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MEDIA CONTACT:   Sherry Thomas
561-297-2328, sthomas@fau.edu

FAU Now Offering   Master’s Degree in Environmental Education

Interdisciplinary Master’s Degree to provide   on-site experiences at Pine Jog Environmental Education Center

BOCA RATON, FL (August 14, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University’s Board of Trustees recently approved a new 36-credit, interdisciplinary master’s degree program in environmental education that will be offered this fall by the department of teaching and learning in FAU’s College of Education.   This program provides students with the opportunity to incorporate environmentally-related courses offered by all nine FAU colleges, and includes opportunities to apply academic theory to practical experiences with children in the classroom, as well as on-site at the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, a 135 acre natural preserve in the heart of urban Palm Beach County.  

Students have a choice of four tracks for elective concentrations, including environmental education plus middle grades general science for certified (elementary) teachers; environmental education for certified (middle/high) teachers and non-formal (center) educators; environmental education for sustainable planning educators; and, environmental education for center administrators.  

Courses required in the environmental education area of specialization, as well as other required and elective courses, are offered on-site at the new professional education facility at Pine Jog. Palm Beach County School District’s new Pine Jog Elementary, one of Florida’s first leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) certified elementary “green” schools, is located on an additional 15 acres on the Pine Jog property.   This technologically advanced elementary school provides educational, research and teaching opportunities for students and faculty, as well as the surrounding community. In recognition of the opening of the new school and degree program, two graduate courses are scheduled for the fall 2008 semester on-site at the Pine Jog Center, including SCE 6151 Science: Elementary and Middle School, and SCE 6345 Perspectives of Environmental Education.   

For additional information about this unique master's degree program, as well as a limited number of scholarships available to FAU service area teachers, contact Dr. Carol Meltzer, environmental education graduate program coordinator, at meltzer@fau.edu.   For information about employment, graduate assistantships and housing opportunities on-site at the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, contact Ms. Karen Aubry at kaubry@fau.edu.    

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