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Master of Science in Environmental Education
Florida Tech has often been an educational pioneer, developing unique degree offerings not found at every university. The master's in environmental education is one such example, with Florida Tech being the first to offer a graduate-level environmental program in the state.
This program is a unique blend of environmental content, educational methods and research that ensures graduates are prepared for a variety of positions in education. The curriculum follows the respected North American Association for Environmental Educators' guidelines and is designed to cover the latest developments pertaining to the environment and to education. The master's in environmental education program includes study on ecological, environmental and sustainability themes for K-12 schools and non-formal programs (environmental centers, zoos/aquaria, museums, parks and preserves), as well as professional preparation and development for educators.
Experienced Respected Faculty
Small class sizes bring students and professors together for mentorship and support. Florida Tech professors have high praise from the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), including their highest award for lifetime service and achievement, the Walter Jeske Award. Several of the faculty members have worked with the United States Peace Corps and its Coverdell Fellows Program. With hundreds of published research papers, books and over 10,000 citations, professors in the master's in environmental education department are nationally recognized researchers providing major contributions to their field.
Hands On Learning Experience
Learning extends far beyond classroom studies into fieldwork in environments such as the Atlantic Ocean and Indian River Lagoon where students study native and invasive species, monitor endangered species (such as sea turtles and manatees) and discover tropical wildlife. Graduate students in the master's in environmental education program experience rigorous coursework that is flexible enough to provide opportunities for students to explore topics of personal and professional interest. Students entering the master's in environmental education program can choose a thesis or non-thesis degree option.
As a leading research university, graduate students pursue research in a wide range of areas that align with their career goals. Both thesis and non-thesis research topics are available in the master's in environmental education program. These topics match a student's preferred program plan and may be funded, in part, through grants. Whenever possible, students are encouraged to engage in studies that will make a contribution to the field at the local, regional, state, or national level. The master's in environmental education program has strong ties to the NAAEE as well as other national and state associations.
High Tech Facilities
One reason Florida Tech is considered one of the top environmental science schools is the high-tech F. W. Olin Life Sciences Building, a teaching and research laboratory that includes an aquaculture facility, climate change institute and research labs. The four-acre Vero Beach Marine Laboratory contains a marine laboratory, classrooms and conference room, while the Ralph S. Evinrude Marine Operations Center houses vessels for students and faculty to use for teaching and research with direct access to the Indian River Lagoon.
Graduates with a master's in environmental education find careers as science and general education teachers in public and private schools, environmental centers and zoos. Outside of formal teaching positions, many educational careers are available in museums, aquariums, national parks and reserves. This could include jobs such as working for the County's Environmentally Endangered Land Program or establishing a national park in the Caribbean as a Peace Corps Fellow.