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EE Certification: Making Best Practice Standard Practice (2006)
Pursuing environmental education certification is difficult, so why do it? What does it mean to be certified? Who benefits? How? These are just a few of the compelling questions addressed in "EE Certification: Making Best Practice Standard Practice," an article exploring advancements and challenges in state and national EE certification.

A growing trend in almost every profession, certification offers a way to assure that professionals in the field meet certain minimum standards and experience. It provides legitimacy for the individual and for the field.

Several states, supported by the North American Association for Environmental Education, have thus far established certification programs based on NAAEE's Guidelines for the Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental Educators. The approaches within the states vary widely, with different methods for demonstrating competency in required areas: environmental literacy, history, professional requirements, planning and implementation, and assessment and evaluation.

Click below to learn more about certification programs in the United States and how such programs are likely to impact the professional practice of environmental educators.

Please note that the contact information cited for Dr. Bora Simmons in the article has changed. To contact Dr. Simmons, Director, National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education write to: borasimmons at