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Certificate in Sustainability Education

(14 – 18 Credits)

Learn how to engage learners in non-formal and classroom settings by applying pedagogical tools, using the Wisconsin Standards for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability, and developing instructional materials.

Required Courses: 3- 7 cr.

  • ES 102: Intro to Sustainability or EGRT 113: Building a Sust. World (4 cr) 
  • ES 400: Certificate Capstone/Placement (0-3 cr; can be taken for 0 credits if student has an appropriate 1-3 credit internship/placement within their major). 


Required Elementary Education Classes: (5 cr)

  • Elem Ed 120 (1 cr): Teaching Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
  • Elem Ed 125 (1 cr): Engaging in Citizen-Based Science
  • Elem Ed 307 (1 cr): Clinical Experience 1a
  • Elem Ed 308 (2 cr): Introduction to Instruction, Assessment, and the Diverse Learner (consent)


 Required Environmental Studies Class (3 cr) 

  • ES 260: Environmental Science
  • ES 261: Environment & Society​
  • ES 282: Environmental Humanities


    Additional Environmental Studies Class (3 cr)

  • Any upper-level Environmental Studies course


Certificate in Sustainability Education Learning Outcomes: 

  • Identify and describe multiple pedagogical methods and how they relate to theories of learning
  • Identify and apply appropriate Wisconsin Standards for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability for lessons they design.
  • Critically analyze instructional materials and offer suggestions for modifying existing lessons to engage learners in non-formal and classroom settings.

Sustainability Institute for Regional Transformations


UW Oshkosh
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Contact Info:

(920) 424-0440
SIRT Office: 4483 Sage Hall