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Master of Education in Environmental Education

The purpose of the Master of Education in Environmental Education is to develop advanced practitioners in environmental education (EE) who will take on leadership roles through positions such as environmental education specialists and directors at nature centers, outdoor and environmental education centers, natural resource agencies, conservation groups, park and recreation programs, and in P-16 school settings.

After successfully completing the program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the fundamental characteristics and goals of EE and the evolution of the field.
  • Describe and accept the professional responsibilities and dispositions associated with practicing environmental education.
  • Demonstrate knowledge relating to environmental processes and systems and skills for investigating and addressing environmental issues.
  • Develop a long range management plan for an environmental education related center.
  • Analyze an EE program in terms of the likelihood its intended outcomes will be achieved, based on its underlying program theory; suggest recommendations for increasing the likelihood of achieving outcomes based on learning theories and theories relating to responsible environmental behavior and environmental literacy.   
  • Plan and implement instructionally-sound EE lessons for the nonformal settings.
  • Plan and implement instructionally-sound EE lessons that support the standards-based accountability movement in formal education.
  • Design and integrate assessment strategies into EE lessons.
  • Design an EE program for the formal setting that supports the comprehensive school reform movement.
  • Use an existing program or curriculum development model to guide the development of curriculum or a program that supports EE goals and the goals of the agency, school, or organization
  • Plan a program evaluation for an EE program and develop evaluation tools that can be used to improve the program or make decisions about future programming
  • Use existing EE research and research from related fields (outdoor and adventure education, science education, conservation psychology) and emerging trends in EE to inform and guide practice and research.