EE Certification

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Professional certification ensures that individuals are fully prepared for work within a specific field of expertise. Certified environmental educators meet stringent requirements for proficiency in both the interdisciplinary content and pedagogy necessary to develop and deliver high quality, effective EE programs.

While it is not necessary to attain certification in order to be employed as an environmental educator, certification readily distinguishes highly qualified professionals and enhances the resumes of those who have attained it. Having a community of certified professionals also elevates respect for the profession.

Applying for Certification

EE certification is conferred on the state or provincial level rather than nationally, usually by the NAAEE Affiliate organization. Currently, these states certify individual environmental educators. To apply or inquire, contact your state affiliate or the certification program that best meets your needs.

Certification programs vary from state to state, and may require a combination of approaches based on experience, courses, mentorships, and demonstrating achievement of specific criteria. All NAAEE certification programs are founded on NAAEE's Professional Development of Environmental Educators: Guidelines for Excellence. Most programs accept non-resident applicants and several can be completed entirely online.

Are you ready to become a certified environmental educator? This self-assessment, based on NAAEE's Guidelines for the Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental Educators, can help you identify the knowledge and skill areas you have mastered and those where you may benefit from further professional development.

Accreditation of Certification Programs

NAAEE accredits state and provincial certification programs that meet rigorous standards and undergo an intensive review process to ensure ongoing compliance with the Guidelines for Excellence and best practices in EE. All accredited programs must be criteria-based; that is, candidates must demonstrate their mastery of core competencies that NAAEE and its Affiliates have identified.

Individuals certified through an accredited program are recognized nationally, and their certification carries with them if they relocate.

NAAEE's accreditation program is relatively new. Currently, the number of accredited programs is small but growing. 

For information on applying for accreditation or reaccreditation, contact Lori Mann.


Why Get Certified? Click below to hear from Certified Environmental Educators. 

Launch a Career

Bruce Young, Virginia, Certified 2019

"Without the certification, I don't think I would have even looked at EE as a all of my training as an environmental educator has been from doing that certification..."


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Certified Environmental Educators

2022 Environmental Education Association of South Carolina

Ellen Garner Crawford
2022 Environmental Education Council of Ohio

Battista Bennett
2021 Environmental Educators of North Carolina

Scott Minter
2021 Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education

Nina Vuoso
2021 California Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education

Julia Babuin
2020 Environmental Educators of North Carolina

Camilla Sherman
2020 Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia

Amy Stevermer
2020 Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education

Katherine Trudeau
2020 Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education

Samantha Utt
2020 Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education

Michelle Berendsen
2019 Kentucky Association for Environmental Education

Bess Caplan
2019 Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education

Sarah Holmes
2019 Missouri Environmental Education Association

Emilia Mitchell-Carter
2019 Arizona Association for Environmental Education

Tammy Reed
2019 Kentucky Association for Environmental Education

Erin Sliney
2019 Kentucky Association for Environmental Education

Rachel Woods
2019 Environmental Educators of North Carolina

Ti'Era Worsley
2019 Environmental Educators of North Carolina




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