eeCredentials

The eeCredentials program is designed to provide online, easy-to-access, and ongoing professional development opportunities for environmental educators. 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.

“I loved the program! I feel so much more confident moving forward in my career with the tools provided in this program.”

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eeCourses

eeCourses are the building blocks for earning eeCredentials. Our courses are offered on a Spring, Summer, and Fall term calendar. You can register for up to 4 eeCourses in a particular term with the expectation that all work associated with those courses will be completed within a given term. The eeCredentials program and courses were designed with flexibility in mind. You can earn eeCredentials over time, whether you register for one eeCourse or four during a semester, we encourage you to build a schedule and workload that fits your life and availability.

With more in the works, we currently offer 10 eeCourses. eeCourses are intended to build key competencies in a particular subject or focus area. Each one operates asynchronously and will require a total time commitment of 10-12 hours. eeCourses include a variety of tasks and assignments that are thoughtfully designed to engage participants in active learning experiences. Each eeCourse will include a suggested timeline to encourage timely completion of assignments. At the midterm of each semester, it is expected that participants will have completed half of their registered coursework. While we want to be flexible, we also want these learning experiences to be meaningful and we think timely and periodic work in the courses will benefit participants more than trying to complete coursework at the last minute. All of our eeCourses will be moderated by 1-2 professionals in the field. 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. While most courses operate asynchronously, some courses include synchronous components. Check each course syllabus for these requirements. 

Dual-credit opportunities
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.

Course Catalog

The program catalog provides the latest availability in eeCourses and eeCredentials opportunities. Refer to the catalog for an overview of each course and easy access to each syllabus. 

Participant Handbook

Explore the handbook to learn more about course requirements, the online platform, schedules, assessment, and more.

Course

Calendar

Review dates for enrollment, orientation, and more for the upcoming spring, summer, and fall eeCredential and eeCourses terms. 

eeCredentials

Given our current eeCourse offerings, there are two eeCredentials that can be earned. eeCredentials can be earned over time. In other words, you do not need to register for all courses that make up an eeCredential within a single term in order to earn it.  If you are interested in building your own eeCredential using a combination of our eeCourses, reach out to brittany@kaee.org.

 
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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.


REQUIRED eeCOURSES

  • EE201 - Foundations in Teaching Environmental Education

  • EE301 - Core Curriculum Program Training

  • EE401 - KAEE Facilitator Training

  • Elective - see options here

 

CULMINATING PROJECT
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

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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. 


REQUIRED eeCOURSES

  • CEG201 - Community Centered Environmental Education

  • CEG301 - Sound Environmental Education Principles

  • JEDI101 - Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Environmental Education

  • CEG401 - Capacity Building & Long Term Change

 

CULMINATING PROJECT

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