Virginia Environmental Education Certification Program
Environmental Educator Certification is a professional certification program for environmental educators based on the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Guidelines for Excellence.
Our first cohort of educators seeking certification will begin with the 2019 Virginia Association for Environmental Educators Annual Conference in February.
There are a limited number of spaces available. We will be seeking accreditation for our certification program through the North American Association for Environmental Education.
Benefits of the certification include:
Building a strong foundation of environmental literacy.
Networking with other Virginia environmental educators.
Improving your organization’s programs with a new environmental education techniques.
Supporting professionalism in the field of environmental education.
CRITERIA I - Online - 10 Hours
CRITERIA II - In-Person - 28 Hours
Meeting 1 - 9 Hours - At VAEE Conferences
NAAEE Guidelines for Excellence - Professional Development of Environmental Educators - 6 hours
Attend Capstone Project Presentations - 3 hours (n/a for the first cohort)
Meeting 2 - 16 Hours - Methods of Environmental Education
2 Day Workshop held in different region than VAEE Conferences. July-October timeline
Meeting 3 - 3 Hours - Presentation of Capstone Project at VAEE Conference
CRITERIA III - Self-Directed Learning - 91+ Hours
Section 1 - Outside Trainings/Workshops - 30 Hours
Section 2 - Exploration of Virginia Regions - 30 Hours
Section 3 - Teaching Experience - 30 Hours
Section 4 - Required Readings and Reflections - Various Hours
Section 5 - Assessment Test - 1 Hour
Section 6 - Capstone Project - Various Hours
The time requirement to complete the certification process is three years. The start date will be the acceptance of the application.
For more information please contact VAEE_EEC@gmail.com
Virginia Environmental Education Certification Application Fees