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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Georgetown College’s environmental program ok’d by state for professional development

Georgetown College can now offer professional development credit to teachers and others working with the environment.
The Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board has approved Georgetown College’s Environmental Education Endorsement Program. The P-12 endorsement study course helps bridge the gap between academics and practical application.

Enrollment begins March 13. This 12-credit course of study may be taken for professional development or be applied toward a Teacher Leader Master of Arts or Rank One in School Improvement Master of Arts degree. Individual courses may also be taken as electives without doing the entire 12-hour program.
There are two required core courses in which all North American Association of Environmental Education standards and guidelines are met at least once. Participants may then choose from several electives for their other two courses, including ones in Environmental Science and English.
Dr. Emily DeMoor, assistant professor of Education, teaches the core courses and two electives. “The health and vitality of the Earth and its life systems is the overarching issue of the 21st century,” she says. “Knowledge, creativity, and innovation are called for at this historic moment of transition to a more sustainable way of being on the planet.”
DeMoor is passionate in her belief that education is key to this transition and that the Environmental Education Endorsement Program prepares educators to creatively cultivate environmental literacy across the curriculum so as to move forward into a hopeful and sustainable future.
One unique aspect of the Georgetown College Environmental Endorsement Program is that students may elect to explore and understand environmentalism from interfaith religious perspectives. It is an approach not currently offered by other colleges and universities in the Commonwealth and one that invites a spirituality of hope that is informed by science.
Another rather unique feature of the curriculum is the experience offered in partnership with St. John’s Educational Wetlands Restoration Center in Georgetown. Included are a one-day workshop, which is led by wetlands biologist Tom Biebighauser, hands-on learning, and data collection at the Wetlands site.
Other elements include nature writing and journaling, social justice and service learning to help cultivate a deeper understanding of diversity, culture, and justice in the context of the larger life community, and training in the implementation of the Kentucky Environmental Literacy Plan for public schools scheduled to be rolled out in the summer.
For more information, contact DeMoor at 502-863-8171 or Emily_DeMoor@georgetowncollege.edu. More information can also be obtained by clicking here.
From GC