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Kentucky Environmental Education Council

Professional Environmental Educator Certification

Certification iconTo apply to the 2014 Certification Course, download and submit the Application and Self-Assessment documents to the right. All application materials must be received no later than September 20, 2013, and can be submitted at any time before the deadline.

Applicants with complete applications will be accepted into the program on a first come, first serve basis. A waiting list will be established after 25 students are registered for the class. If you are accepted into the program but have to cancel, please notify us so that we can allow students on the waiting list to enroll in the course. 

For more information regarding the upcoming certification course, please contact us at 800-882-5271 or Elizabeth.Schmitz@ky.gov.

Benefits of Certification

The KEEC Professional Environmental Educator Certification program provides several benefits to participants, including: 

  • A credential recognized by a state agency
  • Increased content knowledge
  • Skills to effectively work with both teachers and other nonformal environmental educators
  • The opportunity to network with other educators

The environmental education community is working toward more content-driven professional development.  This includes a voluntary certification program for non-formal environmental educators. While the program is rigorous and contains assessments, it also contains numerous support systems that will allow anyone willing to put in the effort to complete the program. 

Our program is based on Guidelines for the Initial Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental Educators  External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. , prepared by the North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE).


Continuing Education

In order to maintain status as an active Kentucky Certified Environmental Educator, each program graduate must submit a continuing education (CE) report. Reprts are due Juanuary 1st of each calendar year. Report forms coming soon.

Upcoming Certification Information

Dates, Locations & Format

Dates and locations for the upcoming courses are listed below. The certification course consists of four workshops, each lasting three days. Each workshop begins at 12:00 p.m. Thursday and ends by 1:00p.m. on Saturday. Workshops are usually held at Kentucky state parks. Students complete an independent study between the fall and spring workshops.

Workshop One: November 14 - 16, 2013 at General Butler State Park, 1608 Hwy. 227, Carrollton, KY 41008. Phone: (502) 732-4384.  Room Block Code: "KY Environmental Education Council." Room Reservation Deadline: October 12th. 

Workshop Two: December 5 - 7, 2013 at Natural Bridge State Park, 2135 Natural Bridge Rd., Slade, KY 40376. Phone: (606) 663-2214. Room Block Code: "KY Environmental Education Council." Room Reservation Deadline: November 3rd.

Workshop Three: February 27 - March 1, 2014 at the Galt House, 140 N 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202. Phone: (502) 589-5200. Room Block Code: "KY Environmental Education Council." Room Reservation Deadline: February 13th.

Workshop Four: March 27 - 29, 2014 at Barren River Lake State Resort Park, 1149 State Park Rd, Lucas, KY 42156. Phone: (270) 646-2151. Room Block Code: "Enviro Edu." Room Reservation Deadline: February 24th. 

The course includes four assessments:

  • Environmental Literacy Exam 
    • A written exam on environmental literacy.
  • Environmental Debate
    • A debate and short essay on a current Kentucky environmental issue. 
  • Reading Assignment
    • A short essay answering questions related to a series of readings on the History and Philosophy of Environmental Education. 
  • Environmental Education Unit
    • A detailed instructional unit which applicants tailor to their own individual program or situation.

Certification Cost

Certification Registration Fee: $50

Checks will be due after you are notified of your acceptance into the program.

If you are a state employee planning to inter-account payment, please call or e-mail our office to obtain the inter-account information at 800-882-5271.

Additional Costs: Four 2-night stays at Kentucky state parks or a hotel, plus meals, and mileage.  (Room block rates are usually offered; please inquire.)

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for this program.

For students not yet certified in Project WET, Project WILD, or Project Learning Tree, additional fees may apply to cover the cost of these curricula books. The books generally cost about $15-$20 each, and have a plethora of EE activities that we will draw on throughout the course.

Thank You

Kentucky wishes to express its gratitude to the certification programs of North Carolina, Utah, and Texas for sharing materials, ideas, and technical assistance.


2014 Application Materials

2014 Application (127k PDF)

2014 Self-Assessment (215k PDF)

Code of Ethics (109K PDF)

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To view a list of Certified Environmental Educators, see the document below.

Certified Environmental Educators (46K PDF)

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