NAAEE Accreditation: Distinguished College and University Programs


NAAEE Accreditation: Distinguished College and University Programs

NAAEE Accreditation formally recognizes high quality college and university programs that consistently prepare well–qualified environmental educators who possess the understanding, skills, and dispositions associated with environmental literacy, as well as the ability to apply them in their educational practices. The purpose of Accreditation is to provide a third-party, standards-based review process that:

  • Encourages and recognizes excellence in the preparation and professional development of environmental educators, and
  • Facilitates the in-depth, continual assessment and improvement of environmental education preparation and professional development programs within higher education institutions.

As part of this Accreditation process, higher education programs are asked to provide evidence of how they address each of the six themes identified in the NAAEE Professional Development of Environmental Educators: Guidelines for Excellence, although programs are given flexibility in how they are met. There is no one mold into which a program must fit—no set number of courses or experiences, no set examinations or measures. The Accreditation program has been designed with the understanding that college and university programs are unique and how they go about preparing high-quality environmental educators reflects that distinctiveness.

For more information, visit the Accreditation page.