Environmental Education Certification Program

Students learning in the field.

Students learning in the field.

EEANM has a new certification for environmental educators in New Mexico. It establishes high standards for the professional qualifications of environmental educators in New Mexico.

A diverse team of experienced environmental educators from across the state worked to set specific standards of knowledge, skills and experience which highly qualified environmental educators in New Mexico should be able to demonstrate.  An EE Certification Mentorship Program provides additional support for candidates from underserved communities.

How to Get Certified

  1. Read through the EE Certification Program Overview.
  2. Applications are now closed and will re-open in 2017.

EE Certification Forms

These forms are for reference and review only. All forms must be submitted online. Program candidates will receive detailed information about accessing the online forms upon acceptance.

EE Certification Timelines

Regular Program

  1. Starting in 2016, initial applications will be due by October 31
  2. Program acceptance or deferral by November 10
  3. Advisor assignment
  4. Initial self-assessment (used to determine professional development plan)
  5. Portfolio development and submission by September 1 of year 2
  6. Application review by NMEECPAC
  7. Notification of certification or deferral by October 15 of year 2
  8. Recertification every 5 years

EE Certification Fees

Fees are necessary to cover the cost of program administration. Fees are non-refundable. Please note that you must be a current EEANM member to enroll in this program. Memberships start at $30/year and you can join immediately at http://eeanm.org/join/.

  • Application Fee – $25
  • Certification Fee – $180 (due upon acceptance into the program)
  • Reciprocity Application Fee – $25
  • Recertification Fee – $50

More About the EE Certification Program

New Mexico’s program meets requirements for a nationally transferable certification. After completing the current, we will be seeking accreditation by the North American Association for Environmental Education.

The certification process is based on competencies and experience – where the applicant will demonstrate what they know, have done and can do. It is based on mastery of the Core Competencies for Environmental Educators, which came from the NAAEE Guidelines for the Preparation of Environmental Educators.

Candidates must have a level of mastery in EE areas that cover 6 themes:

  1. Environmental Literacy
  2. Foundations of EE
  3. Professional Responsibilities of the Environmental Educator
  4. Planning and Implementing EE
  5. Fostering Learning
  6. Evaluation and Assessment

See the Self-Assessment for the listings of competencies within each theme.

Benefits of EE Certification

Candidates may include formal and non-formal educators who work in variety of capacities in the environmental education field. A certification program will:

  • Professionalize the field of environmental education
  • Set a baseline understanding for skills and knowledge expected of environmental educators
  • Ensure best practices in environmental education
  • Raise the credibility of the environmental education profession
  • Broaden the community of environmental educators
  • Foster professional development among environmental educators
  • Help employers identify well qualified staff
  • Develop common ground in a diverse and varied field
  • Build a strong foundation and consistency in skills and knowledge for EE providers

Acknowledgements

This program is made possible through two small grants from the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Environmental Education, the Albert I. Pierce Foundation, and countless volunteer hours of the planning committee. The New Mexico Environmental Education Certification Program Advisory Committee (NMEECPAC) worked from September 2009 to April 2015 to develop the plan.