Project or Thesis
The Environmental Education master’s program offers three completion options: exam, project, and thesis. Most students select the exam option. It offers the fewest complications and makes it easy to graduate in a timely manner.
However, for some, a thesis or project is the appropriate option, and we support this. A thesis or project allows you to establish demonstrable expertise in an area that will help you as you pursue your career. For example, a field biology research project (with environmental education implications) can lead to a PhD program in biology or environmental education or lead to a position in a community college. For another example, a graduate with a thesis focusing on assessment will be valued by a non-profit providing environmental education services. Most grant applications today require the demonstration of the the effectiveness of their education programs. There are other reasons, too. Everybody’s story is different, and we are happy to sit down and discuss the pros and cons of the various options to help you make the best choice for you.
A student must apply for this completion option by the end of their second quarter of course work at SOU. An advisor must be secured before you apply for this option. Students conducting research through data collection in the field of Environmental Education will complete a thesis, while those producing a product should develop a project that contributes to the larger field of environmental education. An academic document will result from either option. The thesis or project substitutes for one of the science electives, and the student does not take the written examination. Should you choose this option, be prepared to extend your Master's degree by one or two quarters, as this will add a significant amount of work outside of your program's requirements.