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The following courses are required:

  • EDUC 221 Outdoor Trip Leadership — offered annually in Spring Semester
  • EDUC 311 Wilderness First Responder  — offered annually as an early on-campus May Term

Two participation-based courses:

  • At least one of the following advanced skill AWPE courses:
    • AWPE 202 Intermediate Gym Climbing
    • AWPE 300 Canoe Skills Seminar
    • AWPE 304 Outdoor Rock Climbing Seminar
    • Other courses or related EPIC Advantage Programs/May Terms will be considered by petition.
  • AWPE 144 Outdoor Activites
  • AWPE 200 Introduction to Canoeing
  • AWPE 201 Indoor Gym Climbing
  • AWPE 207 Backpacking
  • AWPE 210 Trail Building/Invasive Species Control

One of the following education- or leadership-focused academic courses:

  • EDUC 120 Foundations of Education
  • EDUC 210 Outdoor & Environmental Education
  • EDUC 248 Theory and Practice of Education
  • ENSU 320 Pedagogies of Place
  • TESO 344 Studies in Language Learning and Teaching
  • Another course with an education/leadership focus in Global Management, Human Development & Social Relations, History, Museum Studies, Peace & Global Studies, Philosophy, Psychology or Teacher Education.
  • Other courses will be considered by petition.

One of the following natural science academic courses:

  • BIOL 111 Ecological Biology
  • BIOL 226 Biological Diversity
  • ENSU 141 Environment, Society and Sustainability
  • ENSU 151 Environment, Science and Sustainability
  • GEOL 201 Earth and the Environment
  • PHYS 115 Encounters with the Cosmos
  • Other natural science courses or related EPIC Advantage programs/May Terms will be considered by petition.


Co-curricular Activity

Students must complete a qualifying multi-­day (7 days+) field practicum experience, including 4 days in a leader-­of-­the-­day or instructor role. Experience to include planning, logistics, field time and debrief/evaluation (e.g., OTL TA, Multi-­day AWPE Instructor, August Wilderness Instructor, Internship, NOLS/Outward Bound course, or another experience approved by the Director of Outdoor and Environmental Education).


Culminating Experience

All students must submit a capstone portfolio and complete a mock job interview with an EC Career Coach. The portfolio includes 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.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
1-765-983-1200 — Main Switchboard
1-800-EARLHAM (327-5426) — Admission


Earlham admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.