Global Ecology Education Graduate Certificate

The Science Education program features the Global Ecology Education Initiative, which is designed to foster climate change and sustainability education. The Global Ecology Education Graduate Certificate is part of this initiative and reflects our educational commitment to fostering a more compatible relationship between human beings and the planet that sustains us.

The Global Ecology Education Graduate Certificate program builds greater understanding of important issues such as anthropogenic-influenced climate change, deforestation, oil spills, and ocean acidification. The program is particularly geared for biology/environmental science/science education students; practicing middle and secondary life/general science teachers; science chairpersons; educators in the informal science domains (science museums, arboreta, botanical and zoological gardens, nature sanctuaries); environmental advocates in need of a stronger science basis; and students seeking to pursue greener pathways.

The Global Ecology Education Graduate Certificate program is a unique 16-credit program designed to:

  • Convey up-to-date, evidence-based content on how the biosphere as a dynamic system functions and how we as humans can be a better “fit” with those systems.
  • Share and practice inquiry-centered, activating pedagogy that helps emerging teachers to be most effective with students and the citizenry at large in becoming more literate in ecology.

Coursework and Requirements (16 credits)


  • CAS BI 543 Global Ecology (4 cr) (periodically offered in the summer)
  • Three sustainability and/or environmental studies-based graduate electives (8 cr)
    selected in consultation with Professor Zook

Combination with the MAT or EdM

MAT students may also qualify by opting to use their program electives, SC 570 Science Methods I, and an additional graduate-level science course to satisfy the requirements of this certificate. Thus, these students may graduate with a master’s, licensure, and a Global Ecology Education Graduate Certificate, all with 46 credits.

For many, the Global Ecology Education Graduate Certificate may serve as a stepping-stone to the Master of Education (EdM)—Global Ecology Education track. This 36-credit program offers comprehensive preparation in this field. Both this EdM and the certificate welcome part-time enrollees.