The purpose of the Texas Certified Environmental Educator (TCEE) Program is to recognize an individual that demonstrates the competencies that an exemplary environmental educator should have, based on recognized knowledge and skills.

Texas Certified Environmental Educator (TCEE)

Certification is a process by which individuals are assessed against predetermined standards of competency and granted a credential if they meet the standards.

As the national professional association for environmental educators, the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) created a set of national standards for the EE profession, called the Guidelines for Excellence. There are several volumes, each reflecting a different aspect of how the profession is practiced. The set of Guidelines upon which professional certification is based is called the Guidelines for the Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental Educators (NAAEE 2004).

The goals of the Texas Certified Environmental Educator Program are to

  • increase environmental literacy
  • promote best practices in environmental education teaching methods
  • foster community leadership

The program enhances the ability of educators and organizations to provide quality programs and resources, benefitting local communities while investing in the future of Texas’s environment. This program establishes standards for professional excellence in environmental education for formal and non-formal educators.

The Certifying Agent for the program is TAEE, the Program Administrator is Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center, and the Certification Advisory Committee of TAEE is responsible for making any major changes or decision regarding the program.

TAEE encourages EE professionals to apply to become a Texas Certified Environmental Educator. The annual deadline for submitting a TCEE application is January 1 and June 1 of each year.

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