Sustainability Education

College-Approved Certificate (4 courses) Part-time Online
Program Code: 1816X07PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017

This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

An important aspect of educating the public is to prepare people to live in, work in and contribute to environmentally sustainable communities. This College Certificate program focuses on developing the knowledge, values and skills to integrate local and global sustainability into existing programs or curriculum. Students develop contacts with environmentally conscientious people through networking. They gain authentic experience designing, delivering and evaluating original activities for diverse audiences in companies, community groups or schools.

This program may be of interest to those already engaged in the teaching profession (early childhood, elementary, secondary and postsecondary) who wish to augment their knowledge of sustainability education and how it might be embedded within and across curricula.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within three years.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Are self-directed and work well in a team environment.
  • Enjoy teaching/educating others.
  • Have a strong affinity for and concern for the well being of the planet.
  • Are confident in an online learning environment.

Your Career

Graduates may seek employment opportunities in non-formal education environments, such as parks, museums, non-profit agencies and other similar organizations.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).
College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).


  • It is recommended that participants in this program have some background in teaching or leading workshops.
CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Coordinator Melissa Langlais at or 613-727-4723 ext. 7310.


Online:Online Learning   
HoursCourse NameWinter
EDU100145.0Foundations of Education for SustainabilityOnline Learning
EDU100245.0Sustainability Case Studies: Local and Global LessonsOnline Learning
EDU100045.0Sustainability Education Curriculum Planning and PracticumOnline Learning
Elective: choose 1
ENV000245.0Environmental CitizenshipOnline Learning
PSI000345.0Globalization and SustainabilityOnline Learning


EDU1001 Foundations of Education for Sustainability

In education for sustainability it is important for one to understand if they are a part of or apart from nature through what is included in, or excluded from, the curricula they encounter in their respective educational journeys. General principles of sustainability are explored by students who reflect on the implications it has in their own lives and learn about the importance of its inclusion within the curriculum. They hone their active critical-thinking, problem-solving and reflective skills and practices as they explore a variety of topics, including the concepts of limits and unsustainability, ecological identity, worldviews, ecological footprint, sense of place and space, engaging nature as a teacher, systems thinking and our responsibilities as good global citizens.

EDU1002 Sustainability Case Studies: Local and Global Lessons

Specific strategies for including natural and cultural resources are required while fulfilling employers' expectations for environment/sustainability education. Case studies from around the world showcase the scope of professional and community engagement with environment/sustainability education. Students examine diverse educational contexts and explore communication strategies for sustainability education. The psychology of teaching difficult topics and fostering appreciation of dissimilar perspectives is discussed.

Pre-requisites: EDU1001

EDU1000 Sustainability Education Curriculum Planning and Practicum

Environmental curriculum is explored through a series of individual work sessions and collaborative discussions. Learning is applied by incorporating the values of environmental and sustainability education as they relate to specific fields of study. A comprehensive lesson plan and set of objectives is submitted by students for use in their practicum experience and they arrange for their practicum at an outdoor environmental education centre or in a classroom setting. Students work under the direction and supervision of a designated outdoor educator or teacher who observes, guides, advises and evaluates the learner's application of principles within the instructional setting.

Pre-requisites: EDU1001 AND EDU1002

ENV0002 Environmental Citizenship

Based on the general principles of national citizenship, environmental citizenship goes beyond national borders to emphasize global environmental rights and responsibilities. Focus is on both conservation and planned sustainable use of our planet's resources, as well as on the recognition that environmental health is a prerequisite to human health. Being an environmentally-aware citizen involves personal commitment to learning more about the environment and to taking responsible environmental action. Students are encouraged to adopt attitudes and behaviours that foster global environmental responsibility.

PSI0003 Globalization and Sustainability

The rapid growth of the global economy raises fundamental questions: How do trade and politics affect development and the environment? What are the effects of free trade and the rise of multi-national corporations on local cultures? What are the effects of the clash of cultures produced by international travel, migration, and new social, collaborative technologies that send film, books, television, music and other proprietary content spinning around the world instantly? Is globalization environmentally sustainable? Students examine these and other questions and analyze the day-to-day choices raised by globalization in an increasingly interconnected world.