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Environmental Sustainability Education Minor

The minor in environmental sustainability education is a five-course interdisciplinary program grounded in teaching and learning. The program considers learning from all angles, both inside and outside the classroom, and prepares teachers and other educators to teach for sustainability within the current curricular guidelines and standards.

The minor includes three courses in the School of Education exploring environmental sustainability from the perspective of the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities, along with two content-enriching courses selected by advisement. The program concludes with an independent study in which students can create curricula, conduct research, or engage in services related to environmental sustainability education.

The minor is accredited by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)! We were the first institution in New Jersey to earn this distinction and one of only 11 programs across North America to earn this recognition. Many students have graduated from this program and have gone on to grow green thinkers in classrooms across the state. Recent graduate Mariah Belber’s independent study project culminated in an article published in Green Teacher magazine. Please contact Dr. Madden at for more information.


Core Courses (3 course units)

  • ESE/ELE 100: Environmental Sustainability in Education- An Introduction
  • MST 203: Environmental Sciences for Educators
  • ESE/ELE 220: Sustainability and Society

Content-Enriching Courses (2.25 course units)

  • Independent Study (.25 course units)
  • Two content-enriching courses must be at the 300 or 400 level