Online Graduate Certificate in Environmental Education

Arizona State University’s online graduate certificate in environmental education prepares you to safeguard and manage the environment. This certificate facilitates connections between actionable research findings and on-the-ground practices, creating collaborative spaces where stakeholders work together to address environmental issues over time.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 08/22/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 5

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 15

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What is environmental education?

Environmental education is a process in which individuals explore environmental issues and use problem-solving skills to improve the environment. It’s taught in traditional classrooms, business communities and community-serving organizations such as nature centers, museums, parks and zoos.

This certificate is designed to establish standards for professional excellence in environmental education. In completing this certificate, you’ll build environmental content knowledge, communication skills and commitment to being environmentally responsible citizens. You’ll also strengthen your:

  • Ability to act toward resolving environmental problems.
  • Awareness of local and global environmental issues.
  • Knowledge of the environment and its associated problems.
  • Motivation to actively participate in environmental improvement.
  • Skills for identifying and solving environmental problems.

Who’s a good candidate for this certificate program?

The certificate is beneficial regardless of your major as it offers a valuable skillset applicable to various career paths. It can also be especially beneficial for formal and nontraditional educators. Along with K-12 teachers, these can include those who work in corporate training, community outreach, museums and environmental advocacy. Additionally, while this certificate can be completed alone, it’s also a great addition for students pursuing degrees in sustainability, biomimicry, education and more.

Prepare for Arizona Association for Environmental Education certification

This certificate establishes standards for professional excellence in environmental education as outlined by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). Throughout the certificate, you’ll complete coursework aligned with NAAEE learning outcomes. Then, at the end of the certificate, you’ll upload the corresponding assignments as a portfolio and receive state certification through the Arizona Association for Environmental Education.

Please note: If you live outside of Arizona, you must confirm if there are any additional steps needed to become certified in your state.

Will my certificate say "online"?

No, Arizona State University’s certificates and diplomas don’t specify whether you earn them online or in person. All certificates, diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.”

Environmental education courses

The core coursework increases environmental literacy and fosters community leadership strategies. It also encourages critical thinking, problem-solving and systemic thinking in conjunction with sustainable practices. As you progress in the certificate, you’ll be encouraged to explore the outdoors and develop an understanding of your environment.


Core

Biomimicry: For Sustainable Innovations


Core

Conservation of Biological Diversity


Core

Environmental Education: Investigating Global Issues


Elective

A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert


Elective

Environmental Education Projects


Elective

Exploring Urban Environmental Education


Elective

Nature-Based Mindfulness


Elective

Sonoran Desert Flora


The jobs an environmental education certificate prepares you for

Upon graduation, you’ll be equipped with an Arizona Association for Environmental Education certificate and prepared for a variety of career paths. These can range from education centers and environmental education organizations coordinating eco-advocacy activities to institutions compiling environmental research. Specific career examples include, but aren’t limited to:

Department of Agriculture (USDA) coordinator

Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) coordinator

Environmental education coordinator

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) coordinator

Museum environmental education coordinator

Outdoor education and camps director

Summer camp director

Summer programming coordinator

YMCA environmental education coordinator

Learn from leading faculty in environmental education

The faculty of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College draws from a range of academic disciplines – including cognitive science, psychology and economics – to gain insight into important questions about the process of learning, the practice of teaching and the effects of education policy. The faculty is committed to connecting research to schools and other learning environments. Our teacher and leadership preparation programs combine scholarly rigor with practical application.

Learn from leading faculty in environmental education

The faculty of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College draws from a range of academic disciplines – including cognitive science, psychology and economics – to gain insight into important questions about the process of learning, the practice of teaching and the effects of education policy. The faculty is committed to connecting research to schools and other learning environments. Our teacher and leadership preparation programs combine scholarly rigor with practical application.

How to apply

Applicants to the graduate certificate in ​​environmental education must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

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Join one of the best colleges of education in the nation

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College brings people and ideas together to increase the capabilities of individual educators and the performance of education systems. According to U.S. News & World Report, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College is the only U.S. college of education to rank in the top 15 in both on-campus and online graduate education degrees.

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Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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