Professional Certificate in Environment-Based Learning (EBL)

Average Time to Complete 2 semesters

About the Program

MBU | Certificate | 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 (advanced degree may be required)

Courses & Requirements

12 Credit Hours

Required courses

IN 626 Environment-Based Learning (3sh)
ED 620 The Outdoor Classroom: EBL Program Development, Implementation, and Development (3sh)

Select two additional courses from the following:

ED 616 Nature Journaling across the Curriculum
ED 617 Math in the Garden
ED 618 Natural Research: Plant and Animal Studies in the Outdoors
ED 619 Trout in the Classroom
ED 621 Storytelling: A Pathway to Curriculum Integration
ED 626 Chesapeake Classrooms
ED 628 Reading on the River
ED 629 The Trail to Every Classroom
IN 605 Inquiry in the Natural Sciences
IN 634 The Intersection of Life and Land: Issue Driven Investigations

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 as a special student online.

Deadlines for applications are as follows:

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

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