A master’s degree in Environmental Education from AUNE opens doors not only to an interesting variety of job settings, but also to higher level positions and rates of pay. Established in 1972, the Environmental Studies department at AUNE is the oldest environmental studies graduate program in the country while the environmental educators program, launched in 1989, remains the only such program composed entirely of graduate level students.The demand for graduate level environmental education programs began increasing nationally in the 1990′s and reached an all time high at AUNE in 2009 when admission inquiries rose 33% from 2005.
“I chose AUNE because I was looking to learn ways to share science knowledge that I was passionate about. I had an undergraduate degree in Marine Biology, but knew I wanted to do more than end up in a lab. Antioch’s combination of a strong, well-known environmental education program and an emphasis on field courses and practicum experiences made me aware that I could get real experience before graduating while still being able to follow my interests. I got a ton out of each of my classes and practica which allowed me to pursue a depth of knowledge that I don’t think I could have gotten anywhere else.” —Carla Companion (’09), COSEE-OS, Research Associate, Darling Marine Center in Maine
But just what is it about this program that earns it such praise from its alumni and environmental experts? It boils down to four points that make up the AUNE Competitive Edge:
- Oldest graduate level Environmental Studies department with the most recognized environmental education program in the country
- Commitment to high standards
- Multiple professional internship experiences
- Extensive networking and mentoring opportunities
In a recent survey of program alumni, one hundred percent of respondents reported that they either “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that the EE program was effective in preparing them for work in the environmental field. Among the competitive advantages that make the program stand apart from other such programs is the integration of professional internship experiences that garner AUNE students more esteemed job opportunities after graduation.