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Graduate Outdoor Education

This specific emphasis is designed for a multitude of professionals that have interest in teachers, mental health professionals, individuals in ministry, or anyone who wants to more effectively use God's book of nature in their specific career 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 for the degree in three to four semesters and may choose from two attendance options outlined below.

How Can I Use This Degree?

Occasionally, alternative intensives will be held in a study tour format. In the past, we have conducted Geology study tours visiting various national parks such as the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Zion and the Grand Tetons to study Earth's origins as it applies to science and religion. We also visited the Petrified Forest National Park and Yellowstone National park to study geology.

Another tour we have recently done is a History and Social Studies tour in the greater Washington DC area that includes visits to museums, Williamsburg, VA and Gettysburg, PA. Centered around Washington Adventist University's campus, this trip covered the interpretation of natural and historical resources and provide outdoor education methods in history and social studies in the District of Columbia.