CERTEE Program

CERTEE: Certificate in Ecological Education



Hands-on Ecological Education

The following is a description of the CERTEE Program.  The program is no longer offered; however, this description may be useful as a reference for previous graduates of the program.

CERTEE students learned how to create, coordinate, and deliver integrated, high-quality outdoor and environmental education programs that emphasize human interdependency and connectedness to nature and the environment.

The program covered both the theory and practice of ecological education, focusing on pedagogy, the land as a teacher, knowledge of local ecological systems, the role of the ecological educator, and the realities of planning and evaluation. The program included an internship under the guidance of practicing professionals in the growing field of ecological education. Students could also gain additional certification in wilderness first aid and flatwater canoing.

Participants were able to complete the program, including the home-study and internship components, in as little as 8 months, or longer if they required more flexibility. Because students were evaluated not only on written work but also on group presentations and demonstrations of proficiency, this university certificate program also worked well for people who thrive on experiential learning.

"CERTEE has been one of the most life altering experiences I have ever enjoyed/endured. The fast paced, learning-based program challenged me physically, mentally and has proven to have enriched my life in more than one area. More appreciation for the environment, my inter-personal skills and opportunity to see things the average person will never see, are only a few examples of what this program has to offer.
The small group allows for an intimate, unique venue for learning, not only from the well-qualified facilitators, but also from the other participants.”
- Tim Dament, CERTEE 2002/2003


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