Education for Sustainability CGS

All students must meet the Requirements for the Certificates of Graduate Study (CGS)

Overview

The 18-credit Certificate of Graduate Study in Education for Sustainability (EFS) provides preK-12, postsecondary, and informal educators as well as those working in museum education, outdoor education, parks and recreation—and other fields where natural and built environments are part of the curriculum—with the knowledge and skills to empower learners in making positive changes in their communities while shifting societies to improve the quality of life for current and for future generations. Designed in partnership with the Shelburne Farms Institute for Sustainable Schools, this certificate features an innovative co-teaching arrangement and scholarship opportunities to reduce costs for graduate students. Students completing this certificate will develop a strong practical and theoretical foundation in action research, transformative education, youth leadership, and education for sustainability. Elective courses provide an opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of EFS in the context of food systems, agroecology, community development, and participatory research methods.     

Specific Requirements

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO GRADUATE STUDIES FOR THE CERTIFICATE OF GRADUATE STUDY

  • Completed bachelor’s degree
  • Completed Graduate College Application
  • Official transcripts from each college of university where credit has been earned
  • Three letters of recommendation

MINIMUM DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

18 credits including the following:

Core Courses
EDCI 343Fndns in Ed for Sustainability3
EDCI 344Mthds in Ed for Sustainability3
EDCI 345Trnsfrm Ldrshp Edu for Sustain3
EDCI 346Edu for Sustain Inquiry Action3
In addition to the core courses, students choose 2 electives (6 credits) from the following list:
CDAE 260Smart Resilient Communities3
CDAE 273Project Development & Planning3
CDAE 276Community Design Studio3
CDAE 321Econ of Sustainable Food Syst3
CDAE 326Community Economic Development3
CDAE 376Communicating Science3
FS 340Food Systems, Science & Policy3
FS 345Food Systems, Soc & Policy3
PSS 311Introduction to Agroecology3
PSS 312Ecological Foundations of Agro3
PSS 313PAR & Transdiscipl Agroecology3
PSS 314Agroecol, Food Sov. & Soc Mov.3