Arizona Environmental Education Certification Program

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Interested in continuing your professional development in Environmental Education?  Join us and become a certified Environmental Educator!

The course aligns with NAAEE’s Guidelines for Excellence Preparation & Professional Development and compliments NAAEE’s Guidelines for Excellence: Best Practice in EE preparing participants to create a professional portfolio while gaining knowledge, skills, and experience toward certification. An abridged syllabus is available below.

Participants from our public pilot agree that the course supported their professional growth, “I have been challenged to research new topics, explore EE topics of interest that lay dormant, and build on master’s level coursework and teaching knowledge. Learning and growing in EE knowledge has been fulfilling and I am more confident that I can move from being a generalist with a lifelong love of nature to a specialist as I utilize new knowledge of EE history, policy, and systems approaches to environmental education. To paraphrase a popular saying, “the more I learn, the more I want to learn, and the more I realize I need to learn.”  I look forward to implementing my growth plan for immediate, short-term, and long-term goals.  Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of this inaugural program.”   --Lisa Parce, UofA Adjunct Faculty

This course is self-paced and supported by an expert reviewer, taking about 100 hours, total, to complete

Grow your environmental education skill set today!  

The Details:

This certification is a year-long, independent, portfolio building process where participants work one-on-one with mentors to become certified. 

The cost of the certification is $250, and scholarships may be available.

The application deadline for the next cohort is JULY 21, 2017. The cohort will begin on August 21st 2017 and run through August 19th, 2018. 

Applications for the course can be submitted through our online system. Click on this link to submit your application for the course. 

Submission of an application to participate is not a guarantee of a space in the course. 

You will need to remit a non-refundable $20 application fee to be considered for participation. The fee will be transferrable if you are not selected for an upcoming cohort or need ot defer. 

After the application deadline, if selected, you will either receive an email from the course administrator with information about your acceptance, or details about your status on the waitlist. Pariticipant numbers are limited to the number of reviewers available for the course. At this time we are taking 15 participants per cohort, and otherswill be placed on a wait list. There *may* be an opportunity to join an in-process cohort depending upon the status of the participants.

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