The Environmental Education Certificate Program (EECP) builds undergraduate students’ environmental content knowledge, communication skills, critical thinking about environmental issues, and commitment to being an environmentally responsible citizen. There are four educational objectives of the EECP:
Create new knowledge (environmental knowledge, natural history knowledge, etc.) related to environmental and life sciences;
Develop effective teaching and communication skills;
Implement a variety of strategies for assessing learning outcomes; and
Demonstrate content knowledge, teaching ability, and assessment strategies through an experiential learning capstone course.
The EECP requires 18 total undergraduate credit hours. Through course work and experiential learning, the EECP will prepare undergraduate students interested in the environment and helping the public gain a deeper understanding of it. With the EECP, students will be prepared to pursue jobs at 4-H Centers, nature centers, museums, science centers, aquariums, zoos, state and federal natural resource agencies, and city/county parks and recreation departments. Even if you are not considering a natural resource/environmental education career path, the EECP will build critical science and communication skills applicable across many professions.