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.

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The Diploma in Education consists of 30 credits at the 300-400 level within the thematic concentration of:

  • Outdoor
  • Environmental
  • Experiential
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Healthy Living

The diploma program includes 9 credits of required courses, and  21 credits of pre-approved electives. Students must complete a cluster of courses in themes integral to OEE, however a minimum of 3 credits must be selected from each thematic area (A-D), inclusive.

NOTE: A maximum of 12 credits may be used for transfer credit to the Diploma in OEE, such as the skills-based courses offered through Thompson Rivers University and/or those offered by Athabasca University, as listed below.

Required Courses:

9 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

Elective Courses:

21 credits total
Pre-approved electives from one of the topic areas listed below:

A minimum of 3 credits are required from this section:

  • 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 452 - Science Technology and Society
  • EDCP 453 - Biology for Teaching: Topics and pedagogical approaches - Secondary
  • EDCP 456 - Botany for Teaching: Topics and pedagogical approaches - Secondary
  • EDCP 467A - Special Topics in Curriculum & Pedagogy
  • EDCP 467B - Special Topics in Curriculum & Pedagogy
  • EDCP 467D - Special Topics in Curriculum & Pedagogy: Perspectives on Place-based Learning
  • 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

A minimum of 3 credits are required from this section:

  • 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
  • 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)

A minimum of 3 credits are required from this section:

  • EDCP 325 - Approaches to Health Education
  • EDCP 326 - Curriculum and Pedagogy 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

A minimum of 3 credits are required from this section:

  • EDCP 406 - Visual Arts for Classroom Practice: Photography
  • EDCP 400 - Studies in an Art Education Studio Area
  • EDCP 401 - Visual Arts for Classroom Practice: Two-Dimensional Practices and Processes
  • EDCP 402 - Visual Arts for Classroom Practice: Printmaking

Students are encouraged to find 300/400 level outdoor skill based courses around BC and North America and contact us to determine if the credits can be transferred into the UBC Diploma in Outdoor Environmental Education, up to a maximum of 12 credits.

Choose from the following, no minimum required (3 credits each):

These courses may be offered on a less frequent basis, but are acceptable when offered:

  • EDCP 352 - Science, Technology and Society
  • 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 457 - Zoology for Teaching: Topics and pedagogical approached - Secondary

Students may also choose distance education courses available through Athabasca University, which may be used for transfer credits – up to a maximum of 12 credits towards one of the topic areas listed above (3 credits each).

  • ANTH 610- Environment, Traditional Cultures, and Sustainability
  • 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

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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