This section takes a look at studying marine education. Those wishing to work in the area of marine education will need two types of qualifications ie education and environmental studies. The types of careers using marine education qualifications will mainly fall into two areas ie marine education for students or marine education for the general public. For the former there is teaching work such as schools, marine education centres or tertiary institutions. The latter will encompass ecotourism, government departments, industry organisations and consultants. Some of course, will cover both students and the general public like working in aquariums.
Griffith University in just about on the beach. They offer several courses that could qualify you for work in marine education:
School of Environmental and Applied Science: Bachelor of Environmental Science; Bachelor of Science in Ecotourism
Australian School of Environmental Studies: Graduate Certificate in Environmental Education; Master of Environmental Education and Master of Environmental Education with Honours, allows students the options to make choices in terms of the content areas, they could focus on marine studies.
SCU has the School of Environmental Science and Management with a Bachelor of Applied Science. Students can major in Coastal Management or Marine Science. Every year some students from this course become Discovery Rangers with the National Parks and Wildlife Service and provide interpretative experiences for families in the school holidays or at educational events. They are land, coastal and marine activities.
SCU also has offered environmental education as a unit for the education students (primary teachers). This has given them a comprehensive look at the NSW curriculum documents and resources for Environmental Education (EE). It has provided an excellent background and inspiration for including EE in their teaching. Currently it is not on offer.
QUT Faculty of Education offers Graduate Certificates in Education: Marine Studies and Marine Studies Advanced. They are designed to promote the teaching of Marine Studies in schools and directly addresses the way in which marine studies is taught. If taken at the Masters level, the Certificate will provide an academic base for further postgraduate studies in marine education. For the former, the units are Marine Studies Curriculum, Independent Study, Initiatives in Science Education. In the Advanced the units are Marine Studies Curriculum, Independent Study and Learning and Teaching in Science Education. They are offered at QUT and Open learning mode.
For information contact Faculty of Education QUT, firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone 07 3864 3948