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Program Goals for the EE 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 the use of natural resources, including

  • The relevant ecology. Only an understanding of the ecology behind an issue can permit an objective evaluation of the issue.
  • Various methods of resource extraction. An environmental educator needs to understand various management techniques and their alternatives.
  • The environmental impacts related to each of the extraction methods.
  • Management practices for sustained use. 

Graduates will be knowledgeable about the field of environmental education, including

  • awareness of Environmental Education professional organizations and their journals
  • current trends in the field
  • the history of Environmental Education

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

  • Developing age-appropriate activities
  • Developing a place-based curriculum
  • Designing a guided walk
  • Developing interpretive signage
  • Assess EE programs using a variety of informal and formal techniques
  • Be knowledgeable of a variety of EE programs such as Project Wild, Project Wet and Project Learning Tree
  • Write successful grant proposals
  • Be knowledgeable on 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