This certificate is offered by the Centre for Public Safety and Well-Being.  Please email with any questions.

This online, four-module (112 hours), Positive Education Certificate prepares front-line educators, administrators, parents and organizations with the knowledge and skills to effectively support the students and institutions to thrive. Positive education applies the science of positive psychology to learning environments, which not only enhances peer relationships, but also improves academic success.

The combination of theoretical and practical approaches in resilience, optimism and well-being provides you with the background and necessary tools to inform and embed the principles and practices of strength-based interventions to promote flourishing learning environments.

Through the exploration of individual and collective strengths, you'll gain an in-depth understanding of how to optimize your organizational culture to maximize your teaching and learning potential. This program provides the scientific foundations and applied interventions of positive education to enable you to co-create implementation plans to accelerate the shift towards flourishing learning environments for administrators, teachers and students alike, through collaborative and experiential learning opportunities.  This program is applicable to all learning environments from K-12 and post-secondary/higher education.

With the current shift towards positive parenting, the Canadian Paediatric Society's recent position statement has begun asking primary care practitioners to encourage positive interactions with their children instead of punishment and focusing on a set of principles to correct children's misbehaviour with greater empathy and communication.

Want to learn more about Positive Psychology and Positive Education?

Zoom information sessions will be scheduled closer to the next session start. Email the Coordinator of Programming with any questions!

Learning Outcomes

In this certificate program, you will:

  • Develop a sound understanding of positive psychology and well-being.
  • Critically examine positive education principles, research and practices.
  • Assess and apply various well-being building practices into educational environments.
  • Identify and implement resources, activities and practices to support and sustain student and educator well-being.
  • Collaborate with peers to gain insight regarding potential solutions towards increasing well-being within the education sector.
  • Design an implementation plan to enable positive learning and well-being by promoting a strength-based culture using the practices and principles of positive psychology.


Read Clare Tattersall's story of how Positive Education and Positive Psychology has changed her life both professionally and personally.


Instructors and Curriculum Development



As a student in the Positive Education Certificate program, at the start of Module 2, you will receive a one-year subscription to the Positive Psychology Practitioner’s Toolkit, and the VIA Total 24 Character Strengths Report – a $525 value.


Positive Education modules are offered once a year, typically in the summer months.  Please note that Modules 1 and 2 of Positive Psychology are required as a prerequisite to these modules.  Module 1 next starts September 18, 2023.

Spring 2023

  • Module 3: Co-Creating a Strengths-Based Culture - June 19 - July 10, 2023
  • Module 4: Embedding the Promotion of Well-Being into Education - July 24 - August 21, 2023
  • Capstone Proposal Due - Sept 1, 2023


Positive Education Certificate:  $2,956 (If all modules are taken within the same session)

Positive Education Modules 1-4 taken separately: $3,196 (not recommended)

Important note:  This certificate was designed as a cohort model program.  It is HIGHLY recommended that you take all of these courses in the same session.  All courses are required to be taken in sequential order.  You will receive a $240 discount for registering for all 4 courses in the same session. Any questions, please email


Positive education uses scientific foundations and applied interventions of positive education to optimize organizational cultures and maximize teaching and learning potential. It is not an alternate method of treating psychological disorders or mental illness, nor does it address teaching methods. The Positive Education Certificate, offered through the Centre for Public Safety and Well-Being, seeks to help front-line educators, administrators, parents and organizations learn theoretical and practical approaches in resilience, optimism and well-being. The certificate does not provide graduates the authority to practice psychology, offer psychological services or teach in the Canadian education system.

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