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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)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2022
  • Length of program in credits: 31
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • 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 (MEEd) program 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 31 credits is required for the degree. Two plans are available (each are 31 credits). Students in both plans take coursework in core foundations (underlying theory, program planning and evaluation, Indigenous perspectives, and place-based education), a research methods course, and coursework pertaining to applications and/or teaching strategies. Plan B students take additional research coursework and complete a research 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 US college or university or an equivalent degree from a recognized college or university in another country.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
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 Graduate School's online 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.
Special Application Requirements:
International and domestic applicants whose first language is not English must submit current score(s) from one of the English proficiency tests noted below.
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
Plan B: Plan B requires 31 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. The final exam is oral. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project:Final project options include a research-based paper or journal article or a project involving systematic investigation or scholarly inquiry (such as an action research project or program evaluation).
Plan C: Plan C requires 31 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. The final exam is oral.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
4xxx-level electives must be approved for graduate credit. Credits taken before the award of a baccalaureate degree cannot be applied toward MEEd requirements.
Core Foundations and Underpinnings (10 credits)
EDUC 5230 - Indigenous Peoples and the Environment (3.0 cr)
ENED 5165 - Theories and Models in Outdoor Education (2.0 cr)
ENED 5600 - Place-based Education (2.0 cr)
ENED 5625 - Program Development and Evaluation (3.0 cr)
Plan B or Plan C
Plan B
Strategies and Applications (8 credits)
At least 4 credits must have the ENED subject
Take 8 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ENED 5163 - Outdoor Education Methods (3.0 cr)
· ENED 5315 - Operations and Management (4.0 cr)
· ENED 5325 - Sustainability Issues Investigation (2.0 cr)
· ENED 5500 - Early Childhood Nature Experiences and Pedagogies (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)
· MPS 8501 - Seminar: Community Engagement (4.0 cr)
· Other 5xxx level or above courses may be accepted upon approval of DGS
Research (13 credits)
ENED 5100 - Research Design and Methods in the Social Sciences (3.0 cr)
ENED 5560 - Current Research and Issues (3.0 cr)
ENED 5998 - Outdoor Education Seminar (1.0 cr)
Research Project must be taken for a total of 6 credits.
EDUC 5990 - Research Project (1.0-6.0 cr)
or ENED 5990 - Research Project (1.0-6.0 cr)
or Plan C
Strategies and Applications
At least 13 credits must have the ENED subject
Take 17 or more credit(s) from the following:
· Other 5xxx level or above courses may be accepted upon approval of DGS
· ENED 5163 - Outdoor Education Methods (3.0 cr)
· ENED 5315 - Operations and Management (4.0 cr)
· ENED 5325 - Sustainability Issues Investigation (2.0 cr)
· ENED 5500 - Early Childhood Nature Experiences and Pedagogies (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 5992 - Readings in Environmental Education (1.0-6.0 cr)
· MPS 8501 - Seminar: Community Engagement (4.0 cr)
Research (4 credits)
ENED 5100 - Research Design and Methods in the Social Sciences (3.0 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
MPS 8501 - Seminar: Community Engagement
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Examination of various community issues and means of addressing them though issue-identification, description, policy, and political organization. Depending on the instructor's pedagogical goals, this course may require students to engage in work off-campus with community partners. prereq: graduate student and 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 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
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 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 MEEd prereq: 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 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 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 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 5992 - Readings in Environmental Education
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Special complementary readings and discussion in advanced or graduate student's field of interest in environmental or outdoor education. Readings exceed the scope and/or offering of regular courses. prereq: Certificate or Master Environmental Education student or instructor consent
MPS 8501 - Seminar: Community Engagement
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Examination of various community issues and means of addressing them though issue-identification, description, policy, and political organization. Depending on the instructor's pedagogical goals, this course may require students to engage in work off-campus with community partners. prereq: graduate student and 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