Environmental Education Certification

Shippensburg University offers an environmental education certification program that may be taken by elementary education majors as an academic sequence or by secondary education majors in biology or geography/earth science. Secondary students in other fields may enroll in the program with the permission of their department chair.

What Will I Learn?

While pursuing this certification, you can take advantage of diverse course offerings across the areas of biology, earth-space science, anthropology, chemistry, economics, geography, political science and math.

What are the requirements for this degree?

To receive certification, you must complete a minimum of 24 credits, including a required practicum course that is offered during the fall semester of odd numbered years and summers during even numbered years.

It is recommended that you indicate interest in this certification early in your studies to ensure proper planning.

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What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

This certification allows the teacher to instruct any subject matter that is labeled as environmental education in any grade from kindergarten through grade 12.

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?

As you prepare to become a teacher, you will participate in hands-on learning experiences such as:

  • Observation of classes in elementary, secondary and community college settings
  • Observations of physically challenged and exceptional learners
  • Student teaching placements

You may also take courses offered at the Marine Science Consortium in Wallops Island, Virginia.

You can also join a number of education and environmental-related groups to complement your studies, gain hands-on experience, pursue leadership opportunities and network.