Master of Education in Environmental Education - Department Page
Graduate study in environmental education is available through three distinct programs: a Master of Education program on campus or on-line and a Master of Science in Park and Resource Management with a focus on environmental education / interpretation.
Slippery Rock University’s Master of Education Degree in Environmental Education is designed for the classroom teacher who wants to address state and national guidelines for environmental education in their lessons and to assist the school district in meeting these recommendations or for the student interested in working at non-formal educational institutions where they will be providing programs for students and teachers where they will be emphasizing curriculum and program development. Since environmental education is frequently integrated into the curriculum, rather than addressed as a separate subject, the program helps students develop those competencies while increasing their understanding of societal interactions with ecological systems. This degree can also be completed in a blended format in which students can take both online and on campus courses.
The Master of Science in Park and Resource Management program with a focus on environmental education/interpretation is for students whose goal is to work in a park setting. This program provides students with a flexible program that can help meet career goals, whether they involve changing to a new career or providing advanced study in environmental education.
Both the M.Ed. degree in Environmental Education and the M.S. in PRM are 30 credit hour programs. Both are thesis optional programs; students may elect to do a thesis, which involves substituting three hours of research methods and six hours of thesis credits for nine hours of electives. Students selecting the non-thesis option are required to complete a professional competency project.
The graduate programs in environmental education are structured to provide both depth and breadth in a variety of relevant basic and advanced study opportunities. Emphasis is placed on environmental education philosophy, methodology, and content necessary for preparing an environmentally literate citizenry.