogical approaches - Secondary
  • EDCP 446 - Forest Education
  • EDCP 448 - Conceptions of the Natural World: Implications for Science Education
  • EDCP 450 - Teaching Life Science Beyond the Textbook
  • EDCP 451 - Teaching Physical Science Beyond the Textbook
  • EDCP 455 - Earth and Space Science for Teaching: Topics and Pedagogical Approaches - Secondary
  • EDCP 456 - Botany for Teaching: Topics and pedagogical approaches - Secondary
  • EDCP 457 - Zoology for Teaching: Topics & Pedagogical Approaches - Secondary
  • EDCP 467 - Special Topics in Curriculum & Pedagogy
  • EDCP 468 - Directed Study in Curriculum & Pedagogy
  • EDCP 496 - Global Ed and Curriculum
  • ENVR 410 - Energy, Environment, and Society
  • EOSC 311 - The Earth and its Resources
  • EOSC 312 - The Earth System and Environmental Evolution
  • EOSC 314 - The Ocean Environment
  • EOSC 315 - The Ocean Ecosystem
  • EOSC 326 - Earth and Life Through Time
  • FRST 303 - Principles of Forest Science
  • FRST 395 - Forest Wildlife Ecology and Management
  • FRST 439 - International Forestry
  • GEOG 310 - Environment and Sustainability
  • GEOG 311 - Urban Environments
  • GEOG 315 - Environmental Inventory and Classification
  • GEOG 317 - The Physical Environment of British Columbia
  • GEOG 318 - Sustainability in a Changing Environment
  • GEOG 410 - Environment and Society
  • GEOG 423 - Development of Environmental Thought
  • HIST 394 - Darwin, Evolution, and Modern History
  • HIST 396 - Environmental History of North America
  • PHIL 435 - Environmental Ethics
  • POLI 351 - Environmental Politics and Policy
  • SOCI 354 - Community Studies
  • SOCI 360 - Sociology and Natural Resources

Students may also choose distance education courses available through another post secondary institution, for example, Athabasca University, which may be used for transfer credits – up to a maximum of 12 credits.  (3 credits each). These Athabasca University courses have been pre-approved; if students are interested in other ones, they must obtain pre-approval from a Faculty of Education Program Coordinator.:

  • CRJS 420- Environmental Protection and Enforcement
  • ENSC 495 - Environmental Science Projects
  • ENVS 361 - The Politics of Ecology: Applying Ecological Science to Environmental Concerns
  • ENVS 435 - Case Studies in Environmental Protection: Popular Education, Community Sustainability, and Global Connections
  • PHIL 371 - Ethics, Science, Technology, and the Environment
  • PHIL 375 - Philosophy of the Environment
  • POLI 325 - Canadian Environmental Policy and Politics
  • SOCI 348 - Sociology of Environment and Health
  • SOCI 450 - Environmental Sociology

A minimum of 3 credits are required from this section. Additional credits from this thematic area may be used as electives.

  • ANTH 304 - Ethnography of the Northwest Coast
  • ANTH 360 - Introduction to Ecological Anthropology
  • ANTH 377 - Arts of the Northwest Coast Peoples: The South
  • ANTH 461 - Anthropological Study of Local Ecological Knowledge
  • ANTH 462 - Special Topics in Ecological Anthropology
  • ARTH 376 - Arts of the Northwest Coast Peoples: The North
  • ARTH 377 - Arts of the Northwest Coast Peoples: The South
  • ARTH 443 - Seminar in Canadian Art
  • CONS 370 - Aboriginal Forestry
  • EDCP 442 - Supporting Indigenous Infants and Young Children within the Context of Their Communities
  • EDUC 440 - Aboriginal Education in Canada
  • EDUC 441 - History of First Nations Schooling
  • EDUC 442 - Critical Issues in First Nations Education
  • ENGL 476 - First Nations Studies
  • HIST 475 - First Contacts in the Pacific
  • IHHS 404 - First Nations Health: Historical and Contemporary Issues
  • IHHS 409 - Is the Past Present? International Indigenous Experiences of Colonization (online)
  • EDCP 325 - Approaches to Health Education
  • EDCP 326 - Curriculum and Pedagogy in Health Education
  • EDCP 327A - Special Topics in Health Education
  • FNH 350 - Fundamentals of Nutrition
  • FNH 351 - Vitamins, Minerals and Health
  • FNH 355 - World Problems in Nutrition
  • HESO 449 - Topics in Health and Society (by permission)
  • HMED 441 - Special Study in Subject Matter: Food Studies

Courses in Outdoor Skills may be available for transfer up to a maximum of 12 credits from other faculties and/or institutions and will require pre-approval from a Program Coordinator

Students may have already acquired certification from a prior learning experience, and in that case they may not wish to take further courses in this area

EDCP 468D – Directed Studies in Curriculum and Pedagogy may be taken with approval from the Faculty of Education Program Coordinator/Faculty to explore outdoor learning skills experiences  in relation to curriculum and pedagogy

For program assistance or advising please consult with the Program Coordinator:


Bette Shippam
Program Coordinator,
Student Services
604.822.5444

If you wish to complete a 30-credit UBC-conferred post-degree diploma, apply for admission in this category, and be sure to indicate the specific Diploma program you are applying to.

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