Professional Environmental Educator Certification
For more information regarding upcoming certification courses, please contact us at 800-882-5271 or Elizabeth.Schmitz@ky.gov.
Please note: The Kentucky EE Certification Advisory Committee is currently in the process of updating the application materials and forms for 2013. These documents will be available for download on this page very soon. In the meantime, you may review the information listed below and the downloads to the right for a general outline of the course.
||Benefits of Certification
The KEEC Professional Environmental Educator Certification program provides several benefits to participants, including:
- A credential recognized by a state agency
- Increased content knowledge
- Skills to effectively work with both teachers and other nonformal environmental educators
- The opportunity to network with other educators
The environmental education community is working toward more content-driven professional development. This includes a voluntary certification program for non-formal environmental educators. While the program is rigorous and contains assessments, it also contains numerous support systems that will allow anyone willing to put in the effort to complete the program.
Our program is based on Guidelines for the Initial Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental Educators , prepared by the North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE).
In order to maintain status as an active Kentucky Certified Environmental Educator, each program graduate must submit a continuing education (CE) plan.
||Upcoming Certification Information
Dates, Locations & Format
Dates and locations for the upcoming courses are listed below. The certification course consists of four workshops, each lasting three days. Each workshop begins at 1:00 p.m. Thursday and ends by 12:00p.m. on Saturday. Workshops are usually held at Kentucky state parks. Students complete an independent study between the fall and spring workshops.
Workshop One: November 14 - 16, 2013 at General Butler State Park, 1608 Hwy. 227, Carrollton, KY 41008.
Workshop Two: December 5 - 7, 2013 at Natural Bridge State Park, 2135 Natural Bridge Rd., Slade, KY 40376.
Workshop Three: February 27 - March 1, 2014 at the Galt House, 140 N 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202.
Workshop Four: March 27 - 29, 2014 at Barren River Lake State Resort Park, 1149 State Park Rd, Lucas, KY 42156.
The course includes four assessments:
- Environmental Literacy Exam
- Environmental Debate
- Reading Assignment
- Environmental Education Unit
Certification Registration Fee: $50 (Make checks payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer)
Mail checks and certification applications to:
Kentucky Environmental Education Council
500 Mero St. Capital Plaza Tower Room 2107
Frankfort, KY 40601
If you are a state employee planning to inter-account payment, please call or e-mail our office to obtain the inter-account information at 800-882-5271.
Additional Costs: Four 2-night stays at Kentucky state parks or a hotel, plus meals, and mileage. (Room block rates are usually offered; please inquire.)
A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for this program.
Kentucky wishes to express its gratitude to the certification programs of North Carolina, Utah, and Texas for sharing materials, ideas, and technical assistance.