The eeCredentials program is designed to provide online, easy-to-access, and ongoing professional development opportunities for environmental educators through online courses, known as eeCourses. We offer a variety of eeCourses, each of which has a different focus and objective specifically designed for environmental educators. Each eeCourse lasts 4 - 6 weeks, with specific module due dates and group Zoom discussion sessions.
“I loved the program! I feel so much more confident moving forward in my career with the tools provided in this program.”
eeCourses are the building blocks for earning eeCredentials. The eeCredentials program is designed with flexibility in mind. You can earn an eeCredential over time or just focus on the eeCourses that interest you with no requirement to earn an eeCredential.
With more in the works, we currently offer 13 eeCourses. eeCourses are intended to build key competencies in a particular subject or focus area. Each one operates asynchronously, with the exception of some in-person, workshop-based offerings. eeCourses are designed to require a total time commitment of 12-15 hours over a period of six weeks, with the exception of one four-week session in late Spring.
eeCourses include a variety of tasks and assignments that are thoughtfully designed to engage participants in active learning experiences. All of our eeCourses will be moderated by 1-2 professionals in the field. Throughout each course, participants record their work and responses in a provided digital course journal, which is submitted weekly upon completion. Course Moderators will provide feedback and grades for all submitted assignments and they will be available to answer questions regarding tasks or assignments. eeCourses are housed and administered through a web-based learning management system, Moodle.
This program is meant to be flexible and meet the needs of professionals in the field of environmental education. Most courses operate fully online and asynchronously, with the exception of our JEDI101 course, which features required synchronous Zoom calls with Lithouse Strategy Consultant, Paul James. Each course syllabus includes an outline of the module deadlines and Zoom calls if applicable.
A partnership between KAEE and Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) gives students the opportunity to earn dual credit for a combination of courses in teaching environmental education. To learn more about this option, click here.
Given our current eeCourse offerings, there are two eeCredentials that can be earned. eeCredentials can be earned over time. Think of an eeCredential as a micro-credential or a certificate that can be earned by completing a series of courses, designed to increase your knowledge and skills in a certain area. eeCourses are the building blocks for earning eeCredentials. If you are interested in building your own eeCredential using a combination of our eeCourses, reach out to email@example.com.
This eeCredential is designed to build the capacity of its participants to host high-quality environmental education workshops and equip them with the skills needed to be a leader in the field of environmental education and professional learning. Participants who earn this eeCredential also become certified KAEE Facilitators. Our facilitators create a powerful network of educators who not only offer environmental education training to their community but also help to propel environmental literacy across the state.
EE101 - Core Curriculum Program Training
EE210 - Foundations in Teaching Environmental Education
EE310 - KAEE Facilitator Training
Once all four courses (including the elective) are completed, you will be expected to co-facilitate a curriculum educator project. You have one year from the completion of the PLL eeCredential to plan and co-facilitate the workshop. This workshop could be online or in-person.
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING LEADERS
Henrietta Sheffel, KAEE Facilitator | 2021
Gail Becraft, CCCD Nature Center | 2021
Rhonda Lamb, JPF, Four Rivers Basin Coordinator | 2022
Annie Griggs, LFUCG | 2022
Pony Meyer, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill | 2022
Dan Pascucci, Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest | 2022
Marsha Hart, Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery | 2022
Jennifer Beach, Kenton County Public Library | 2022
Anna Wiker, Raven Run Nature Sanctuary | 2023
David Logsdon, Pathfinders of Perry County | 2023
“I've planted a lot of seeds, but they're only just beginning to sprout after all that work. And that's cool. I realize now that that's the whole point of this program. You're not going pull off some fantastic event and be ‘one and done.’ It's a process of relationship building that will continue, hopefully, for as long as I’m doing environmental education.”
-Roberta Burnes, Green Community Leader
This credential is designed to equip participants with the skills needed to collaborate with their community to help address the environmental issues they face. Through the coursework, you will explore a new array of settings, partnerships, and opportunities to take your work more fully into communities. The goal of community engagement is to strengthen the foundations of well-being—environmental quality, social equity, shared prosperity, and the capacity to pursue these goals together.
CEG210 - Environmental Education & Your Community (formerly CEG201)
CEG211 - Building Relationships for Community EE (formerly CEG201/2)
CEG220 - Sound Environmental Education Principles
JEDI101 - Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Environmental Education
CEG245 - Capacity Building & Long Term Change
Community Environmental Education Action Plan: Through the course work assignments, you will step-by-step design a Community Environmental Education Action Plan that can be implemented in partnership with your community to support ecological integrity, shared prosperity, and social equity.
GREEN COMMUNITY LEADERS
Roberta Burnes, Division for Air Quality | 2022
In partnership with the EKU Division of Natural Areas, participants can complete specific eeCourses and earn undergraduate or graduate credit hours through Eastern Kentucky University. Stay tuned for more information about future dual credit opportunities!
Scenes from EE Bootcamp 2023
eeCourses are offered on a rolling schedule throughout the year. See the Program Catalog for the current schedule and the anticipated offerings moving forward.
Member Rate: $129
Non-Member Rate: $149
Ultimately, pay what you can. During registration, enter the dollar amount that works best for you.
We offer this registration option as an intentional effort of class solidarity to ensure professional learning is accessible to all.
What is Class Solidarity?
Class refers to where you fit into the world regarding finances (for example, poor, working class, middle class, wealthy). If you are registering and your organization is paying for your participation, please enter the member/non-member rate, unless this will also be a barrier for your organization (such as a grassroots nonprofit). If you or your organization can pay the full cost, you will be taking an action of solidarity and making KAEE's professional learning opportunities more accessible for people who cannot afford to pay as much.
No matter what you pay for the eeCourses, there is no judgment. Pay what you can but most importantly: join us! We are so excited to be a part of your professional learning journey.
2024 | Spring Session 1
- Mon, Jan 08Jan 08, 2024, 7:00 AMKAEE MoodleThis course is designed to provide educators with the background knowledge and skills necessary to engage communities in environmental education experiences that are based on established principles and proven practices in the field.
- Mon, Jan 08Jan 08, 2024, 7:00 AMKAEE MoodleThis course is designed to provide educators with the background knowledge and skills necessary to ground professional learning experiences in the sound principles of environmental education, culminating in the design and implementation of an effective environmental education lesson.