Master's in Environmental Education

The Bard M.Ed. in Environmental Education program prepares educators to create an informed and engaged citizenry supporting progress towards a just, prosperous, and sustainable future. Through intensive academic training, real world professional experience, and career development opportunities, the program enables graduates to pursue successful, high-impact careers in private schools, NGO’s, government land management agencies, private land conservation organizations, museums, environmental education centers, and consulting firms.
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Distinctive Program Features

  • Integrated, interdisciplinary curriculum
  • Unmatched interaction with exceptional faculty
  • High-level, extended professional internship
  • Focus on place-based and field education
  • 9 month residency in the 1st year. 2nd year internship and capstone completed remotely
  • Research opportunities designed to meet student interests
  • Strong career development, mentoring and placement

First-Year Residency at Bard

Students in the M.Ed program take a carefully curated program combining a core of environmental education classes with courses from the MS programs at the Center for Environmental Policy, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, and elective options from other graduate programs as well as the undergraduate college.  The nine-month, first year core curriculum is taught at the main Bard campus, and integrates the study of environmental education and communication, including a January-Term intensive course focused on place-based education, with environmental science and policy, curricular development and pedagogy.

Experiential, Non-Residency Second Year

After completing the first-year courses in late May, students are no longer expected to be in residence at Bard. During the second year, each student pursues an extended, high-level professional internship. Placements include schools, museums, research institutes, and NGOs in the Hudson Valley, the New York metropolitan region, across the US, and globally, utilizing the well-developed professional networks of Bard CEP and the Bard MAT Program. In the final semester, students complete a Master’s degree capstone project under the direction of a Bard faculty member, while attending capstone seminar classes on-line.  Students gather at Bard for two, one-week residencies during this final term.

Course Work

FIRST YEAR
Fall Term in Residence January Term in Residence
  • Place-Based and Field Education Immersive
Spring Term in Residence

 

Course Work

SECOND YEAR
Summer + Fall Terms Non-Residence
  • Capstone Proposal
  • Internship
Spring Term Two One-Week Residencies
  • Capstone Project and Seminar
  • Leadership and Careers in Environmental Education

 

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