Academic Calendar 2023-2024 
    Sep 29, 2023  
Academic Calendar 2023-2024

Adventure Education (Post Degree Diploma)

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Total Credits: 30
Credential: Post Degree Diploma in Adventure Education
Program Code: ADED.PDD
CIP: 31.0601


The Post Degree Diploma in Adventure Education will prepare educators, outdoor activity leaders, health and human service professionals and others in bringing outdoor and adventure-based learning opportunities to those they serve in their distinct context/settings. Adventure education includes connecting people with natural landscapes, facilitating experiential learning, and engaging in outdoor activities which range from active and challenging, to quiet and reflective. 
This post-degree program of studies builds the knowledge and competencies for adventure leaders to engage in diverse applications of adventure education across sectors and to design safe and meaningful adventure experiences. Further certifications and education beyond this credential may be required for certain areas of employment such as activity-specific guiding qualifications from professional associations. 

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the program students may work in a variety of sectors such as education, counseling, business or recreation in leadership or program design roles.


All of:

  • Proof of a Baccalaureate degree

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Identify and align the needs of participants with meaningful and effective adventure programming. 
  • Apply a broad and coherent knowledge of foundational theories, concepts and practices in adventure program design.
  • Evaluate and adapt as practitioners in relation to intrapersonal and interpersonal dynamics.
  • Develop and implement ethical adventure programs with respect toward physical, social, environmental, emotional, and cultural aspects.
  • Lead and facilitate intentionally designed adventure programs in a safe and professional manner.


Program Participation Requirements

  • A brief Statement of Intention: Submission of a 400-500 word statement outlining career goals and motivation to enter the program. Statement will assist in ensuring student alignment with the program.
  • Access to current technology including a computer with a webcam and high-speed internet is an asset. 
  • Students need to have access to appropriate outdoor clothing and camping equipment (e.g., hiking boots, sleeping bag…) A complete list of recommended items available upon request.
  • Standard First Aid and CPR ‘C’. On the first day of class students are required to submit documentation of current certification and that it remains current for the duration of the program. 
  • The work of an adventure educator can at times be physically and psychologically demanding. Students need to be aware of this reality, and prepared for the rigors of outdoor living and travel, as well as the social realities on day-to-day life in intensive groups. Students must be comfortable in water but do not require swimming proficiency.  
  • Criminal Record Check is required.