Master of Education

Environment-Based Learning (EBL)

Average Time to Complete Three semesters and one summer

About the Program

MBU | Master’s | Hybrid – Mary Baldwin University offers one of the nation’s first environment-based learning (EBL) graduate programs designed specifically for educators. With an environment-based educational approach, educators use the local community and environment to teach all subjects in a way that is meaningful and relevant to K-12 students.

By integrating an outdoor inquiry-based education model into their curriculum, teachers can help their students develop critical thinking skills, become better problem solvers, learn “deep” content knowledge, gain an appreciation for their surroundings, and through this process, become more environmentally literate citizens.

Career Paths

  • Classroom teacher
  • Private school teacher
  • Curriculum developer
  • Educational policy developer

Courses & Requirements

33 Credit Hours

IN 627 Contemporary Learning Theory for Diverse Learners
IN 629 Leadership in Education
IN 630 Methods of Professional Inquiry
ED 631 Technologies to Advance Learning
ED 632 Inquiry Research Project
IN 626 Environment-Based Learning*
IN 634 The Intersection of Life and Land: Issue-driven Investigations*
ED 620 The Outdoor Classroom: EBL Program Development Implementation And Evaluation
Graduate Elective Course
EBL Electives**

* Synchronous Online

** Choose from a list of Environment-Based Learning courses offered at MBU Staunton campus in the summer sessions.

Cost & Financial Aid

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Student Support

We know the path to higher education can be daunting, which is why we’re here to help.

As a student of the Roanoke Higher Education Center, you will have access to:

  • Library collections and services
  • Computer lab with printer/copier
  • Student lounge with high-speed wireless Internet
  • Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Free parking with a student parking pass

Support resources for Mary Baldwin University students:

How to Apply

Apply online for the Master of Education

Deadlines for applications are as follows:

Fall – July 31
Spring – November 15
Summer – April 15

Applications will require:

  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary work
  • Two letters of reference from professional
  • A goal statement essay
  • Praxis Core Scores

Prospective students are encouraged to meet with an education adviser in the most convenient regional location to review admission requirements and determine the best plan of study.

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