Outdoor Education Designation

OE Designation

The Outdoor Education Designation is designed to prepare students for a leadership role in the professional field of Outdoor Education. Through a combination of coursework and experiential learning, the Designation emphasizes educational and environmental theory, interpersonal and leadership skills, and an introduction to technical skills such as backpacking, canoeing and rock climbing. Third and fourth year students interested in completing the Designation should register for CIL Professional Issues in Outdoor Education in the Spring. 

 Designation Declaration Form

  • Certificate Requirements
    • Outdoor Trip Leadership (offered over Spring Break) 1 credit
    • Advanced Field Practicum OR Wilderness First Responder (offered during May Term) 1-3 credits
    • 1 activity specific Instructors Course (climbing, backpacking, canoeing) .5 credits
    • 1 qualifying field practicum experience (e.g. leading an AWPE course, August Wilderness, internship, or other similar experience)
    • 1 qualifying education-related academic course (from approved list) 3-4 credits
    • 1 qualifying natural science-related academic course (from approved list) 3-4 credits
    • 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

**Portolfio reviewed by the Outdoor Education faculty (Jay Roberts, Gail Clark, Alexia Springer)

Approved Education-Related Courses: (Choose One)
EDUC 120 Foundations of Education
MUSE 123 Introduction to Natural History Museum Collections Management
MUSE 213 Introduction to Science Educaton in Informal Settings
PSYC 237 Social Psychology
PSYC 373 Moral Education
PSYC 238 Human Development
HDSR 239 Persons and Systems
EDUC 248 Theory and Practice of Education
TESO 344 Studies in Language Learning and Teaching
PHIL 355 Philosophy of Education
PAGS 343 Conflict Resolution
HIST 359 History of Education
Other courses considered by petition


Approved Natural History-Related Courses: (Choose One)
BIOL 348 Ornithology
BIOL 350 Field Botany
BIOL 362 Insect Biology
GEOL 314 Earth History
GEOL 315 Earth Materials
Other courses considered by petition

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