Summer 2023 - EDUC 452 D400

Environmental Education (8)

Class Number: 4494

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    EDUC 401W/402W or Corequisite: EDUC 403. Students may be required to successfully complete a Criminal Record Check.



Examines the educational problems entailed in developing human awareness and understanding of the environment. Explores environmental issues through a multi-disciplinary approach and relates historical and contemporary problems in human-environment interactions to school curricula from the elementary to the secondary level. Includes a laboratory component. Grading will be on a pass/fail basis. A field activity fee will be levied in this course. Normally offered in summer term only. Students with credit for EDUC 454, REM 452, or ENV 452 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.


This course will examine the educational problems entailed in developing human awareness and understanding of the environment. The course will explore environmental issues through a multidisciplinary approach and will relate historical and contemporary issues in human-environment interactions to school curricula from the elementary to the secondary level.



In this course students will:

  • develop appropriate models and methods for the learning and teaching of Environmental Education (EE) in both formal and informal educational settings.
  • critically evaluate available Environmental Education (EE) instructional materials and resources from a variety of sources including web, video and print based materials.
  • compare and contrast the Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs) and Resource guidelines published by the Ministry of Education with other published EE guidelines.
  • consider a variety of perspectives in the interpretation of Environmental Education (EE) including regulatory, socio-economic, legalistic, aesthetic and scientific frameworks.



Grading Scale: Pass/Fail

There will be no textbook, however there is an activity fee of 100 dollars to cover

Fieldtrip / retreat expenses. Students should also budget a small amount for copying.

A mandatory information session will be scheduled in April 2023 (Date and time TBA)


Students will complete the following course assignments and will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis:

  • Attend an information session prior to the course start date (ask an advisor for details)
  • Develop and present lesson plans for the educational use of EE resources
  • Prepare a written evaluation of an EE educational resource available in print or on the web
  • Develop a strategy for Environmental Education at the classroom, school or district level
  • Participate in a volunteer experience project with a local or community-based group
  • Prepare a portfolio of their own design that may include aspects of all of the above plus demonstrates a mastery of concepts and experiences component to the course



Readings will be provided from a variety government, on-line sources and current education journals.


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Registrar Notes:


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Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.