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Environmental Education Program Receives National Recognition

Hamline University's Master of Arts in Education: Natural Sciences and Environmental Education (MAEd:NSEE) program has been recognized as a Distinguished College and University Program, and with this distinction, receives formal accreditation by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE).

NAAEE represents the environmental educators profession in over 30 countries and 56 states and provinces throughout North America, thus placing Hamline among 8 universities in the United States to hold this honor. NAAEE recognizes high quality college and university programs that consistently prepare well-qualified environmental educators who possess the understanding, skills, and attitudes associated with environmental literacy, as well as the ability to apply them in their educational practices. The purpose of NAAEE’s Accreditation is to provide a third-party, standards-based review process that:

  1. Encourages and recognizes excellence in the preparation and professional development of environmental educators, and
  2. Facilitates the in-depth, continual assessment and improvement of environmental education preparation and professional development programs.


The accreditation process involves a rigorous review of program design and implementation, including assessment data. The review was conducted by a nationally recognized panel of environmental education experts.