Environmental Education and Communication, Postgraduate Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 5 months
  • English (book IELTS)
The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Education and Communication program at Royal Roads University will empower you, and give you the depth and insight to begin to lead and motivate others in developing a sustainable, environmentally sound society.


Who It’s For

The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Education and Communication program from Royal Roads University is for those interested in how education and communication can help develop environmentally sustainable social and economic systems. Learning how we can educate and communicate to engage those in our workplaces, communities and nations towards such a goal involves all sectors of society– agriculture, health, governance, media, business, architecture, community development, science, education, recreation and more.

Students likely already know about the complexities of our current unsustainability and the challenges faced by environmental educators and communicators trying to address this problem. Our program is designed for those who wish to widen their perspective on environmental and related social issues, deepen their understanding of those areas essential to a skilled educator and/or communicator, explore different ways of understanding the causes of our current unsustainable society, and develop attributes essential to effective leadership.

Participants seek opportunities to learn with others from diverse backgrounds, to engage in core classes, co-operative projects, team planning, and group discussions to reach a better understanding of the language, expertise, and concerns of a wide range of education and communication professionals.

Students are typically professionals with bachelor's degrees and at least two years' experience working or interest in environmental education and communication.

Applicants who do not have the formal academic education to qualify for admission may be assessed on the basis of both their formal education and their informal learning, in accordance with the Flexible Admission Process.

The Environmental Education and Communication program is laddered, which allows individuals to complete a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, or full Master's degree. A Graduate Certificate is awarded upon successful completion of one residency and one distance-based semester (approximately six months). Read more about laddering.


Graduates of this program will have good grounding in environmental studies and sustainability, learning theory, environmental education and communications, and educational program development.

Graduates return to their careers with a range of theoretical knowledge, analytical and communications skills, and competencies enabling them to employ a wide range of techniques and formats. They are able to develop and implement innovative programs to provide students, clients and other audiences with science-based information and educationally-sophisticated approaches to current environmental issues.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Developing Environmental Understandings
  • Foundations for Environmental Communication
  • Learning Theory and Program Design
  • Introduction to Academic Integrity

      Detailed Programme Facts

      • Programme intensity Full-time
        • Full-time duration 5 months
      • Languages
        • English
      • Delivery mode
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      English Language Requirements

      You only need to take one of these language tests:

      • Minimum required score:


        The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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      • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


        The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

        Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

      • Minimum required score:


        The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

      Academic Requirements

      Standard Admission
      • Four-year (or comparable) undergraduate degree in a related field, with a minimum GPA of 'B' (3.00/4.33), from a recognized post-secondary institution.
      • At least two years of relevant work or volunteer experience.
      • Applicants who meet the degree requirement, but not the GPA requirement, will normally be required to take "Academic Writing and Critical Thinking" and obtain a minimum final grade of B (73%).

      Flexible Admission

      • Normally, six years of relevant work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
      • All flexible admission applicants will normally be required to take "Academic Writing and Critical Thinking" and obtain a minimum final grade of B (73%).

      Tuition Fee

      • International Applies to you

        7751 USD/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 7751 USD for the full programme and a duration of 5 months.
      • National Applies to you

        6170 USD/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 6170 USD for the full programme and a duration of 5 months.
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      Financial planning is a crucial component of early educational planning. Please review funding opportunites well before your program begins to help build a reasonable budget.


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