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First Class Nears Environmental Educator Certification

Feb 27, 2020

Fourteen pioneers are well on the way to becoming South Carolina’s first certified environmental educators in a program shepherded by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium.

The Palmetto Environmental Education Certification (PEEC) program
grew out of a 2013 Consortium survey that indicated the need for a statewide effort to empower educators to promote environmental literacy. The Consortium then led a steering committee composed of formal and informal educators who created the framework and content for the new certification program.

Educators in the pilot class of the Palmetto Environmental Education Certification program check laminated guides to identify creatures on a sea island field trip. Photo by E.V. Bell, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium.

Educators seeking PEEC certification participate in four workshops supplemented by eight online instruction modules. They also conduct self-directed exploration of environmental topics across the state, and their training culminates with a capstone project that demonstrates mastery of environmental education skills and practices. The first PEEC cohort of 14 educators has completed three of the four workshops and is scheduled to achieve certification in August 2020.

Information regarding the 2020-2022 cohort will be posted at peecsc.org and scseagrant.org. Registration for this class will open in the late summer/early fall. Registration for the second round of PEEC training is expected to begin in February 2020, with workshops beginning early in 2021.

Funding from the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, North American Association for Environmental Education, and the Spaulding-Paolozzi Foundation supported establishment of the PEEC program.