2016-2017 Graduate Academic Catalog

M.S. in Ecological Teaching and Learning 32 credits

This program of study has been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for Professional Teacher License in Elementary (1-6) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The Ecological Teaching and Learning Program, designed for K-12 and other educators from a variety of public and private settings, is an accelerated five-semester program. Two three-week summer residencies are devoted to field work, one in a rural setting and one in an urban setting. Between residencies, students participate in online coursework, investigating their local bioregion, examining current pedagogy and theory, and completing an action research project in their workplace. 

Please note: This program, approved for a Professional Teacher License in Elementary (1-6), may be taken for non-licensure at any level.

For Washington Students: Eligibility for initial educator certification in Washington is based on completion of a state approved educator preparation program. This program is approved in Massachusetts. Even though you may be residing in Washington while in this program, your application for educator certification in Washington will be processed as an out-of-state application. Go to Professional Educator Standards Board-Washington for more information. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for teacher advancement.

Program Prerequisite:  Applicants for Professional Teacher License in Elementary (1-6): Massachusetts Initial Teacher License in Elementary (1–6) or a signed non-licensure agreement

Program of Study

Courses may have prerequisites for registration; please check course descriptions before registering.

Required Courses (32 credits):

EINTD 6034Ecological Perspectives of a Bioregion


EINTD 6035The Practice of Nature Journaling & Field Sketching


EINTD 6013Becoming a Critically Reflective Practitioner


EINTD 6014Foundations of Ecological Literacy


EINTD 6036The Pedagogy of Ecological Teaching and Learning


EINTD 7006Action Research Methods for Ecological Teaching and Learning


EINTD 6040Cities as Social-Ecological Systems


EINTD 7007Action Research for Ecological Teaching and Learning