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Testimonials

“The videos are fabulous and just the right length. The questions and material are thought provoking and thus effective. I find this course so engrossing that I often do not see time fly by and suddenly I realize I have been working on it for 3 hours! I also had hesitations about on-line courses in general, but now I am ‘sold.’”
- Annette Sampon-Nicolas

"I am a LEED-AP BD+C, and working on graduate level material in environmental management. As a consultant that deals in education for sustainability, I am always looking for opportunities for professional development with certification / accreditation."
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"It would be another endorsement for my teaching license"
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“I have never seen a course on Moodle as nice as this.”
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“I think these units are terrific. I can't wait to incorporate these ideas into my already green classroom.”
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"As we have specialists in all areas of the curriculum, we could have this as a specialist designation to help with the implementation of green education in every school."
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GEF Institute Certificates

About GEF Institute

GEFinstitute LOGOGEF Institute, a division of Green Education Foundation (GEF), is a virtual classroom established to meet increasing market demand for sustainability focused courses. The Institute builds on GEF's expertise in K-12 sustainability education and STEM concepts by offering affordable courses and certificates in sustainability to educators, students at the high school and undergraduate level, and professionals. Many of the Institute's courses are available for professional development or academic credit.

Overview

WebCompDipGEF Institute certificates are comprised of online education that provides big picture analysis and local application of important concepts around sustainability. Earning a certificate boosts credibility in the workplace, and provides the foundational knowledge for successful sustainability initiatives or behavior change campaigns. Certificate requirements are completed entirely online and are self-paced. Some certificates are eligible for professional development or academic credit.

Ideal for those seeking a well-rounded overview of sustainability, this certificate is comprised of the online course Introduction to Sustainability. It takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete online, at your own pace.

This certificate denotes a high level understanding of today's primary sustainability issues and human's ecological footprint. It is comprised of the online course Core Concepts in Sustainability. To earn this certificate, participants must also complete the online course Introduction to Sustainability. It takes approximately 4.5 hours to complete all certificate requirements online, at your own pace. 

This certificate denotes a robust and comprehensive understanding of sustainability concepts. To earn this certificate, participants must complete the online courses Introduction to Sustainability, Core Concepts in Sustainability and Advanced Concepts in Sustainability. Upon completion, participants can earn 1.5 CEUs and 1 academic credit from the Institute's partnering university. It takes approximately 15 hours to complete all the certificate requirements online, at your own pace. 

This specialty certificate includes an emphasis on teaching methods and curriculum integration for educators looking to enhance their teaching of sustainability concepts or to broaden their application of STEM skills in the classroom. To earn this certificate, you must complete the online courses Introduction to Sustainability, Core Concepts in Sustainability, and K-12 Sustainability Education Strategies. Upon completion, participants can earn .75 CEUs and .5 academic credits from the Institute's partnering university. It takes approximately 12 hours to complete all certificate requirements online, at your own pace.

Online Certification Course for Career Tech Students

GEF Institute offers a comprehensive certification course for Career and Technical Education students that provides the valuable knowledge and skills for them to succeed in the burgeoning green economy. 

The self-paced, 15-hour online course is designed to equip students with a strong foundational knowledge of sustainability, the science and technology of promoting sustainability, and the balance between environmental, social and economic concerns. The course incorporates hands-on activities, readings, assessments, videos, discussion forums, and more. Students earn the certification by passing an online test comprised of 100 multiple choice questions.  Read more about the the course content, testing, technology requirements and pricing at www.gefinstitute.org/cte-votech-certifications.