Environmental Education

An education curriculum to explore the human-nature relationship

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Environmental Education encourages the discovery and understanding of the Earth’s natural systems and the human role in those systems. Environmental educators strive to see, feel, and teach about the interrelationships among all living things. They have a solid comprehension of ecological concepts, and an understanding of environmental history and the ecological effects that humans have had on the Earth. Students pursuing this emphasis explore the literature and philosophy concerning the human–nature relationship.

Environmental educators acquire political and economic background in order to teach about relationships among local communities, technological society, and the global environment. They are able to teach and exemplify responsible, informed involvement in political and corporate decision-making. A foundation in the field of education with an understanding of learning theories, curriculum design, and experiential education provides them with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop their teaching and to demonstrate their competence.

Environmental education covers a broad spectrum of disciplines, requiring students to develop well-defined programs to meet their particular interests. Environmental educators must remember that before confronting people with the grim realities of environmental problems, it's best to provide them with opportunities to experience the joy and beauty of the natural world. Responsible stewardship occurs when people develop an appreciation for the complex and diverse life that inhabits the Earth.


Sample Courses in Environmental Education

  • Foundations of Education
  • Concepts of Ecology
  • Ecology and Natural History of the Southwest
  • Fundamentals of Environmental Education
  • Learning Theories
  • Environmental Education Methods
  • Authentic Assessment
  • Curriculum Design
  • The Art of Teaching
  • Introduction to Special Education
  • Multicultural Education and Social Justice
  • Rethinking our Classrooms: Race, Power and Identity in Education


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