Learning the skills of powerful educational approaches equips you as a leader and change agent in nature centers and museums, classrooms and higher education, residential facilities, corporations, the media, municipalities, zoos, aquariums, farms, community organizations, and botanical gardens. Educating for sustainability, raising awareness about climate change, reconnecting children and adults to nature and their community, translating science into conservation education, employing conservation psychology techniques, and making sense out of the human footprint on the planet are all aspects of Environmental Education.
Grounded in EE theory and practice, graduate students acquire an interdisciplinary understanding of the social, political, and economic aspects of human systems and how they impact ecological systems. Antioch graduate students learn natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. Principles of sustainability, justice and cultural competency are interwoven into our EE approach.
Being an environmental educator means understanding how people learn and what inspires people to change. This specialization balances knowledge about the learning process with a solid foundation in environmental sciences and acquisition of effective teaching methodologies and educational designs. Students learn to translate the complex web of earth systems science, sustainability, environmental issues, and environmental change for the public. Courses and internships highlight aspects of EE in urban and rural contexts while catering to the individual interests of students. Through innovative coursework, professional internships, and graduate capstones, students acquire the skills and confidence to be leaders in the field.
EE students gain hands-on experience in stewardship practices, positive youth and community development, program design and evaluation, conservation psychology and understanding ‘place’ as socio-ecological systems and dynamic classrooms for all ages. AUNE has a proven track-record of environmental education graduates who go onto serve as professional leaders across the globe. Our graduates work for environmental justice, reinvigorate environmental and science education in cities, guide communities in planning for climate change, and promote sustainable, just, inclusive practices in EE organizations, schools, and businesses.
Choose a Professional Science Master’s Option
PSM IconEnvironmental education students who want to build a stronger grounding in science can choose to earn a Professional Science Master’s Certificate in addition to their M.S. in Environmental Studies.
Combine your Antioch experience with the Peace Corps and save.
Combine on-campus coursework at AUNE with two years of service in the Peace Corps and earn 12-credits, tuition-free, as Peace Corps volunteers. Save up to $12,000 in tuition and fees and have an international experience of a life-time by being part of our Masters International Program.
- 42 credits
- Fall & Spring Entry
- Classes Thursdays and Fridays plus a capstone project
- 5 semesters to complete
Antioch University, and therefore New England, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. All degree programs are also approved by the New Hampshire Postsecondary Commission.