Certificates

Start your certificate online this Fall 2020!  Take advantage of courses being offered that can count towards a certificate, diploma or degree. 

 

Fully online certificates 

Certificate of Specialization in Organic Agriculture

CERTIFICATE OF SPECIALIZATION IN ORGANIC AGRICULTURE

Get a head start on an agricultural degree with the Certificate of Specialization in Organic Agriculture. You'll have the opportunity to specialize in the expanding area of organic agriculture.

There are also opportunities for self-employment on smaller farms that might not be profitable under conventional production.

All of the courses within the certificate are available only online. Students will have 3 years to complete this certificate.

If you are not currently a Dalhousie Student, please go to Applying for Undergraduate Studies and apply as a Faculty of Agriculture Undergraduate then choose the application type "Dal Undergraduates Certificates" option. Next select your planned course of study, which is the Certificate in Organic Agriculture. Once accepted, you will receive a letter and information on how to register for the upcoming courses.

Supplies/materials for the course can be ordered through our on campus bookstore. Please contact the bookstore for pricing information: bookstore.dac@dal.ca

To receive a Certificate of Specialization in Organic Agriculture you must have an overall average of at least 60% in four of the eligible organic agriculture credit courses. If you are a current Dalhousie student you must declare your organic certificate in Dal Online under Admissions > Declare your Major/Minor, then submit the certificate under the program options, with no major/minor (unless you are in a degree and want to update at that time). If you are just beginning your organic certificate courses you must also apply for the certificate in organic agriculture or declare your organic certificate in Dal online for a record to be processed and the system to notify you for when you can apply to graduate. December 1st is the deadline to apply to graduate in May and July 2nd is the last day to apply to graduate in October. You can apply to graduate through Dal Online

AGRI 2000 - Transition to Organic Agriculture (Fall)
ENVA 2002 - Composting and Compost Use (Fall)
HORT 2001 - Principles of Organic Horticulture (Fall) 
AGRN 2000 - Organic Field Crop Management (Winter)
ANSC 2004 - Organic Livestock Production (Winter)

You may substitute two of the courses with approved organic courses offered by external institutions. These alternate courses will be taken on a Letter of Permission.

Tuition is $858.60/course

An additional Distance Education Course Fee of $50.50 is charged for all distance education course sections.

Incidental fees are paid by all students at Dalhousie University. These are mandatory, non-academic fees, in addition to your tuition, that helps to fund various student programs. Incidental fees are outlined below.

Full-time Student Fee             $323.67 per term (3 or more courses)
Part-time Student Fee              $99.20 per term (2 or less courses)


*Please note that tuition and student fees are subject to change each year

 

Partially online certificates

Certificate in Animal Welfare

CERTIFICATE IN ANIMAL WELFARE

The Certificate in Animal Welfare aims to help students gain specialized knowledge on the well-being of animals managed ethically by humans. The certificate provides a range of theory, evaluation of scientific literature, and its application surrounding the use of animals.

This program prepares students for careers in animal health and welfare by giving them expertise specific to this field. In completing five courses as part of this certificate program, students will understand ethical concepts surrounding animal use and will develop the skills required to assess specific situations and make sound recommendations for improvements in livestock care, handling, transportation and slaughter. As well, students will observe, measure and document a variety of animal behaviours by working hands-on in our Ruminant Animal Centre.

This certificate is open to students eligible for admission to or enrolled in a BSc or BSc (Agr) program at either of Dalhousie’s Halifax or Truro campuses.

Certificate Requirements

Total of 15 credit hours required to be completed within 5 years (maximum).

Required Courses

ANSC 3002: Domestic Animal Behaviour (ONLINE - Fall Semester)
ANSC 3005: Animal Welfare (ONLINE - Winter Semester)
BIOA 4004: Animal Adaptation and Stress (ONLINE - Fall Semester 2021)
PHLA 3001: Animal Ethics (Agricultural Campus) or PHIL 3106: (Halifax Campus) - both offered online for Fall 2020

Optional Courses

Any ONE from the list below:

ANSC 3001: Animal Health (ONLINE WINTER 2021)
ANSC 3007: African Wildlife Ecology
AQUA 3000: Fish Health (ONLINE WINTER 2021)
ANSC 4009: Directed Studies in Animal Science (if in area of animal welfare)
RESM 4014: Honours Thesis I/RESM 4015: Honours Thesis II (if in area of animal welfare) (ONLINE WINTER 2021) 

To inquire further about the requirements for the Certificate in Animal Welfare, please contact Program Coordinator, Miriam Gordon (miriam.gordon@dal.ca).

Certificate in Aquaculture

CERTIFICATE IN AQUACULTURE

The Certificate in Aquaculture provides an opportunity for students to take a set of courses that will provide them an aquaculture specialization with opportunity to explore a range of aquatic species and the production system required to rear them, and understand their role in global food security.  Students will gain awareness of, and demonstrated competency in, safe and humane handling of aquatic animals.

The certificate is open to students eligible for admission to or enrolled in a BSc or BSc (Agr) program at Dalhousie, except those majoring or minoring in Aquaculture.

Certificate Requirements

Total of 15 credit hours required to be completed within 5 years (maximum).

Required Courses

AQUA 2000: Introduction to Aquaculture (ONLINE FALL 2020)
AQUA 3000: Fish Health (ONLINE WINTER 2021)
NUTR 3002: Fish Nutrition (ONLINE WINTER 2021)
BIOA 3005: Fish Physiology (ONLINE FALL 2020)
AQUA 4000: Finfish Production (ONLINE FALL 2020) or AQUA 4001: Shellfish Production (ONLINE WINTER 2021)

To inquire further about the requirements for the Certificate in Aquaculture, please contact Program Coordinators, Dian Patterson (dian.patterson@dal.ca) or Audrie-Jo McConkey (amcconkey@dal.ca).

Certificate in Food Bioscience

CERTIFICATE IN FOOD BIOSCIENCE

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Food Bioscience will allow you to become specialized in the area of food and food components.  You will study the chemical, microbiological, health, and regulatory aspects of foods, food ingredients, and neutraceuticals.

Having an initial bachelor's degree, the specialization at the post-baccalaureate level will position you to contribute to commercial and research organizations developing, producing, marketing and analyzing novel food and nutraceutical products. There has never been a greater time in Canada to get involved in this industry and gain skills and knowledge related to emerging areas of food and nutraceutical sciences for the 21st century. The certificate will also complement and facilitate those who wish to explore postgraduate studies in a wide range of disciplines.

This certificate is open to students who possess a Bachelor of Science or similar degree in any natural science or applied life science field with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 in the last two years of undergraduate studies. Students who have taken any courses listed in their undergraduate program shall receive a maximum of six credit hours waiver to complete the certificate.

Certificate Requirements

Total of 27 credit hours required to be completed within 5 years (maximum).

Required Courses

CHMA 2002: Introduction to Biochemistry* (ONLINE WINTER 2021)
CHMA 3011: Fundamentals of Food Chemistry (ONLINE FALL 2020) OR FOOD 3012: Introductory Food Chemistry (ONLINE FALL 2020)
CHMA 4003: Instrumental Analysis
FOOD 3002: Impact of Food on Health (ONLINE WINTER 2021)
FOOD 4001: Food Quality and Safety (ONLINE WINTER 2021)
FOOD 4005: Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals (ONLINE FALL 2020)
MCRA 2000: Microbiology* (ONLINE FALL 2020 and WINTER 2021)
MCRA 4001: Food Microbiology (ONLINE FALL 2020)

*For both Introduction to Biochemistry and Microbiology, if the student has already earned a credit in an equivalent course (3 credits) during the past five years, the required course(s) can be replaced with elective course(s) from the list below.

Optional Courses

Any ONE from the list below:

AGRI 4001: Agriculture, Food and Well-being (ONLINE)
ANSC 3003: Eggs and Dairy Products (ONLINE FALL 2020)
ANSC 3004: Meat Science (ONLINE WINTER 2021)
FOOD 4000: Directed Studies in Food and Bioproduct Sciences (ONLINE WINTER 2021)
FOOD 4004: Directed Studies in Nutriscience
MCRA 4002: Microbiomes in Agriculture
NUTR 3000: Introduction to Nutrition (ONLINE FALL 2020)

To inquire further about the requirements for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Food Bioscience, please contact Dr. Vasantha Rupasinghe (vrupasinghe@dal.ca).

Certificate in Genetics and Molecular Biology

CERTIFICATE IN GENETICS AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

The Certificate in Genetics & Molecular Biology provides a range of genetic and molecular biology theory and techniques for those interested in expanding their knowledge and skills beyond the introductory level or pursuing graduate studies.

This program prepares students to explain the importance of genetic diversity, propose genetic solutions to constraints in plant or animal production systems and argue the pros and cons of genetic engineering.

This certificate is open to students eligible for admission to or enrolled in a BSc or BSc (Agr) program at either of Dalhousie’s Halifax or Truro campuses.

Certificate Requirements

Total of 15 credit hours required to be completed within 5 years (maximum).

Required Courses

ANSC 3000.03: Animal Breeding OR PLSC 4000.03: Plant Breeding
GENE 2000.03: Genetics I (ONLINE)
GENE 3000.03: An Introduction to Molecular Genetics

Optional Courses

Any TWO from the list below:

GENE 4003.03: Biotechnology
GENE 4005.03: Applied Genomics and Bioinformatics
GENE 4006.03: Advanced Studies in Molecular and -Omics Techniques
MCRA 4002.03: Microbiomes in Agriculture

To inquire further about the requirements for the Certificate in Genetics & Molecular Biology, please contact Program Coordinator, Nancy McLean (nancy.mclean@dal.ca).

Certificate in International Rural Development

CERTIFICATE IN INTERNATIONAL RURAL DEVELOPMENT

The Certificate in International Rural Development explores the importance of rural issues in a globalized context, especially the role of agriculture and rural communities. It will emphasize learning about small-scale agricultural systems, rural development, economic trends, and leadership processes in farming & rural communities.

This program prepares students for careers in international rural development by giving them expertise specific to this field. In completing five courses as part of this certificate program, students will understand the importance of rural issues in a global context, especially the role of agriculture and rural communities in the global south (broadly, South America, Asia, and Africa). The Faculty of Agriculture is home to faculty and staff who have expertise in rural studies and international agriculture so students can expect to gain learning from first-hand experience and research.

This certificate is open to students eligible for admission to or enrolled in a BSc or BSc (Agr) program at either of Dalhousie’s Halifax or Truro campuses.

Certificate Requirements

Total of 15 credit hours required to be completed within 5 years (maximum).

Required Course

IAGR 3002: International Rural Development (H)(ONLINE)

Optional Courses

Any FOUR from the list below:

SPEC 2001: Topics in International Development (A)
RURS 3000: Rural Community Economic Development (H)
PHLA 3000: Environmental and Agricultural Ethics (H)
IAGR 3000: Tropical Agriculture (A)
EXTE 3001: Leadership Development in the Social Action Process (H)
HISA 3000: Rural History (H)
ANSC 3007: African Wildlife Ecology (A) (involves a trip component)
IAGR 4000: Global Seminar on Rural Sustainability (A)
AGRI 4000: Contemporary Issues in Agriculture (A)
AGRI 4001: Agriculture, Food and Well Being (AH) (ONLINE)
ECOA 4004: Trade (AH)
*note that some courses have pre-requisites 

To inquire further about the requirements for the Certificate in International Rural Development, please contact Program Coordinator, Greg Cameron (gregory.cameron@dal.ca).

Certificate in Sustainable Development

CERTIFICATE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

This certificate program is designed for senior undergraduate university students or graduate students who are interested in the research and practices in sustainable development. Building on the context of industrialization and globalization, as well as its related environmental and social problems, this program particularly focuses on viable business strategies, community development, and economic development policies at national and regional levels. The program will be offered through flexible in-class/online settings to study the principles and practice of sustainable development. To supplement the required courses, another program feature is a 10-day study tour in Beijing (optional course) with a focus on issues that are particularly relevant to developing and emerging economies.

This certificate is open to 3rd or 4th year undergraduate students who are registered in the Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture with good academic standing, and, interested individuals who meet the Faculty of Agriculture admission requirements and the prerequisites for the required courses.

Required Courses:

  • ECOA 3008: Environmental Economics
  • MGTA 4006: Issues in Agribusiness Sustainability
  • IAGR 3002: International Rural Development (ONLINE)

Optional Courses:

Students must successfully complete at least one of the following:

  • SPEC 4015: Topics in Sustainable Development - An International Perspective
  • AGRI 4001: Agriculture, Food and Well-being (ONLINE)
  • PHLA 3000: Environmental and Agricultural Ethics

 

In-class certificates 

Certificate in Technology Education

CERTIFICATE IN TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

The September cohort is now full. The next cohort will start April 2021. 

Deadline to apply is February 1st, 2021.

 

Eligible students who submit their complete application with full supporting eligible documentation will be given priority in the acceptance process to each cohort.

If you are a teacher of technology presently working in Nova Scotia, you can upgrade and diversify your technology background with the Certificate in Technology Education.

Explore a variety of hands-on experiences and teaching methodologies that strengthen traditional skills and introduce new technologies to better meet the demand for qualified technology educators for the public school system. 

You must complete 10 approved courses with a cumulative average of 65 per cent. Eight of the 10 courses must be from the Faculty of Agriculture's course list. The other two courses are teaching methodology courses offered by Acadia University for this program. You will have a maximum of six years to complete the program. Courses are conducted outside regular school hours in evenings and summer sessions. There are no transfer credits accepted into this program.

Application Documents

You must have a valid Nova Scotia teacher’s license and be a current Technology Education teacher or a teacher designated to teach Technology Education. 

1)      Paper copy of the application form can be downloaded here [PDF].

2)      A copy of your NS Teachers License.
3)      A listing of all teaching experience (Resume/CV)
4)      All Post-Secondary OFFICIAL Transcripts. You DO NOT need your high school transcript
5)      Application fee for Dalhousie University is $70 by either cheque or state Visa or  Mastercard number on the form.
6)      Principal's letter of support if not currently a Technology Teacher.

Please forward all above information to Extended Learning on the Agricultural Campus in Truro, NS.

Note: DO NOT send to the Registrar's office in Halifax. Those applications submitted directly to Halifax will not be processed or considered for the current course offering. 

Send to:

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture
Extended Learning, Haley Institute
23 Sheep Hill Lane
Truro NS  B2N 5E3
or Fax 902.895.5528

We are currently accepting applications to be waitlisted for future cohorts. Please begin the process by emailing extended.learning@dal.ca and by ordering transcripts to be sent to the Faculty of Agriculture - Extended Learning from ALL post-secondary institutions that you have attended.

Note: It is the responsibility of individual teachers to ensure they comply with the requirements of the NS Department of Education for continuing education and upgrades.

Tuition

The 8 courses taken at the Faculty of Agriculture is $858.60/course

Tech Ed Program Fee is $185/course

All NS students will receive a NS government bursary for each course they register for that is approximately $128.30.  Please note this bursary may change from year to year. This amount will be deducted from your tuition cost each semester.

*Please note Dalhousie reserves the right to make changes without notice in its published scale of changes for tuition and other fees. Tuition will typically increase in April each year. NEw fees for 2020/2021 have not been announced yet.  Update to follow. 

Students are required to apply to Acadia Univerity before registering for the two online courses. The Program Manager will help you with this process.  The Acadia applicaiton fee is $50.  Course tuition is set through Acadia University.

Please note: there are two applications fees for this program:  Dalhosuie is $70 and Acadia is $50. 

The certificate is completed over two years. 

Courses

Classes will take place on the Agriculture Campus in Truro and will run one evening a week from 5:30-8:30pm for 12-13 weeks. Wtihin those weeks students will be required to participate in two full Saturdays (8:30-4:30) to complete the hours needed for each class.

There will be two classes that will be completed over the Summer time and run during the first two and half weeks in July.  Those classes will run back to back, 7 days each, from 8:30-4:30 each day, excluding weekends. 

In no particular order

*Wood and Metal Construction classes will require steel-toed boots and safety glasses. 

Students are responsible for arranging their own summer accommodations for the summer courses. 

Acadia University courses (delivered online)

  • EDUC 5873- Technology & Curriculum: Technology Studies -Online
  • EDUC 5053- Problems in Education: Technological Education and Sustainability - Online

*Please note that you will be required to apply to Acadia with a $50 application fee during your time in the program.  You will require your Dalhosuie transcript, to verify you are taking courses in the Technology Education program, which you will request after you have started this program. 

If you require further information please contact extended.learning@dal.ca, phone 902.893.6666.