Environmental and Sustainability Education Specialty Area Endorsement
In 2009, the Professional Educators Standards Board (PESB) approved a new Specialty Area Endorsement in Environmental and Sustainability Education
(ESE). The endorsement consists of three main categories (Content, Instructional
Methodology, and Professional Competencies) containing 32 competencies. The
specialty endorsement in ESE is intended to create new roles and leadership
opportunities for teachers; offer students new opportunities for learning;
(e.g., senior projects related to ESE); and encourage interdisciplinary
A number of programs have been approved by the PESB to offer the ESE endorsement. You can see them all on the PESB Approved Teacher Programs List. When looking at the full list for schools that offer the ESE endorsement, check for "Environmental and Sustainability" in the endorsements column. Please contact the colleges and universities directly for more information about their offering of the ESE endorsement.
Professional Development Guidelines for Environmental and Sustainability Educators
In partnership with the Environmental Education Association of Washington (EEAW), OSPI created professional development guidelines for environmental and sustainability educators. These draft guidelines are available for review and use.