Young minds thrive in nature!
Accessing nature and venturing into the outdoors is immeasurably beneficial to children’s curiosity, inspiration, and creativity. Take school outdoorsd into the wonders of nature, and learn how to foster natural education for children beyond the confines of the classroom.
Antioch University was one of the first in the nation to develop nature-based education programs, and you’ll benefit from this expertise and enthusiasm for all things outdoor education.
Master of Arts in Education, Nature-Based Early Childhood Education: Earn your MA in Education with a focus on nature-based education and position yourself to benefit the community, school programs, administrations, and more.
Certificate in Nature-Based Early Childhood Education: Take individual courses for enrichment or work toward a certificate (15-18 units) to enhance your teaching credential or expand your expertise as a professional. Complete the certificate in five quarters.
- Ecology of Imagination in Childhood
- Nature-based Early Childhood Curriculum
- Natural History for Early Childhood
- Risk Management for Nature-based Early Childhood Education
- Music, Movement, and Storytelling for Early Childhood
- Business Planning for Nature Preschools & Forest Kindergartens
- Landscape Design for Nature Play & Learning
- Internship in Nature Preschools or Forest Kindergartens
Programs begin in Summer quarter (July) each year. Early application is strongly encouraged! Inquire today.
Children who spend more time outdoors develop healthier bodies and creative, inquisitive minds. Our Nature-Based Early Childhood Education programs will give you professional development and training for helping young students explore and grow in the natural world. Our curriculum explores the ways in which children’s nature play and adventure can be used to invigorate development with language and storytelling, writing, natural history and science, expression, and physical movement.
Take advantage of generous Storer Foundation Scholarships and the First Five of Santa Barbara Scholarships created to encourage Early Childhood Educators to learn more about how to include outdoor education and nature based experiences in their early childhood programs. Inquire today and ask our admissions advisor about these generous scholarships.
Connect young minds with the enrichment of nature. Get started today!