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Wildlife Ecology and Conservation department

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation department

Graduate Certificate in Environmental Education and Communications

Environmental Education and Communication research and practice spans a number of disciplines represented by several units at the University of Florida. Students wishing to work in formal education are likely to be enrolled in the College of Education as part of a teacher certification program. Those who plan to work in nonformal environmental education, developing community-based youth programs or conducting adult information and outreach programs for agencies and organizations, may be enrolled in Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences; Family Youth and Community Sciences nonprofit track; Forest Resources and Conservation; Religion and Nature program; Political Science; or Soil and Water Sciences, for example. A number of environmental education and communication professionals may be seeking additional coursework to improve their skills who would find the Environmental Education and Communication Certificate essential to their work. All environmental educators and communicators need a background in environmental science content, especially ecological processes and natural resource management, as well as skills in effective program design and delivery.

The Environmental Education and Communication Certificate is available to enrolled graduate students in any program at the University of Florida and non-degree seeking students. It will be awarded to those successfully taking 15 credits in four categories from the following list of graduate courses, completing the assessment essay, and submitting a short application form with your transcript. Students must receive a B or better in each course. The list is updated every five years and students may petition for new courses to be approved and added. Because this is an interdisciplinary certificate, we expect that courses counted toward the certificate will also satisfy course requirements in a student's major or an approved minor.

Applications and essay should be submitted to Dr. Martha Monroe, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, PO Box 110410, Gainesville FL 32611-0410

Additional questions may be directed to Certificate Co-directors Dr. Susan Jacobson (WEC) or Dr. Linda Jones (COE)

More information is available in this PDF: EEC Graduate Certificate PDF.