Research Areas and Sub-Specialties
Environmental educators are professionals who are committed to enhancing public understanding, attitudes and behaviors concerning the delicate relationships among the living and nonliving worlds. They work in a wide variety of formal and informal learning environments including schools, colleges and universities, local, state and national parks, botanic gardens and arboreta, zoos, museums, aquaria, camps, eco-tourist attractions, and nature centers, and are often employed in federal agencies, conservancies and other non-profit organizations devoted to the preservation of the natural environment. Well-trained environmental educators have a strong background in the biological and physical sciences, a devotion to solving ecological problems, knowledge of human cognition, learning, instructional design and assessment, and a strong interest in working with individuals of all ages, socio-cultural and ethnic backgrounds. At UNCW, our research program in environmental education focuses on knowledge, attitudes and behaviors affecting terrestrial and marine environments at the local, state, national and international levels in collaboration with colleagues here and at far-flung centers around the world. We prepare M.S. students for placement in diverse working environments and for further study at the Ph.D. level.