The Environmental Education (EE) specialization is a non-thesis program available for University of Nebraska Masters of Applied Science (MAS) students. The EE specialization provides post-baccalaureate training related to pedagogical methods in nonformal and formal education settings related to environmental education and conservation education. The advanced training is designed to provide a distinctive edge in the workforce and advancing careers.
Note, while many courses are online, some are not yet available in an online format.
- Design and develop environmental education and public information programs.
- Design and develop campaigns to encourage conservation behaviors.
- Evaluate environmental education programs, public information programs, and behavior change campaigns
- Demonstrate excellent teaching and effective program delivery skills.
- Manage and lead environmental educators.
Why choose the MAS program?
The program offers:
- A professional degree in agricultural science, community development and natural resources at the master’s level
- Flexibility that allows you to design an area of study that addresses your educational goals
- Online courses allowing you to earn the degree remotely
As a college-wide degree program, there is flexibility in the selection of course work to create a personalized program built around the specialization. You will work with an advisor and examining committee to customize a program of study best fitting your educational objective(s). The degree project is intended for you to gain immediate value to apply to your workplace or for career advancement.
- *+NRES 804: Program Planning & Evaluation (3 credits)
- *+NRES 805 Conservation Behavior (3 credits)
- NRES 834 Environmental Education & Interpretation (3 credits)
Additional Specialization Courses
- NRES 886 Professional Certifications (1-3 credits)
- *+ENTO 810 Insects as Educational Tools (3 credits)
- ANTH 863 Exhibits: Design Development & Assessment (3 credits)
- *NRES 841 or *GEOS 811 STEM Education Seminar (1-3 credits)
- NRES 828 Environmental Leadership in Public Organizations (3 credits)
- *EDPS 855 Teaching Learners to Learn (3 credits)
- *TEAC 924J Equity and STEM Education (1-3 credits)
- TEAC 800 Teaching and Learning (3 credits)
NRES 897 Master of Applied Science Project
3 credit courseTotal: 18 credits
Clicking "How to Apply" takes you to the Graduate Studies website for additional program and application information.
Graduates may find careers in a multitude of areas, including:
- Museum educators/administrators
- Naturalists/nature guides
- Zoo educators and administrators
- Nature center administrators
- Outdoor/Natural resource educators
- Extension educators
- School teachers
- Public relations/fundraising/development in natural resources
To be accepted to this program
- 3.00 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
- Taken the TOEFL or IELTS
(Only required if English is not your native language)
- A written personal statement
Please describe how obtaining this degree will help your personal, career, and/or professional goals. Describe your level of commitment to successful completion of this degree.
- 3 letters of recommendation
- Official/Unofficial transcripts from all previous schools
Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.
Questions? Please Contact
Lisa Pennisi is a Professor of Practice in the School of Natural Resources interested in environmental education programs that encourage connection to nature and sustainable behaviors. Prior to becoming a professor, she worked as a naturalist, nature center manager, and zoo high school science teacher.Contact