Global Ecology Education: Certificate Program

Discover the Global Ecology Education graduate Certificate program offered at the Boston University School of Education.  This program is designed for middle and secondary teachers; environmental science majors; community college and undergraduate instructors; educators at science museums, arboreta, botanical and zoological gardens, and nature sanctuaries;  environmental advocates; science media personnel; and any biology- and geoscience centered students seeking greener pathways.

The Global Ecology Education (GEE) graduate certificate is 16 credits or four courses (500 level or above).


There are two required core courses:

  • Global Ecology (CAS BI543): (offered each Fall) This course emphasizes the vast connective threads around the earth with emphasis on past and anthropogenic climate change, element flow, biogenic geology, bacteria as a superorganism, and the dominance of symbiotic systems.
  • Sustainable Human Ecology (SED SC512): This course provides direct on-site experiences at “green” facilities around the Boston region, including examples of solar and wind power, sustainable farming, recycling operations, and urban composting.

Two additional courses are electives chosen in consultation with the advisor and including such options as Forest Ecology, Terrestrial Biogeochemistry, Science Teaching Methods, the Carbon Cycle, Green Literacy for Teachers, Marine Biogeochemistry, and Symbiosis. Future options will include nature field experiences such as two week intensive course experience at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in northwest Amazon (Ecuador), one of the world’s diversity hotspots as well as learning programs at the Humboldt Field Station along the Maine coast.


Prerequisites for Certificate acceptance include at least four biology/ecology-related courses of B or better. Those who have received an undergraduate degree can apply.

Seniors can begin to take the Global Ecology courses as long as these courses are not a part of their required undergraduate degree credits. The senior could transfer those credits in. Anyone can register for the upcoming CASBI543 Global Ecology or others as part of electives in their own course of study or simply without having to enter any program or course of study.

Advantages of Program

  • The GEE certificate program is not an on-line program, but completely on campus and field sites. This allows for a hands-on learning experience.
  • Those applying for or enrolled in the Masters of Arts in Teaching Program (MAT) in science education or the Master’s of Education (Ed. M) in science education may be able to receive the Global Ecology Education Certificate simultaneously depending upon their course selection.
  • GEE program participants become part of a learning and sharing community, a collective focused on how people can become more compatible with earth systems.
  • The program can be completed part-time.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.