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Education Office
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FAX: 610-436-3102

Education for Sustainability

Certificate Programs

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“We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature,universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace.” --The Earth Charter

What is Education for Sustainability?

As our planet faces unprecedented environmental, social, and economic crises, we are all being challenged to make dramatic changes not only in our knowledge and values, but also in our culture and institutions.  Education for sustainability responds to this challenge.  

"We learn what we live"

Education for sustainability (EFS) is a rapidly emerging field that is guided by a vision of a sustainable society and rooted in a simple truth: we learn what we live. EFS practitioners are trained professionals who understand the challenge of sustainability and who have been prepared to teach others, to catalyze institutional and cultural change, and to model sustainable ways of living.

Join the Great Work - Earn a Certificate in EFS

Many EFS practitioners work in K-12 schools where they integrate sustainability content into curricula, lead efforts to "green" buildings and grounds, and raise critical questions about the purposes of education on a planet with limits. EFS practitioners also work in 

  • colleges and universities
  • corporations
  • nonprofits
  • community-based organizations
  • religious institutions
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"Be the change "

EFS practitioners are people who strive to “be the change” and embody the conviction that “human development is primarily about being more, not having more.”  Given accelerating regional, national, and global attention to sustainability, the demand for EFS practitioners is expected to grow dramatically.  Indeed, the challenge of sustainability may spark the most creative period in human history.  Whether you work in a classroom, a community organization, or the offices of a business, you are invited to join this great work of sustainability as an EFS practitioner.

The Programs and Course Requirements

West Chester University offers two certificate programs in education for sustainability (EFS):

The Undergraduate Certificate in EFS

The Graduate Certificate in EFS

These innovative programs prepare participants to create real change in their professions, communities, and daily lives.  The EFS curriculum develops the necessary knowledge, skills, and perspectives in a way that integrates classroom work with plenty of outdoor, experiential, and project-based learning.  The result is a certificate that is meaningful and immediately applicable.  The parallel undergraduate and graduate programs feature combined sections that provide opportunities for mutually beneficial mentor-mentee relationships between working professionals and undergraduates with shared interests.  Most students will also complete an EFS Certificate with a cohort – a community of learners who collaborate on various projects and establish lasting professional relationships.

How to Enroll

To enroll in either the undergraduate or graduate certificate program in EFS, contact Dr. Paul Morgan at 610-436-6945 or

Contact Information

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Dr. Paul Morgan
EFS Director/Associate Professor
Professional & Secondary Education
102 Ehinger Office Annex
West Chester University
West Chester, PA  19383
Tel. 610-436-6945

News, Events, and Links

West Chester University's Sustainability Web Site