Environmental Education Course Requirements

A minor in environmental education will enable teacher candidates to be better able to integrate environmental literacy throughout all disciplines taught at the P-12 levels. Teacher candidates will have the opportunity to explore age appropriate environmental pedagogy and design learning environments in the natural world. Teacher candidates will have the opportunity to learn about and come to a greater understanding of the interconnections between the natural world and human society. Information about the environment, sustainability, conservation, and energy are examples of topics to be discussed. Since the complex and critical relationship with our environment is a vital and growing concern of our society, integrating environmental topics and literacy into teacher education programs must be the standard of the 21st century.

Environmental Education Minor (17-18 credit hours)

Required Elective

Choose EV100 or BI340.

Conservation and management of renewable resources such as soil, water, air, minerals, plants and animals in relation to the total environment.As needed.

For the student interested in environmental issues, an introduction to questions related to the environment. Ecosystems and the human impact on ecosystems as population density increases will be included. Different kinds of environmental damage and their problems will be discussed as well as peace and justice issues in the environmental arena.

Required Courses

All courses listed.

Requires sixty hours of guided teaching in an elementary classroom to provide teacher candidates opportunities to relate principles and theories of education to actual classrooms and schools. Responsibilities include preparation of lesson plans and teaching materials. Supervision provided by both the classroom teacher and college supervisor.Requires admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Designed to give prospective teachers and teachers skills to use the natural environment as a formal classroom for all areas of the curriculum. Winter semester. Open to all majors; requires admission to the Teacher Education Program for Education majors.

Focuses on Indiana’s diversity of organisms and ecosystems, including the geological and biological history of the state. Field laboratories will introduce students to the major taxonomic groups of organisms and local Indiana Habitats.

Provides an overview of environmental law that is relevant to the everyday lives of all citizens. As an overview, offers the curious student the resources needed to explore environmental subject areas or issues more fully. Revolves around the primary federal environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and National Environmental Policy Act. Interesting cases, such as does a cetacean have standing to sue, will be incorporated as learning tools.

Work experience with a firm or agency directly related to the student’s major area of study. The learning experience is structured within the College approved guidelines for the internship program. Through close supervision by the director of interns, faculty advisor and the worksite supervisor, the student works toward achieving goals outlined in the individual learning contract.

Information about Course Requirements
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