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Program Goals for the Environmental Education Graduate

Students should have a solid foundation in the natural sciences. An environmental educator is only as effective as the knowledge and skills the individual brings to the design and delivery of programs.

Graduates will understand uses of natural resources, including:

  • relevant ecology
  • various methods of resource extraction
  • environmental impacts related to each of the extraction methods
  • management practices for sustained use

Graduates will have knowledge about the field of environmental education, including:

  • an awareness of environmental education(EE) professional organizations and their journals
  • understanding current trends in the field
  • the history of EE

Graduates will have a variety of skills useful for teaching environmental education, including:

  • how to develope age-appropriate activities
  • how to develope a place-based curriculum
  • how to design a guided walk
  • how to create interpretive signage
  • how to assess EE programs using a variety of informal and formal techniques
  • how to find and use a variety of EE programs such as Project Wild, Project Wet and Project Learning Tree
  • the ability to write successful grant proposals
  • how to meet state and national teaching standards in science and other areas related to environmental education including Social Science and Mathematics and use these when designing curriculum

Graduates will have knowledge and experience in current teaching methods, including

  • lesson design and effective methods of presentation
  • design of age-appropriate lessons
  • unit design – thematic, with clearly defined outcomes
  • motivational techniques
  • appropriate techniques for managing the educational environment
  • various assessment techniques