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Outdoor Education

This program is designed for classroom teachers, outdoor professionals, youth workers, or anyone who wants to more effectively use God’s book of nature in teaching and outdoor programming.

Generally, the classes and field experiences involve examining, evaluating, developing, and implementing outdoor education programs. Activities such as canoeing, kayaking, backpacking, and rock climbing are included as part of many of the courses, but they are not the primary focus. Students can complete their coursework in three to four semesters and may choose from two attendance options. All students are required to complete an internship or practicum as part of their master’s degree coursework.

Below you will find a brief outline of the classes you are required to take and the classes you can chose from. Having the flexibility to choose classes could prove beneficial to the student who wishes to customize their degree. For more information on how this degree can benefit you in a number of careers, see How Can I Use This Degree?

These are the REQUIRED courses:

        EDOE 503 - Principles and Concepts of Outdoor Education 2 hours
        EDOE 504 - Field Experience in Principles and Concepts of Outdoor Education 1 hour
        EDOE 515 - Nature Study Skills 3 hours
        EDOE 516 - Field Experience in Nature Study 1-3 hours (3 hours required)
        EDOE 543 - Environmental Ministries 2 hours
        EDOE 593 - Adventure-Based Counseling 2 hours
        EDUC 591 - Methods of Educational Research 3 hours
        EDOE 576 - Outdoor Intensive Lab-Fall 0 hours
            OR EDOE 577 - Outdoor Intensive Lab-Winter 0 hours
            OR EDOE 578 - Outdoor Intensive Lab-Summer 0 hours

You will need to SELECT six (6) hours from these courses:

            EDOE 523 - Leadership in Outdoor Education 2 hours
            EDOE 524 - Field Experience in Leadership in Outdoor Education 1 hour
            EDOE 533 - Developing Outdoor Teaching Sites 2 hours
            EDOE 534 - Field Experience in Developing Outdoor Teaching Sites 1 hour
            EDOE 535 - Outdoor Therapy: Design and Procedures 2 hours
            EDOE 536 - Field Experience in Outdoor Therapy 1 hour
            EDOE 570 - Non-Profit Environmental Organization Development & Management 3 hours

You will need ELECTIVES as well:

            Select a minimum of nine (12) hours from any Master's-level Business, Counseling, or Education courses (must have pre-approval of Outdoor Education adviser).
            Six (6) hours must be EDOE courses.

 For program completion, a student must either submit and receive approval on a professional portfolio containing specific evidence as directed by the guidelines provided, or complete a thesis and successfully defend it as required by EDUC 598.

Visit the graduate catalog for more in depth information and a course sequence example.