Toronto District School Board



Environmental education is central to teaching and learning in the 21st century; climate change, resource depletion, and environmental degradation are all pressing contemporary societal issues that require an educational response. Additional challenges such as the psychological well-being of people with limited access to nature; urbanization; social stresses brought about by climate change; and a need to engage students in exploring real-world problems and solutions also significantly impact the field of environmental education.

The TDSB has partnered with OISE to offer university certification courses in Environmental Education to Early Childhood Educators, elementary, and secondary teachers. These interdisciplinary AQ courses will take an inquiry-based, experiential approach to explore what it means to learn about, for, and in the environment using both in-class and on-line learning. TDSB participants are eligible to receive a subsidy after completion of each course. 

For information about the Environmental Education Additional Qualification courses, contact Pam.Miller@tdsb.on.ca.

Environmental Education Additional Qualifications Part 1
Foundations of Programming for Environmental Education

This course provides an engaging introduction to teaching and learning in environmental education for Early Childhood Educators, elementary, and secondary teachers through a combination of lectures, workshops, outdoor and experiential learning, field trips and guest speakers. Using a place-based, interdisciplinary approach, educators will build their confidence and repertoire of instructional strategies for teaching and learning about, for, and in the environment.

Environmental Education Additional Qualifications Part 2
Implementation of Programming for Environmental Education

Take your learning of environmental education to the next level with this part 2 course. Collaborate with other Early Childhood Educators, elementary, and secondary teachers to explore the connections between systems-thinking, eco-justice, and eco-identity in relation to environmental education. A combination of lectures, workshops, outdoor and experiential learning, field trips and guest speakers will be utilized to further develop participants' knowledge, skills and expertise in designing instructional and assessment plans in relation to environmentally-based teaching and learning.

Environmental Education Additional Qualifications Part 3- Specialist

This course is designed to enhance participants’ professional practices, and extend and apply their knowledge and skills in the curriculum leadership of Environmental Education. Participants will use a critical lens to explore transformational teaching and learning strategies that promote ecological literacy relevant to their own work. A combination of small group interactions, action research, inquiry, presentations, collaborative learning, field trips, and guest speakers will be utilized to enhance professional knowledge, communication skills, pedagogy, ethical practices, and instructional leadership in environmental education. 

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