The M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Environmental Education is designed to prepare K-12 educators as specialists in the study of the earth’s environment. Learning and teaching will be based on 3 key concepts: how to learn about and investigate the environment, an understanding of how humans interact with the environment, and the importance of stewardship for our Earth. An emphasis is placed on the connection between transformative education practices and the development of critical thinking, problem solving skills, and self discovery, skills essential to the successful evaluation of alternative viewpoints related to environmental issues. This course of study is aligned with the National Environmental Education Standards, the National Science Education Standards and the Science Common Core State Standards (when these are developed). Environmental literacy – how daily choices help or harm the environment – is a theme woven throughout the program.
Program Objectives for the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Environmental Education
In addition to meeting the objectives for all Concordia’s M.Ed. programs, successful candidates in the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction will demonstrate:
- Expertise in the utilization of new methods of authentic assessment and strategies as tools to evaluate student learning progress.
- The ability to modify instructional plans and promote alternative goals and strategies when necessary, particularly in relation to assessment results.
- Effective instructional skills in planning, implementing, and assessing instruction in settings that include diverse cultural populations and special needs students.
Environmental Education Courses
In addition to the four core courses required for a degree in Curriculum and Instruction, students enrolled in the Environmental Education program must also take the following foundation courses:
M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction – Environmental Education