Masters in Environmental Education

8119
Master of Science
Classroom, Field
No
Graduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 8119 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom, Field Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Graduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne
Admission Materials: 3 letters of  recommendation, résumé, objectives  

Program Chair
Thomas J. Marcinkowski, Ph.D.

Environmental education is for individuals with experience and/or active interest in formal education programs (i.e., schools) and non-formal education programs (e.g., nature/environmental centers, agencies, parks, gardens, zoos and museums). The program is designed to provide graduate education in science and environmental content, as well as expand and enhance environmental education teaching skills. The program includes graduate coursework in environmental content, in environmental education and in educational research.

The master's degree program includes coursework in an environmental content concentration. Each concentration is designed around a unifying theme for the purpose of expanding environmental knowledge and skills pertinent to that theme (e.g., a disciplinary theme such as ecology or marine science; a natural resource theme such as estuaries; or a problem-oriented theme such as loss of biodiversity or water quality). Concentrations reflect the academic and research strengths of programs within the university. Programs that offer coursework for inclusion in environmental content concentrations include ecology and marine biology; environmental science and environmental resources management; biological, chemical and physical oceanography; coastal zone management and marine environmental science. Concentrations are designed to include coursework in each of the following areas: ecology or another foundational science; environmental problems; environmental fieldwork or monitoring; and environmental policy, planning or management.

The master's degree program also includes coursework in foundations and methods in environmental education to reflect North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) guidelines. The foundations course is designed to develop and expand knowledge of the field and of educational practices in the field from diverse perspectives. The methods courses are designed to develop and improve teaching skills. To accommodate students' differing backgrounds and interests, course projects and assignments allow students to develop and apply these skills in relevant contexts or settings.

Admission Requirements

The master's program is designed for individuals holding bachelor's degrees in areas of science, environmental studies, environmental interpretation, psychology or K-12 education. All entering students are expected to have a background in the sciences and in education that will permit them to successfully complete graduate coursework. Individuals for whom this may be a concern are encouraged to discuss this directly with the program chair.

General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented in the Academic Overview section, which also contains information on financial assistance.

Degree Requirements

The master of science degree is conferred on students who have successfully completed 30 credit hours, as specified in the following section including six credit hours of thesis (thesis option) or six credit hours of restricted electives that may include three credit hours of research chosen with the approval of the program chair and department head (nonthesis option). The thesis option concludes with an oral thesis presentation/defense.

Curriculum

The following courses are required:

  • EDS 5070 Educational Statistics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • EDS 5095 Essentials of Educational Research
    Credit Hours: 0
  • EDS 5410 Foundations of Environmental Education
    Credit Hours: 0
  • EDS 5420 Methods in Ecology and Environmental Science Content
    Credit Hours: 0
  • EDS 5430 Methods for Environmental Problems and Issue Investigation
    Credit Hours: 0
  • EDS 5440 Methods for Citizenship and Environmental Responsibility
    Credit Hours: 0

In addition to the courses listed above, a minimum of six credit hours must be taken in a chosen environmental content concentration. A minimum of six additional credit hours of Thesis (EDS 5999) is required for the thesis option, and a minimum of six additional credit hours of restricted electives is required for the nonthesis option. The nonthesis option coursework may include all credits from a chosen environmental concentration, or three from a chosen content area in environmental education and three semester credits of Research 1 (EDS 5081).

 

With departmental approval, up to six credit hours of 3000- and 4000-level coursework may be included in the content concentration.

 

Any schedule that would meet these requirements within a seven year period is acceptable. Any combination of part-time and/or full-time semesters can be used, as well as any combination of daytime, evening, and weekend and summer courses. The following is one example of a common schedule.

Fall (6 credit hours)
  • EDS 5410 Foundations of Environmental Education
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Environmental Content Concentration Course Credit Hours: 3
Spring (6 credit hours)
  • EDS 5420 Methods in Ecology and Environmental Science Content
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Environmental Content Concentration Course Credit Hours: 3
Summer (3 credit hours)
  • Environmental Content Concentration Course Credit Hours: 3
Fall (6 credit hours)
  • EDS 5095 Essentials of Educational Research
    Credit Hours: 0
  • EDS 5430 Methods for Environmental Problems and Issue Investigation
    Credit Hours: 0
Spring (9 credit hours)
  • EDS 5070 Educational Statistics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • EDS 5081 Research 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • EDS 5440 Methods for Citizenship and Environmental Responsibility
    Credit Hours: 0
Total Credits Required: 30