Environmental STEM for Teachers Graduate Certificate

Students learning at conservation workshop

Teach best practices for conservation

Aid nature by educating others. Work as a teacher, naturalist, conservationist or someone who wants to help.

You can complete this four-course certificate 100% online.

Why earn a graduate certificate in environmental STEM for teachers?

  • Earn this certificate 100% online in only four courses.
  • Receive teaching guides and gear you can use to instruct your students.
  • Excite children about learning, using nature as the lens.
  • Enjoy (optional) on-site field opportunities to experience firsthand what teaching nature is all about.
  • Optional Zoom meetings with the certificate coordinator give you a clear picture of course concepts.

Certificate in Environmental STEM for Teachers

Gina Wood, Program Director
Ellis Hall, Room 405;
Phone 417-836-6830

Program description

The Graduate Certificate in Environmental STEM for Teachers provides a 12 hour graduate-level experience for educators, naturalists, conservationists, environment workers, or community members who are interested in conservation education. The program provides for the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary for understanding and appreciating Missouri habitats and wildlife through the use of scientific materials, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) practices. The certificate is also designed to provide a foundation on integrating conservation education into inquiry-based teaching. Through Grade Level Expectation-based activities from all content areas; students will be trained in basic field biology to foster the confidence necessary to lead public school students in outdoor settings.

Admission criteria

To be considered for the program, a student must submit a graduate application and have a 3.00 grade point average. Students who do not meet the normal admission requirement, but who show an indication of high promise, will be considered for probationary admission. Probationary conditions will be defined by the certificate advisor. Students in the accelerated master's program, seniors, and postbaccalaureates are encouraged to consider this certificate. Admission to the certificate program does not constitute admission to any other Missouri State University graduate program.

Required courses (12 hours)

Course code Course title Credit hours
EEM 616 Nature Unfolds 3 hrs
EEM 617 Nature Unleashed 3 hrs
EEM 618 Project Wet, Wild and Learning Tree 3 hrs
EEM 619 Nature Unhooked: CMAE Conserving Missouri's Aquatic Ecosystems 3 hrs

Completion requirements

Courses must be completed with a 3.00 GPA for successful completion of certificate.

Apply online

Apply to this program through a central application. Review the sections above before you begin.