Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education

The characteristics of a certified environmental educator were formulated by the MAEOE Education Committee and derived in part from the Core Competencies published by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE): http://www.naaee.net/files/core_competencies.pdf

Timeline, Process, & Fees

A. Fee: $200. At the time of your Strand 1 workshop, $50 is due to cover materials.  The remaining $150 is due upon the final review of your portfolio prior to your capstone (Strand 5).

B. Timeline:

1. Strands 1-4 MUST be completed within 5 years from the Strand 5 Capstone.  Attendance at a Strand 1 workshop functions as your commitment to the program.  Strand 1 is offered in March, July and October at different locations around the state. 

2. The year you have completed Strands 1-4 and are ready to present the Strand 5 Capstone, notification is given to the EEC coordinator by March 1st and if granted clearance, Strand 5 is presented at MAEOE's annual conference in Oct.

C. Recertification Requirements:

1. Certification lasts 5 years - start renewal process before EEC expiration.

2. Evidence of EE best practices demonstrated - evaluations from participants of program/initiative required.

3. 30 hours PD - ANR, certifications, conferences, SCECHS, formal courses

4. Submit an article to the MAEOEgram

5. Present at MAEOE or other approved conference

Environmental Educator Certification

Thursday, March 1, 2018
9:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Lansing, MI
Cost: $45

Register by February 16th by contacting the MAEOE-EEC Coordinator,
Cindy Fitzwilliams-Heck, fitzwilc@ferris.edu

Checks made payable to MAEOE and send to PO Box 51235 Livonia, MI 48151
Please include Strand 1 and your email address in the check memo line
For credit card payment, please contact maeoe.assistant@gmail.com

While environmental educators come with a variety of backgrounds and work in a variety of settings, there is a core set of characteristics that all qualified environmental educators should possess.  The tasks and requirements of the certification process are designed to assess and ensure that all candidates demonstrate aptitude in the following areas:

A Certified Environmental Educator in Michigan…

  1. Has an awareness of significant events in EE history, current and historical environmental issues, and EE resources in the state of Michigan
  2. Understands basic knowledge and environmental facts and processes
  3. Teaches and communicates effectively with an audience
  4. Exhibits the skills and ability to critically analyze current environmental issues
  5. Distinguishes between education and advocacy
  6. Demonstrates leadership and collaboration in the EE community
  7. Continually strives to improve his or her skills and knowledge

Please contact the MAEOE coordinator for more information: eecmaeoe@gmail.com

MAEOE's EEC document with all requirements can be found here:​ EEC Guide

An outline of the basic requirements for an EEC in MI is as follows (and can be downloaded here):

What you can do to earn an Environmental Educator Certification

The interest in the Environmental Educator Certification (EEC) continues to increase.  This offering by MAEOE will benefit all types of educators – formal, nonformal, experienced, and the novice.  Having the EEC ensures the participant attained a set standard of environmental education (EE) knowledge and skills identified by the North American Association for Environmental Education.  The professional expertise gained with the EEC could help you advance in your career and gain the respect you deserve. 
In summary, here are five things you can do to start working toward your EEC today:

1.  Register for a Strand 1 Workshop - Potential locations: Potter Park Zoo, March 1, 2018 ANR (July), MAEOE (Oct.), 

2.  Complete two EE workshops ­such as ANR, MEECS, Project WILD, PLT, Project WET, etc. (see Strand 2).

3.  Identify and research a local environmental topic or concern (see Strand 3).

4.  Start planning an EE community action project (see Strand 4).

5.  Plan to attend the 2018 MAEOE Conference in October!  Here, you can complete Strand 1, part of 2, and network with other EE professionals! 

After you complete the requirements for the above strands, you will be ready for the capstone project.  For Strand 5, you will present your action project at the MAEOE conference!


Strand 1: Environmental awareness, knowledge, & skills
1. Six-hour workshop                                                                                                       2. Next Workshop: March 1, Potter Park Zoo

Strand 2: Planning & implementing EE lessons
1. ANR/MEECS/other MI-based program &
2. Another EE curriculum support program (WILD, WET, PLT…)
3. Lesson plan created, implemented, & evaluated

Strand 3: Environmental literacy & critical skills
1. Local/regional environmental issue
2. A written assignment

Strand 4: Professionalism, leadership, & community – The action project
1. Community service, event, project, or workshop
2. Designed, planned, implemented, & evaluated

Strand 5: Sharing & celebrating – MAEOE conference presentation
1. Strands 1-4 must be complete & approved
2. Share EEC experience - research & action project
3. Presented as a short, breakout session at the annual MAEOE Conference          4. EEC granted at conference (awards ceremony)