Plan of Study
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.
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).
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.