Course Description

Credit Validation for Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education Participants Only

The Environmental Educator Certification Program (EECP) recognizes experienced environmental educators for their skills and contributions to the field and draws together stewards and educators of the environment into a structured and effective initiative. The EECP is an 11- month program in which environmental educators demonstrate their competency through group discussion, individual reflection, submission of assignments, and the completion and presentation of a community action project. Through participation in the certification program, educators expand their professional networks, make important connections across the state, and better understand the full spectrum of environmental education careers available. EECP is conducted online over Zoom and utilizes Canvas as its learning management platform.

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Course Details

Number of Units: 1.0 - 9.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours, participants choose their selection during checkout.

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for Environmental educators in any setting (classroom teachers, early childhood educators, nature-based instructors, educators in informal and nonformal settings).

Directions to Enrolled Participants for University Credit:  Submit your Certificate of Completion by email to [email protected] after enrolling for credit and completing the course.

Prerequisites: Minimum of four semesters or two years of relevant teaching experience and registration with AEOE.

Course Options

Course Date Units Price
EDC-X721W – 001 01 Jun 202430 Aug 2024 1-9 $79-711

EECP 23-24

01 Jun 202430 Aug 2024
Credit Validation

Refund Policy: All Credit Validation enrollments are refundable, less a $25 fee, if requested within 30 days of enrollment date. There will be no refunds for Credit Validation after the allotted 30 days.

Enrollment Open Through: August 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024 (11:59pm PT)

Directions to Enrolled Participants for University Credit:  Submit your Certificate of Completion by email to [email protected] after enrolling for credit and completing the course.

What You Will Learn

  • Demonstrate the skills and understandings outlined in Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education
  • Describe the goals, theory, practice, and history of the field of environmental education
  • Demonstrate the responsibilities associated with practicing environmental education
  • Combine the fundamentals of high-quality education with the unique features of environmental education to design and implement effective instruction
  • Enable learners to engage in open inquiry and investigation, especially when considering environmental issues that are controversial and require students to seriously reflect on their own and others’ perspectives
  • Demonstrate a willingness to engage in reflective practice and collaborative discussion to further individual and collective knowledge and skills
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, abilities, and commitment to make assessment and evaluation integral to instruction and programs


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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

Key Benefits of Credit Validation Courses

Make Your Work Count

Earn credit for your previous work in trainings, workshops, and conferences through a simple process.

Advance Faster

Save money by earning credit for work you completed and get one step closer to salary advancement.

Work Towards a Degree

Many receiving institutions may accept credits towards degree programs, giving you a head start in earning a graduate degree.