2016 Master’s Degree (M.Ed.) in Environmental Education

FAU College of Education, Department of Teaching and Learning

The Master's Degree in Environmental Education is offered through the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education. The degree provides a comprehensive graduate program that prepares future professionals and enhances the environmental education knowledge and skills of practicing educators. This university-wide, interdisciplinary curriculum includes 36 semester hours of credit taught online and through in-person classes. The Master’s Degree in Environmental Education is open to students who have completed bachelor’s degrees in all majors.

Unique Graduate Assistantships Opportunities - Professional Work Experience and Degree Fee Waivers Available!

Graduate assistantships are available each year through FAU Pine Jog Environmental Center for students who are looking to complement their degree with real world practical experience in an environmental education center setting. Successful applicants receive fee waivers and bi-weekly stipends during their student employment. See below for further details.

Degree Program Summary (36 credits)

Core Environmental Education Courses (12 credits, 4 courses)

  1. SCE 6345 Perspectives of Environmental Education
  2. SCE 6344 Advanced Methods of Environmental Education (prerequisite SCE 6345)
  3. SCE 6644 Trends and Issues in Environmental Education (prerequisite SCE 6344, pre or co-requisite EDF 6481 or EDG 6285)
  4. SCE 6196 Capstone Study in Environmental Education (4th course, permission required)

SCE 6345 (1st EE Core Class, fall evenings) and SCE 6344 (2nd EE Core Class, select spring Saturdays) will be in-person. These classes will include interacting with professors and students in the cohort and visiting a range of sub-tropical environmental education sites, including parks, beaches, nature centers, and a wildlife (sea turtle) research and rehabilitation organization.

SCE 6644 (3rd EE Core Class, fall) and SCE 6196 (4th EE Core Class, spring) are available online. This will enable students who choose online electives in their second-year flexibility as to where they live, study and work. Students who prefer in-person courses can choose them for electives where available.

 Core Education Courses (12 credits, 4 courses)

  1. STA 6113 Ed. Statistics: Concepts and techniques for research
  2. EDF 6481 Ed. Research: Locate, analyze and evaluate research (pre or co-requisite STA 6113)
  3. EDG 6285 Program Evaluation: Surveys strategies, analyzes literature, and examines trends
  4. EDF 6800 Foundations of Global Education: International responses to issues in curriculum OR EDG 6625 Global Perspectives of Curricular Trends

Electives (12 credits, 4 courses)

Choose from a university-wide range of electives. All electives should be pre-approved by assigned academic advisor.

  • For environmental education pedagogy, most students should take a special section of Science: Elementary & Middle School (SCE 6151) held at the Jupiter campus on spring evenings. It is grounded in 7 Qualities of Great Science/Environmental Educators and the importance of linking formal and informal education; the pedagogies it covers are readily adaptable to students of all ages.
  • Prospective environmental professionals can choose courses to help prepare for exciting careers in center, camp, conservation, and sustainable planning education, along with administration in urban, rural, government, business, public and private settings.
  • Classroom teachers have the opportunity to pursue advanced study in their areas of specialization, join the green schools movement, or explore environmental education’s multidisciplinary content.

Prospective students interested in transitioning to a classroom teaching role on graduation should take grade-relevant pedagogy courses as electives, or consider a Master's Degree (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction plus certification (elementary or secondary). Core environmental education courses may be taken as part of a new graduate certificate in environmental education.

Admission Requirements

  • A graduate application must be completed online at http://www.fau.edu/graduate.
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate coursework (GPA of 3.0 in last 60 semester hours)
  • Graduate Degree, or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (154 V, 144 Q)
  • International students require an OEFL score of 500 or IBT of 61

For further questions regarding the degree or admissions, please contact Dr. Bryan Nichols at nicholsb@fau.edu

Graduate Assistantships Available Through FAU Pine Jog Environmental Center

PJ BuildingsFAU Pine Jog Center offers Graduate Assistantships that apply academic theory to practical experiences through a variety of environmental education programs and services, K- Adult.  The assistantship provides students the opportunity to develop in their role as professionals in the field of environmental education while obtaining their degree.

For successful applicants, FAU tuition fees are waived and students receive a stipend of $7500 a year for a 20 hour work week during the fall and spring semester. Applications to the program are due in the spring semester for a fall semester acceptance.

For additional information, see http://www.pinejog.fau.edu/student-programs/graduate-assistant.php , or contact the FAU Pine Jog Graduate Assistantship Coordinator Christopher Hill at chill38@fau.edu .


All College of Education Programs are approved by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).