Educating for Sustainability Concentration

Whether you teach kindergarten or high-school English, work in a farm-to-school program or an environmental education center, this program can give you the skills and credentials to be a leader in sustainability education. Through a mix of field, classroom and online experiences, you have a chance to connect with educators from around the country and the globe who are making sustainability the core focus of their teaching and professional lives.

This MEd concentration focuses on the interdependence of environment, economy and equity (the three Es of Educating for Sustainability) and how we can incorporate sustainability at any grade level and in every subject area. It is the first MEd program in the U.S. linking education and sustainability. As educators, we have the opportunity to model sustainable practices, to open our students’ minds to the possibilities of a sustainable future and to help guide them to be responsible citizens for change in their communities.

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Listen to Ex Ed Alum, Mary Magnusson, describe the Experienced Educators program and its impact on her teaching. (3:36)

Educators are agents for change, and change is needed now. What is required to achieve sustainability is a paradigm shift, one that can be affected through education. Educating for Sustainability is about helping teach people how to meet their needs without compromising future generations.

Student Reflections on the EFS Program

Concentration Goals

Graduates of the Educating for Sustainability program have the capacity to:

  • Help move their schools toward sustainability.
  • Use U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development Guidelines.
  • Develop holistic integrated curriculum.
  • Understand advocacy and leading a project towards sustainability.
  • Incorporate EFS themes into teaching and classroom practice.
  • Foster improvement in sustainability practices in schools or organizations.
  • Integrate EFS curricula into existing learning standards.
  • Connect professionally to the national and international EFS arena.
  • Help others understand sustainability across a variety of contexts.

Program Delivery

  • Outstanding faculty from Environmental Studies, Education, and Organization & Management
  • Start in January or July
  • Five-semester, 33-credit program
  • Two weeks of face-to-face and field courses in the summers
  • Online classes in the fall and spring
  • Three semesters of practicum work at your school or workplace
  • All classes are 3 credits

Complete your degree in 5 semesters!

Most students take 6 credits in the fall in spring semesters. This includes one required on-line class and a choice of practicum. During the summer, students will take two weeks worth of face-to-face courses on campus at Antioch New England in Keene, NH. The summer residency is typically the middle two weeks of July. It is possible to spread out your program to take fewer courses in a given semester. Please inquire during the admissions process to learn more about this option.

On-line Courses:
Connecting Communities
Integrating the Three E’s
Curriculum Design for EFS

Practicum Courses
Child Study
Curriculum
Equity and Change

Summer Classes at Antioch New England in Keene, NH
Principles of Sustainability
Childhood and Nature
History and Practice of EFS
Real-World Sustainability
Sustainable Leadership