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Environmental Education Postbaccalaureate Certificate

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College of Education and Human Service Professions
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  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2023
  • Length of program in credits: 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Certificate in Environmental Education
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The Environmental Education post-baccalaureate certificate is for those who have a bachelor's degree and are interested in pursuing a career as an environmental educator. The certificate emphasizes skills for the provision of outdoor and environmental education in a variety of settings and contexts and with varied audiences.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
The GRE is not required. International and domestic applicants whose first language is not English must submit current score(s) from one of the following tests:
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Reading Score: 6.5
    • Writing Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
Coursework (12 credits)
Take 12 credits of the following in consultation with the advisor.
EDUC 5230 - Indigenous Peoples and the Environment (3.0 cr)
ENED 5163 - Outdoor Education Methods (3.0 cr)
ENED 5165 - Theories and Models in Outdoor Education (2.0 cr)
ENED 5315 - Operations and Management (4.0 cr)
ENED 5325 - Sustainability Issues Investigation (2.0 cr)
ENED 5343 - Advanced Field Interpretive Techniques (3.0 cr)
ENED 5500 - Early Childhood Nature Experiences and Pedagogies (3.0 cr)
ENED 5600 - Place-based Education (2.0 cr)
ENED 5625 - Program Development and Evaluation (3.0 cr)
ENED 5850 - Classroom Applications (2.0 cr)
ENED 5855 - Programming for School Systems (3.0 cr)
ENED 5991 - Independent Study (1.0-6.0 cr)
ENED 5998 - Outdoor Education Seminar (1.0 cr)
 
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EDUC 5230 - Indigenous Peoples and the Environment
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
This course will examine the intersection of Indigenous peoples, traditional and contemporary practices of sustainability, planetary ecological issues, the impact on Indigenous peoples and the possibilities provided by Indigenous place-based/environmental education. Indigenous peoples cultural relationship to place will also be explored along with a critical examination of the impact colonization, patriarchy and capitalism has had on Indigenous homelands and centers of power. Attention will be given to Indigenous initiatives that are working toward the healing of their homelands and the planet. pre-req: instructor consent
ENED 5163 - Outdoor Education Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Methods and theoretical basis for teaching outdoor education. Emphasis on application at outdoor sites. Weekend experience at a regional nature center required prereq: MEd candidate or instructor consent
ENED 5165 - Theories and Models in Outdoor Education
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Overview of theoretical foundations of outdoor education. Definitions of terms related to outdoor education, historical antecedents, future adventure education, social and psychological benefits of outdoor education. prereq: instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for Educ 5165
ENED 5315 - Operations and Management
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: ENED 4315/5315
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Methods and practice of administrative processes of personnel, fiscal, and facility management. Involves annual operations and long-range management with sustainability of agency natural resources. Field study and presentation of a long-range management plan are included requirements. prereq: Certificate or Master of Environmental Education student
ENED 5325 - Sustainability Issues Investigation
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
The study of resolving environmental problems that affect sustainability. This includes issue identification; building an effective team of investigators; and, study of the issue to the point of making recommendations to resolve the issue of sustainability management and education.
ENED 5343 - Advanced Field Interpretive Techniques
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Techniques and methods used to interpret the natural and cultural history of unique field sites; For example, Isle Royale National Park. Specific, in-depth topics of natural and cultural history will be emphasized. Techniques for field site investigation and field based interpretation as an educational approach will be investigated. prereq: ENED 3341 or ENED 3342 or instructor consent
ENED 5500 - Early Childhood Nature Experiences and Pedagogies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Study of key characteristics associated with high-quality, nature-based early childhood education programs. This course focuses on developing the skills for supporting young children?s learning, development, and well-being through responsive, playful, and immersive nature experience, pedagogies and programs. Nature preschools and natural playscapes are emphasized. pre-req: graduate student
ENED 5600 - Place-based Education
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
This course is an examination of the relationship between local landscape and community and the development of human perception. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the importance of the development of ecologically- and culturally-appropriate, community-based educational programs in both rural and urban schools that immerse students in local heritage, cultures, landscapes. Priority will be placed upon project-centered programs lending themselves to experiential learning opportunities. The course will include a combination of literature reviews, discussions, curriculum exploration and design, and on-site community exploration of active place-based educational programs. pre-req: Graduate student
ENED 5625 - Program Development and Evaluation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
A comprehensive approach to program development will be applied to youth-based environmental education programs. Course is designed for those working in supervisory capacities to gain skills in designing, implementing, and evaluating environmental education programs.
ENED 5850 - Classroom Applications
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Understanding the formal classroom environment: scope and sequence, management, assessment, and standards for applications pertinent to audience and setting in environmental education. prereq: MEd candidate or instructor consent
ENED 5855 - Programming for School Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
The relationship between environmental education and the formal school system (P-12) will be examined. Instructional approaches that use the environment as a context for helping students develop essential content and skills in the core academic disciplines will be emphasized. prereq: 5850, Educ 5850 or instructor consent
ENED 5991 - Independent Study
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Directed independent study or projects in a particular area of interest. Approved degree program plan should be completed before course is taken by graduate students. prereq: Certificate or Masters Environmental Education student, instructor consent
ENED 5998 - Outdoor Education Seminar
Credits: 1.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitated discussions and presentations of contemporary recreation research, curricula, and/or issues. prereq: instructor consent, credit will not be granted if already received for Rec 4998