Is the goal of environmental education to instill pro-environmental behaviors, foster collective environmental action, and/or developing healthy and productive citizens? Through short pre-recorded lectures, podcasts, readings, social media, and live webinars, this course will help you define your environmental education goals and learn what the research says is the best pathway to achieve them. Topics include environmental behaviors, collective action, knowledge, values, attitudes, nature connectedness, sense of place, identity, self- and political-efficacy, norms, social capital, health and well-being, positive youth development, academic achievement, and resilience. Students diagram their own theory of change outlining how to reach their environmental education goals. Through this course, you will apply research-based knowledge to start new or enhance existing environmental education programs, strengthen your professional networks by exchanging ideas and resources with peer educators and university students around the world, and gain professional credentials.

Participants: Environmental educators, including teachers, nonformal educators, environmental and park managers, zoo and garden educators, volunteers, and university students. Available to students in any country. Lectures are in English with subtitles in English, Chinese, and Spanish.

Cost: $50 fee. Options available to pay a higher fee to sponsor another student or pay a lower or no fee if you are unable to pay or live in a country without credit card or Alipay system.

Certificates: Participants who complete the course are awarded a Cornell University certificate (PDF). Weekly assignments include watching lectures, readings, and discussion questions. Students are required to participate in a minimum of one course webinar. Required course project is a diagram and short narrative of your theory of change for your current or future environmental education program.

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