Certificate: Studies in Critical Pedagogy and Sustainability

Certificate Description: This course is a four-course series that leads to the completion of a Certificate in Critical Pedagogy and Sustainability designed for students who are interested in gaining an educational and pedagogical foundation in relationship to sustainability. This course introduces skills, abilities, attitudes and awarenesses needed to support the theory, practice of Critical Pedagogy and Sustainability through the exploration of green building. Based on reading, research, exploration and place-based service-oriented fieldwork in their own country of origin and/or internationally, students will develop a portfolio that demonstrates their learning and preparation. Certificate can be completed as either undergraduate or graduate level.

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Certificate Requirements: 

  • Online & On-Site work (encouraged to be in Guatemala at Centro Educativo Tecnico Chixot)

  • No pre-requisites needed, must be 16+ years old

  • Required number of credits for completion of the certificate: 12

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher


Course 1

Principles of Democratic Education

This course, Critical Pedagogy and Sustainability: Principles of Democratic Education, explores the intersectionality existing among critical theory and critical pedagogy, democratic education, and sustainability including the contemporary examination of liberatory curriculum and decolonization. Students will demonstrate and apply knowledge and skills gained, as well as abilities, awarenesses, and sensitivities that will increase their knowledge of democratic principles and relevant application to schools and communities. Students will be prompted to examine their own role in shaping and preserving a democracy through their participation in various local communities of practice. Students will also examine notions of power and privilege, distribution of wealth, equity, and sustainable democratic systems and their own place in these constructs.


course 2

Intercultural competence

This course, Critical Pedagogy and Sustainability: Intercultural Competence, explores the intersectionality existing among critical theory and critical pedagogy, multiculturalism, and sustainability including the contemporary examination of decolonization.  Students will demonstrate and apply knowledge and skills gained, as well as abilities, awarenesses, and sensitivities that will increase their intercultural competence, particularly when working in diverse settings. The course begins with the examination of culture as a framework through which our identities are shaped. Students will be prompted to examine culture through their participation in various local communities of practice and micro-cultures, including: socio-economic class, ethnicity and race, religion, gender, language, ability, age - to mention a few.  Students will also examine notions of power and privilege and their own place in these constructs.


Course 3

Education for sustainability

This course, Critical Pedagogy and Sustainability: Education for Sustainability, supports transformative learning to equip community members, including educators and caregivers -- youth through adults -- with the knowledge, skills, abilities, and dispositions to contribute to economic prosperity through responsible citizenship. The course examines strategies relating to the restoration, sustainability, and health of the natural world and its ecological systems. Additionally, the course illuminates the interdependency that exists among these systems and defines relationships among humans, and between humans and the natural world, and teaches to the critical importance education plays in building a sustainable global society for all living things.


Course 4

Apprenticeship

This course, Critical Pedagogy and Sustainability: Apprenticeship, explores the foundational theories of Critical Pedagogy and its connection to sustainable practices locally and globally. Students will gain the basic knowledge and skills, as well as abilities, awarenesses, and sensitivities, that will increase their intercultural competence, enhance their understanding of democracy in action, and provide exposure to frameworks and applications reflective of ethical best practices indicative of quality service learning experiences particularly when working in diverse settings.