Environmental Education - Masters of Science (MS)

This program serves students seeking careers that require a scientific understanding of the natural world, awareness of the environmental problems affecting present and future generations, and the skills needed to become effective educators. The MS in Environmental Education program is designed to help students acquire scientific knowledge and professional skills in preparation for careers devoted to formal and informal education, sustainable resource use, protection of biodiversity, and preservation of wildlands. Graduates find jobs as teachers in school and field settings; as interpretive naturalists in museums, nature centers, and parks; and as environmental advocates working with governmental and nongovernmental organizations to educate the public. Graduates participate as responsible and informed citizens promoting wise policy decisions affecting the environment.

To enter the program, applicants need at least 20 quarter credits (or 13 semester credits) in the natural sciences, as approved by a director of the environmental education program. Students admitted to the program or admitted as postbaccalaureate students intending to enter the program should meet with the program director before taking classes. Instructions for application may be found on the Environmental Education website (sou.edu/ee). Application materials include the graduate application to SOU, a letter of intent, official GRE scores, official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. Applications are reviewed on January 15 and April 15. It is recommended that students begin the program by taking ED 557A (Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment) during second Summer Session. This should allow for successful completion of the program by the end of fall term the following academic year.