Education for Global Sustainability (MA)

Effective 1 June 2014 through 31 May 2015

Please see the Graduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

--This page was modified on 20 June 2014 and on 02 October 2014. Please see the Graduate Catalog Addendum to view changes that were made.--

This program is offered by School of Education

Program Description

The MA in Education for Global Sustainability is an advanced degree program for educators, formal and informal, who seek knowledge and understanding of sustainability in the context of education. The program motivates educators to clarify their role as responsible citizens, and participate in voice and action as leaders and change agents toward a sustainable future.

Education for sustainability employs theoretical, experiential, and problem-based learning. Candidates in this program explore effective educational practices and policies for modeling and leading with the principles and practices of sustainability. The MA builds awareness of environmental, economic, political, human rights and social justice issues at all levels: personal, local, and global. It prepares participants to acknowledge interdependence, analyze the dynamics of systems, understand the importance of place, and generate solutions using multiple perspectives.

This program is available at the St. Louis home campus and online.

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Learning Outcomes

The MA in education for Global Sustainability acknowledges Webster University's fourth core value to "educate a diverse population locally, nationally, and internationally, acting responsibly toward the environment to foster a sustainable future, and strengthening the communities we serve." Candidates completing the MA in Education for Global Sustainability will:

  • Demonstrate understanding of sustainability in the context of education and their application and practice in P12 schools or other organizations
  • Assume roles of leadership that transform schools or organizations to be models of sustainable living
  • Connect curriculum and learning to real-world challenges and community/world issues
  • Collaborate with community members of multiple perspectives to achieve goals and partnerships for sustainable schools or organizations
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of global citizenship
  • Discover and employ technology and social media that support learning and social change

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Program Requirements (33-36 hours)

33 credit hours are required for the non-thesis major; 36 hours are required for the thesis track. After completing at least 9 credit hours within the major, MA degree-seeking students are required to complete EFGS 5201 Advancement to Candidacy. All required courses must be completed with a B- or better, with an overall GPA of 3.0.

Required Courses (9 hours)

  • EDUC 5001 Foundations of Global Citizenship (3 hours)
  • EDTC 5631 Literacies and Technology (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5461 Curriculum and Creativity (3 hours)
  • EFGS 5201 Advancement to Candidacy (0)

EFGS Required: (15 hours)

  • EFGS 5000 Education for Global Sustainability (3 hours)
  • EFGS 5240 Creating Sustainable Schools (3 hours)
  • EFGS 5430 Sustainable Leadership: Transitions & Change (3 hours)
  • SOCS 5740 Economics: Choices & Challenges (3 hours)
  • ENMG 5000 Environmental Science or ENMG 5400 Sustainability Principles (9 weeks) (3 hours)

Elective Choices (choose 6 credits):

  • EDUC 5111 International Experiences (hybrid) (1-3 hours)
  • EDUC 5410 Sustainability Institute for PK12 Educators (Summer Intensive)(3 hours)
  • ENMG 5400 Sustainability Principles (9 weeks) (3 hours)
  • ENMG 5000 Environmental Science (9 weeks) (3 hours)
  • EFGS 5220 Teaching Sustainability through Literature (3 hours)
  • EFGS 5250 Child as Naturalist (Summer Intensive)(3 hours)
  • EFGS 5260 Topics in Sustainability (can be repeated for credit with new topic) (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5980 Motivation in the 21st Century Classroom (3 hours)
  • INTL 5540 Int'l Organization (9 weeks) (3 hours)
  • INTL 5800 Globalization (9 weeks) (3 hours)
  • SCIC 5010 Contemporary Science Methods (3 hours)
  • EFGS 5410 Community Workshops (Summer Intensive: limit of 6 hours) (3 hours)

Capstone (non-thesis) (3 hours)

  • EFGS 6001 Practical Applications: EFGS (3 hours)

Final Courses (thesis) (6 hours)

  • EPSY 5800 Applied Research (thesis track) (3 hours)
  • EPSY 6250 Thesis (thesis track) (3-6 hours)


On-campus housing available for participants of summer intensive courses.

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Students who are interested in applying to this degree program should also see the Admission Section of this catalog for general requirements.

Admission Requirements

  • Receipt of official transcripts from a baccalaureate granting institution.
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Essay - "Why are you interested in a MA in Education for Global Sustainability?"

Send all admission materials to:

Office of Admission
Webster University
470 East Lockwood Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63119

Completed application files will be reviewed by the Coordinator of Education for Global Sustainability.

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--This page was modified on 20 June 2014 and on 02 October 2014. Please see the Graduate Catalog Addendum to view changes that were made.--