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Guidelines for the Preparation & Professional Development of Environmental Educators

Posted By NAAEE Staff on 10/20/2010 2:44:14 PM   |  Last Edited By Bora Simmons on 1/2/2013 7:49:54 PM
Summary: Guidelines for the Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental Educators offers recommendations about the basic knowledge and abilities educators need to provide high-quality environmental education. This set of guidelines has been used in the development of NCATE teacher education standards, environmental educator certification programs, and state Environmental Literacy Plans. Read or download the guidelines from this post.
EdGuidelines for the Preparation and Professionald Development of Environmental Educators offers recommendations about the basic knowledge and abilities educators need to provide high-quality environmental education. These guidelines are designed to apply:

•   Within the context of pre-service teacher education programs and environmental education courses offered to students with varied backgrounds such as environmental studies, geography, liberal studies, or natural resources;
•   To the professional development of educators who work in both formal and nonformal educational settings, offering programs to Pre-K - 12th grade and adults; and
•   To full-time environmental educators as well as for those for whom environmental education is just one of their responsibilities.

Environmental educators work in a variety of settings, at a variety of jobs. They teach in public and private classrooms, and lead activities for children and adults at nonformal educational institutions such as nature centers, zoos, museums, and parks. They teach at universities in education, environmental studies, geography, natural resource, and science programs. They develop curriculum materials and administer national, state, and local programs. Regardless of the setting, Guidelines for the Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental Educators outlines the experiences and learning that will help them deliver instruction that effectively fosters environmental literacy.
 
This document presents an ambitious overview of the abilities and knowledge of a well-prepared environmental educator. The guidelines, organized into six themes, provide a mechanism for gauging the quality of pre-service and in-service preparation programs and the abilities of environmental educators working in the field. Instead of offering fixed rules, these guidelines suggest a broad vision—a goal to work toward and a guide for professional and programmatic development.

Guidelines for the Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental Educators was used as the foundation for the development of the NCATE Standards for the Initial Preparation of Environmental Educators. In addition, these guidelines have been used in the development of state professional environmental educator certification programs and state Environmental Literacy plans.

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Guidelines for the Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental Educators [Presented May 1, 2012]

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PDF of Prep & Prof Dev Guidelines (Full Document)

Summary of Prep & Prof Dev Guidelines (One Page)

NCATE Standards for the Initial Preparation of Environmental Educators

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