Queen’s University, in partnership with Pickering College, is proud to offer this post-graduate certificate, which aims to transform how we educate children, making their learning experiential, purposeful, and meaningful.
The Post-Graduate Certificate in Experiential Education and Global Leadership from Queen’s will inspire teachers to design learning that transcends the curriculum, giving students purpose and agency to more deeply understand the world around them and to effect positive change.
To empower teachers to extend their teaching practices outside the classroom and into real-world contexts, so that every student’s learning experience is holistic and purpose driven, igniting wonder, passion, and curiosity.
This certificate was inspired by two leaders in progressive education:
At Pickering College, Joseph McCulley pioneered a project-oriented approach to education, inspired by John Dewey’s philosophy. His belief was that education’s primary goal was to prepare individuals to contribute to society, emphasizing the balance between individual and social needs. McCulley’s teachings recognized the world’s growing interdependence and the significance of a group outlook.
A distinguished Queen’s University graduate and visionary leader, Duncan McArthur redefined education in Ontario through significant reforms during his tenure as Minister of Education. He streamlined the system, emphasizing political science, philosophy, music, and art, and believed that all students should contribute meaningfully to society. As a faculty member at Queen’s, he held the Douglas Chair in Canadian and Colonial History, and contributed to the publication of many historical documents.
By completing five courses as outlined below, you will earn
- two credits toward advanced standing in the Professional Master of Education (PME) program at Queen’s University
- five additional qualification (AQ) courses for your OCT record
- the Certificate in Teaching Global Leadership from Pickering College
Our ultimate goal is for every child to have the responsibility and ability to make the world better, greater, and more beautiful than they found it. This echoes the timeless Oath of the Athenian Youth, written over 2000 years ago to inspire young people to engage with and effect change in their society.
The Queen’s Faculty of Education has been a leading provider of online professional teacher development courses for more than a decade. Our success is based on the overwhelmingly positive response of Ontario teachers to online professional development at Queen’s.
We recognize that a dynamic online learning experience requires meaningful interactions with the instructor and the other participants in your course. At Queen’s, you will learn online with up to 15 other education professionals, sharing ideas and feedback. Readings, assignments, discussions, and a rich array of teaching resources are all available online.