Environmental Educator Certification
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…
Has an awareness of significant events in EE history, current and historical environmental issues, and EE resources in the state of Michigan
Understands basic knowledge and environmental facts and processes
Teaches and communicates effectively with an audience
Exhibits the skills and ability to critically analyze current environmental issues
Distinguishes between education and advocacy
Demonstrates leadership and collaboration in the EE community
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):
Please contact the MAEOE EEC coordinator for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
How Do I Get started?
The interest in the Environmental Educator Certification (EEC) continues to increase. This offering by MAEOE will benefit all types of educators – formal, non-formal, 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 -MSTA (March), 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!
Want to see all of the EEC requirements? Check out the entire EEC Document.