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Outdoor Education

School of Education and Psychology


Master of Science in Education—Outdoor Education

The program is designed for outdoor professionals, youth workers, classroom teachers, and others who want to more effectively use God’s book of nature in teaching and programming.

Two Convenient Tracks

The outdoor professional intensives involve attendance at a 10-day intensive each semester, with projects and assignments after the the session. Field experiences require access to an outdoor facility.

The summer field school, designed for K-12 teachers, typically involves attending three consecutive sessions offered in the summer. Internships provide networking opportunities in the home community.

Online Classes

For information about taking classes online and for a list of available courses, visit Online Campus or call 423.236.2087.

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Admission Requirements for the MSEd—Outdoor Education


  • Bachelor’s degree (in any area) from an accredited institution

  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25. Or, if graduate credit has been earned, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on at least nine semester hours (with no grade lower than a B-) may be accepted. 


Admission process

  1. Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $25 online or $40 paper). Apply now »

  2. Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools attended.

  3. Submit two professional recommendation forms. Download PDF »

  4. Submit a Statement of Purpose. Download guidelines »

  5. Submit a professional resumé.

  6. Successfully complete an approved background check. (Verification may be submitted by your current employer.) Download PDF »


International Students

Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must meet additional requirements and deadlines. View international student requirements »

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Email or call for information about everything from admission to graduation. 

Mikhaile Spence
Graduate Enrollment Counselor

Graduate Faculty

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Jean Lomino, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Outdoor Education

PhD, Andrews University
MA, LaSierra University
BS, Southern Adventist University

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Carleton L. Swafford, PhD
Graduate Dean and Professor of Education

PhD, MS, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
BA, Southern Adventist University

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Douglas Tilstra, PhD
Director of Outdoor Leadership

PhD, Capella University
MDiv, Andrews University
BA, Pacific Union College