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Certificate in Environmental Education

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This 12-hour certificate in environmental education provides the skills to be a leader in environmental education in both formal and informal educational settings. The program is accredited by the North American Association for Environmental Education and was designed in conjunction with the Master Plan for Environmental Education approved by the Kentucky Legislature. In addition, this program has received accreditation from NAAEE Accreditation: Distinguished College and University Programs. The program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Course Number and Title


Core Requirements: 

BIO 590/790 – Ecology for Teachers

EMS 561/761




Electives (choose 6 credit hours from the following): 

BIO 500/700 – Environmental Issues or GEO 302W – Global Environmental Problems

 REC 590/790 – Teaching in the Outdoors

ELE 424 – Teaching Science in the Elementary Grades

EMG 492 – Science in the Middle Grades

EMS 563/763 – Teaching Environmental Education

ESE 561/761 – Teaching Science in the Secondary School

CHE 501/701 – Environmental Chemistry

UNP 500/700 – International Environmental Service Learning

  Co-op/internship with Natural Areas (BIO 349. GEO 349, HIS 349, REC 463, or SCO 349)

Total Hours 12

For more information, please contact: 

Dr. Kelly Watson, Associate Director, EKU Division of Natural Areas


Natural Areas

521 Lancaster Ave
3106 New Science Building
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: 859-622-1476
Fax: 859-622-8068

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