ESE Certification for Student Teachers

Environmental and Sustainability Education Certificate E-Course

Interested in how new educators can contribute to an equitable and sustainable future? Want to learn some practical ways to inspire connections to nature, ecojustice & sustainability? Join students from teacher education programs across Canada to explore the principles & practices of Environmental & Sustainability Education (ESE) in this new online course from the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM). 

A certificate & EECOM membership is awarded to those who successfully complete the course. Learn more here.


Eligibility: This course is open to students learning to be K-12 teachers & Early Childhood Educators who are registered in Canadian teacher education programs in 2021-22.

Dates: The course is offered online from September 2021 to April 2022. There will be a 2-hour course meeting every month, with follow-up learning tasks. Meeting dates will be decided based on student preferences.

Registration: Register by September 19, 2021. The course fee is $50. 

Questions: Contact Dr. Erin Sperling at


Each module is led by an ESE expert. The module Indigenous Ways of Knowing & Two-eyed Seeing will be presented by ACEE's Dr. Marie Tremblay and Indigenous Education Consultant Donna Ross. 

Module Themes:

  • Late September: Foundations of ESE
  • October: Nature & EcoSystems Thinking
  • November: Indigenous Ways of Knowing & Two-eyed Seeing
  • December: ESE Inquiry and Place-based Learning
  • January: Equity, Inclusion & EcoJustice in ESE
  • February: ESE Practice & Pedagogy in K-12 Education
  • March: Action & Agency in ESE
  • April: Pathways into Teaching & Learning about ESE

Our Supporters

We thank Alberta Ecotrust, the Chawkers Foundation, and the Suncor Energy Foundation for their financial support of ACEE's contribution to this program.