Master of Arts in Education with Environmental and Sustainability Teaching Endorsement
- Close, collaborative relationships among instructors and students
- Emphasis on social justice and cultural competence orientation
- Convenient late afternoon and evening classes, occasional Saturdays
- Ongoing incorporation of relevant field experiences and applications in all coursework
- Collaboration with diverse educators in the program and beyond campus
- Variety of possible elective area concentrations, including teaching endorsements
- Culminating professional – master’s inquiry project individually designed by students, to contribute also to next stage of career development
- Program support for next steps in career development
- Completion of 48 total credits
- Core master’s courses (16 credits)
- Master’s inquiry sequence courses, leading to culminating inquiry project (12 credits)
- ESE endorsement courses, as master’s elective concentration, or equivalent in documented competencies from experience or professional education (20 credits)
- Completion of portfolio of documented required competencies in three areas: content knowledge, instructional methodology, and professional contributions
Length of Program
- Six quarters (1 ½ years) up to three years
Tuition & Fees
- Tuition: $590 per credit
- Required fees: $145 per quarter
- $4,865 tuition and required fees per quarter, full time (8 credits)
- $19,460 typical annual tuition and fees
Annual tuition and fees based on 2013-14 rates for four quarters. Antioch University Seattle students typically attend classes all year.
- Public elementary, middle, or high school endorsed ESE teacher
- Independent elementary, middle, or high school endorsed ESE teacher
- Informal ESE educator, in non-school settings such as non-profit organization, arts or cultural institution
- Educational (ESE) program developer or coordinator
- Educational (ESE) curriculum lead, supervisor, or specialist
- Educational (ESE) research specialist
- Educational (ESE) policy specialist
- Educational (ESE) consultant
The Environmental and Sustainability Education teaching endorsement may be completed as part of a master’s degree, serving as the elective course area concentration. Full-time students typically complete the 48-credit program in six quarters or fewer. Courses meet late afternoons, evenings and occasional Saturdays to accommodate the needs of working adults. You work with your adviser to build your program around your professional interests and these core knowledge areas:
- Leadership and change
- Diversity and equity
- Curriculum studies and reflective practice
- Inquiry and research
The ESE endorsement was approved by the Professional Educators Standards Board (PESB) in 2009 and consists of three main categories (Content, Instructional Methodology, and Professional Competencies) containing 32 competencies. The Antioch ESE endorsement broadly covers ecological science and all the social dimensions of sustainability and meets the requirements of Washington state.
Sustainability refers to the study of human relationships to the natural world that effect quality of life for all species, both now and into the future. You will weave learning in ecological science with examining how cultural, political, and economic activity over time has influenced human regard for the natural world and shaped our treatment of the environment.
The typical program option is to complete 20 credits over five quarters of part-time instruction. The final course is a field-experience based capstone project.
Experienced teachers can focus more on completing the qualifying portfolio of required competencies. Rather than taking all the prescribed coursework, candidates may successfully document with portfolio entries competencies achieved through their prior related coursework and professional training as well as through representative evidence of their classroom practice and students' learning.
Above all, you have the flexibility to create personally meaningful and relevant paths of learning toward the endorsement, with emphasis on local communities and integration of traditional and indigenous knowledge and concern for the ethics of eco-justice.
Students seeking the master’s degree with special education endorsement complete degree core courses and the culminating inquiry project in addition to the elective area concentration courses comprising the special education endorsement.
Core and Inquiry Sequence Courses for the Master’s Degree
EDUC 504: Diversity and Equity (4)
EDUC511: Curriculum Studies and Reflective Practice (4)
EDUC546: Leadership and Reform (4)
EDUC607: Inquiry and Research (4)
EDUC610: Inquiry Proposal (4)
EDUC620: Inquiry Development (4)
EDUC650: Inquiry Report (4)
Elective Area Concentration Courses for the Special Education Endorsement
EDUC630: Introduction to Ecological Perspectives in Environmental and Sustainability Education (2)
EDUC631: Introduction to Cultural, Social and Economic Perspectives in Environmental and Sustainability Education (2)
EDUC632: Contemporary Issues in Environmental and Sustainability Education: Ecological Dimensions (2)
EDUC633: Contemporary Issues in Environmental and Sustainability Education: Cultural, Social and Economic Dimension (2)
EDUC634: Identifying, Investigating, and Evaluating Current Issues in Sustainability and the Environment(4)
EDUC635: Policy-making, Engagement, and Action in Sustainability and the Environment (4)
EDUC636: Professional Development and Contributions in Environmental and Sustainability Education (4)