Courses in this program are offered in a blended format. Consisting of our summer residency, and on campus experience held in Summer with online work completed before and/or after your time in Calgary. Fall, Winter, and Spring courses are typically held fully online through Desire2Learn and Zoom. For additional information regarding online delivery, refer to the eLearn website.
Students will leave this certificate program with a strong understanding of:
- The underlying principles, deep engagement, and application in contemplative practices in ecological education
- Discourses in a range of disciplines and their connections to contemplative ecology, including but not limited to: ecopsychology, eco-social justice, ecofeminism, ecopedagogy, deep ecology, etc.
- Application of foundational and contemporary discourses in contemplative ecology to current education and learning contexts, curricular connections, challenges and strategies
- Philosophical underpinnings, historical and current sacred/spiritual traditions of contemplative ecology and implications for eco-justice education; curricular connections, challenges and strategies
- Multi-modal pathways of research, response, and/or engagement by scholars and practitioners engaged in contemplative ecological education
- The application of a multi-modal pathway(s) to demonstrate deepening learning and engagement in an aspect (s) of contemplative ecology and education.
In addition to potential applicants outlined below, this certificate will likely have considerable appeal to graduates of the following certificates:
- Critical Approaches to Environmental Education,
- Indigenous Education: A Call to Action
- Mindfulness-Based Teaching and Learning (MBTL) - https://www.ufv.ca/mbtl/.
*Particularly notable is the close alignment with the final certificate in this list, which is offered through a transfer agreement, by the University of the Fraser Valley. By fall 2022, approximately 90 students will have completed this UFV certificate. Many of these students intend to complete the Werklund Interdisciplinary M.Ed. This proposed certificate provides a deepening extension of the application of contemplative practices in education with a particular focus on ecological education.
Additional applicants in a range of formal and informal education settings include the following:
- Early childhood, elementary, secondary, and post-secondary educators and administrators;
- Non-profit and community-based professionals, educators, and administrators;
- Professionals, educators, and administrators working with forest schools, camps, or outdoor and environmental centres
- Professionals, educators, and administrators working for municipal, provincial, or federal organizations, parks, science centres, and zoos
- Others with academic and/or professional interests in contemplative and mindful approaches to ecological, nature-based, and/or environmental education (this includes members of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, students who have taken the certificate in Ecopsychology through Pacifica University, students who have taken Dr. Andy Fisher’s ecopsychology training, students who have participated in the Contemplative Environmentalism workshop at the Lama foundation in New Mexico over the past 10 years, and those interested in nature-based therapy movements).
A registration package will be sent to new students after they have been admitted. Registration for the summer term will be available in late winter. Fall and Winter registration opens in the spring. Your Graduate Program Administrator will send more information about registration to you.