PAEE continues to move ahead with EE certification program development!
EE Certification Working Group has been selected!
Based on input gathered through regional discussion groups and the state-wide online survey, PAEE has selected and convened a 23 member working group to further the certification program decision-making process. This working group, "under the direction of Ed McCrea, former nine year director of NAAEE" is comprised of leaders and representatives from all major EE stakeholders across Pennsylvania, has been charged with developing and proposing the specifics of a non-formal EE certification program to the PAEE Board by March 2012. As the certifying agent and North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) state affiliate, PAEE will be responsible for approving the working group’s proposal and establishing an independent Advisory Council to administer the program. The ultimate aim is to begin accepting the initial certification class in early 2013.
Designing a program that meets the needs and interests of such a diverse field of environmental educators presents many challenges. However, the work done to this point demonstrates that there is widespread interest and support for a professional certification program. PAEE is dedicated to creating a rigorous and sustainable certification program that reflects the needs of Pennsylvania’s professional environmental education community.
In addition to the formal working group to be selected by PAEE, there will be other regional opportunities to contribute to the development process. If you would like to be involved in any of these opportunities, please contact PAEE President Ruth Roperti at firstname.lastname@example.org
Certification, a process that has been pioneered in several states, is designed for naturalists and educators working at non-formal nature and environmental education facilities in parks, arboreta, private preserves, and more. It gives educators in this arena access to a formal credential that standardizes and upgrades professional training, allowing educators to become better trained and perhaps even more marketable.
PAEE as part of the NAAEE Affiliate Network