Certificate

Introduction

Educating the next generation of environmental leaders is essential to long term sustainability efforts. This certificate will give you a solid foundation in educational techniques that can be used to inform others about the many actions that are currently being taken to save our natural environments and combat climate change. Communicating the fragility of our ecosystem is the first step in building a healthier, more sustainable future.

This certificate is offered by AU New England.


 

Program Overview

This graduate credit certificate is a partnership between Antioch University New England and Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center.

Coursework involves 12 credits in community ecology, environmental education, and field techniques, along with an internship to apply these skills in a professional setting. All courses are delivered at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in northern Minnesota.
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Degree Requirements

Program Length:

This certificate can be completed in two semesters (10 months).

Requirements

This 12-credit certificate can be applied as credits towards the Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England.

Required Courses (at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center):

  1. Community Ecology: Natural History of Lake Superior
  2. Foundations of Environmental Education & Sustainability
  3. EE Methods: Nature Teaching and Learning
  4. Internship & Seminar

 

Admissions / Cost

Upcoming Events

Jan 24

Environmental Studies MS Visiting Day, January 24

January 24, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Jan 25

Environmental Studies PhD Visiting Day, January 25

January 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Introduction

Climate change education is essential for addressing perhaps the biggest environmental and social challenge in human history. We understand that to overcome this challenge we need to not only inform, but exponentially increase the number of advocates who are also raising awareness. Through empirical scientific data you will become an educator for one of the most pressing threats to a sustainable and healthy future.

This certificate is offered by AU New England.


 

Program Overview

AUNE’s Department of Environmental Studies is a  leader in climate change preparedness and education, as evidenced by the Educators Summit at the Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference. View a video of the first (2014) Educator’s Summit.

AUNE’s Center for Climate Preparedness & Community Resilience has partnered with the White House Administration’s (2015) launching of a new Climate Education and Literacy Initiative “to help connect American students and citizens with the best available science-based information about climate change.

Degree Requirements

Program Length:

The certificate can be completed within 32 weeks. Climate Change Education certificate classes meet one day/week or as intensives, aligned with our current Environmental Studies’ delivery models.

Requirements:

The Environmental Studies Department offers this 9-credit certificate to matriculated and non-matriculated students. Matriculated students who fulfill the requirements of a certificate will earn a dual credential along with their Master of Science. We believe that each of these certificates will add tremendous value to our students’ professional development and career opportunities.

Students complete the required courses from the Environmental Studies MS curriculum, a minimum of  one course from each of the following areas:

  1. Certificate Core Requirement:
    • Earth Systems & Climate Change
  2. Conservation & Climate Science
    • Climate Change Resilience, Adaptation and Mitigation
    • Conservation Psychology: Theory and Practice
    • Field Techniques or related topics by permission
  3. Application
    • Curriculum Design (required for Science Teacher Certification)
    • Program Planning & Design
    • Advanced Topics: Climate Education

 

Admissions / Cost

Upcoming Events

Jan 24

Environmental Studies MS Visiting Day, January 24

January 24, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Jan 25

Environmental Studies PhD Visiting Day, January 25

January 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Introduction

Through community, workplace and campus gardens, make healthy food accessible in every community to increase food security, mitigate climate change, and build community resistance. While this passionate and growing movement is gaining momentum, we still have a lot of work to do until every citizen has equal access to the fresh fruits and vegetables that should be a staple of their diets. We’re here to help you empower people to connect with the sources of their food, practice healthy eating, and build communities with a high degree of food security, to strengthen personal, communal, and environmental resiliency and health.

This certificate is offered by AU New England.


 

Program Overview

Keene, New Hampshire, is committed to becoming the “healthiest community in America” by 2020 (Healthy Monadnock, http://www.healthymonadnock.org). The “Farm to School” movement is reshaping school lunch programs across the U.S. And various efforts are improving access to healthy food and reducing food insecurity across the globe.

AUNE’s Community Garden Connections (CGC) has several robust food justice and garden education programs to complement this certificate, including community-based gardens, workplace gardens, and campus gardens. Over 500 community members participate in CGC programming annually.

Degree Requirements

Program Length:

The certificate can be completed within 32 weeks. Food Justice and Resilient Communities certificate courses meet one day/week or as intensives, aligned with our current Environmental Studies’ delivery models.

Requirements

The Environmental Studies Department offers this 9-credit certificate to matriculated and non-matriculated students. Matriculated students who fulfill the requirements of a certificate will earn a dual credential along with their Master of Science. We believe that each of these certificates will add tremendous value to our students’ professional development and career opportunities.

Students complete the required courses from the Environmental Studies MS curriculum, a minimum of  one course from each of the following areas:

  1. Certificate Core Requirement (choose one):
    • Community & School-based Sustainable Food Systems
    • Program Planning & Design
    • Citizen Participation & Sustainable Communities
  2. Conservation & Climate Science (choose one):
    • Climate Change Resilience, Adaptation and Mitigation
    • Civic Ecology Practices and Community Resilience
    • Field Techniques or related topics by permission
  3. Application (choose one):
    • Program Evaluation for Environmental and Conservation Educators
    • Soil Ecology
    • Principles of Sustainability
    • Advanced Topics or related topics by permission

 

Admissions / Cost

Upcoming Events

Jan 24

Environmental Studies MS Visiting Day, January 24

January 24, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Jan 25

Environmental Studies PhD Visiting Day, January 25

January 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Introduction

Integrate conservation psychology into your work in conserving biodiversity, promoting sustainability, and developing effective environmental communication and education programs. This emerging interdisciplinary field promotes a scientific approach to understanding how environmental advocates can skillfully and effectively communicate important information with the public. Human attitudes, behaviors, and values towards sustainability can vary greatly, and it’s important to understand the diverse perspectives that different subcultures have towards environmental stewardship.

This certificate is offered by AU New England.


 

Program Overview

Conservation Psychology is an emerging interdisciplinary field that promotes a scientific approach to understanding the reciprocal relationships of human beings with one another and the more than human world with the explicit aim of enhancing environmental and biodiversity conservation.

Through coursework, this certificate introduces students and practitioners to conservation psychology approaches and tools; builds current knowledge and skills in the arenas of conservation biology or climate and environmental science research; and offers a range of opportunities to integrate conservation psychology learning through applied skills in communication, cultural competence or program evaluation.

The certificate is ideal for people whose environmental and conservation science work requires additional skills to engage effectively in communicating with the public; for environmental education and advocacy practitioners who want to enhance their program and campaign development approaches; and as an introduction to social research for those whose research programs or questions engage them with human attitudes, values, and behavior.

Degree Requirements

Program Length:

The certificate can be completed within 32 weeks. Conservation Psychology certificate courses meet one day/week or as intensives, aligned with our current Environmental Studies’ delivery models.

Requirements

The Environmental Studies Department offers this 9-credit certificate to matriculated and non-matriculated students. Matriculated students who fulfill the requirements of a certificate will earn a dual credential along with their Master of Science. We believe that each of these certificates will add tremendous value to our students’ professional development and career opportunities.

Students complete the required courses from the Environmental Studies MS curriculum, a minimum of  one course from each of the following areas:

  1. Certificate Core Requirement
    • Conservation Psychology: Theory and Practice
  2. Conservation & Climate Science):
    • Earth Systems and Climate Change
    • Climate Change Resilience, Adaptation and Mitigation
    • Conservation Biology
  3. Application
    • Program Evaluation for Environmental and Conservation Educators
    • Exhibit Design
    • Environmental Communication in the Digital Age
    • Diversity, Justice and Inclusion

Admissions / Cost

Upcoming Events

Jan 24

Environmental Studies MS Visiting Day, January 24

January 24, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Jan 25

Environmental Studies PhD Visiting Day, January 25

January 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Introduction

Our Sustainable Business Certificate is a credited certificate for people interested in integrating sustainability practices into their businesses and nonprofits. It introduces the concepts of sustainability in a systems approach for students who want to learn how to apply sustainability to finance, human resources, and organizational development. Guide your business towards sustainable practices to foster a cleaner and healthier future for generations to come.

New England is no longer accepting applications for the Fall 2018 cohort. Please check back in Spring 2019 for new Management certificate offerings.

We invite you to explore our Leadership, Management, and Business programs across the University.


 

Program Overview

The certificate is ideal for people who have been asked to lead a sustainability initiative, integrate sustainability into a business, or be accountable for sustainability initiatives. For individuals new to sustainability, it’s the perfect program through which to obtain a solid understanding of triple-bottom-line thinking and sustainable operations. This program is also well-suited to small- to mid-size business entrepreneurs who want to integrate best practices for sustainability into their strategic planning and operations.

Degree Requirements

Program Length

The program is designed to be completed in 2-3 semesters.

Requirements

Students complete three required courses and one elective from the MBA in Sustainability curriculum. The courses are offered during the MBA in Sustainability’s weekend program (four weekends per semester).

Required courses:

  • Principles of Sustainable Systems
  • Financial Management Fundamentals
  • Teamwork & Diversity OR Developing People & Performance

Options for Electives:

  • Earth Systems & Climate Change
  • Ecological Economics, Public Policy & Social Change
  • Sustainable Finance for Positive Impact
  • Operations & Value Chain Management
  • Leadership, Ethics & Change

Career Outlook

Students who complete this certificate work in a variety of fields including environmental consulting, human services, education, and nonprofit development.

Learning Outcomes

The Certificate in Sustainable Business has established learning outcomes that outline the goals of our program. When you earn your certificate, you can expect to have competency in all of the following areas:

  • Evaluate, synthesize and apply the foundational concepts of the evolving sustainability paradigm.
  • Implement integrated strategies to strengthen the financial sustainability of organizations.
  • In collaboration with others, develop an organizational culture and implement practices that support both human well-being and successful performance at individual, team, unit, and organizational levels.
  • Advocate for wise use of earth resources and develop organizational strategies that balance the needs of ecological, economic, and social systems on a local and global scale.
  • Develop and master analytical, strategic, and collaborative decision-making skills in order to successfully communicate sustainability within multiple systems.
  • Develop interpersonal and intrapersonal skills to become a more effective, resilient, self-aware leader.
  • Apply change theory and leadership theory in guiding organizations towards a sustainable multiple bottom line.
  • Synthesize and apply knowledge, metrics, and skills to promote sustainability systems.

Admissions

New England is no longer accepting applications for the Fall 2018 cohort. Please check back in Spring 2019 for new Management certificate offerings.

We invite you to explore our Leadership, Management, and Business programs across the University.

Tuition & Financial Aid

A college education is an investment in your future.  Let us help you understand the costs and explore the resources available to help make your college education even more affordable. The majority of AUNE students finance their education through some form of financial aid. You may not be sure which federal, state, public and private aid packages – such as loans, scholarships, and grants—are right for you. Our staff is here to help you, so you can focus on what’s most important: beginning your academic program at AUNE.

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Introduction

Waldorf schools are inherently self administered with decisions made on site by faculty, staff and trustees. This allows for a truly fluid educational experience; child-centered and responsive to the changing needs of the student. Our Waldorf certifications will train you in theory and methodology while simultaneously incorporating hands-on opportunities and experiential learning. This approach enhances your ability to make an immediate impact on the educational experience of your students. Become a part of this revolutionary shift in how educators are teaching, inspiring, and encouraging the next generation of learners.

This certificate is offered by AU New England


 

Program Overview

This advanced level MEd program with a transdisciplinary focus on healing education is offered by the Waldorf Program of Antioch University New England in collaboration with Camphill Academy. It brings together experienced anthroposophic practitioners from various disciplines, united by the striving to work out of healing impulses in lifespan development.

This program was designed for:

  • Class and subject teachers, early childhood teachers, high school teachers, extra-lesson teachers, and other therapeutic-oriented professionals
  • Adult and core group educators
  • Therapists, social therapists, and therapeutic community builders
  • Biographical counselors
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Anthroposophic professionals in related fields

Degree Requirements

Requirements

This is a 32 credit certificate program.

Course Sequence:

Summer 2016 (4 weeks):

  • Renewal Institute 1
  • Research 2
  • Speech 3
  • Eurythmy 3
  • Evolving Consciousness
  • Transdisciplinary Learning
  • Human Development 2

Fall 2016

  • Practicum>
  • Contemplative Inquiry

Spring 2017

  • Education for Social Renewal (online)>

Summer 2017 (4 weeks)

  • Renewal Institute 2
  • Research 3
  • Foundations 2
  • Painting 3
  • Music Curriculum
  • Adolescent
  • Today’s Child

Fall 2017

  • Master’s Project
Prerequisites

5-7 years of professional experience with a practice based on anthroposophic foundations OR completion of a four-year program of the Camphill Academy (Enrollment concurrent with the advanced level of a Camphill Academy program may be considered in exceptional cases.)

 

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Introduction

Waldorf education is one of the fastest growing independent school movements in the world. By placing an emphasis on imagination, teachers who leverage this approach are better equipped to encourage students to think creatively, critically, and empathetically. It allows students to develop important artistic and social skills, while also promoting free thinking and moral responsibility.

The demand for trained Waldorf teachers is very high. This program prepares our students for possible careers such as an Elementary Waldorf Class Teacher, or Elementary Waldorf Special Subjects Teacher (Foreign Language, Handwork, Physical Education and other subjects).

This certificate is offered by AU New England


 

Program Overview

 

Waldorf curriculum engages the child in a broad range of disciplines in ways appropriate for a given age and level of development. Its ultimate goal is to awaken within the child a steadily increasing imaginative and intellectual capacity, a deeply held love for learning, a will to work, and a strong sense of moral responsibility to guide the child through adolescence and into adulthood.

The Program unfolds through a combination of group coursework, independent study, and practical experience, including an in-depth study of how the Waldorf curriculum meets the child’s cognitive, emotional, and moral needs, exploration of the theoretical foundations of Waldorf education and anthroposophy, and a learning community to which the student contributes personal experience, insight, and research. Course instructors bring fresh insights from direct classroom practice with children and teach artistic courses which develop creative capacities for application in the art of teaching and personal development.

There are three options to gain the 28 credit Waldorf Certificate: Full-time Year Round, Part-Time Summer Sequence Regular and Summer Sequence Advanced (Healing Education).

Year-Round Certificate(13 months to completion)
This full-time, 28-credit program is for those who live in the New England area or are able to relocate within a commuting distance of Keene, NH for the duration of the 4-semester program.

This program is ideal for both pre-service teachers (with little or no Waldorf teaching experience) and practicing Waldorf teachers who are able to take a fall leave of absence to attend classes in Keene, NH, resuming their school positions in January. Practicing teachers then complete an on-the-job “practicum” with the support of Antioch faculty advisors. This Keene-based program also offers the opportunity to complete an MEd that includes both the AWSNA-approved Waldorf Certificate and NH State Certification (with reciprocity with many other states).

Part-time Summer Sequence (Regular) Certificate (30 months to completion)
This part-time, low residency, 28 credit program is for those who live farther away and cannot commute to weekly fall classes in NH in the fall. This includes the AWSNA-approved Waldorf Certificate.

Summer Sequence (Advanced) Certificate, Transdisciplinary Focus on Healing Education (17 months to completion)
This 28-credit program is for experienced Waldorf educators and anthroposophical practitioners. Click here to learn more about this program option. Advanced Healing Education Program applicants are required to have 5-7 years of professional experience with a practice based on anthroposophic foundations OR completion of a four-year program of the Camphill Academy (Enrollment concurrent with the advanced level of a Camphill Academy program may be considered in exceptional cases.)

Degree Requirements

For Year-Round:

  • Minimum number of required semesters: 4
  • Expected study sequence:
    • Summer I: 3 weeks — courses held in Wilton, NH – School dormitory/local rooms available (2018: Sunday, July 8 through Saturday, July 28, no classes July 14, 15, 21, 22)
    • Fall I: 15 weeks — courses held Wednesday through Friday plus 5 Saturdays on campus in Keene, NH
    • Spring I: 12-week internship (available nationwide – or worldwide)
    • Summer II: 4 weeks —  courses held in Wilton, NH

For Summer Sequence:

  • Minimum number of required semesters: 5
  • Expected study sequence:
    • Summer I: 3 weeks — courses held in Wilton, NH – School dormitory/local rooms available (2018: Sunday, July 8 through Saturday, July 28, no classes July 14, 15, 21, 22)Summer I: 3 weeks, Wilton, NH (School dormitory/local rooms available)
    • Fall I: no courses
    • Spring I: Online course (4 credits)
    • Summer II:  3 weeks, Wilton, NH
    • Fall I: no courses
    • Spring I: 12-week Internship/Practicum (nationwide – or worldwide)
    • Summer III:  3 weeks, Wilton, NH
Requirements:

The Waldorf Certificate is available to individuals who are solely interested in pursuing training as a Waldorf teacher. Applicants without a BA must have at least 60 credits and have experience in education. The Waldorf Certificate Program is a summer entry program. This program requires 28 credits to complete.

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Introduction

Through the study and daily application of ancient and current applied philosophical perspectives, this certificate will help you find and harness your innate wisdom to develop a more compassionate classroom. While studying, you’ll find guidance to deepen your own mindfulness practice, develop an understanding of the history of mindfulness-based educational approaches and develop your own applications. Focus on the context in which the core principles of mindfulness and compassion affect the classroom to discover new perspectives on both teaching and learning strategies.

This certificate is offered by AU New England.


 

Program Overview

Whether you work in a pre-school, a graduate school or anything in between, this year-long, fully online program is for educators interested in deepening their own practice and exploring and applying mindfulness-based approaches in their teaching or work context.

The Mindfulness for Educators Certificate Program trains educators in the core practices of mindfulness and compassion, as formal practices and as lived and embodied responses to life in the classroom and in the world.  Antioch University New England has the only graduate program with a focus on mindfulness that is just for teachers.

Relevant and engaging coursework takes into account the lives of working educators. The cohort approach helps participants remain committed to daily meditation and informal mindfulness practices. The program combines online pedagogy with interactive teaching methodology. It includes small class sizes, individual attention from faculty, and real-time connection via telephone, on-line conferencing, and webinars.

Degree Requirements

Program Length:
  • All courses fully online
  • Nine graduate credits
  • Year-long program completed in spring-summer-fall of any academic year
  • One course per term
Courses:
  • Spring: Using Buddhist Frameworks to Reflect on Teaching and Learning
  • Summer: Human Development and the Inner Landscape of Teachers and Learners
  • Fall: Awareness of Body, Mind, Heart and Brain: Pathways to Change in Education

Admissions

How to Apply

  1. Complete the online admissions application, including:
    • Essay questions, admissions and program-specific
    • Resume/curriculum vitae (CV)
    • Non-refundable $50 application fee
  2. Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities where you earned a degree or certificate.
  3. Two letters of recommendation are required, from people who are in a position to evaluate your professional or academic work. The person making the recommendation may not be related to you.
  4. There are additional requirements for International applicants and applicants without a Bachelor’s degree
  5. Interview with a faculty member of the department to which you seek entry if selected. This can be in person, by phone, or via Skype.
  6. Master’s and Certificate Programs do not require the GRE or any other standardized test for admissions. We consider all of your application materials, and evaluate your academic potential in a variety of ways.

Official transcripts should be emailed to admissions.ane@antioch.edu or mailed to:

Office of Admissions
Antioch University New England
40 Avon Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03431-3516

All application materials submitted become part of an applicant’s file and cannot be returned.

Application Deadlines

December 1 for Spring Start

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Tuition & Financial Aid

A college education is an investment in your future.  Let us help you understand the costs and explore the resources available to help make your college education even more affordable. The majority of AUNE students finance their education through some form of financial aid. You may not be sure which federal, state, public and private aid packages – such as loans, scholarships, and grants—are right for you. Our staff is here to help you, so you can focus on what’s most important: beginning your academic program at AUNE.

Tuition & Fees

Financial Aid

Upcoming Events

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Introduction

Technology and education increasingly have become integrated. In the modern classroom, both magnify and support each other. Libraries have also become more than a place for books and studying. In a technological world, they serve as the hub of curiosity, innovation, and inspiration. Regardless of your familiarity with technology, this certification will ensure you understand all of the ways new advancements can be brought to your community’s classrooms and libraries to enhance the learning experience. Design a powerful learning experience by combining information, technology, and your education expertise for the greater good of your school community.

These certificates are offered by AU New England.


 

Program Overview

This program will allow you to add a Library Media Specialist or an Educational Technology Integrator Certification (or both!) to your existing teaching credential.  With only one on-campus course, you can complete this additional certification almost totally online.

In our Educational Technology Integrator Specialist (EdTech) certificate program, you’ll explore the ways that pedagogy and technology support and magnify one another. That’s because quality educational technology integration is 30% technology and 70% pedagogy. Whether you consider yourself a tech guru or a tech newbie, we can help you make sure that technology is working for you and your students, instead of the other way around.

The Library Media Specialist (LMS) certification only program at Antioch University New England (AUNE) reflects our Critical Skills Classroom model and our long-held belief that the developmental and learning needs of children are at the heart of educational endeavors and that schools should be structured and run in a humanistic and democratic manner in order to serve these students. The LMS serves as “master educator,” prepared to combine information, pedagogy, and technology to design powerful learning experiences for the school community.

Degree Requirements

Program Length

Ed Tech Integrator certificate:

  • Start in January or May
  • Five-semester, 18-credit degree program
  • One summer course on campus at AUNE
  • Five online classes with a focus on educational technology
  • Complete the requirements for a New Hampshire Educational Technology Integrator Specialist certification

Library Media Specialist Certification:

  • Begins in January or May
  • Five-semester, 22-credit program
  • Courses on campus for one week in July
  • Online courses during the fall and spring
  • Two, one-credit internships in your community or school
Courses

Online Courses:

  • Tech Tools for All Learners
  • Educational Advocacy and Leadership
  • Building Inclusive Learning Communities
  • Instructional Design
  • Principles of STEM
  • Selection for Collections: Selecting Children’s and Young Adult Library Material (only required for Library Media Specialist Certification)

   On-Campus Courses at Antioch University New England:

  • Critical Skills Classroom Immersion (On Campus) OR Teaching in the Critical Skills Classroom (online)

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for Ed Tech Integrator Certificate
  • Enhance your capacity to teach all students well.
  • Model quality technology integration.
  • Explore the social justice implications of technology.
  • Promote creative problem-solving and real-world learning.
  • Foster a strong sense of community rather than isolation for your students.
  • Ensure that technology is used appropriately and in support of higher-order thinking skills, and not just rote tasks.
  • Act as a savvy tech consumer, focused on learning outcomes and the reality of your students’ lives.
Learning Outcomes for Library Media Specialist Certification
  • Help teachers and students process, locate, and evaluate information for usefulness, quality and credibility.
  • Possess the administrative skills necessary to not only manage a collection, but also to navigate the selection and use of resources and tools.
  • Facilitate the ethical, legal, and responsible use of information.
  • Craft and facilitate meaningful learning experiences for students and adults.
  • Lead schools in the selection and use of technology to enhance student learning.
  • Craft and facilitate meaningful learning experiences for students and adults.
  • Lead schools in the selection and use of technology to enhance student learning.

Admissions

How to Apply

  1. Complete the online admissions application, including:
    • Essay questions, admissions and program-specific
    • Resume/curriculum vitae (CV)
    • Non-refundable $50 application fee
  2. Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities where you earned a degree or certificate.
  3. Two letters of recommendation are required, from people who are in a position to evaluate your professional or academic work. The person making the recommendation may not be related to you.
  4. There are additional requirements for International applicants and applicants without a Bachelor’s degree
  5. Interview with a faculty member of the department to which you seek entry if selected. This can be in person, by phone, or via Skype.
  6. Master’s and Certificate Programs do not require the GRE or any other standardized test for admissions. We consider all of your application materials, and evaluate your academic potential in a variety of ways.

Official transcripts should be emailed to admissions.ane@antioch.edu or mailed to:

Office of Admissions
Antioch University New England
40 Avon Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03431-3516

All application materials submitted become part of an applicant’s file and cannot be returned.

Application Deadlines

December 1 for Spring Start
May 1 for Summer Start
July 1 for Fall Start
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Cost

Please note: Additional fees for all AUNE programs may include (but are not necessarily limited to) charges for materials, late registration, enrollment maintenance, parking, graduation, transcripts, tuition payment plan, late payments, late registration, and returned checks.
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Financial Aid

A majority of AUNE students finance their education through some form of financial aid. You may not be sure which federal, state, public and private aid packages – such as loans, scholarships, and grants—are right for you. Our staff is here to help you, so you can focus on what’s most important: beginning your academic program at AUNE.
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Upcoming Events

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This certificate is offered by AU New England.


 

Program Overview

The Nature-Based Early Childhood Education Certificate program in the Department of Education at Antioch University New England trains teachers, administrators, and founders of nature preschools and forest kindergartens. The forest kindergarten movement has been thriving in Europe for the last three decades and has recently taken root in the United States.  Simultaneously, there has been a growing number of nature preschools in the United States. Both nature preschools and forest kindergartens have a uniquely different approach to curriculum than conventional indoor early childhood programs.

The objective of the program, especially for the Professional Development participants, is to make the courses as practical as possible. Therefore, the goal for each course will be to have each student generate a product that is tangibly useful in his/her work situation. This will include program brochures, policy development, business plans, curriculum documentation materials a la Reggio, grant proposals and parent newsletters. Program faculty will provide assistance in content and tone so that founders of new programs can be supported in developing materials to launch their programs.

Degree Requirements

Program Length:

This is a teacher/administrator professional development option for current early childhood education professionals. The program takes 13 months and starts in the summer. The courses are offered as continuing education credits or for graduate school credits. The program requires 6 to 8 courses and 12 to 15 credits. If taken for credit, these courses will bear in the range of 12-15 credits. Participants who take these courses for credit will be able to transfer these credits into the Elementary & Early Childhood Teacher Certification/Integrated Learning Program within five years if they are interested in a master’s degree.

Requirements:

Course Sequence — Spring 2018

Course Sequence – Summer 2018

Professional Development Certificate Programs (12-15 credits)

  1. Required Courses (7 credits)
    • Nature-based Early Childhood Curriculum
    • Business Planning for Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens
    • Risk Management for Nature-based Early Childhood Education
    • Working with Parents and Community
  2. Elective Courses (at least 5 credits required, 3 could be internship or practicum)
    • Early Childhood Education Pre-K to 3rd
    • Childhood and Nature
    • Landscape Analysis and Design for Nature Play and Learning
    • Natural History for Early Childhood
    • Movement and Storytelling in the Pre-K Classroom
    • Advanced Topics in Nature-based Early Childhood
    • Other Integrated Learning courses in Elementary/Early Childhood program
  3. Internship/Practica (optional, not required, for certificate students)
    • Internship in Nature Preschool or Forest Kindergarten
    • School Change Practicum in Nature Preschool or Forest Kindergarten

Learning Outcomes

The goals of this certificate program are:

  • To provide training and professional development for teachers who wish to teach in nature preschools and forest kindergartens.
  • To provide training and professional development for entrepreneurs and administrators who wish to create and administer nature preschools and forest kindergartens.
  • To provide training and professional development for early childhood education professionals who would like to incorporate more nature/outdoors programming in their existing early childhood programs.
  • To create a network of nature preschools and forest kindergartens in New England to support visitation and support.
  • To create resources, (i.e. a website, policy books, parent education material) which support the development and evolution of these programs.
  • To create living examples, documentation, and research

Admissions

How to Apply

  1. Complete the online admissions application, including:
    • Essay questions, admissions and program-specific
    • Resume/curriculum vitae (CV)
    • Non-refundable $50 application fee
  2. Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities where you earned a degree or certificate.
  3. Two letters of recommendation are required, from people who are in a position to evaluate your professional or academic work. The person making the recommendation may not be related to you.
  4. There are additional requirements for International applicants and applicants without a Bachelor’s degree
  5. Interview with a faculty member of the department to which you seek entry if selected. This can be in person, by phone, or via Skype.
  6. Master’s and Certificate Programs do not require the GRE or any other standardized test for admissions. We consider all of your application materials, and evaluate your academic potential in a variety of ways.

Official transcripts should be emailed to admissions.ane@antioch.edu or mailed to:

Office of Admissions
Antioch University New England
40 Avon Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03431-3516

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Application Deadlines

Spring Entry: December 1
Summer Entry: May 1
Fall Entry: July 1
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Tuition & Financial Aid

A college education is an investment in your future.  Let us help you understand the costs and explore the resources available to help make your college education even more affordable. The majority of AUNE students finance their education through some form of financial aid. You may not be sure which federal, state, public and private aid packages – such as loans, scholarships, and grants—are right for you. Our staff is here to help you, so you can focus on what’s most important: beginning your academic program at AUNE.

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