Our research of waste, water, and sustainability trainers showed that many of you have qualifications in Sciences, but not in Education. This section is to help you move into becoming a better qualified educator.
Who is a Sustainability Educator?
For help in thinking through what a sustainability educator does, this link is useful even though it’s from Portland State University in the USA
Sustainability education in Australia
If you’d like to find out what’s happening in sustainability education and what sorts of courses are available, have a look through these links. Many universities have undergraduate and post-graduate courses. There are also a number of Vocational Education courses. Many courses are also offered online. For a general overview see:
Australian Government sustainability education.
Here are a few suggestions of places to start looking for courses. There’s a lot to choose, so we’ll leave the choices to you! Follow your curiosity and try different search options.
You can go from courses in your local community, like these
- Earth Carers (WA) – a community education program
- Green Villages (Sydney) and,
- Worm Farm workshops
- Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies (CERES, Melbourne)
to a Certificate or Diploma (through a TAFE or other Registered Training Organisation) such as the
Diploma of Sustainability – Offered by TAFE and other Registered Training Organisations in Australia. Here are some links to specific organisations.
- TAFE NSW
- TAFE Queensland – Sustainability
- Green Business Audit & Training (Adelaide, South Australia)
- Also have a look at Training.gov.au for a more complete list.
- If you have a look here, you’ll see info about some Vocational Education (TAFE / Private Colleges) courses that lead to qualifications – https://www.ibsa.org.au/sustainable-practice-skill-set
and then on to a University
- Australian Learning and Teaching Sustainability Hub – a site where all Australian Universities have their sustainability related courses. If you specifically want education courses, be sure to put that as a keyword in your search
- Career FAQs – education sustainability
- Education for Sustainability Hub, Swinburne University of Technology
- The Australian Research Institute for Environment and Sustainability (ARIES)
- James Cook University (Far North Queensland)
- Graduate Certificate of Education for Sustainability
- Master of Education (Sustainability)
Sustainability education in Schools
Many waste, water and sustainability trainers find they are working with schools and school-age children. This section is some basic information about some of the main initiatives happening in Australian schools.
- AuSSI Also look at the left hand nav-bar with the National Action Plan, National Network, UN Decade, Publications