What are eeCourses?

eeCourses provide online, flexible, and on-going professional development opportunities for formal and non-formal educators. Each course is intended to build key competencies and skills in a particular subject or focus area. Courses require a total time commitment of 8-12 hours and operate asynchronously via Moodle, although some include synchronous components. eeCourses include a variety of tasks and assignments that are thoughtfully designed to engage participants in active learning experiences. Each eeCourse will include a suggested timeline to encourage timely completion of assignments. eeCourses are moderated by 1-2 professionals in the field. Course Moderators will provide feedback and grades for all submitted assignments and they will be available to answer questions regarding tasks or assignments.

Courses are offered on a Spring, Summer, and Fall term calendar. You can register for multiple eeCourses in a particular term with the expectation that all work associated with those courses will be completed within a given term.

eeCourses are the building blocks of eeCredentials, which are similar to a micro-credential or a certificate that can be earned by completing a series of courses that roughly equate to one hour of graduate credit. Currently, CAEE offers seven eeCourses. More are in development with future opportunities to build them into an eeCredential in a specific area. 

View the 2024 eeCourse Calendar for upcoming course dates.

Courses Offered:

Courses are generally offered 3 times per year in a Spring, Summer and Fall Session. Visit the CAEE Events Page for registration.

NEW! Teaching and Learning Outdoors
This course will equip educators with the knowledge, skills, tools and resources to take environmental learning outdoors. Through articles, videos, and reflective assignments, you will learn new strategies for successful outdoor learning including identifying outdoor learning opportunities, cultivating support for outdoor learning, managing students, using technology outside and more. 1.0 continuing education credit hours can be earned through this course through Colorado School of Mines.

Foundations of Environmental Education Instruction
This course builds background knowledge and skills in environmental education best practices to ground future instruction in EE. This course is perfect for new and developing educators as well as supervisors looking for training opportunities for new or seasonal staff.

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Environmental Education
Note: This course is being run through our partners at the Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance. Please see for more information and to register.
This course is designed to provide a strong foundation in the language, concepts and principles of equity work. It is meant to be an introductory course and spark interest in further learning around justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.

NEW! Managing Controversy: Teaching Environmental Issues and Topics
The course models a variety of effective strategies educators can use to assist learners in exploring and seeking responsible courses of action toward the resolution of environmental issues. Participants will explore how to effectively teach about environmental issues and topics, and will start to develop their own classroom and/or program plans and outlines about teaching environmental issues and/or topics - with an emphasis on local issues. 1.0 continuing education credit hours can be earned through this course through Colorado School of Mines.

Engaging Teens in Exploring Environmental Careers
This course is for PreK-12 teachers, camp and scout leaders, zoo & park staff, naturalists, after-school program staff, natural resource professionals, and anyone who works with high school age youth. Through this course, participants will explore a variety of strategies, tools, and resources to integrate career exploration into programming and help teens on their path to an environmental career.

NEW! Developing High Quality Early Childhood Environmental Education Programs
Both formal and non-formal educators can learn more about early childhood environmental education and build skills to integrate it more fully into their lessons. 

Community Engagement in Environmental Education
This course is designed to introduce you to NAAEE’s Community Engagement: Guidelines for Excellence. This set of guidelines focuses on community wellness and is designed to help environmental educators create inclusive environments that support effective partnerships and collaborations.

Climate Change Literacy
This course is designed to teach non-formal educators the basics of climate change, through readings, simulations, and visualizations, and also introduce them to climate change communication strategies. 0.5 continuing education credit hours can be earned through this course through Colorado School of Mines.

Connecting Environmental Education to State Educational Standards
Standards define what a learner needs to know and be able to do. In this course, you will explore national standards in environmental education, 3-Dimentional Learning, which informs the framework for the Colorado Academic Standards, and be able to align environmental education programs and lessons with what students need to know and be able to do. 1.0 continuing education credit hours can be earned through this course through Colorado School of Mines.

Collective Outcomes Evaluation
Evaluation can be tough to squeeze into busy schedules. Through this course you will learn the process of evaluation and explore a variety of evaluation tools that you can use immediately. In the first part of the course, participants will become familiar with the Colorado Collective Outcomes and the process of aligning their work to the applicable outcomes. Participants will also spend time developing and/or refining a logic model and theory of change. Next, participants will have the opportunity to develop an evaluation plan for their work and explore a variety of national and state evaluation tools and how to use and adapt them to best work in their individual contexts. Finally, participants will build skills in analysis and understanding data, including various methods for sharing and communicating evaluation findings.