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Courses

The following courses are required:

  • EDUC 210 - Outdoor Trip Leadership — offered annually in Spring Semester
  • EDUC 311 - Advanced Field Practicum — EDUC 210 is a prerequisite
    • 311-1 Wilderness First Responder and/or
    • 311-2 Expedition Trip Leadership - EDUC 210 pre-req) - offered annually as two components in May Term

One of the following activity-specific AWPE Instructor courses:

  • AWPE 300 Canoe Instructor Course
  • AWPE 304 Outdoor Rock Instructor Course
  • AWPE 306 Backpacking Instructor Course
  • AWPE 310 Winter Dogsledding & Skiing Expedition

One of the following education-related academic courses:

  • EDUC 120 Foundations of Education
  • EDUC 210 Outdoor Education
  • EDUC 248 Theory and Practice of Education
  • ENSU 320 Pedagogies of Place
  • HDSR 239 Persons and Systems
  • HIST 359 History of Education
  • MUSE 123 Natural History/Museum Collections Management
  • MUSE 213 Science Education in Informal Settings
  • PAGS 343 Conflict Resolution
  • PHIL 355 Philosophy of Education
  • PSYC 237 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 238 Human Development
  • PSYC 373 Moral Education
  • TESO 344 Language Learning & Teaching
  • Another course will be considered by petition

One of the following natural science academic courses:

  • BIOL 111 Ecological Biology
  • BIOL 226 Biological Diversity
  • BIOL 348 Ornithology
  • BIOL 350 Field Botany
  • BIOL 357 Animal Behavior
  • BIOL 360 Conservation Biology
  • BIOL 362 Insect Biology
  • ENSU 240 Environment and Society
  • GEOL 201 Earth and the Environment
  • GEOL 314 Earth History
  • GEOL 315 Earth Materials
  • PHYS 115 Encounters with Cosmos
  • A May Term will be considered by petition
  • Another course will be considered by petition

 

Co-curricular Activity

Students must complete one qualifying field practicum experience.

2-3 weeks involving planning, preparation, field time and debrief/evaluation - practicum to be approved by Director of Outdoor & Environmental Education (e.g., AWPE Course Lead Instructor, August Wilderness Instructor, Internship or another experience approved by Director of Outdoor & Environmental Education

 

Culminating Experience    

All students must submit a capstone portfolio including the following:

  • A statement on personal educational philosophy
  • A critical reflection essay on qualifying practicum field experience
  • A sample written lesson plan from qualifying field experience
  • An outdoor-focused resume