Environmental Education Certificate

With the Environmental Education Certificate, you'll lift your environmental teaching through the stratosphere. Now more than ever, environmental topics like climate change and environmental justice are central classroom issues. 

Created by educators, for educators, this certificate program offers a mix of introductory environmental education concepts, teaching methodology and best practices, issues, and actions in environmental education, and a broad selection of content-specific courses. 

The certificate empowers you with a wide variety of training and classroom skills:

  • Interpret environmental education research to inform your curricula
  • Make environment-based curricular connections across disciplines like science, humanities, history, mathematics, and English language arts
  • Engage learners in stewardship, science, and advocacy for a sustainable future
  • Ground your understanding of environmental issues in a framework of equity and justice

The program's place-based courses travel with you when you leave the classroom. You'll apply the tools you learned to your local and regional resources to learn about the environment wherever you are.

Environmental Education Certificate frequently asked questions

Are my courses online or on campus? Hamline's Environmental Education Certificate is offered fully online. Some individual classes may meet synchronously online (at a set scheduled time) on a weekday evening. You have the option of choosing elective coursework that is fully online, or those that offer in-person field experience opportunities. 
When can I start this certificate? Fall, spring, and summer terms
What is the typical time to complete this certificate? Nine months
How many credits do I have to take? Ten credits
How many courses is the certificate? With no required classes, it's designed to be flexible: Simply complete ten credits of NSED classes at the 6000- or 7000- level to achieve your certification. Courses offerings change frequently.
How much does it cost? Your cost is calculated by the number of credits you take. For more information on the cost of tuition, see the School of Education and Leadership tuition page.

You can apply your certificate toward a master’s degree

Enrolling in a certificate program is a great way to experience what the master's programs at Hamline are like and take care of your electives. With the Environmental Education Certificate, you'll earn credits that you can apply toward a Hamline master's degree in education, or master’s in natural science and environmental education.