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Certification Program

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What is Environmental Education Certification?

The North Carolina Environmental Education Certification Program recognizes professional development in environmental education and acknowledges educators committed to environmental stewardship. This program establishes standards for professional excellence in environmental education for formal and non-formal educators.

The goals of the Environmental Education Certification Program are to increase environmental literacy, provide practice in environmental education teaching methods and foster community leadership. The program supports the objective of "increasing the number of leaders and organizations that provide quality environmental education across the state" outlined in North Carolina's state plan for environmental education.

Individuals who elect to take environmental education courses or workshops demonstrate a desire to develop a sense of stewardship for North Carolina's natural resources and to instill that sense of stewardship in children and adults. The certification program is designed to recognize these educators.

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Benefits of becoming Certified

The North Carolina Environmental Education Certification Program provides professional development for adults.

Environmental Education Certification recognizes an educator understanding and stewardship of North Carolina's natural resources and certified environmental educators have the knowledge and skills to be environmental education leaders in their community. This achievement benefits not only your community but the entire state and contributes to the future of North Carolina’s environment.

Those who are certified will receive:

A certificate of program completion signed by the Governor, Chairman of the N.C. State Board of Education and Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Professional recognition.
Networking opportunities with other environmental educators across the state.
Teachers can earn CEU credit for many of the workshop experiences that are part of the certification program with prior approval from their school district.


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Program Partners

Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Department of Public Instruction

Environmental Education Fund

Environmental Educators of North Carolina

NC Association of Environmental Education Centers

Wildlife Resources Commission

Administered by

NC Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs