Environmental Education

Program Presentation

Education occupies an important role in humanity´s social and economic network, assuming, therefore, great importance in the creation of strategies that contribute to the solution of environmental problems.

The incorporation of an environmental dimension in educational programs requires effort to transform the system that is not without obstacles. Academic, educational and practical commitments to review educational developments and alternative approaches are needed.

From a practical perspective, the Environmental Education program addresses the issue as a way of enabling teachers to incorporate environmental content in basic education, as well as considering it as a process that contributes to the holistic development of human beings.

This program is part of an ambitious plan to train professionals who are able to design, promote and manage environmental education for sustainable development in various fields of social activity, from global, regional and local perspectives. The structure of the course will focus on four areas of action: conceptual and philosophical foundations, environmental education for sustainability, environmental management towards sustainable development and, finally, national and local experiences.

Who is the programme for?

The Environmental Education program is especially designed to satisfy two different groups:

  • People without a university degree may want quality training in this field for personal gain or experience.
  • University graduates who, in addition to their current education, desire a practical specialization in environmental education to expand their job opportunities.

Diploma

After successfully completing the Program, the student shall receive a Diploma awarded by the University where they have enrolled with the sponsorship by the Ibero-american University Foundation (FUNIBER).

Program Structure

The estimated duration of the Environmental Education program is 200 hours (20 credits)1.

With regard to the distribution of time, it is established that:

  • Being a distance learning program and not subject to instructor-led classes, a specific beginning date is not set, and so the student can register at any time, provided that there are spaces available.
  • For academic and learning reasons, the Program’s minimum duration is three months.
  • The maximum time to complete the Program is six months. During this period of time, the student should have handed in all the evaluations corresponding to the subject.
  • The credit structure of the Environmental Education program is collected in the following table:
  CREDITOSa LENGTHb HOURS
Subjects 20 6 200

a. The equivalence in credits may vary according to the university that awards the degree
b. Duration in months

Objectives

General objectives:

  • To incorporate an environmental dimension in educational programs.

Specific objectives:

  • To plan, implement, monitor and evaluate Environmental Education projects in the areas of formal education, taking into account the interdisciplinary aspect of the content.
  • To reflect on the importance of environmental education in sustainable development projects and the construction of the local Agenda 21, to implement specific projects.
  • To develop the critical thinking that allows us to think and act both locally and globally.
  • To work with concepts, methods and techniques appropriate to Environmental Education.
  • To understand the importance of environmental education in the process of participatory environmental management.
  • To learn how to make the curriculum more eco-friendly.

Career Opportunities

Some of the career opportunities of Environmental Education are:

  • Responsible for training workshops in environmental education.
  • Occupation in city councils as an environmental technician.
  • Teaching.

Study Plan

The Environmental Education program is comprised of a module with five subjects, including case studies related to this field.

The course allows the student to learn and comprehend, first, the theoretical, conceptual and historical principles involved in environmental education, second, its organizational, social, and technological implications.

The objective is for the student to acquire a complete perspective of environmental education from the point of view of sustainability, throughout the related multidisciplinary topics.

The corresponding subjects and hours that comprise the program are shown in the following table:

# TOTAL SUBJECTS HOURS
  TOTAL 200
1 Conceptual development of the environment and sustainable development 20
2 The historical evolution of Environmental Education 30
3 Basic General Concepts of Environmental Education 40
4 Formal Education 40
5 Environmental Management and Sustainable Development 40
6 Risk Management and Environmental education 30

These subjects are independent of each other, yet are structured according to a coherent teaching sequence that facilitates understanding from lesser to greater complexity. Each subject is divided into basic thematic units or chapters, the content of which includes printed material that should be studied to satisfactorily answer the tests.

Management

  • Dr. Eduardo García Villena. Director of the Environmental Area in the International Ibero-american University (UNINI)

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Ángel M. Álvarez Larena. Dr. in Geology. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • Dr. Roberto M. Álvarez. Prof. of the University of Buenos Aires.
  • Dr. Óscar Arizpe Covarrubias. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Dr. Isaac Azuz Adeath. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Dr. David Barrera Gómez. Doctor from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia
  • Dr. Brenda Bravo Díaz. Prof. of the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico
  • Dr. Rubén Calderón Iglesias. Prof. of the European University Miguel de Cervantes
  • Dr. Leonor Calvo Galván. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Olga Capó Iturrieta. Dr. Industrial Engineering. Prof. of the Research Institute in Agropecuarias, Chile
  • Dr. Alina Celi Frugoni. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. José Cortizo Álvarez. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Antoni Creus Solé. Dr. in Industrial Engineering
  • Dr. Juan Carlos Cubría García. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Raquel Domínguez Fernández. Prof. of the University of León
  • Dr. Luís A. Dzul López. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Xavier Elías Castells. Director of the By-product Exchange of Catalonia
  • Dr. Milena E. Gómez Yepes. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the University of the Quindio, Colombia
  • Dr. Ramón Guardino Ferré. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Emilio Hernández Chiva. Dr. in Industrial Engineering. Spanish National Research Council, CSIC
  • Dr. Cristina Hidalgo González. Prof. of the University of León
  • Dr. Francisco Hidalgo Trujillo. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Víctor Jiménez Arguelles. Prof. of the Autonomous Metropolitan University. Mexico
  • Dr. Miguel Ángel López Flores. Prof. of the National Polytechnic Institute (CIIEMAD-IPN)
  • Dr. Izel Márez López. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Carlos A. Martín. Prof. of the National University of the Littoral, Argentina
  • Dr. Isabel Joaquina Niembro García. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the Monterrey Institute of Technology
  • Dr. César Ordóñez Pascua. Prof. of the University of León
  • Dr. José María Redondo Vega. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Gladys Rincón Polo. Prof. of the Simón Bolívar University, Venezuela
  • Dr. José U. Rodríguez Barboza. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Ramón San Martín Páramo. Dr. in Industrial Engineering. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Raúl Sardinha. Prof. of the Piaget Institute, Portugal
  • Dr. Héctor Solano Lamphar. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Martha Velasco Becerra. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Alberto Vera. Prof. of the National University of Lanús, Argentina
  • Dr. Margarita González Benítez. Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain
  • Dr. Lázaro Cremades Oliver.Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain
  • Dr. (c) Pablo Eisendecher Bertín. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Ann Rodríguez. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Kilian Tutusaus Pifarré. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Karina Vilela. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Erik Simoes. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Ms. Omar Gallardo Gallardo. Prof. of the University of Santiago in Chile
  • Ms. Susana Guzmán Rodríguez. Prof. of the Central University of Ecuador
  • Ms. Icela Márquez Rojas. Prof. of the Technological University of Panama

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

The Ibero-american University Foundation (FUNIBER) periodically delivers an economic baseline with extraordinary character for scholarships in FUNIBER Training.

To apply for it, you only need to send your application for a scholarship on the website’s main page with the required data, and the evaluation committee will examine the suitability of your candidature to be granted economic aid, in the form of a scholarship in FUNIBER Training.