Expected outcomes for graduates of the Master of Science in Ecological Teaching and Learning program.
Because one of our goals is for our graduates to be well-prepared for their ecological teaching work, we track student progress and ensure continuous improvement through a system that includes competencies that link to state and professional standards. Key assignments are identified in every course, and faculty give students actionable feedback on their progress based on these assignments.
Teachers know and critically analyze the historical development, purposes, interdisciplinary nature, defining characteristics, and guiding principles of environmental and sustainability education. As a result, candidates will provide evidence to demonstrate an understanding of:The ecological, economic, and social dimensions of sustainability.The interconnectedness of and significant changes occurring within and among local to global ecological, economic, and social systems.How culture influences people’s interactions with the natural and built (human constructed) environment.
How to evaluate a variety of natural and human systems for sustainability
The need for action on specific environmental and sustainability issues. They identify and facilitate action projects, and evaluate potential outcomes of those action projects.
How environmental and sustainability related policies are developed, implemented and interrelated.
Current and emerging career paths in environmental and sustainability fields.
Teachers use the unique features of environmental and sustainability education in the design and enrichment of curricula and school programs. They teach and assess environmental and sustainability curricula and create stimulating and motivating learning environments. As a result, candidates will provide evidence to demonstrate an ability to:
Align environmental and sustainability curriculum and instruction with district, state, and national standards.Integrate environmental and sustainability education with standards-based curricula and school programs. Develop and implement curricula, including projects, which are relevant to students’ lives and others within local and global communities.Employ effective strategies for environmental and sustainability education inside and outside the classroom.
Facilitate students' effective civic engagement for sustainable communities.
Teachers belong and contribute to the environmental and sustainability education professional community and understand that professional development is a life-long endeavor. As a result, candidates provide evidence that they:Identify the benefits and recognize the importance of belonging to a professional community engaged in environmental and sustainability education. Engage in professional development and/or leadership opportunities related to environmental and sustainability education. Provide accurate, balanced, and effective environmental and sustainability education instruction.
Are able to articulate a rationale for environmental and sustainability education and reflect upon their role in the ongoing development of the field.
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