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Environmental Education M.E.Ed.

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College of Education and Human Service Professions
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Center for Environmental Education, 122 Sports and Health Center, 1216 Ordean Court, Duluth, Minnesota 55812-3032 (218-726-7554 or 218-726-8677)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 34
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • The program is delivered primarily on the UMD campus. Portions of some courses are delivered at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center (Finland, MN).
  • Degree: Master of 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 purpose of the master of environmental education is to develop advanced practitioners in environmental education (EE) who will take on leadership roles through positions such as EE specialists and directors at nature centers, outdoor and EE centers, natural resource agencies, conservation groups, park and recreation programs, and in P-16 school settings. A minimum of 34 credits is required for the degree. Core requirements include teaching methodology in formal and non-formal settings; program development, management, and evaluation; theory; and research. Elective courses are used for supporting final project and/or specific areas of interest. Final project options include a research-based thesis, research-based journal article, field project, or curriculum project.
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.
A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or an equivalent degree from a recognized college or university in another country.
Special Application Requirements:
Applications are due February 1, with admission for the following fall semester. (Under extenuating circumstances, applications may be considered past the deadline for admission.) All application materials should be submitted directly into the ApplyYourself application system. Your application will not be reviewed until all of the required materials are submitted successfully. Incomplete applications cannot be considered for admission. Required materials include the following: - Transcripts - Writing sample that demonstrates suitability for graduate-level study and/or formal academic writing ability - Resume - Two work samples that communicate suitability for graduate-level study in EE, such as a lesson plan, grant proposal, article, capstone project, etc. - Three letters of recommendation that speak to the applicant's potential as a graduate student and EE professional.
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
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total 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
Plan B: Plan B requires 34 major credits and 0 to 6 credits outside the major. The final exam is oral. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project:Final project options include a research-based thesis, research-based journal article, field project, or curriculum project.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
The degree is intended to be completed in two years, and a minimum of 34 credits is required. Coursework is offered primarily on-campus (in person); some electives are available online. Summer coursework is limited, and most students spend summers away from campus gaining relevant experience. Electives must be at the 4000-level or higher; 4000-level electives must be approved for gradate credit.
Foundations (2 cr)
ENED 5165 - Theories and Models in Outdoor Education (2.0 cr)
Instruction (5 cr)
ENED 5163 - Outdoor Education Methods (3.0 cr)
ENED 5850 - Classroom Applications (2.0 cr)
Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluation (10 cr)
ENED 5315 - Operations and Management (4.0 cr)
ENED 5625 - Program Development and Evaluation (3.0 cr)
ENED 5855 - Programming for School Systems (3.0 cr)
Research (12 - 13 cr)
ENED 5100 - Research Design and Methods in the Social Sciences (3.0 cr)
ENED 5998 - Outdoor Education Seminar (1.0 cr)
EDUC 5560 - Current Research and Issues in Science Education (2.0-3.0 cr)
or ENED 5560 - Current Research and Issues (3.0 cr)
Research Project
Must be taken for 6 credits.
EDUC 5990 - Research Project (1.0-6.0 cr)
or ENED 5990 - Research Project (1.0-6.0 cr)
Electives (4 - 6 cr)
Courses supporting research area or career goals (4-6 cr).
 
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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 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 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 5315 - Operations and Management
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02034 - 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 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 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 5100 - Research Design and Methods in the Social Sciences
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
An overview of the designs, methods, and processes used in social science research. Course content includes the following topics: Developing a purpose statement and research questions; conceptualization, operationalization, and measurements of variables' choosing and using human research subject; experimental research' survey research prereq: graduate student or 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
EDUC 5560 - Current Research and Issues in Science Education
Credits: 2.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Examines science education research literature. Trends in research and teaching. prereq: MEd student; offered summer only, instructor consent
ENED 5560 - Current Research and Issues
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Examines research literature and related issues pertaining to outdoor education including disciplines of science, environmental experiential, and adventure education. Trends in research, teaching, plus research design and methods. prereq: grad student or instructor consent
EDUC 5990 - Research Project
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 36.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Faculty-supervised research project required for MEd prereq: Instructor consent
ENED 5990 - Research Project
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Faculty-supervised research project required for MEd prereq: Instructor consent