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Contact: Marti Jernberg, NIU College of Education Office of External Programs
(815) 753-3005

June 13, 2006

Environmental education course offered
online through NIU College of Education

DeKalb — Northern Illinois University's College of Education will offer a new online course titled “Fundamentals of Environmental Education” this fall.

Professor Sabiha Daudi was selected by the Environmental Education Training and Partnership (EETAP) at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to receive the environmental education course for use at NIU. EETAP is the national environmental education training program for the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Daudi's proposal was one of many received from faculty across the nation interested in obtaining the course for use at their institutions. Six faculty were selected to receive the course and the right to use it. Additional faculty will be selected in 2007.

“Theory and Practice of Environmental Education” will be available to formal and non-formal educators beginning this fall, running 14 weeks from August to December. The course will be offered via the Internet for three graduate level credits from NIU's College of Education. It also can be taken as a non-credit workshop by those not interested in obtaining credit.

Enrollment begins immediately.

There are a variety of assignments and readings, including a journal with brief writing assignments, group assignments completed in cooperation with other students via the Internet, individual assignments in conjunction with each unit and a culminating assignment. Three face-to-face meetings are planned and required for students taking the course for credit; non-credit students will not be required to attend these sessions.

“The course should be valuable to current teachers, those training to be teachers and those who work in settings like nature centers, state and national parks, wildlife refuges and museums,” said EETAP Director Rick Wilke, one of the course developers.

“Students do not have to be available for class at a particular time, but we do want them to keep current by completing the weekly work,” Daudi said. “They can do this when it is most convenient.”

The course was offered for the first time in 2003, and educators from 48 states and eight foreign countries have completed the course offered by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. EETAP is partnering with NIU to make the course available to more residents of Illinois.

The course was developed in collaboration with national EE experts, using materials produced by organizations such as the North American Association for Environmental Education, World Wildlife Fund, Project Learning Tree, Project WILD and Project WET.

The six-unit curriculum is based on the “Guidelines for the Initial Preparation of Environmental Educators” document produced by Bora Simmons, a professor in the NIU College of Education, and NAAEE.

NIU tuition for the three graduate credits is approximately $805. New rates will be determined soon, however, and students should anticipate a modest increase. The course also can be taken as a no-credit workshop for $300. Illinois State Board of Education continuing education credits will be available. NIU's College of Education will provide verification of workshop completion.

Visit www.cedu.niu.edu/oep/conferences.html or contact Daudi at sdaudi@niu.edu or (815) 753-5722 for more information about the course or enrollment.

The development of this course was funded by EETAP, the national training program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Environmental Education established through the National EE Act of 1990. The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point administers EETAP through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

This course/workshop is only open to residents of Illinois. Out-of-state residents should contact Richard Wilke (rwilke@uwsp.edu) or Angela Arkin (aarkin@uwsp.edu) at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for information.

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