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Environmental Education

Certification Workshops and Courses

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required for certification

as well as information on when and how to register.

Professional Development of Environmental Educators workshop

Methods of Teaching Environmental Education workshop

Environmental Literacy

online course


This hands-on full day workshop dives into the NAAEE's Guidelines for Excellence: Professional Development of Environmental Educators  on which the core competencies for this certification program are based. Focusing on the preparation and continuing education of environmental educators, this day is packed with interactive sessions that allow you to explore the Guidelines with other professionals.

Candidates may attend the Professional Development workshop any time after beginning Criteria 1 of certification. We strongly encourage candidates to complete Criteria 1 before attending this workshop.

This workshop is a prerequisite to the Methods for Teaching Environmental Education workshop.

Next offering:

March 8 AND 15, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 pm


Fee: $60

Current registration availability:

Registration OPEN to currently enrolled Certification Program Candidates

General registration opens February 18, 2023.

Registration for all closes February 27, 2023.

Future offerings:

September 12 AND 15, 4:00 - 6:00 pm



      This two day workshop focuses on the skills required to lead high-quality EE programming. Content includes: group management, inclusive learning environments, age-appropriate concepts, inquiry-based lesson planning, program correlation to the Virginia Standards of Learning and more. Explore and develop these concepts with your colleagues in the EE field. 


      • Criteria 1 must be completed prior to workshop registration.
      • Attendance at the Criteria 2.1 "Professional Development for Environmental Educators" workshop

      Next offering:

      June 17 virtual and June 24 in-person, 2023

      Charlottesville, VA

      Fee: $135

      Current registration availability:

      Not yet open*


      This online module focuses on Earth’s physical and living systems, human systems, and the intersection of our environment and society as well as the natural and cultural histories of Virginia and our bioregion. While it is impossible to cover all possible aspects of environmental literacy that an environmental educator may be required to know and understand, it is important that candidates understand some foundational concepts.


      • Criteria 1
      • Attendance at the Criteria 2.1 "Professional Development of Environmental Educators" workshop
      • Attendance at the Criteria 2.2 "Methods of Teaching Environmental Education" workshop

      Next offering:

      September 18 - November 17, 2023 - Virtual

      Course work is asynchronous with weekly deadlines except for three virtual class meetings:

      • Monday, September 18, 6:00 pm
      • Wednesday, October 18, 6:00 pm
      • Wednesday, November 15, 6:00 pm
      Fee: $100**

      **January 2022 certification enrollees (the Inaugural Cohort) are exempt from the workshop fee.

      Current registration availability:

      Not yet open*

      * Registration will not open until after VAEE has launched its new website in February 2023.

      The Virginia Association for Environmental Education is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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