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Advanced Training for Environmental Education in Georgia (ATEEG) is a nationally accredited, professional certification program for formal and non-formal educators based on the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Guidelines for Excellence. 

This program is offered by the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia in partnership with the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia, and implemented by a Certification Advisory Board (CAB).

Learn more about the value of EE certification in this article written by Brenda G. Weiser, Ed. D. "EE Certification: Why do we need it? What’s in it for me?"



Program Details:

The ATEEG Program is divided into three parts providing participants instructional content, professional development, and independent work.

Part 1: Three separate 3-day core courses (Core Course 1 must be completed first.  Core Courses 2 and 3 can be taken in any order.)

Core Course 1 - Foundations of EE
Core Course 2 - Fostering Learning
Core Course 3 - Assessment and Evaluation

Part 2: 30 hours of Specialization Workshops
Specialization Workshops are considered to be any professional development opportunity offered throughout the state that advances the participant's content knowledge and skills. Specialization Workshop hours can be accrued after completing Core Course 1.

Part 3: Independent Study
Independent Study is the culminating project that allows the participant to apply their EE knowledge and skills to addressing an issue or area of concern of their choosing. The proposal for the Independent Study project is submitted after completing Core Course 3.

Participants have 3 years to complete the ATEEG Program.  


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Upcoming Program Dates: 

The following three courses will be held at Charlie Elliott Conference Center in Mansfield, GA, and begin at 1:00 p.m. on Friday adjourning at noon on Sunday.
Core Course 1 (Foundations of EE)-  January 24-26, 2020, To develop foundations of environmental literacy based on ecology and professional principles. Registration and payment closed January 14, 2020.
Core Course 2 (Fostering Learning)- March 20-22, 2020, To increase understanding of how to implement environmental education programs that foster learning.  Course postponed due to current coronavirus situation - more information coming soon.
Core Course 3 (Assessment and Evaluation)-  June 5-7, 2020, To increase participant's skills and knowledge associated with the program evaluation process that includes identifying outcomes, data collection methods, and data analysis. Course postponed due to current coronavirus situation - more information coming soon.


The registration form is available online at the links above and you have the option of paying with a credit card (Visa, Master Card or Discover) or mailing a check.  All participants must pay registration fees prior to the posted deadline or they may be dropped from the course.  There is a $25.00 fee for returned checks.  A $10.00 administrative fee is charged for refunds.

Expectations and Forms:


Expectations for Participants

Important Forms


1. Participants are required to attend and participate fully in all three Core Courses.



2. Participants must complete all assignments by the specified deadline (usually 30 days post-course) and score 80 percent or higher. 



3. Participants are required to read and agree to the ATEEG Nondiscrimination Statement, the EEA Code of Ethics and Standard Practices for Professional  Environmental Educators in Georgia and the EEA Confidentiality Agreement by signing the policy agreement form when they participate in the ATEEG Program.

 Policy Agreement Form


4. Participants are responsible for submitting all paperwork required to receive hours in fulfillment of the specialization coursework requirement.

Specialization Coursework

Professional Development Course Form

Conference Form


5. Participants are required to become members of the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia (EEA) and encouraged to join the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE).



6. Participants who complete the ATEEG Program may be asked to volunteer as a mentor for new participants entering the Program. 



7. After completing the ATEEG Program, participants will be asked to complete a professional development plan.

Recertification Packet


The registration fee for courses is $275.00 per course for EEA members, $300.00 for non-members. Course fees include all materials, supplies and meals.

The lodging cost (double occupancy) at Charlie Elliott Conference Center is $54.00 per course. A single occupancy room option is also available at $108.00 per course, based on availability.

Scholarships for formal and non-formal educators from south Georgia are available through the Murray H. Gaskins, Sr. Fund You must reside or work in one of the following counties to be eligible: Atkinson, Bacon, Baker, Ben Hill, Berrien, Brantley, Brooks, Calhoun, Charlton, Clay, Clinch, Colquitt, Cook, Crisp, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Echols, Grady, Irwin, Lanier, Lee, Lowndes, Miller, Mitchell, Pierce, Randolph, Seminole, Sumter, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Turner, Ware, or Worth.

Funding for Professional Development may also be available through grants listed on

Withdrawal Policy:

  • Lodging and course registration costs minus a $10.00 administrative fee will be refunded if a registrant withdraws from a course prior to the course registration deadline.  
  • No refund will be given for lodging or meals; however, if a registrant withdraws after the course registration deadline. 
  • The balance of the registration fee can be applied towards a future course.  Contact the Program Administrator to withdraw from a course.


Contact Us:

For more information or questions, please email the program administrator at or by clicking this link: Program Administrator.


Last Updated May 6, 2020 MLFB