Certification for Environmental Educators

Are you interested in:

  • Building and demonstrating strong foundations in environmental literacy?
  • Positioning yourself for success within the environmental education profession?
  • Helping to build a network of highly qualified environmental educators in Colorado?
  • Personalizing and tailoring your own professional development?
If so, certification is for you! Sign up to get news, updates, and opportunities for professional development below.
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Application Process


The certification program sets specific standards of knowledge, skills, and experience that highly qualified Environmental Educators in Colorado should be able to demonstrate. It is a competency based program - one where the applicant will demonstrate what they know and can do by building a portfolio.  The competencies for Certification are based on the NAAEE Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education and Colorado Guidelines for Environmental Educators.  You can build your portfolio individually, at your own pace or participate in CAEE's online course (see below).

Whether you are new to the field or have years of experience, the certification program can help you grow as an environmental educator.  We offer two levels of certification and the portfolio requirement allows you to submit work that is relevant to you.


Application Process

Want to learn more?  The following recorded webinar describes the process and answers some of the most frequently asked questions.

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CAEE's Certification Program Nationally Accredited  

CAEE's Environmental Education Certification Program was accredited by the North American Association for Environmental Education! Colorado is one of only two states to achieve this recognition. The accreditation recognizes the high quality of the program and demonstrates it meets high national standards. For Master Certified Environmental Educators, it allows certification to be transferred to other states with certification programs.   



Working on Certification?  Participate in CAEE's Online Summer Course- Principles and Foundations of EE

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS COURSE IS NOT REQUIRED TO RECEIVE CERTIFICATION AND IS ONLY OFFERED IN THE SUMMER. Students will gain a foundational knowledge of environmental education and learn how to incorporate quality environmental education (EE) into their instruction.  Students explore the history and goals of EE, develop an understanding of the professional roles and instructional methods of environmental educators, and interact with other educators from across the state. For participants interested in CAEE's Environmental Educator Certification program,  you can submit your portfolio for review for no additional fee.  Master Certified Environmental Educator portfolios may be submitted for an additional $50 (savings of $50).  

Click here for the 2018 course overview and to register.

CAEE works to ensure everyone in Colorado has an opportunity to learn about the environment where they live. We value inclusiveness and welcome everyone to the field of environmental education.

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