Mindfulness-Based Teaching and Learning

Mindfulness-Based Teaching and Learning

COVID-19 Update

Application deadline for fall 2020 intake has been extended. Contact adulted@ufv.ca for more information.


Graduate certificate


Part time

How to apply

Start date:


Domestic: $5,000 International: $7750  


  • Online/blended courses with some face-to-face evenings/weekend sessions
  • Distance learners participate in the face-to-face sessions through video conferencing


UFV’s Mindfulness-Based Teaching and Learning (MBTL) graduate certificate — one of the first of its kind in North America — is designed to meet the career needs of practicing professionals. Regardless of your industry, the MBTL graduate certificate prepares you to become a professional mindfulness leader while deepening your own mindfulness practice and knowledge.

Delivered through blended courses and applied field experience, this four-course, 12 graduate-level credit program provides you with a thorough foundation in the most recent developments in mindfulness teaching techniques. You learn the tools necessary to lead mindfulness practices and develop strategies to promote mindfulness as a method to enhance well-being and lifelong learning.

The first course teaches you the rich and varied connections between mindfulness theories, concepts, research, and practice. Through secular-scientific research, you study mindfulness from the perspectives of Buddhism and Asian traditions.

As part of the program, you also delve into mindfulness as an experiential learning approach that fosters attention, social-emotional learning, self-regulation, compassion, and reflection.

Throughout the program, you receive the support of accredited mindfulness trainers to complete inquiry projects and field experiences within the professional and teaching fields in which you wish to practice.

The final course requires you to complete a five-day supervised retreat to practice mindfulness teaching in a more intensive context.

Specialization Pathways

As part of the intake process, you'll be asked to identify if you are looking for any specific mindfulness program facilitator qualifications. The program is designed to accommodate most of these, including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) specialization and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) specialization.

Graduate Degree Pathways

Upon receiving your Mindfulness-Based Teaching and Learning certification, you may choose to pursue a certification as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) or Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) facilitator to qualify you to teach these more regulated mindfulness programs.

Once completed, the MBTL graduate certificate earns 12 credits of upper-level graduate coursework at the 700-level that can be transferred readily into a range of degree-granting Masters or Doctoral programs. UFV has a formal articulation agreement with the University of Calgary's Werklund School of Education, for example, that enables the MBTL graduate certificate to serve as the first 12-credits of their Interdisciplinary M.Ed. degree. Similarly, the University of British Columbia's Educational Studies has M.Ed. programs allow the transfer of all 12-credits for specialization in, for example, Adult Education.


Program outline 

MBTL 700 Introduction to Mindfulness: Research, Theory, and Practice 3
MBTL 708 Mindfulness-Based Teaching, Learning and Leading 3
MBTL 710* Mindfulness Practice 3
MBTL 721 Mindfulness in Research and Practice 3

*Note: This course will be offered as the final course of the program in the Summer semester during a five-day residential retreat intensive. An eight-week mindfulness course (or equivalent) and a five-day silent retreat are pre-requisites. 

The final course of the program, MBTL 710, is completed in early July over five days (and four nights) in residence at a retreat centre in the Fraser Valley. This course offers intensive training in mindfulness teaching with some silent periods and opportunities for extended interaction, teaching, and mindfulness practice. The added cost is approximately $500 for food and accommodation and travel costs. Students who opt for either MBSR or MBCT certification in addition to the MBTL certificate will do the equivalent intensive offered by the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in lieu of MBTL 710.



This program is open to international students


Corinne Richardson
Phone: 604-864-4621
Toll free: 1-888-504-7441, ext. 4621
Email: corinne.richardson@ufv.ca

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