Online Certificate on
Education for Sustainable Development

International Professional Development Programme

17 January - 20 June 2017

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“Integrate into formal education and life-long learning the knowledge, values, and skills needed for a sustainable way of life.”

Principle 14 – Earth Charter

About this Programme

This unique programme is designed to provide participants with the understanding, knowledge, and skills to integrate Education for Sustainable Development and Education for Global Citizenship into classrooms, schools, and curricula with depth and creativity. Unlike most programmes in sustainability, in these courses the Earth Charter (EC) is used as a central feature of this approach. The EC provides a broad, inclusive and powerful values-based orientation that can be infused within the missions and purposes of most educational programmes. The methodologies introduced are ones that can be applied to all learning across the curriculum and across grade levels.

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Programme Objectives

Strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities of educators to implement Education for Sustainable Development and Education for Global Citizenship in their work, providing a space for dialogue and professional update on pedagogical processes of transformative learning that respond to the new guidance and educational needs in this area.

Specifically, this Certificate Programme seeks to:

  • Clarify concepts of sustainability, sustainability values and principles, sustainable lifestyles and responsible consumption; and global citizenship, as well as the synergies between them.
  • Deepen and expand knowledge about new paradigms of education in the field of education for sustainability, and how it relates to education for global citizenship, sustainable lifestyles, and transformative education.
  • Strengthen capacities and skills of the educators to integrate the values of sustainability in their areas of action, and develop educational programmes that promote a new awareness of our relationship with the environment and sustainable lifestyles.
  • Explore methodological and transforming pedagogical tools that can be used in educational programmes.
  • Motivate and inspire educators to contribute, through their areas of action, in building more coherent, harmonious, and sustainable societies.
  • Stimulate the exchange of experiences between educators from different contexts and regions.

Some expected results:

When completing the Certificate Programme, the participants will:

  • Develop a greater understanding of sustainable development, and its application in education.
    • Be familiar with new paradigms of education within the framework of Education for Sustainable Development, and related themes.
    • Deepen knowledge and pedagogical tools to incorporate values-based education for sustainable development in educational programmes and processes.
    • Internalize the ethical framework for sustainable development that is articulated in the Earth Charter, as a set of fundamental principles and values for building a more just, sustainable, and peaceful society.
    • Strengthen the abilities and skills to work with values and principles of sustainability and the Earth Charter in educational programmes.

Participants Profile

This Certificate Programme is aimed at K-12 teachers (primary and secondary educators), education professionals, and academics in different areas and levels of education.

Methodology

This is an online Certificate Programme, therefore sessions follow the model of asynchronous learning, where participants have flexibility to complete the sessions when it is convenient for them. However, there will be five real time webinars, one at the beginning of the programme and one at the end of each course, to give the possibility for participants and facilitators to meet and interact more.

The Certificate Programme has a duration of five months.

It consists of four courses plus five seminars.

Each course consists of five sessions (one per week).

The minimum hourly load per participant is 124 hours, which involves 4 hours per week to read and see all the materials per session, plus the time for the seminars, and the preparation and implementation of a final project (individually or in group).

Courses

The courses provide a balance of theoretical and practical analysis, and includes video chats offered by facilitators, individual study materials, and forums where the group discusses the subjects.  The four courses offered are:

  1. A Planetary Perspective: Toward a Culture of Peace, Sustainability, and Well-Being
  2. Values and Principles for Sustainability: The Earth Charter as an Ethical Framework and a  Call   to Action
  3.  Transformative Learning and ESD: A Holistic Pedagogy Grounded in the Neurosciences
  4. The Way Forward: Models and Skills for Implementing ESD with the Earth Charter

Payment

The course fee is US$1,300

30% discount offered for groups of 3 or more. 10% discount in registration before November 15th, 2016 (full payment only).

Course fee must be paid at least two weeks before Online Programme starts.

Payment methods:

  • Credit card
  • Bank transfer

*Flexible payment plans available.

For more information on payment contact apply[@]earthcharter.org

Facilitators

Sam Crowell photoDr. Sam Crowell is professor emeritus of education at California State University–San Bernardino and a founder and co-director of the MA in Holistic and Integrative Education and the Center for Holistic and Integrative Learning. He has worked as an elementary school teacher, a principal, an administrator, and a university professor. He considers himself a holistic educator and an advocate of the artistry of teaching. He has been actively engaged with Education for Sustainable Development and the Earth Charter and co-authored the book, “The Re-Enchantment of Learning: A Manual for Teacher Renewal and Classroom Transformation” published by Corwin Press, and just released his new book, “Emergent Teaching: A Path of Creativity, Significance, and Transformation.”

Lorna Down photo smallDr. Lorna Down is a Retired Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. She has co-authored a number of language text books and has published widely in the areas of Education for Sustainable Development, Literature and Teacher Education. Her current research focus is in the field of Teacher Education, Education for Sustainable Development and Literature. A founding member of MESCA (Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in Caribbean Universities), Dr. Down, along with other colleagues, has developed awareness and practice in Education for Sustainable Development and Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development throughout the Caribbean region. She has also conducted ESD/CCESD workshops internationally. Dr. Down is also the Editor of the Caribbean Journal of Education.

Mark Hathaway photoDr. Mark Hathaway is an adult educator with extensive experience in both Canada and Latin America. He is the principle author (along with Leonardo Boff) of The Tao of Liberation: Exploring the Ecology of Transformation (Orbis, 2009) which integrates perspectives from economics, ecology, social justice, spirituality, and post-modern cosmology. Mark is currently a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar in the Adult Education and Community Development Program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada. His doctoral research explores the cultivation of ecological wisdom – along with the intersections between transformative learning, worldviews, ecopsychology, and engagement for sustainability – by examining the significant life experiences of 24 environmental educators and activists.”

 

Rosalyn McKeown PhotoDr. Rosalyn McKeown is Secretariat for the UNESCO Chair on Reorienting Teacher Education to Address Sustainability at York University in Canada. She is an education for sustainable development (ESD) advisor for Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. She served for three years as a Programme Specialist in the ESD Section at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris and has over 60 publications of which 25+ are in peer-reviewed journals. Rosalyn earned B.A. in geography from the University of California – Los Angeles, an M.S. in teacher education from the University of Tennessee, an M.A. and Ph.D. in geography from the University of Oregon.  Rosalyn is the primary author of the Education for Sustainable Development Toolkit. She primarily taught teacher-preparation courses and was a high school teacher.

Mirian Vilela photoMirian Vilela is the Executive Director of the Earth Charter International Secretariat and the Center for Education for Sustainable Development at UPEACE. Mirian has been working with the Earth Charter Initiative since early 1996. She is coordinating the newly established UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter. She is also a member of the UNESCO Expert Reference Group for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) and has been a visiting professor on Sustainable Development at the University for Peace since 2005.  Read more

 

Alicia Jimenez photoAlicia Jimenez works at the Earth Charter International Secretariat in Costa Rica. She is biologist and has been working in conservation and sustainable development field since 1998.  She worked several years in IUCN Mesoamerica’s Regional Office and then started a professional services co-op called Coopesolidar, based in San Jose, Costa Rica.    She got an MSc degree on Resource Development at Michigan State University, USA, and worked at the Center for Latin American Studies of this University.  Then, she moved back to Costa Rica, started to work at the National University of Costa Rica. This University is a strong partner of the Earth Charter Initiative.   In 2006 she joined the Earth Charter International Secretariat, and is in charge of promoting as widely as possible the Earth Charter, especially in Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific.  In addition, she is involved with the Secretariat’s projects on education for sustainable development.

UNESCO Chair

This Certificate Programme was developed under the framework of the UNESCO Chair in Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter, coordinated by the Earth Charter Center for Education. The Chair is a collaborative effort between UNESCO, Earth Charter International, and the University for Peace to develop educational programmes and research activities related to education, sustainability, and ethics using the Earth Charter as a fundamental reference.

Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development

The Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development, established by Earth Charter International, has a mission to “promote the transition to sustainable ways of living and a global society founded on a shared ethical framework that includes respect and care of the community of life, ecological integrity, universal human rights, respect for diversity, economic justice, democracy, and a culture of peace “, with a special focus on education.

The Center offers a variety of executive, formative, and educational programmes in leadership for sustainable development, for policy makers, education professionals, youth, and the general public. Research projects are specially developed in partnerships with institutions of national and global relevance.

University for Peace

The University for Peace, established by an international agreement adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 35/55 of December 5th, 1980, has a mission to: “provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace, with the aim of promoting among all human beings a spirit of understanding, tolerance, and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and help overcome obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, consistent with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the United Nations Charter “.

UPEACE offers Master’s programmes in Peace and Conflict Studies and Education for Peace (among others) for students from all over the world; the students have the opportunity to receive an education in a unique environment, with a combination of multicultural perspectives, theories and practical applications.