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Environmental Education Certificate


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Environmental education on key topics including climate change and environmental justice are central classroom issues.

Created by educators for educators, Hamline’s Environmental Education Certificate provides you with a mix of introductory environmental education concepts, teaching methodology and best practices, issues, and actions, as well as a broad selection of content-specific courses. You’ll learn how to:

  • 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.

What will it take?

Cost per Credit
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Next Session Starts
June 3, 2024

Environmental Education Certificate program details

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Time to Complete
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Start dates and application deadlines

We review applications on a rolling basis, meaning you can apply and start your Environmental Education Certificate at three separate times throughout the year. We recommend applying at least six weeks before the term you want to start to ensure your spot.

How to Apply

Fall 2023 term starts
Spring 2024 term starts
Summer 2024 term starts

Environmental Education Certificate program format

Hamline's Environmental Education Certificate is offered entirely online. Some individual classes may meet synchronously online (at a set scheduled time) on a weekday evening. You can choose coursework that is entirely online or that offers in-person field experience opportunities that you can complete where you live and work.

Time to complete your Environmental Education Certificate

Make a sustainable impact by advancing your knowledge and skills quickly. The typical time to complete Hamline’s Environmental Education Certificate is nine months, depending on how many classes you take per term.

Environmental Education Certificate courses

There are no preselected courses required as part of the Environmental Education Certificate. Instead, you will need to complete five NSED classes 7000-level worth a total of 10 credits to achieve your certification.

Course offerings change frequently, so check back often.

NSED course descriptions



Applying to the Environmental Education Certificate program is simple and only required if this is the first certificate you’ve applied for at Hamline or if you are not enrolled in another Hamline School of Education degree or certificate program.

  • Online application (no fee)
  • Official transcript of a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of at least 2.5 from a regionally accredited college or university.
    • This should be sent directly from the institution to Graduate Admission or provided in a sealed, signed envelope. Official electronic transcripts should be emailed from the institution to
    • You do not have to supply transcripts for courses taken at Hamline University

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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. With the Environmental Education Certificate, you’ll earn credits that you can apply toward the following Hamline master's degrees:

Master’s in Education

Master’s in Natural Science and Environmental Education


*North American Association for Environmental Education

More than 100 studies found that environmental education provides transformative learning opportunities that engage students in the world around them in meaningful, collaborative ways.*

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