Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education

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

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): 


Environmental Educator Certification