Accessing nature and venturing into the outdoors is immeasurably beneficial to children’s curiosity, inspiration, and creativity. Take school outdoors into the wonders of nature, and learn how to foster natural education for children beyond the confines of the classroom. Nature offers unlimited potential to spark young minds with multi-dimensional educational benefit. We give you the guidance on how to utilize nature as a powerful educational tool.
This program is offered by AU Santa Barbara.
Our Nature-Based Early Childhood Education Certificate provides professional development and training for helping young students explore and grow in the natural world. Children who spend more time outdoors develop healthier bodies and creative, inquisitive minds. Courses in the certificate program investigate 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. Become a leader in the environmental education movement – whether you wish to create, develop, or instruct nature preschools and forest kindergartens.
Completion of the NBECE Certificate program requires 15 – 18 units in this concentration. Several courses are offered each quarter.
Required Certificate Courses
- Natural History for Early Childhood
- Ecology of Imagination in Childhood
- Nature-Based Early Childhood Curriculum
- Music, Movement, and Storytelling for Early Childhood
- Working with Families and Communities
- Risk Management for Nature-Based Early Childhood
- Landscape Design for Nature Plan and Learning
Elective Internship Courses
- Internship in Nature Preschools or Forest Kindergartens with Cooperating Teacher
- School Change Practicum
Talk to an admissions advisor today about enrolling in the certificate program and which courses are currently being offered.
- Complete the online admissions application.
The deadline for the NBECE Certificate program is rolling; you may apply any time and enter courses offered at the start of any quarter.
Talk to an admissions advisor today about enrolling in the certificate program and which courses are currently being offered. The NBECE certificate courses are shared with the curriculum in our MA in Education, Nature-Based Early Childhood Education program, and can also be taken as stand alone experiences for your own interest or professional development. Contact admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 805.962.8179.
- Certificate cost: $4,811
- or per unit: $267.28
Please note: Additional fees for all AUSB 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.
George B. Storer Foundation Scholarships
The George B. Storer Foundation scholarship encourages Early Childhood Educators to learn more about how to include outdoor education and nature based experiences in their early childhood programs. The scholarship awards $2,000 each to the first ten applicants interested in either the MAE with Concentration in NBECE or the NBECE Certificate program. Please respond to the following prompts:
- Please describe your experience working with young children.
- Please describe your level of experience and expertise working with young children outdoors in nature.
- Given the changing opportunities young children have to play outside and to interact with the natural world, how will you use your education to make a difference in children’s lives?
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Antioch University Santa Barbara is excited to partner with Antioch University New England, the Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers, and the Orfalea Family Children’s Center to offer In Bloom in Santa Barbara: Promising Practices in Nature-Based Early Childhood Education on November 2, 2019.