• Climate Literacy Certificate

    Job openings for environmental specialists are growing fast—8% by 2029.* Find your place in this growing field with a certificate in Climate Literacy from Hamline. Whether you’re an educator looking to enhance your teaching around climate, a business professional incorporating sustainability into your business, or an advocate influencing public policy and community awareness, you’ll have the knowledge and inspiration to drive solutions to the climate crisis.

    Rooted in climate justice, and developed in close collaboration with Climate Generation, the Climate Literacy Certificate uses real-world research and investigation. For example, you might:

    • Design climate change education for your local school
    • Investigate the effects of climate change on your local ecology
    • Plan community outreach to promote walking/biking in urban neighborhoods to decrease reliance on fossil fuels
    • Get involved in policy work and co-author legislation around climate change

    *Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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    Program Overview Curriculum

    Students must take a minimum of 10 credits, which must include one class from each of the categories below, plus the synthesis project.

    Science/social systems

    • NSED 7230 Theories and Models in Climate Change, 2 credits
    • NSED 7010 Sustainable Food Systems, 2 credits
    • NSEE 8120 Biomes, 4 credits
    • NSEE 8130 Environment and Society, 4 credits


    • NSED 7011 Clean Energy Systems, 2 credits
    • NSEE 8130 Environment and Society, 4 credits


    • NSED 7205 Ecojustice Education, 2 credits
    • COSP 6998 Climate Change Institute for Educators, 2 credits

     Final Synthesis

    • NSED 7995 Climate Literacy Synthesis Project, 2 credits (specially arranged)
      Please consult gcs@hamline.edu for registration details.

    Apply today. Our application process is quick and simple.

    To apply, please submit the following:

    • 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 gradprog@hamline.edu. You do not have to supply transcripts for courses taken at Hamline University.
    • Students who are currently enrolled in a School of Education and Leadership degree or certificate program do not need to complete an application for admission to enroll in a new certificate program. Students seeking a first certificate or who are not currently enrolled at Hamline University need to complete an application for admission.

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    Hamline University
    1536 Hewitt Avenue, MS-A1710
    Saint Paul, MN 55104

    International Applicants
    For residents outside of the United States, please view the additional requirements for applying to Hamline University

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    Hamline University, like all higher education institutions, must follow individual state regulations before enrolling students outside of Minnesota in its online programs. Hamline can enroll students residing in most states, but please confirm whether your state is among the eligible states.

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