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).
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
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…
Please contact the MAEOE coordinator for more information: email@example.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):
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)