Shippensburg University offers an approved program in environmental education. The program may be taken by Early Childhood/Elementary Education: PK-4 or Elementary/Middle Level Education: Grades 4-8 as an academic sequence or by secondary education majors in biology or geography/earth science. Secondary students in other fields may enroll in the program with the permission of their department chair.
The environmental education program at Shippensburg is a somewhat structured program, but it also allows for much diversity in the selection of courses for the completion of the requirements for the certification. This certification allows the teacher to teach any subject matter which is labeled as environmental education in any grade from kindergarten through the 12th grade.
To receive the certification a student must complete a minimum of 24 credits from the courses described below. The only course which is required of all students is EDU 410 - Environmental Education Practicum Credits: 3 .
The practicum is offered during fall semester of odd numbered years and summers during even numbered years.
The additional 21 credits may be selected in a variety of ways, but a minimum of 12 credits must be selected from a core of courses and nine credits must be selected from courses outside of the student's major field of study. These 21 credits must also be selected from a minimum of three departments of the university and include a statistics course.