Science and Environmental Education Concentration

Antioch University New England Elementary Teacher Certification StudentsAs schools and other educational institutions move towards self-governance and sustainability, they need teachers who can serve as curriculum problem-solvers and environmental educators. Classroom teachers and curriculum developers need knowledge of the fields of science, environmental and place-based education, skills at implementing curriculum with students, and the ability to enhance the capacities of their colleagues. These specialists will help schools connect with their communities through implementing recycling programs, naturalizing schoolyards, and working with local businesses and historical societies to preserve local heritage.

The Science and Environmental Education concentration is for Elementary Teacher Certification students who wish to be classroom teachers with a specialization in science, environmental, and place-based education. Students in this concentration take the same core courses leading towards elementary certification, as the students in the Arts and Humanities concentration. Additionally, they choose from a set of courses that focus on place-based education and ecological literacy. These students also take selected courses in our Department of Environmental Studies.

Specialized courses include:

  • Place-based Education
  • Mysterious, Magical Mushrooms
  • New England Mammals: Lessons for Teachers
  • Backyard Weather Predicting
  • Food in Schools
  • Integrating Math and Science through Mapmaking
  • Setting up a Naturalist’s Journal
  • Star Search: A Survey of the Night Sky
  • Vernal Pools: A Field Study Model for Teachers
  • Ecology of Imagination in Childhood
  • Life Down Under: Soil Invertebrates in the Classroom
  • Place-based Social Studies
  • Cemetery Quest: Using Burial Grounds as Educational Resources

Science and Environmental Education students do one internship in a self-contained classroom and another internship with a science, environmental, or place-based education focus. These internships might consist of middle school science teaching, coordinating the nature programs for a K-6 school, doing environmental curriculum design for a school district, program design for local history museums, or implementing school programs for conservation organizations.

Graduates who successfully complete this concentration are eligible for elementary teacher certification in the State of New Hampshire. Graduates are also well-suited to serve as educational directors in nature centers and environmental organizations, museum educators, curriculum developers, and science curriculum specialists in schools.