Certification Program

PEEC Program Overview

The PEEC program’s mission is to foster and empower a professional environmental education network to promote environmental literacy in South Carolina. To achieve this mission, the PEEC course provides challenging and engaging multidisciplinary avenues to strengthen an individual’s skill set as an environmental educator.

The PEEC content blends the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Core Competencies with South Carolina specific topics, examples, and regions.

Program Highlights

  • Timeline for Completion: 2 years
  • Eligibility: South Carolina K-12 formal and nonformal educators
  • Environmental education training and experiences in the different regions of the state
  • 120 Hours of Renewal Credit through the S.C. State Department of Education

Registration Cost

$800 (If selected for 2024 – 2026 cohort, first payment of $400 is due 8/31/24 and second payment of $400 due 12/31/24)

Required Elements

  • Four, two-night and three-day, in-person workshops designed to develop skills for effective environmental education instruction.
  • Eight online modules using Google Classroom online learning platform. These modules explore topics such as the foundations and history of the field of environmental education.
  • Individualized elective component (90 hours) that encourages exploration of and the different regions of the state and aligns with the personal interests of the participant.
  • Capstone project that demonstrates mastery of knowledge and skill and involves the implementation of a new or revised program or product.

Length Certification Valid

5 years (recertification available)

Overview of 2024 – 2026 Course and Important Dates

PEEC Information Sessions: Come learn about the PEEC Program including course requirements, timeline, and more! Attendance at an information session is not required to apply for the next cohort but pre-registration is required:

  • March 22 (10 – 11 am)
  • March 26 (4 – 5 pm)
  • April 12 (10 – 11 am)
  • April 23 (4 – 5 pm)

PEEC Application Period: May 1 – June 30, 2024 (Application Opens May 1, 2024) 

2024 – 2026 Cohort Announced: July 31, 2024

PEEC (Virtual) Kick-off Meeting: September 18, 2024 from 6 – 7:30 pm

Coastal Region Workshop: January 17 – 19, 2025 

Upstate Region Workshop: August 5 – 7, 2025

Midlands Region Workshop: January 16 – 18, 2026

Upstate Region Workshop/Graduation: August 4 – 6, 2026


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