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Environmental Education and Science Communication - Academic Graduate Certificate

Are you enrolled in a graduate program, and want to incorporate meaningful science communication and outreach experience into your degree?

The MOSS Graduate Certificate is designed for motivated Ph.D. or M.S. students who wish to diversify their skill set and broaden the impact of their graduate work by developing expertise in science outreach and communication. Students spend nine months participating in select coursework, outreach, and TA experiences at the McCall Field Campus while continuing their graduate degree. The certificate program provides in-depth coursework in communication and outreach skills, and is customized to individual needs and goals of students. Students continue to work under their home advisor and thesis/dissertation committee, and are matched with an additional MOSS faculty advisor for guidance and supervision on Certificate-related work. Students in this option may be co-enrolled at any university.

Curriculum Scope and Sequence:
Orientation Block:
NRS 562 Field Science Teaching (2 cr)

Fall Content Block (two of the following three courses):
NRS 560 Place-based Ecology I (4 cr)
NRS 563 Place Based Env. Education (4 cr)
NRS 575 Leadership for the Environmental Educator (2 cr)

Winter Content Block:
NRS 564 Teaching Environmental Education in a Winter Environment (2 cr)

Spring Content Block (one of the following courses):
NRS 565 Science Communication and the Environment (4 cr)
NRS 566 Place-based Ecology II (4 cr)

Teaching Practicum Block (both of the following courses):
NRS 567 Environmental Education Teaching Practicum I (2 cr)
NRS 568 Environmental Education Teaching Practicum II (2 cr)

Research Block (2 cr of the following):
NRS 500 Master's Research and Thesis (1-16 cr)
NRS 502 Directed Study (1-16 cr)
NRS 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation (1-45 cr)

*NOTE: NRS 500 only for students seeking this certificate to complement current M.S. thesis program.

**NOTE: NRS 600 only for students seeking this certificate to complement current Ph.D. program

Courses to total 20 credits for this certificate

If you have further questions, please contact Graduate Program Coordinator, Leslie Dorsey, at or call 208-310-7087.

McCall Outdoor Science School

College of Natural Resources

Physical Address:
1800 University Lane
McCall, ID 83638

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1025
McCall, ID 83638

Phone: 208-885-1080

Fax: 208-634-5244



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