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Professional Environmental Educator Certification Course

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Join our bright and experienced instructors, and people from across the Commonwealth who share an interest in environmental education, for this fun and informative course.
 
The four workshops will provide you with great ideas for activities to use in your own work and a thorough understanding of environmental education best practices. Participants who complete the course requirements will receive the designation, "Certified Professional Environmental Educator." ​​ ​
 
Benefits
"One of the biggest benefits is networking and bonding with fellow participants. Another benefit is exposure to curriculum guides and hands on activities. I do several hands on activities already, but the course has helped me refine and expand them. My organization benefits because I can use the information and skills I gained from this course to improve current programs and classes and to develop new ones that have more impact. I also have a better understanding of how to work with formal educators." (2016-17 course participant)
 
"This course provided me with a framework of thought, history, and pedagogy in which to anchor my work. It allowed me to further develop a holistic approach to teaching. The course allowed me to offer more perspectives and depth in the classroom." (2016-17 course participant)
 
"I have a greater awareness of the fact that positions on environmental issues are rooted in values and beliefs, not just knowledge and/or ignorance. I also have have a deeper understanding of standards & guidelines. All of these factors combine to increase my conscientiousness, enthusiasm, objectivity, and effectiveness as an educator." (2014-15 course participant)
 
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Above: A Project Learning Tree activity in Workshop 1 - Field, Forest, and Stream
 
Join the course to:
  • Learn new EE techniques and best practices
  • Network with fellow educators
  • Improve your organization's programs
  • Support professionalism in the field of environmental education 
See the Course Format page for more information about the workshops and assessments.
 
Accreditation
The course is accredited by the North American Association for Environmental Education. Graduates certified in Kentucky are eligible to apply for reciprocal certification in other states with accredited programs.​​
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Certification Renewal

Certified Professional Environmental Educators are required to renew their certification annually by completing Continuing Education requirements​​.

Who should become certified?

The course is for anyone interested in educating others about the environment in formal or nonformal settings, especially those who are interested in connecting their work to the Kentucky Academic Standards.​
All kinds of educators
Typical course candidates might include ​staff or educators at:
  • nonprofit environmental and educational organizations
  • state or county agencies
  • K-12 schools
  • parks
  • nature centers
  • extension offices
  • conservation districts
  • libraries
  • health departments
  • zoos 

Above: The 2016-17 class during Workshop 1 at Buckhorn Lake State Park 
​Learn from each other 

"It has benefitted me by meeting new people to network with, creating new friends, and open doors to new possibilities." (2016-17 course participant)

“I very much appreciate the diversity of roles & programs from our group! We formed valuable relationships & support structures for advancing our diverse EE goals & initiatives.” 
(2013-14 course participant)​
 
Eligibility
The course is open to anyone 18 years of age or older who has a high school diploma or GED. Applicants are not required to be a member of any environmental education organization.   
 
College Credit
College credit is available and can count toward the environmental education endorsement offered at several state universities in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Contact KEEC for details.