Sustainability and Resilience Education Graduate Certificate

“In the end we will conserve only what we love, and we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.” – Baba Dioum, Senegalese environmentalist, 1968

The Sustainability & Resilience Education (SRE) Graduate Certificate is a 15-credit program that prepares formal (school-based) and informal (community-based) educators to integrate place-based, local, global, indigenous knowledge and 21st Century sustainability research and literacies into their curriculum and instruction. It accomplishes this by providing a coherent set of education and content area courses spanning various disciplines–e.g., science, new literacies in particular eco-literacies, and cultural diversity. The program is based on research related to place-based, culturally sustaining professional development that provides real world interdisciplinary curricula. It integrates teaching and learning about natural and social systems towards the goal of actions oriented to more sustainable, resilient social ecosystems.  The SRE Graduate Certificate is aligned with the University of Hawai‘iʻs mission to “be a global leader in the integration of sustainability in its teaching, research, operations and service… embrac[ing] both indigenous practitioners and global experts to advance Hawaiʻi’s stewardship and use of energy, food, water, land and sea for the well-being of the state and the world”


The 15-credits include the following courses:

  • EDCS 640P(SUST): Seminar in Place-based Education (3)
  • EDCS 608 (SUST): Literacy Across the Disciplines (3)
  • Elective Content Course: Students select a course inside or outside the College of Education with advisor consent to build content expertise in an area related to sustainability and resilience (3)
  • EDCS 623: Science & Science Curriculum (3)
  • EDCS 696: Graduate Certificate Capstone (3)

For more information, please contact: Dr. Pauline Chinn,