CERTEE Courses


CERTEE: Certificate in Ecological Education

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Course Descriptions

The following are course descriptions for the CERTEE Program.  The program is no longer offered; however, these course descriptions may be useful as a reference for previous graduates of the program.

ECED 10: Introduction to Foundations of Ecological Education

This course introduces students to a range of theories, world views, and perspectives that inform ecological education. These frameworks will be constructed by drawing on the disciplines of philosophy, sociology, anthropology, and history as well as the experiences of various Aboriginal traditions. Students will develop their understanding of what ecological education is, how ecological education came into existence, and how ecological education differs from traditional schooling and environmental education.

The objectives for this course are:
1. To interpret notions of ecology and education in various theoretical frameworks;
2. To compare the history and goals of environmental education, ecological education, and traditional schooling.


ECED 14: Intermediate Foundations of Ecological Education
Prerequisite: ECED 10

This course refines the concepts of ECED 10 in the context of the students’ expedition experience and knowledge. Students will critically investigate the possibilities of sustainability, bioregionalism, deep ecology, and socially critical analysis informing both the theory and practice of ecological education. A primary concern will be to investigate the concept of equity as it applies to ecological, social, and cultural strengths.

The objectives for this course are:
1. To investigate concepts and issues of equity in ecological education;
2. To investigate the relationship of sustainability, bioregionalism, deep ecology, and socially critical analysis to ecological education;
3. To explore the relationship of theory and practice within ecological education.


ECED 15: Introduction to the Practice of Ecological Education

This course exposes students to a variety of ecological education practices through a series of field trips to appropriate sites. Students will investigate how these practices relate to the educational and ecological mandates of the organizations and conservation areas at the various sites. Students will be introduced to leadership, organizational, and pedagogical issues in the practice of ecological education.

The objectives for this course are:
1. To provide students with experiential knowledge of ecological education practices;
2. To explore pedagogical, leadership and organizational issues in ecological education.


ECED 16: Intermediate Practice of Ecological Education
Prerequisite: ECED 15

This course investigates the practice of ecological education within formal and non-formal education. Students will investigate the role of traditional science, experiential learning, community, and culture within the pedagogical and organizational issues of ecological education.

The objectives for this course are:
1. To examine administrative issues in ecological education’
2. To learn how different worldviews and perspectives result in different ecological education programs and different solutions to administrative and pedagogical issues.


ECED 17: Introduction to Ecology and Traditional Ecological Knowledge for Ecological Education

This course introduces students to the basic concepts of ecology and to the place of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) in ecological education. This course exposes students to the different eco-regions and a variety of parks and protected areas, including flora and fauna, of western Canada through field trips and expedition travel.

The objectives for this course are:
1. To introduce candidates to the land communities of western Canada through the study of TEK and ecology;
2. To have candidates understand the protocols surrounding the acquisition and use of TEK;
3. To introduce candidates to the science of ecology.


ECED 18: Intermediate Ecology and Traditional Ecological Knowledge for Ecological Education
Prerequisite: ECED 17

This course builds upon the basic concepts of ecology and to TEK from ECED 17. Students will investigate the importance of ecology and TEK in the educational aspects of conservation, managing parks and protected areas, and restoring ecologically-impacted areas to their natural state.

The objectives for this course are:
1. To understand the functions of TEK and ecology in ecological education;
2. To investigate the role of ecological education in managing parks and protected areas and restoring ecologically-impacted areas to their natural state.


ECED 20: Skills and Knowledge for Living on the Land, Expedition A (Warm Weather)

This course introduces students to ecologically-sensitive ways of conducting ecological education for groups while living on the land. Students will explore ecologically sensitive ways of conducting ecological education for groups while living in backcountry and developed areas of protected areas and parks. Students will explore survival skills while living on the land.

The objectives for this course are:
1. To foster in students a sensitivity to the ecological impact of humans traveling on the land;
2. To provide students with the knowledge and skills to travel on the land with a group in safe and ecologically-sensitive ways.


ECED 24: Skills and Knowledge for Living on the Land, Expedition B (Warm Weather)

This course introduces and advances students’ knowledge and experience in ecologically-sensitive ways of conducting ecological education for groups while living on the land and visiting protected areas and parks. Students will explore the issues of leadership skills and group dynamics within ecological education for groups while living on the land.

The objectives for this course are:
1. To foster in students a sensitivity to the ecological impact of humans living on the land and in protected areas and parks;
2. To examine the leadership and group dynamic issues within ecological education groups traveling on the land.


ECED 22: Skills and Knowledge for Living on the Land (Cold Weather)
Prerequisites: ECED 24; or ECED 20 and permission of the instructor

This course introduces students to ecologically sensitive ways of conducting ecological education for groups during the cold weather. Students will explore the issues of cold weather survival and living on the land.

The objectives of this course are:
1. To foster in students a sensitivity to the ecological impact of humans travelling on the land during cold weather.
2. To provide candidates with the knowledge and skills to travel on the land with a group in safe and ecologically-sensitive ways during the cold weather.


ECED 23: Wilderness First Aid Certification

This course will provide advanced First Aid training suitable for ecological educators.

The objective for this course is:
1. To provide candidates with the necessary first aid knowledge to ensure the safety of their students in often remote wilderness settings.


ECED 31: Warm Weather Practicum

This practicum provides students with opportunities to synthesize and demonstrate their newly acquired knowledge and skills through designing and implementing one (mock) week of ecological education during the course of extended expeditions in warm weather. Instructors will spend their time advising, critiquing, and evaluating candidates.

The objectives for this course are:
1. To provide students with an opportunity to synthesize their knowledge of, and skills in, ecological education;
2. To explore and to experiment with ecological education in a “safe” environment;
3. To provide students with a holistic ecological education experience.


ECED 32: Cold Weather Practicum
Prerequisites: ECED 31; or permission of the instructor

This practicum provides students with opportunities to synthesize and demonstrate their newly acquired knowledge and skills through designing and implementing one (mock) week of ecological education during the course of extended expeditions in cold weather. Instructors will spend their time advising, critiquing, and evaluating candidates.

The objectives for this course are:
1. To provide students with an opportunity to synthesize their knowledge of, and skills in, ecological education;
2. To explore and to experiment with ecological education in a “safe” environment;
3. To provide students with a holistic ecological education experience.


ECED 33: Internship
Prerequisite: Permission of the Instructor

The internship is designed both to allow the student to begin to specialize in a particular aspect of ecological education and to expose the student to actual ecological education programs. Each student will construct their internship in consultation with CERTEE staff to ensure that student needs and the need of CERTEE to ensure high quality learning are met.

The objectives for this course are:
1. To provide students with an opportunity to engage in supervised ecological education with the public;
2. To provide students with an opportunity to work with practicing professionals;
3. To allow the student to investigate a particular type of ecological education.

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