Since 1976, the Center for Environmental Education (CEE) has provided Murray State University (MSU) and the greater western Kentucky region with environmental education guidance, programming, and materials. Housed within the university’s College of Education, the CEE offers pre-service and in-service teachers numerous opportunities to learn methods of integrating the environment throughout their classroom curriculum.
At the undergraduate and graduate levels, the CEE facilitates weekend residential workshops, certification in national environmental education (EE) curricula, and subject- and grade-specific professional development opportunities – using the environment as a pivotal theme.
In addition to its academic courses, the CEE has an array of educational materials for loan (books, puppets, audio/video, magazines/journals and more) and outreach educators readily available to model environmental education methods and prepared activities for any classroom.
Through the Center for Environmental Education, MSU was the first of Kentucky’s universities to offer an environmental education endorsement for graduate education degrees, an action that has since been implemented by other state schools. This endorsement, and similar efforts for strengthening the use of EE throughout Kentucky are further reinforced through the Kentucky University Partnership for Environmental Education, a statewide network of higher education EE providers.
Murray State University is also the first university in the state to require elementary education majors to take a one hour class in Environmental Education (EDU 404). This class is taken in conjunction with ELE 401 & 402, the Social Studies and Science methods classes, but in the near future will be offered with the new pairing of ELE 402 Science methods and ELE 304 Math methods, starting Fall 2009.
The Center for Environmental Education is now on YouTube and Facebook!
For additional information about these initiatives or the CEE, please contact
Joseph A. Baust, EdD, Director
Center for Environmental Education
3201 Alexander Hall
Murray State University
Murray KY 42071