Teach understanding of and respect for the earth.
Deepen your understanding of ecology and ecosystems through contact with the natural world, and become better prepared to work both in informal environments and in PreK-12 classrooms. Take part in two summer residency field experiences, one rural and one urban, using the outdoors as a classroom. Between residencies, you’ll do online coursework, explore your own bioregion, and complete an action research project.
If you are looking for licensure, you'll finish your program with a Massachusetts Professional Teacher License in Elementary 1-6.
At Lesley, we believe in alternative ways of teaching and learning. In this program, you’ll have the chance to study with people who are as passionate about the environment and environmental education as you are.
Explore coastal Maine’s lobster fishing, local salmon fisheries, land conservation, and organic food production. Discover Boston’s ecosystems, from the Emerald Necklace park system and Boston Harbor to sustainable local food initiatives. Build your expertise in nature journaling, systems thinking, and ecological literacy while becoming a reflective practitioner.
Graduates of this program teach in schools and alternative settings, including a NASA space center, a nature pre-school in the Colorado mountains, and a native Alaskan village.
At this time, residents of Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, and Oregon are not eligible to enroll in our low-residency programs. All others may apply.