Graduate Program Leadership for Sustainability Education

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Leadership for Sustainability Education Master's Degree Overview

The Leadership for Sustainability Education (LSE) master’s degree fosters leaders who wish to educate for sustainable and regenerative change. This program provides the opportunity to explore sustainability education and leadership through a learning community model, theory-to-practice curriculum, and ongoing community-based learning. LSE courses stress the importance of ecological systems, bio-cultural diversity, social and economic justice, multicultural perspectives, transformative learning, and more. LSE students graduate with the knowledge and skills needed to advocate for justice and equity, democratic participation, collaborative leadership, and the regeneration and vitality of communities and ecosystems.

Degree Details

Location Definitions:

On campus:
100% on campus
100% online
Combination of online and on campus
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Leadership for Sustainability Education Master's Degree: Why PSU?

Most of the courses are in the program are taught by full-time faculty with years of practical experience in the field as well as doctoral-level preparation. Our students appreciate the opportunity to apply what they are learning immediately into their current jobs or their imagined positions in the future with our theory to practice focus.

What can I do with a master's degree in Leadership for Sustainability Education?

Work in a wide variety of careers in sustainability leadership or sustainability education at nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, schools, colleges, businesses, and museums, botanical gardens, and nature centers.

Featured Courses

  • ELP 511 Principles of Educational Research and Data Analysis I
  • ELP 520 Developmental Perspectives on Adult Learning
  • ELP 551 Social Foundations of Education
  • ELP 554 Philosophy of Education
  • ELP 568 Educational Organization and Administration
  • ELP 550 Advanced Leadership for Sustainability Fall
  • ELP 517 Ecological & Cultural Foundations of Learning Winter
  • ELP 519 Sustainability Education
  • ELP 540 Urban Farm Education
  • ELP 548 Global Political Ecology
  • ELP 519 Sustainability Education
  • ELP 510 Theory and Practice of Sustainability
  • ELP 510 Nonviolence and Gandhi’s Educational Philosophy
  • ELP 506 LSE Comps


  • ELP 506 Special Projects
  • ELP 509 Internship


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).