Lesley University Ecological Teaching & Learning MS Degree: 3-Week Field Course
Ecological Teaching and Learning MS degree: Pacific Northwest Cohort starting June, 2011
3-Week Field Course at the Olympic National Park, WA
June 30- July 20, 2012
The Master of Science in Ecological Teaching and Leaning (ETL) is designed for educators working in private and public schools; museums; environmental centers; government organizations; and other teaching settings who want to expand their understanding and practice of ecological teaching and learning pedagogies.
Teachers from all disciplines will deepen their understanding of ecology, sustainability, living systems and ecological education and apply their learning to their professional contexts.
The program structure combines summer field experiences with online learning, enabling most students to continue working full-time while completing the degree.
Field experiences are conducted in either the Northeast or the Northwest regions of the United States, and past sites include the Olympic National Park, Washington; Seattle, Washington; Cobscook Bay in Edmunds, Maine; and Boston, Massachusetts.
What is Ecological Education?
Ecological education is the infusion of ecological and sustainability principles into any curriculum, program, or teaching opportunity across all disciplines and age/grade levels.
• Connect culture and ecology, sustainability and environmental justice through critical place-based learning
• Focus on whole systems and the resulting critical understanding of the complexity and principles of living systems
• Deepen ecological and cultural identities and literacies
• Teach the skills of critical reflection, leadership, and action research that are needed to guide schools and communities towards sustainability
• Foster experiential, democratic learning communities and transformative teaching and learning