M.Ed. Environmental Literacy (32 Units)

Responding to the California Department of Education’s document, "A Blueprint for Environmental Literacy: Educating Every Student In, About, and For the Environment" (see the CDE Website for more information), the graduate department at TCSJ has developed a new master's degree in education: Environmental Literacy. The concentration will prepare educators who are ready to assume leadership roles in STEM with particular expertise in Environmental Literacy. Further, we will prepare educational leaders who are able to address SB720 which was signed into law September 13, 2018 relating to environmental education.

Throughout the program, the intersection between peoples, societies, and natural systems, and how to relate within those systems in a humble, sustainable manner are closely examined. Educators learn to develop integrated curricula and learning opportunities that nurture PK-12 students' understanding of the natural world outside the classroom, expand critical thinking skills, and prepare engaged citizens. Graduates have expertise in developing, implementing, and sustaining capacity building plans for an Environmental Literacy program within an organization, such as a school district.

Program Highlights:

  • Choose your own schedule
  • Tailor your coursework to meet your goals
  • Take relevant, rigorous, and research-based coursework
  • Become a leader at your school site/place of work
  • Be challenged to think differently
  • Develop innovative curriculum for early learners
  • Affordable and interest free payment plans
  • Ability to take the coursework 100% online (synchronous)

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The master's degree program at Teachers College of San Joaquin includes a set of core courses that are required within all M.Ed. concentrations. These courses are designed to prepare students to explore innovative teaching and leadership practices; engage with reform models of schools; use Design Thinking to create curriculum; and, gain knowledge in research methods in order to design and implement individualized teacher action research. Students become masters in their research area and are informed agents to lead change within their school communities.

Course Format Options:

  • 100% online (synchronous)
  • Combination of online & in-person

Core Courses (14 Units)

  • CURR301 Foundations (1 unit)
  • CURR302 Big Picture: Preparing Students for College, Career, and Community (3 units)
  • CURR303 Innovative Curriculum Development and Assessment (3 units)
  • CURR304 Applied Research Methodology (5 units)
  • CURR305 Writing a Literature Review (2 units)

M.Ed. Environmental Literacy Electives (18 Units)

  • STEM344 Lesson Study Environmental Principles and Concepts (2)
  • STEM351 Environmental Phenomenology (3)
  • STEM370 History: Environmental and Human Impacts (3)
  • STEM375 Actions for Change: Environmental Solutions (3)
  • STEM380 Building Capacity for Sustainability (3)
  • STEM385 Masters Project in STEM (environmental focus required) (4)

Course Descriptions:


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Average Program Length

It is possible to complete in four semesters, however data indicates that students an average complete their program in 4.87 semesters.

Eligibility Requirements

Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution

Application Deadlines:

No application deadlines. Open enrollment.

If you meet all program eligibility requirements, complete the online application when the time is right for you!

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