The interdisciplinary Environmental Education and Communication certificate at the University of Florida is jointly administered by faculty in the College of Education (School of Teaching and Learning) and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (School of Forest Resources and Conservation and Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation). Students enrolled in any graduate degree program at the University of Florida are eligible to complete the certificate program. To receive the certificate, students must: 1) register for the certificate as soon as they know they intend to work toward it (and at least before completing 3 courses), 2) successfully complete five classes (15-16 credits) in four categories from the list of graduate courses provided below, 3) apply to complete the certificate in ISIS when coursework for the certificate has been completed, and 4) submit the final assessment essay and application form to Martha Monroe. More detailed information regarding how to officially apply for the certificate is provided below.
Environmental education and communication research and practice spans a number of disciplines represented by several units at the University of Florida. Students wishing to teach environmental education in formal K-12 school settings are likely to be enrolled in the College of Education as part of a teacher preparation program. Those who plan to work in nonformal environmental education settings, developing community-based youth programs or conducting adult information and outreach programs for agencies and organizations, may be enrolled in programs such as Interdisciplinary Ecology; Wildlife; Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences; the Family Youth and Community Sciences nonprofit track; Forest Resources and Conservation; the Religion and Nature program; Agriculture Education and Communication; Political Science; or Soil and Water Sciences, for example.
REGISTRATION FOR THE CERTIFICATE
All students must register for the certificate by completing information on the ISIS website. You can reach that site by visiting the UF admissions home page (http://www.admissions.ufl.edu/start.html) and scrolling down to the certificate block. It can also be reached from ISIS (http://www.isis.ufl.edu/) by clicking on My Record, and then Certificate/ Degree Application.
Students must receive a grade of B or better in each course counted toward the certificate. All courses must be “letter graded.” S/U graded courses are not eligible.
The list of eligible courses in each category is updated every five years and students may petition to have new courses approved and added. Because this is an interdisciplinary certificate, it is assumed that courses counted toward the certificate also satisfy course requirements in a student’s major or an approved minor.
By indicating your interest in completing the EE&C Certificate on the ISIS application page, you will automatically be enrolled in the certificate program. It is your responsibility to select the appropriate courses from each category. If you find you need to petition for a course substitution, please contact the certificate administrator (Dr. Monroe at firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to your final semester so that you have an opportunity to take another class if necessary. You are also responsible for submitting the completed application and essay when you complete your coursework.
APPROVED COURSE LIST, Spring 2015
Students must complete 15-16 credits (five courses) in the following distribution:
Take 6 credits from Group 1 and 3 credits each from Groups 2, 3 and 4. A maximum of one substitute course may be considered upon petition, which must be submitted prior to applying to complete the certificate.
Group 1: Environmental Education and Communication Theory and Practice (Two courses; 6 credits)
AEC6540 Agricultural and Natural Resources Communications Theory
FNR5072C Environmental Education Program Development
APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATE UPON COMPLETION OF COURSEWORK
There are three steps to obtaining the certificate once you have completed required coursework from all four groups :
Apply to complete the certificate in ISIS and inform the certificate manager: email@example.com
Submit the application to certificate administrator (Martha Monroe at firstname.lastname@example.org) listing the courses you took in each category.
Complete the EE&C Assessment Essay and email it to email@example.com (see below)
E&C ASSESSMENT ESSAY
In addition to completing five courses from the required categories on the approved course list, the EE&C Certificate requires a summative assessment of your mastery of environmental education and communication knowledge and skills. A final written essay should be submitted to Dr. Martha Monroe (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the date of first submission of your thesis or dissertation during the semester in which you intend to graduate.
The essay should be approximately 750 words and should describe how you would use the EE&C strategies you learned in your coursework to achieve a particular education or communication goal of your choosing. You may use an actual or hypothetical situation as the focus of your essay.
The final assessment essay must include the following five parts:
A description of an environmental, problem, issue, or situation that requires a targeted education or communication program. Please explain why EE&C is an appropriate strategy for addressing this problem, issue, or situation. Describe two theories that you would use to help guide your education or communication effort as you developed your program or activity.
A description of the target audience for your education or communication effort. Please include the age range targeted and other relevant demographic characteristics of your target audience as well as a description of the specific context in which your education or communication program would be delivered (classroom, visitors to a particular informal setting, residents, training, etc.)
A description of how your education or communication program would be delivered (e.g., a face-to-face audiovisual presentation, a regional mass media campaign, a district-wide school-based program, an interactive website, a podcast or webinar).
A description of three desired learning outcomes for your target audience (objectives) that clearly identify specific knowledge, attitude, skill, and/or behavioral outcomes of your program.
A description of two evaluation methods you would use to assess the success of your program.
COMPLETED CERTIFICATE APPLICATION INFORMATION
Applications and essays should be submitted to Dr. Martha Monroe, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, PO Box 110410, Gainesville FL 32611-0410 email@example.com. Additional questions may be directed to the certificate Co-directors Dr. Linda Jones (College of Education, School of Teaching and Learning) firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Susan Jacobson (Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation) Jacobson@ufl.edu.
APPLICATION form is on the next page. Please mail completed application form and essay to: Dr. Martha Monroe, email@example.com; SFRC, PO Box 110410, UF, Gainesville FL 32611-0410
Application for the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Education and Communication
Intended Degree and Major ______________________________________
Expected semester/year of graduation __________________________________________
Permanent Mailing Address ___________________________________________
EE&C course numbers and titles completed for the certificate
Category 1 (EE&C), Course 1:
Category 1 (EE&C), Course 2:
Category 2 (Ecology):
Category 3 (Social Dimensions):
Category 4 (Resource Mgmt):
In one paragraph, please describe how you intend to use this certificate: