Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education

Timeline, Process, & Fees

A. Timeline - 2 years from registration to completion (October = beginning and end)
B. Lasts 5 years – start renewal process before EEC expiration
C. Recertification requirements:

  1.  Evidence of EE best practices demonstrated (obtain evaluations from participants of program/initiative)
  2. 30 hours PD – ANR, certs, conferences, SCECHs, formal courses
  3. Submit an article to the MAEOEgram
  4. Present at MAEOE or other approved conference

D. Fees

  1. Pilot program = FREE (registration fee is waived; selection process)
  2. $100 administration fees (nonrefundable $50 due at onset); does not include Strands 1 & 2 fees
  3. Alternate option to present Strand 5 in October at conference

                a. Strands 1-4 complete by May 1 and                 submitted to committee                                          b. Additional nonrefundable $50                           processing fee (May 1)
                c. Approval by June 30; $100

Environmental Educator Certification


Strand 1: Environmental awareness, knowledge, & skills

1. Six-hour workshop

        2. Potential locations: ANR (July), MAEOE (Oct.), & MSTA (March)

Strand 2: Planning & implementing EE lessons

ANR/MEECS/other MI-based program &
Another EE curriculum support program (WILD, WET, PLT…)
Lesson plan created, implemented, & evaluated

Strand 3: Environmental literacy & critical skills

Local/regional environmental issue
Formal written assignment

Strand 4: Professionalism, leadership, & community – The action project

Community service, event, project, or workshop
Designed, planned, implemented, & evaluated

Strand 5: Sharing & celebrating – MAEOE conference presentation

Share EEC experience & action project (Strands 1-4 must be complete & approved)
Conference plenary, session, workshop, or field trip
EEC granted at conference (awards ceremony)

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

What you can do to earn an Environmental Educator Certification

The interest in the Environmental Educator Certification (EEC) continues to increase.  This new 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 the Academy of Natural Resources (ANR) July 10-15, 2016 – this a great option to help you complete Strands 1 and 2 of the EEC, but openings are limited.

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 2016 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!

MAEOE will select a pilot cohort in 2016 to begin their EEC journey.  However, you can start working toward Strands 1-4 at any time before registering.  Details about registration and other course offerings will be determined as the pilot progresses.  To learn more about the EEC, please visit our presentation at the Michigan Science Teachers Association’s (MSTA) conference on Friday, March 4, 2016 at 1:00 in Lansing.  We will also have our MAEOE display booth at MSTA, so please stop by and chat about any questions you may have about the EEC or the organization.  Stay tuned for more EEC updates on the website, Listserv, and Facebook.  Hope to see you in Lansing …

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 Cindy for more information: cindyfitzwilliams-heck@ferris.edu

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

An application for the EEC program can be found here: EEC Application

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