Master of Education in Environmental Education
Attention Potential Graduate Students:
The Graduate Faculty of the Department of Parks and Recreation is embarking on a self-study of the online and on campus graduate programs to ensure that the quality, as well as the scope, of the program is consistent with the needs of students continuing in, or entering into, the field of parks, recreation, and the management of resources related to the provision and maintenance of natural resource based outdoor recreation opportunities.
Due to activities affecting our ability to offer appropriate and sufficient courses on campus, and anticipating changes to the program emanating from the results of a self-study, the on campus graduate programs in park and resource management and environmental education will be placed on moratorium beginning with the spring 2014 semester. During this period, students already admitted to the on campus programs will be able to complete their programs of study through a combination of on campus and online courses.
Potential applicants will still have the option to enroll in the online programs in park and resource management and environmental education.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but we feel strongly that it is an important step to take to ensure that the best quality graduate education continues to be offered by the Slippery Rock University Department of Parks and Recreation.
Slippery Rock University’s Master of Education in Environmental Education was initially designed for the classroom teacher who wants to address state and national guidelines for environmental education in their lessons and assist their schools and districts in “greening” their curriculum. The program benefits students who are interested in working at non-formal educational institutions where they will be providing programs for students and teachers and 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.
The online environmental education program consists of 30 credit hours. Students complete eight courses (three credits each) as well as six credits of internship. A six-credit thesis is also an option. Students not completing a thesis are required to complete a Professional Competency Project, usually done as part of the internship.
The courses in the environmental education graduate program are structured to provide both depth and breadth in a variety of relevant basic and advanced study opportunities. Emphasis is placed on environmental education history and philosophy, methodology, and content necessary for preparing an environmentally literate citizenry.