New Mexico’s Environmental Education Certification Program will launch this fall with a pilot group of applicants. EEANM will coordinate the program. Thank you to the volunteer committee members who have helped bring this program from an idea to reality!
Certified environmental educators will show their mastery of six themes:
- Environmental Literacy
- Foundations of EE
- Professional Responsibilities of the Environmental Educator
- Planning and Implementing EE
- Fostering Learning
- Evaluation and Assessment
Applicants will start with a self-assessment and professional development plan to gain any needed skills, knowledge and experience. Over the next 12 months, applicants will assemble an electronic portfolio to demonstrate their competencies. With narratives, lesson plans, papers, videos, photos and other supporting documents, the portfolio is intended to be a flexible assessment mechanism that will also be professionally valuable beyond the certification process.
Applicants can opt to work with an adviser. A team of peer reviewers will serve as the certifying agent. The five-year certification term will allow professionals to continuously improve as our field evolves.
The application will be available in June, and we’ll post all the details through EcoEd and our newsletter.
This article was originally published in EE Connections for April 2015 [PDF].