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The Environmental Education (EE) 12-credit hour endorsement provides professionals interested in environmental education with the opportunity to have training that meets national standards developed by the North American Association for Environmental Education and adopted by the Kentucky Professional Standards Board.

The EE Endorsement is suitable for the following individuals:

  • Persons with a teaching certificate to add this to their teaching certification
  • Persons working at parks and outdoor recreation facilities, such as park rangers and 4-H camp counselors
  • Persons working at non-formal environmental settings, such as science museums and aquariums

The minimum requirements for acceptance into the Environmental Education Endorsement are as follows:

Applicants must be pursuing a master’s degree and have an expressed interest in environmental education.

Applicants for the Environmental Education endorsement must have or be eligible for a teaching certificate at the elementary level (IECE Birth to Primary or Elementary P-5), middle grades level (Grades 5-9),  or secondary level (Grades 8-12, Grades 5-12, or Grades P-12). Students certified or eligible for certification in Special Education P-12 are also eligible for admission to the Environmental Education endorsement.

Environmental Education courses may also be taken by those not seeking the EE Endorsement.

The EE Endorsement is 12 credit hours and can be integrated into most graduate programs. You can add this endorsement to your teaching certificate or take these classes for your own personal or professional development.

Below is a list of program requirements and the semester in which the courses may be available via web through WKU Online, which refers to semester-based online courses or self-paced through WKU On Demand.

Required Courses (6 hours)

ENVE 520

Introduction to Environmental Education (Spring)

ENVE 580

Instructional Strategies In Environmental Education (Fall)

Electives (6 hours)

EDU 507 or 
GEOS 507

Geographic Concepts and Skills for Teachers (Spring) or
Geography for Teachers (Spring & Summer)

EDU 540

Place-based Social Studies

EDU 541 Place-based Science

GWS 575

Gender, Justice, and Sustainability (Spring)

SUST 512

Foundations of Sustainability (Summer)

SUST 514

Environmental Justice and Public Spaces (Fall)

SUST 518

Organizational Change for Sustainability (Spring)

Program Contact

Name: Dr. Jeanine Huss
Email: jeanine.huss@wku.edu

Phone: (270) 745-2293

Department Website

WKU Online

Student Support Specialist: Nikki Roof
 (270) 745-5173
Email: learn.online@wku.edu

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 Last Modified 9/4/20